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WASHINGTON – Scientists who helped restore a shrine above the site believed to be the place where Christ was buried say testing of samples has dated the tomb to at least the fourth century. 

Pope tells Bangladesh bishops to make laity a priority, especially youth

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DHAKA, Bangladesh – On Friday Pope Francis met with the bishops of Bangladesh, urging them to be close to the laity, especially young people and families, and to encourage them to serve the Church according to their particular gifts.

Pope kicks off Bangladesh visit with call to action on Rohingya crisis

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VATICAN – Pope Francis arrived in Bangladesh with words of praise for the humanitarian assistance the nation has given to Rohingya Muslim refugees, and urged greater action on their behalf from the international community.

Pope arrives in Bangladesh, praises country's welcome of Rohingya

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DHAKA, Bangladesh – The government and people of Bangladesh have shown exemplary generosity in welcoming hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, despite great demands placed on already limited resources, Pope Francis said.

Bishops bring concerns to NAFTA table

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As negotiators sat down in Mexico City for the fifth round of NAFTA negotiations, U.S. and Mexican bishops warned that failure to come up with a fair deal on trade could fuel more violence and more illegal immigration at the Mexican-U.S. border.

Religious leaders must reclaim the virtues of their faith for peace, Pope says

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YANGON, Myanmar – Christians and Buddhists are called by faith to overcome evil with goodness and violence with peace, Pope Francis said during a meeting with leaders of Myanmar's Buddhist community.

Washington Archdiocese takes transit system to court over ad guidelines

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WASHINGTON – The Archdiocese of Washington filed suit in federal court Nov. 28 over the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's advertising guidelines after the transit system rejected an Advent and Christmas advertisement.

Royal engagement brings attention to Catholic school

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WASHINGTON – When the news broke Nov. 27 of Meghan Markle's engagement to Prince Harry, reporters descended upon the Los Angeles Catholic school Markle attended: Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School.

Unity, not uniformity, leads to peace, Pope says

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YANGON, Myanmar – In a small, informal meeting with a variety of religious leaders, Pope Francis went to the heart of his message for Myanmar: unity, not uniformity, is the secret to peace.

Pope in Myanmar: Peace requires justice, respect for human rights

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Yangon, Myanmar – In a major speech in Myanmar, Pope Francis told the nation's leaders to leave conflict behind and work for peace by promoting justice and respect for the rights of all citizens, regardless of religion or ethnicity.

Polish lawmakers consider closing shops on Sundays

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WARSAW – Poland could gradually end Sunday shopping in the next three years, if lawmakers approve a bill under consideration in the national legislature.