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PORTOVIEJO, Ecuador – Almost one year has passed since a devastating earthquake struck Ecuador on April 16, 2016: more than 660 died and many thousands lost their homes and livelihoods.

EU ruling against workplace hijab draws religious freedom criticism

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BRUSSELS, Belgium – Responding to the case of a receptionist fired for wearing a hijab to work, the Court of Justice of the European Union has allowed a qualified ban on religious headscarves in the workplace.

New Mexico bishops concerned by Catholic legislators’ advocacy of euthanasia, abortion

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SANTA FE – New Mexico Bishops released a statement last week discouraging public advocacy from Catholic legislators for abortions and assisted suicide on behalf of their Catholic faith.

Porn leaves men dissatisfied with real relationships, study finds

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WASHINGTON – A recent analysis of 50 studies found that pornography was negatively associated with sexual and relational satisfaction among men.

CNEWA celebrates 90 years of service to Eastern churches, humanitarian aid

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NEW YORK – An "invisible" Catholic organization celebrated 90 years of quiet service to the poor in the Middle East, northeast Africa, India and Eastern Europe.

South Korean Catholics call for unity after removal of President Park Geun-hye

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Catholics in South Korea called for unity following a unanimous ruling March 10 by the Constitutional Court to uphold the impeachment of now-former President Park Geun-hye.

The Church is the 'only functioning institution' in South Sudan

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WASHISNGTON – Amid war and famine in South Sudan, the Catholic Church is still serving the most vulnerable even as the government has collapsed.

Attacks show Venezuelan government relations with Catholics deteriorating

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CARACAS, Venezuela – A series of attacks and confrontations against Catholics in Venezuela has marked a renewed deterioration of relations between the church and the national government. Some church leaders have openly speculated that the events could form part of a broader, coordinated campaign.

First American martyr to be beatified in September

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WASHINGTON – The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City announced that one its native sons, Father Stanley Rother, a North American priest who worked in Guatemala and was brutally murdered there in 1981, will be beatified Sept. 23 in Oklahoma.

Egypt's Christians set a standard of forgiveness, says U.K. Coptic Orthodox leader

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WASHINGTON – Despite being victims of harassment and violence, Egypt’s Coptic Christians have set a standard of forgiveness that everyone should imitate, the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the U.K. has said.

Orthodox Church debate over women deacons moves one step closer to reality

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Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald was an 18-year-old theology student when a priest at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School in Brookline, Mass., thrust a book into her hands. To her surprise, it was on ancient female deacons.