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WASHINGTON – While many Catholics took to social media asking for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the life of migrants who have come to the U.S. seeking a better life, President Donald Trump called, on Dec. 12, her feast day, for an end to two immigration programs.

U.K. bishops make appeal for child refugees

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MANCHESTER, England – U.K. Catholic leaders urged the British government to accept more child refugees from northern France after reports that hundreds of young people are being forced to sleep outdoors in low temperatures.

Philippine Congress extends martial law in southern Philippines

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MANILA, Philippines – Martial law in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao, originally aimed at quelling a terrorist attack in Marawi in May, has been extended for another year.

Pope sparks debate over Our Father line

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As Pope Francis questions the wording of the Our Father, perhaps the Church should pray that his concerns lead us not into altercation.

Cardinal Kasper: Controversy surrounding Amoris Laetitia has come to an end

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MUNICH, Germany – The controversy regarding Amoris Laetitia has come to an end, according to German cardinal Walter Kasper. 

Vatican conference highlights role of laity in addressing modern challenges

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VATICAN – Leading lay experts and top Vatican officials have joined forces this week to talk about how they can collaborate in addressing key areas of modern concern, placing a special emphasis on the role of laypeople.

Vatican voices concern over Trump's Jerusalem move

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VATICAN – Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s Dec. 6 notice that he will be moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the Holy See has expressed its concern for recent violent outbreaks and urged leaders to promote peace and security. 

Jesuit gives voice to tea workers' plight in India

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The plight of workers on India’s tea estates will not go unnoticed by the rest of the world if Jesuit Fr. Lalit Tirkey has his way.

Court rejects Washington Archdiocese's Advent public transit ad

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WASHINGTON, D.C., – A federal court has denied relief to the Archdiocese of Washington, in its request for an injunction that would have allowed it to run metro ads encouraging riders to discover the true meaning of Christmas.

U.S. Department of Justice investigates Planned Parenthood for sale of aborted baby parts

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a formal investigation of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortions, for their role in the alleged sale of baby body parts.

Pope calls for respect as he listens to Rohingya refugees

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VATICAN – Pope Francis’ skill at walking political and pastoral tightropes was put to the test in Bangladesh and Myanmar.