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VATICAN CITY - Environmental destruction is a sign of a "morally decaying scenario" in which too many people ignore or deny that, from the beginning, "God intended humanity to cooperate in the preservation and protection of the natural environment," said the leaders of the Catholic and Orthodox churches.

Filipinos form coalition against Duterte's 'autocratic rule'

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MANILA, Philippines - Clergy, academics, lawyers, journalists and artists launched a broad coalition against the "autocratic rule" of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Prayers, aid offered amid floods as Texas parishes grapple with Harvey

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HOUSTON – The 200-home community of McDade Estates down the road from Sacred Heart Parish had just hours to evacuate Aug. 27. City officials knocked door-to-door, alerting residents to escape to higher ground.

California's first Catholic school sparks controversy by removing statues

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San Anselmo, Calif.– Parents are concerned after a California Catholic school has removed several religious statues from its campus in an effort to be more inclusive of other faiths.

Texas parishioners shocked by devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey

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HOUSTON – With floodwater as high as 20 feet from swelling bayous and waterways, thousands of homes in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston flooded as Tropical Storm Harvey continued to batter southeast Texas Aug. 28.

Guatemala bishops condemn president's firing of anti-corruption official

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MEXICO CITY – Guatemala's bishops criticized the country's president for expelling an international anti-corruption commissioner. They also called for public protests to remain peaceful, for politicians to act in the national interest and for the president to obey a court order against his actions.

Parishes in Macau, hit by two typhoons, hold special Masses

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MACAU – Parishes in Macau Diocese held special Masses Aug. 28 for those killed and affected by a super typhoon that struck in late August.

Catholic groups are mobilizing to help in Hurricane Harvey's aftermath

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WASHINGTON – Catholic dioceses and charities are quickly organizing to help in the aftermath of a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall with heavy rains and winds of 130 miles per hour late Aug. 25 into the Rockport, Texas area, northeast of Corpus Christi. The National Weather Service said in a tweet Aug. 27 that the rainfall expected after the hurricane and storm are over "are beyond anything experienced before."

Galveston-Houston readies for historic hurricane, first in 10-plus years

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HOUSTON – Hurricane Harvey's pending landfall is bringing up memories of the last major storm that aimed for the Texas Gulf Coast.

Rome Caritas blames police for violent removal of refugees

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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.