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WASHINGTON – Calling a proposed piece of legislation "discriminatory," the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration called on the president and Congress to reject a bill that seeks to drastically cut legal immigration levels in half over a decade and which also would greatly limit the ability of citizens and legal residents to bring family into the U.S.

Malawi's government encourages local Catholic media

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KARONGA, Malawi – Mawali's information, communication and technology ministry praised the country's Catholic media this week for their evangelization efforts as part of the 51st Communications Sunday.

Christian leaders unite to oppose assisted suicide in Australia

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MELBOURNE, Australia – Catholics and Christian leaders from several denominations have joined forces in the Australian state of Victoria to decry a bill in favour of assisted suicide, expected to be proposed and voted on later this year.

Military archbishop backs transgender ban, but says human dignity must prevail

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WASHINGTON – Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services offered support for President Donald Trump's reinstatement of a ban on transgender people serving in any branch of the military.

Knights of Columbus to send $2.5 million to restore Christian town in Iraq

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WASHINGTON – In 2014, the Islamic State removed hundreds of families of religious minorities from their homes in Karamdes, a mostly Christian town on the Ninevah Plain in Iraq. Just over two years later, the town, also known as Karemlash, was liberated.

Vatican insists on peaceful, democratic resolution in Venezuela

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VATICAN CITY – After violence followed a controversial vote in Venezuela this weekend, the Vatican Secretary of State has encouraged the country's citizens to find a "peaceful and democratic" way out of the crisis.

Judge strikes down Alabama abortion law involving parental consent

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A federal judge has struck down an Alabama law requiring more scrutiny for minors who seek an abortion without parental consent.

Maryknoll priest honoured by Knights for ministry to sick in North Korea

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-WASHINGTON – Maryknoll Father Gerard Hammond has been named the winner of the Gaudium et Spes Award from the Knights of Columbus for the 84-year-old priest's missionary work with tuberculosis patients in North Korea.

Dutch cardinal on euthanasia spike: bishops warned of slippery slope years ago

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OXFORD, England – Recent increases in euthanasia and assisted suicide deaths among psychiatric and dementia patients reflect the concerns church officials expressed years ago, said a Dutch cardinal.

Welsh seminarians mistaken for bachelor party nearly kicked out of pub

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CARDIFF, Wales – Seven seminarians walk into a bar … and almost get kicked out.

Pope names coadjutor to Hong Kong as Cardinal Tong retires as bishop

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal John Tong Hon as bishop of Hong Kong. Coadjutor Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, 70, succeeds the cardinal as head of the diocese, the Vatican announced Aug. 1.