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VATICAN CITY – Christians and Muslims believe that freedom of conscience and religion are the most important human rights and, "therefore, our collective duty demands that we respect, preserve and promote such rights," said members of the Catholic-Muslim Forum.

Peace, dialogue held hostage by nuclear weapons threat, Pope says

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VATICAN CITY – The existence of nuclear weapons creates a false sense of security that holds international relations hostage and stifles peaceful coexistence, Pope Francis said.

Thieves desecrate eleven parishes in France

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ANNECY, France – Last month thieves in France robbed, and in the process desecrated, ten churches in the Diocese of Annecy, in the country's Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region.

Vietnamese diocese begins rebuilding church ruined in '67 U.S. air raid

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HAI DUONG, Vietnam – A diocese in northern Vietnam has begun construction of a church dedicated to Dominican martyrs, replacing the ruins of an earlier one destroyed during a U.S. air raid in 1967.

Pope bans sale of cigarettes in Vatican on health grounds

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VATICAN – In a move likely to have some Vatican employees fuming, Pope Francis has decided to ban the sale of cigarettes inside the City State on the grounds that the Holy See cannot profit from a proven health hazard. 

Pope puts John Paul I on path to sainthood, declares him 'venerable'

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VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis recognized that Pope John Paul I, who served only 33 days as pope, lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way and has put him on the path to sainthood.

Vatican to host nuclear disarmament conference

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VATICAN – The Vatican is preparing for a conference on nuclear disarmament this week in the wake of an international effort to ban nuclear weapons.

Victims of Islamic State in focus at UN forum

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NEW YORK – Persecuted religious minorities in Syria and Iraq deserve a better future after suffering at the hands of the Islamic State group.

Philippine bishops begin prayer vigil to protest deaths in war on drugs

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine bishops' conference started a prayer vigil to protest thousands of killings in the government drive to eradicate drug abuse and drug dealing.

Deadliest shooting in place of worship in U.S. history leaves 26 murdered

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Catholic Church stands "in unity" with the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and the larger community after a shooting during Sunday services took the lives of 26 people and injured several more.

Priest resigns as consultant on doctrine after letter to Pope

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WASHINGTON – After publication of his letter to Pope Francis questioning the pontiff's teachings, Father Thomas Weinandy has resigned from his position as consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Doctrine.