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WASHINGTON – U.S. Catholic leaders are warning that proposed changes to the American Health Care Act will harm poor people.

Cardinal Dolan slams DNC pledge to support only pro-abortion candidates

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WASHINGTON – New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan described the recent pledge from the Democratic National Committee's chair to support only pro-abortion candidates "disturbing" and "intolerant."

California Catholic hospital sued for denying sex reassignment surgery

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SACRAMENTO, Calif – A lawsuit has been filed against a Catholic hospital in California for refusing an elective hysterectomy to a female who identifies as a man and who sought the procedure as part of their sex reassignment.

Between election rounds, French cardinal deplores 'democracy gone mad'

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WARSAW, Poland – France's Catholic primate has condemned the current presidential campaign as his country's "worst ever" and urged Christians to help prevent democracy from "losing its sense."

Philippine bishop backs case against Duterte in international court

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MANILA, Philippines – The case filed against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court in The Hague is a "very good step" toward stopping drug-related killings, a Catholic bishop said.

New study: Birth control pills reduce women's well-being

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden – A new Swedish study has shown that women who are taking the contraceptive pill might be putting themselves at risk for decreasing their overall health and well-being.

Dutch 'abortion ship' draws outrage from Mexican pro-life groups

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico – A ship offering abortions anchored itself off the coast of Mexico last week, defying Mexican law on the procedure and drawing outrage from pro-life movements.

Commission adds three terrorist groups to anti-religious freedom watch list

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WASHINGTON – The 2017 annual report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom added three "entities" to its list of 28 "countries of particular concern," thanks to a law passed in December.

Knights of Malta asked to elect temporary leader to replace grand master

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VATICAN CITY – Members of the Knights of Malta about to elect a new permanent leader were asked instead to consider electing a lieutenant who would temporarily take the reins of the order.

Zambian bishops say people live in fear as police brutality increases

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LUSAKA, Zambia – Zambians are living in fear as police brutality increases and the southern African country approaches dictatorship, Zambia's Catholic bishops said.

Pope to Egyptians: Let papal visit be sign of friendship, peace

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VATICAN CITY – Praying that God would protect Egypt from all evil, Pope Francis told the nation's people that a world torn apart by indiscriminate violence needs courageous builders of peace, dialogue and justice.