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JERUSALEM – Catholic leaders in the Holy Land urged Israel to concede to demands of Palestinian political prisoners on a hunger strike since April 17.

45 people saved from tornado's fury in hallway of Texas church

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WASHINGTON – In the insurance world, extreme weather events such as tornadoes are often referred to as "acts of God."

Knights of Malta elects interim leader amid ongoing reform

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ROME – The new lieutenant of the grand master of the Knights of Malta will lead efforts to reform the order following a tumultuous period that brought to light many of the ancient institution's internal disputes.

Catholics bring Pope Francis' call to protect creation to climate march

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WASHINGTON – Carrying banners and signs with quotes from Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si', hundreds of Catholics joined the People's Climate March to call for moral and prayerful action to protect creation.

Pope calls for peace amid deadly protests in Venezuela

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VATICAN CITY – As anti-government protests in Venezuela turned deadly, Pope Francis called for an end to the bloodshed.

Virginia Catholics join the zero waste movement to promote green living

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SPRINGFIELD, Va. – The trash Jane Crosby generated during the month of March fits into the palms of her hands.

Story behind soon-to-be beatified Irish priest whose prayers could heal

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DUBLIN, Ireland – Father John Sullivan was a prominent Irish Catholic convert who was known for his healing prayers, his consolation for the troubled, and his devotion to God.

Pope: U.S., North Korea need diplomatic solution to escalating tensions

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ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM CAIRO – A diplomatic solution must be found to the escalating tension between North Korea and the United States, Pope Francis told journalists.

True faith means loving others to the extreme, Pope tells Egypt's Catholics

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CAIRO – The only kind of fanaticism that is acceptable to God is being fanatical about loving and helping others, Pope Francis said on his final day in Egypt.

Circus chaplain prepares Ringling performers for final bow

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WORCESTER, Mass. – The congregation, numbering about 50, gathered for their last Easter Mass together on the DCU Center’s arena floor.

Pakistani archbishop: Increased security leads students to feel unsafe

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WASHINGTON – Children attending Catholic schools in Pakistan must walk through a gate with two armed guards and into a compound surrounded by 8-foot walls.