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FUZHOU, China – As the Catholic Church in China journeys toward a normalized relationship with the Holy See, one priest in dialogue with Chinese bishops has seen vast improvement in openness and dialogue on the part of leaders, both in the patriotic and underground Churches.

Pope Francis calls up garbage collector who lost legs in accident

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Maximiliano Acuña is a garbage collector in Buenos Aires who earlier this year was injured in a serious accident that left him without legs.

Archbishop Chaput: Civilta Cattolica got American Christianity wrong

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PHILADELPHIA – A prominent Catholic journal’s critique of American religion and politics got quite a bit wrong, Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said yesterday.

Report: Hundreds of boys abused at German choir school

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BERLIN – At least 547 members of a prestigious Catholic boys' choir in Germany were physically or sexually abused between 1945 and 1992, according to a report released Tuesday.

Cameroon bishops take legal action over prelate's suspicious death

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YAOUNDE, Cameroon – The bishops' conference of Cameroon launched a private lawsuit over the alleged murder of Bishop Jean-Marie Benoit Bala of Bafia, whose body was found floating in a river in June.

Sierra Leone bishops say citizen action for peace key to 2018 elections

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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – Catholic bishops in Sierra Leone called on citizens to refrain from actions to destabilize the West African nation and to come together before next year's elections in the same spirit that helped end the country's civil war and overcome its Ebola epidemic.

Facebook restores blocked Catholic pages, citing malfunction

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DENVER, Col. – Facebook has restored more than 20 Catholic pages in Portuguese and English that were blocked yesterday, citing a malfunction in the system.

Work together in small steps to fix current health legislation, Catholic leaders say

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WASHINGTON – After efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act collapsed late July 17 in the U.S. Senate, Catholic health care leaders said they hope Congress will work together, in small steps, to fix flaws in the current legislation.

Trial begins for ex-Vatican officials accused of stealing hospital funds

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VATICAN CITY – Two former top Vatican hospital officials appeared before a Vatican court for a pretrial hearing on allegations of embezzlement.

Texas bishop denounces hateful words, militarization of border

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WASHINGTON – Denouncing the "demonization of migrants," hateful rhetoric, the militarization of the border and a system that divides families, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, called on Catholics to heed the church's teachings to welcome the migrant.

Two priests kidnapped in Congo's troubled North Kivu province

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ARU, Congo – Armed men kidnapped two Catholic priests in the troubled North Kivu province.