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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has defrocked an Italian priest who was found guilty of child sex abuse, three years after overturning predecessor Benedict XVI's decision to do the same after allegations against the priest first came to light. 

Fresh from consistory, new cardinals greet family, friends

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VATICAN CITY – The Catholic Church's five new cardinals received a warm reception from family, friends and the general public June 28 after Pope Francis inducted them into the College of Cardinals.

Mexican priest moved to intermediate care after stabbing attack

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Father Miguel Angel Machorro, who was stabbed May 15 at the Mexico City Cathedral, left intensive care and was transferred to the Intermediate Care Area of Angeles Mocel Hospital in Mexico City, according to a June 20 statement by the Archdiocese of Mexico.

British doctors' union supports campaign to decriminalize abortion

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MANCHESTER, England – British doctors have put their support behind a campaign to strip criminal sanctions from the country's abortion laws, prompting warnings from Catholic bishops that liberalization might "put more vulnerable women at risk."

Hope continues for captured Filipino priest sighted alive

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MARAWI, Philippines – Captured priest Father Teresito “Chito” Suganob was seen alive on Sunday in a part of a Philippines city under Islamist militant control, Agence France Presse reports.

Bishops: Loss of affordable health care under GOP plan 'simply unacceptable'

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WASHINGTON – The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, in its analysis of the Senate health care bill, said late June 26 the measure would leave 22 million more people without insurance.

'Texting suicide' case could impact assisted suicide legislation

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BOSOTN, Mass. – A case about whether a troubled teenager convinced her depressed boyfriend to commit suicide through her words and text messages may have possible implications for physician-assisted suicide cases.

Mystery surrounds death of priest who went missing in Scotland

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EDINBURGH, Scotland – A priest who was reported missing last week from his parish in Edinburgh, Scotland was found dead on a nearby beach Friday afternoon.

U.S. Supreme Court: Church school can't be barred from state funds for playground

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WASHINGTON – In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court June 26 said a Lutheran preschool should not be excluded from a state grant program to refurbish its playground surface just because it is a religious entity.

Lithuanian archbishop, murdered by Soviet police, beatified in Vilnius

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VILNIUS, Lithuania – A Catholic archbishop who was murdered by Soviet police to prevent him attending the Second Vatican Council became the first communist-era martyr beatified in Lithuania.

At Fatima, cardinal consecrates Lebanon, Middle East to Mary

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FATIMA, Portugal – Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai consecrated Lebanon and all the Middle East to Mary in Fatima, praying for peace and stability.