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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – El Salvador's Catholic Church circles swirl these days with news about a possible miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Oscar Romero, one that many hope will lead to his canonization.

Nuns team up with Caritas to help malnourished Venezuelan children

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CARACAS, Venezuela – A year ago, Miledi Berdu and her husband, Robert Rodriguez, began skipping meals to keep their children fed as Venezuela's economic crisis continued. Rodriguez's salary as a welder in Caracas was not enough to cover soaring prices, and shortages made food expensive.

Meet the four-legged Franciscan 'friar'

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COCHABAMBA, Bolivia – The newest member of St. Francis Monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia, is furry and has four legs.

Parish on Mexico-Guatemala border prepares for new wave of asylum seekers

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FRONTERA COMALAPA, Mexico – In the early 1980s, parishioners at the Santo Nino de Atocha parish in this town on the Mexico-Guatemala border opened their church and homes to refugees fleeing civil war in Guatemala. Three decades later, they're preparing for another influx of asylum seekers – this time from countries farther south as Central Americans seek safety from the gang violence gripping El Salvador and Honduras.

Journey as peacemaker leads Palestinian to dialogue with Israeli settlers

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BETHLEHEM, West Bank – Sami Awad, 45, has been called every name in the book, from "unrealistic" to "traitor" and "collaborator."

At 97, Sr. Jean is still standing tall on court

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CHICAGO  – Religious and clergy alike do their part to help the Ramblers’ men’s basketball team at Loyola University Chicago.

Croatia will soon hold one of the largest Marian statues in the world

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ŠIBENIK, Croatia – A giant 55-foot statue of Our Lady of Loreto is in the works in the coastal city of Primošten, Croatia, which will be known as one of the largest Marian sites in the world when it is completed.

It's official: Pope Francis will visit Colombia in September

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VATICAN CITY – The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Francis will make a six-day trip to Colombia in September with four cities on his itinerary, almost a year after the government and FARC rebels signed a major peace agreement.

Critics of church demolitions in Sudan pressured to keep silent

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KHARTOUM, Sudan – Christians who are criticizing government action against churches are facing pressure from Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services.

U.S.-Holy See ties won't change with Trump, U.S. diplomat says

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ROME – Despite opposing views on some issues, the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See will still look for common ground on global issues, the interim leader of the embassy said.

South Sudan refugees look to Pope Francis for hope

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Before South Sudan was a country, Luciano Moro was a refugee from South Sudan building a new life alone in Canada.