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ABUJA, Nigeria – 82 girls abducted by Boko Haram militants over three years ago have been freed.

Catholics desperate to save 9/11 chapel in New York

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NEW YORK, N.Y – On September 11, 2001, Justine Cuccia was nine months pregnant when she watched in horror as two hijacked planes crash into the World Trade Center buildings in New York City.

Teacher who left Argentina during country's 'dirty war' fulfills a dream

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Claudia Raffaele knows the fear of being stopped at gunpoint in Argentina, the bone-tiredness that comes after a nine-hour shift at a Los Angeles factory, and the worry and emotional weight of caring for three children as a single mother.

Kansas family among first to aid fellow farmers affected by wildfires

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Father Prakash Rao Kola was in Coldwater, Kansas, 30 miles east of Ashland, the afternoon of March 6 when he began to get frantic calls from parishioners.

'Pedalling priests' complete 550-km bicycle trek for vocation prayers

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PEORIA, Ill. – After riding bicycles a little more than 340 miles (547 km) over five days, three young priests of the Diocese of Peoria sailed across the Indiana state line April 28, bringing Priests Pedalling for Prayers to a close.

Grammy-winning producer guides Gregorian chant album

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NEW YORK CITY – When Christopher Alder, an 11-time Grammy winning music producer, first was asked to help create an album of Gregorian Chant, he was short on details.

Mexican beauty queen makes 'radical' move to religious life

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Esmeralda Solís Gonzáles is a young Mexican woman who was crowned last year as a beauty queen in her native town – and now she's joined the Poor Clare Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament.

Hungry, scared South Sudanese stay in cathedral compound for protection

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WAU, South Sudan – Rita Williams slept under a tree beside St. Mary Catholic Cathedral, her three hungry children beside her. Around them, as many as 16,000 other displaced people filled the cathedral compound, hoping the church would keep them safe as their country spirals into greater violence.

U.S. bishops' committee chairman: Fix flaws in American Health Care Act

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WASHINGTON– The American Health Care Act that passed by a four-vote margin May 4 in the House has "major defects," said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Social Development.

Vatican investigates Belgian Catholic hospitals’ decision to allow euthanasia

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MANCHESTER, England – The Vatican is investigating the decision of a group of psychiatric care centres run by a Catholic religious order in Belgium to permit doctors to perform euthanasia of "nonterminal" mentally ill patients on its premises.

French Church remains reserved in election while other groups endorse Macron

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PARIS – French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has worked for years to have the electorate accept her anti-immigrant National Front as a mainstream political party. This strategy, known in French as “dédiabolisation” (un-demonization), has won over growing numbers of average voters.