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MANCHESTER, England – The terms "mother" and "father" will be banned from Catholic schools' admissions forms in England and Wales following a complaint the terms discriminated against gay and stepparents.

Philippine church leaders urge Trudeau to take back toxic waste

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MANILA, Philippines – Catholic Church leaders in the Philippines are calling on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take back several shipping containers of toxic waste that arrived in the country from Canada in 2013, reported ucanews.com.

Pope sends condolences after quake kills more than 400 in Iran, Iraq

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VATICAN – Pope Francis sent messages of condolence to people in Iran and Iraq after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed more than 400 people, mostly in Iran.

Canadian saint lights up church in France

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A stained glass image of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, Canada’s first female saint, now adorns the Saint-Paul and Saint-Pierre Church in Hiers-Brouage, France.

Religious freedom must be protected, says Catholic-Muslim dialogue

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VATICAN CITY – Christians and Muslims believe that freedom of conscience and religion are the most important human rights and, "therefore, our collective duty demands that we respect, preserve and promote such rights," said members of the Catholic-Muslim Forum.

Peace, dialogue held hostage by nuclear weapons threat, Pope says

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VATICAN CITY – The existence of nuclear weapons creates a false sense of security that holds international relations hostage and stifles peaceful coexistence, Pope Francis said.

Thieves desecrate eleven parishes in France

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ANNECY, France – Last month thieves in France robbed, and in the process desecrated, ten churches in the Diocese of Annecy, in the country's Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region.

Vietnamese diocese begins rebuilding church ruined in '67 U.S. air raid

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HAI DUONG, Vietnam – A diocese in northern Vietnam has begun construction of a church dedicated to Dominican martyrs, replacing the ruins of an earlier one destroyed during a U.S. air raid in 1967.

Pope bans sale of cigarettes in Vatican on health grounds

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VATICAN – In a move likely to have some Vatican employees fuming, Pope Francis has decided to ban the sale of cigarettes inside the City State on the grounds that the Holy See cannot profit from a proven health hazard. 

Pope puts John Paul I on path to sainthood, declares him 'venerable'

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VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis recognized that Pope John Paul I, who served only 33 days as pope, lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way and has put him on the path to sainthood.

Vatican to host nuclear disarmament conference

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VATICAN – The Vatican is preparing for a conference on nuclear disarmament this week in the wake of an international effort to ban nuclear weapons.