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ROME - While government officials had an obligation to find a safe and dignified alternative for housing some 800 refugees squatting in an abandoned building in the center of Rome, the way police went about it led to violence, said Rome's Caritas agency.

Central African priests use Facebook to express outrage, appeal for help

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BANGUI, Central African Republic - Catholic priests whose villages have been attacked have taken to Facebook to express outrage and appeal for help.

Nun known as 'Mother Teresa of Pakistan' to receive state funeral

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THRISSUR, India – The government of Pakistan will accord a state funeral to Sister Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau, a German-born member of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary who devoted her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan.

‘God’s amazing,’ says science teacher after viewing eclipse

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HOPKINSVILLE, Ky.– Science teacher Jane Irwin isn't often left without words, but the total solar eclipse that swept across America left her in a quiet reflective mood.

Two die in earthquake on Italian island

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ROME – One of the two women who died when an earthquake struck the Italian island of Ischia was killed by falling debris from a 19th-century church. The other died in her home, which was destroyed by the quake Aug. 21.

Catholic leaders urge prayers, unity after attacks in Spain

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OXFORD, England - Spanish church leaders urged prayers and national unity after two terrorist attacks left at least 19 people dead.

Pope offers prayers for victims of terrorist attack in Barcelona

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VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of a terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain, that left at least 12 people dead and injured dozens of others.

Iceland population of people with Down syndrome 'disappearing'

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WASHINGTON - Iceland is on its way to "eliminate" people with Down syndrome, a report from CBS News explained, causing uproar in the pro-life community over the high numbers of abortions following prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

Catholic leaders, groups urge all Americans to confront 'sin of racism'

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WASHINGTON - The Franciscan Action Network called on all Americans, "especially ourselves and those who have benefited from white privilege," to look within themselves "and confront America's original sin -- the sin of racism."

Australian bishops oppose forcing priests to reveal details of confession

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Vatican City - The bishops of Australia have indicated that they will resist the Royal Commission's proposal that priests be legally obligated to disclose details of sexual abuse revealed in the confessional, facing criminal charges if they don't.

Bishops ask for peace after white nationalist rally turns deadly

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WASHINGTON – In the aftermath of a chaos- and hate-filled weekend in Virginia, Catholic bishops and groups throughout the nation called for peace after three people died and several others were injured following clashes between pacifists, protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 11 and 12.