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VATICAN CITY – After meeting Pope Francis and seeing how moved he was by their description of the crisis gripping Venezuela, the leaders of the country's bishops' conference said they hoped the Pope would help draw the world's attention to the suffering of their people.

Delaware legislature votes to drop restrictions on abortion

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DOVER, Del. – In Delaware, lawmakers’ vote to pass a bill that would strike down almost all remaining abortion restrictions drew strong criticism from pro-life advocates, who warned it would provide safe harbor for Kermit Gosnell-style abortionists

Denmark repeals blasphemy law, Canada considers the same

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark – The Danish parliament has repealed an anti-blasphemy law at a time when such laws are still used around the world.

Desecration of Philippines cathedral by militants draws wide condemnation

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MANILA, Philippines – Muslim religious and political leaders in the Philippines have joined in the barrage of condemnation of the desecration of a Catholic cathedral by terrorist gunmen in the besieged city of Marawi.

Irish bishops praise supreme court ruling recognizing the dignity of work

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DUBLIN, Ireland – Ireland's Catholic bishops have praised a Supreme Court decision in the country that will allow asylum seekers to find work while their status is being decided.

Questions surround Cameroonian bishop's reported suicide

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OXFORD, England – Catholic leaders in Cameroon have urged prayers for one of the African country's bishops, whose remains were pulled from a river June 2, three days after his apparent suicide.

Kenyan court orders Catholic bishops to pay Muslim restaurant owner $125,000

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NAIROBI, Kenya – The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops has been ordered to pay a Somali Muslim restaurant owner 13 million Kenyan shillings ($125,000) for breach of contract and discrimination along ethnic and religious lines.

Attack on police near Notre Dame cathedral shakes Paris

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PARIS, France – A man was shot after an apparent hammer attack on police officers at Paris police headquarters next to the Cathedral of Notre Dame on Tuesday.

Pope sends personal note of condolence to Ukrainians for cardinal's death

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VATICAN CITY – Saying he was moved by reports of tens of thousands of people gathering for a funeral procession for Ukrainian Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, who died May 31, Pope Francis sent a second message of condolence to the cardinal's successor.

Pence defends Trump as a champion of Catholic values at prayer breakfast

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WASHINGTON (RNS) Vice President Mike Pence — a onetime altar boy who became an evangelical Protestant — proclaimed President Donald Trump a faithful supporter of Catholic values at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, an event that sought to set aside any friction between the president and the Pope.

Hundreds mourn Oregon man killed during heroic act to protect others

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PORTLAND, Ore. – The morning after police in Portland arrested 14 demonstrators at dueling political protests, about 800 worshippers turned out in a unified show of support for a man whose heroic act transcended division.