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WASHINGTON – Some of the children seemed fascinated with the life-size scene of Jesus on the cross. Some of the youngest wondered what was happening, why did people look so sad, they asked looking at the scene of Calvary.

After strong earthquake, some Philippine communities need to be relocated

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MANILA, Philippines – A week after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit the central Philippine province of Leyte, hundreds of residents were still living in temporary shelters.

Hong Kong Catholics pray for Nobel winner days before his death

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HONG KONG – Hong Kong Christians came together to pray for terminally ill Liu Xiaobo, less than a week before his death.

Serbs, Croats conclude study of Blessed Stepinac's controversial life

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VATICAN CITY – A commission of Croatian and Serbian experts studying Blessed Alojzije Stepinac's life said they were unable to reach a conclusion on questions regarding the controversial martyr's history.

Malta vote to legalize same-sex marriage over Catholic Church protest

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VALLETTA, Malta – Lawmakers in predominantly Roman Catholic Malta legalized same-sex marriage Wednesday (July 12), joining much of Western Europe by replacing the traditional "you are now husband and wife" declaration in civil ceremonies with "you are now spouses."

There’s hope for the future in Ukraine, says Cardinal Sandri during visit

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KYIV, Ukraine – Shortly after Pope Francis donated money to help those suffering from Ukraine's ongoing conflict, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri arrived in the country, saying that while pained, he sees hope for the future.

Macron scrutinized for blaming Africa's poverty on high birthrate

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HAMBURG, Germany – French President Emmanuel Macron has been under attack for identifying Africa’s development issue as a problem of overpopulation, ignoring the effects of France’s imperialism.

Archbishop for U.S. military asks prayers for 16 killed in Marine plane crash

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WASHINGTON – Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services asked for prayers for the 15 Marines and one Navy corpsman who died July 10 when a Marine refuelling and cargo plane crashed in a soybean field in rural Mississippi near the town of Itta Bena.

Yemen's foreign minister says kidnapped Salesian is still alive

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NEW DELHI – Yemen's foreign minister told Indian officials that Salesian Father Thomas Uzhunnalil, kidnapped in Yemen last year, is still alive, and efforts to trace him continue.

Oregon Catholic Conference denounces state's abortion funding bill

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Calling state lawmakers "intolerant of widely held opposing views" and religious beliefs, the Oregon Catholic Conference is denouncing a Legislature-approved bill that requires health insurers to cover abortion on demand.

Nigerian activist calls West's imposition of abortion 'cultural supremacy'

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MANCHESTER, England – Western governments are "spitting in the face" of African democracy by trying to impose legal abortion against the wishes of most of the people in such countries, said a Nigerian-born pro-life campaigner.