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MANILA, Philippines – Caught in the throes of a brutal war on drugs, the people of the Philippines are increasingly looking to the Catholic Church to provide refuge and resistance.

Situation for Iraqi Christian refugees in Jordan 'critical and dangerous'

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AL-UM-KUNDUN, Jordan – Catholic leaders have expressed concern for tens of thousands of Iraqi Christian refugees sheltering in Jordan as access to international aid tightens with crises deepening in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Egypt's Christians are being driven out – will the world notice?

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CAIRO, Egypt – A spike in attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt, spurred by a video threat from ISIS, has drawn the prayers and concern of advocates, who are urging global leaders to take notice.

This Spanish prison ministry is helping rehabilitate inmates

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MADRID, Spain – The prison ministry founded by a Spanish Jesuit in the 1960s has had such fruits as a group of inmates donating their own money to help the needy at Christmas, according to the head of the foundation.

Russian Catholics hope for a new springtime for small Byzantine church

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MELBOURNE, Australia – One of the smallest Eastern Catholic churches in the world, the Russian Catholic Church, faces some big issues, including its survival.

Trump visits Catholic school in Florida to show school choice support

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ORLANDO, Fla. – President Donald Trump visited St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando March 3 to show his support for school choice.

U.S. bishops' stances vary on sanctuary for immigrants facing deportation

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WASHINGTON – The bishop of Sacramento, California, said Catholic churches in the diocese could offer sanctuary to immigrants facing deportation, while the archbishop of Washington cautioned that offering sanctuary does not legally guarantee protection if federal agents come calling.

Egyptian priest praises Muslim support of threatened Christians

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OXFORD, England – A spokesman for Egypt's Catholic Church praised local Muslims for helping embattled Christians after a series of Islamic State attacks in Sinai.

Irish commission finds human remains at former church-run home

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DUBLIN – The commission set up to investigate the treatment of unmarried mothers and their babies in Irish care homes during the 20th century says it has found "significant" human remains at the site of a former home in western Ireland.

Europe will be 'adrift' if it loses Christian roots, faith leaders warn

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PARIS, France – Catholic and Orthodox leaders in a joint statement urged Europeans to remember their Christian roots, and to return to them during this time of “widespread concern for (the) future” of Europe.

Chapel in New Jersey shopping mall closes after 47 years

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PATERSON, N.J. – A Catholic chapel that has served a New Jersey shopping mall since 1970 has closed its doors.