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CARACAS, Venezuela – Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino said the nation's government must take the blame for at least 10 deaths related to a controversial election.

Head of Knights of Malta relief efforts says sea rescue is a 'mission'

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ROME – While European leaders continue to debate how to handle the influx of migrants, the head of the Order of Malta's Italian relief corps said that search and rescue operations are a human obligation.

Kenyan Catholic bishops urge peaceful vote

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NAIROBI, Kenya – Kenyan Catholic bishops have urged the citizens to prepare to vote peacefully in the Aug. 8 general elections.

A Church on mission – Zambia celebrates 125 years of the Catholic faith

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LUSAKA, Zambia – As Zambia concluded a year of celebration marking 125 years since the Church was established in the country, its bishops have said that while it was once a missionary Church, it is now a Church on mission.

Two thousand witness history at dedication of new North Carolina cathedral

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The Diocese of Raleigh began the day with the smallest Catholic cathedral in the continental United States. But when the July 26 dedication of a new cathedral concluded, the diocese was home to one of the largest in the country.

British baby Charlie Gard dies in hospice care

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MANCHESTER, England – Charlie Gard, the British baby whose legal battle caught the attention of the world, died July 28, just over a week before his first birthday, his family announced.

Transgender military ban applauded for respecting biology, the common good

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WASHINGTON – After President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that persons identifying as transgender could not serve in the U.S. military, theologians and bioethics experts voiced support for the policy change.

Upcoming referendum will only worsen crisis, Venezuelan bishops say

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VATICAN CITY – Days before a referendum to elect a constituent assembly to rewrite Venezuela's constitution, leaders of the country's bishops' conference said the referendum is illegal and will only increase the suffering of the people.

After repeal fails, 'task remains' to reform health care, says bishop

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WASHINGTON (CNS) -- After the Senate Republicans failed to get enough votes to pass a "skinny" repeal to remove parts of the Affordable Care Act in the early hours of July 28, the U.S. Catholic Church's lead spokesman on the issue said the "task of reforming the health care system still remains."

Irish Priest horrified by plan to show exorcist film in abandoned church

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BELFAST, Northern Ireland – An Irish priest has decried a film festival's plans to screen two horror films in an abandoned church next month.

In Tanzania, young people learn about selves as they help elderly

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa – In helping abandoned elderly people in Tanzanian villages, young people have learned to care for themselves, too, said a nun who oversees the project that she began with Catholic friends in the U.S.