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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.

Hall of Fame basketball coach Kundla began career with Catholic schools

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Before John Kundla, who died July 23 at 101, became a Hall of Fame basketball coach with the Minneapolis Lakers, he started his career with Catholic schools.

Ex-priest leaves prison after serving his sentence for child sex abuse

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BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Former priest Paul R. Shanley, a major figure in the U.S. church's child sex abuse scandal, was released from prison July 28 after serving 12 years for raping and assaulting a boy in the 1980s.

Cardinal says Venezuela must take blame for 10 election-related deaths

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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.