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CHICAGO, Ill. – As violence continues to plague the city of Chicago, Pope Francis has sent words of encouragement, solidarity and hope to the people who live there.

South African bishops: Zuma resignation would not solve corruption

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Corruption must be rooted out at every level of government in South Africa, said the country's Catholic bishops.

New Jersey teen pleads guilty to plotting attack on Pope during 2015 visit

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PHILADELPHIA – A New Jersey teen pleaded guilty April 3 of plotting an attack on Pope Francis during the pontiff's visit to Philadelphia in 2015 during the World Meeting of Families.

Peruvian court: Indigenous communities must be consulted before drilling

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LIMA, Peru – A Peruvian court has upheld the right of Awajun and Wampis indigenous communities to be consulted about oil drilling on their land, in a case supported by Catholic Church leaders.

Pope Francis meets Britain's Prince Charles at the Vatican

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VATICAN CITY – Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the duchess of Cornwall, met April 4 with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Moscow Archbishop laments 'curse of terrorism' after St. Petersburg attack

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MOSCOW, Russia – Archbishop Paolo Pezzi of Moscow offered his prayers and condolences following a deadly explosion in the St. Petersburg metro on Monday afternoon.

Bishop asks for aid after chaos of Colombia landslide

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MOCOA, Colombia – The bishop of the Colombian city scourged by landslides on Saturday has described a “complex and chaotic situation”, and appealed for humanitarian aid for the city's inhabitants.

Vatican releases itinerary for Pope Francis' trip to Egypt

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis will meet with the leader of one of the world's leading Sunni Muslim institutions, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church and representatives of the Catholic Church on a two-day trip to Cairo.

Chaldean patriarch supports Holy Week peace march in Iraq

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IRBIL, Iraq – The Chaldean Catholic patriarch is supporting a more than 80-mile peace march during Holy Week to urge an end to violence in his homeland and throughout the Middle East.

Catholics are bringing health care to one of the world's poorest countries

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Catholics are banding together to bring life-saving health care to rural areas in one of the poorest countries in the world.

How an American bishop became a Korean martyr

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WASHINGTON – Bishop Patrick James Byrne was born in the United States, but he died on a forced march in the harsh Korean snows under the watch of communist soldiers.