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SYDNEY – Australia's five archbishops said they would consider asking the Vatican for clarification on concerns raised in a government inquiry into sexual abuse of children in the church.

Trump's new immigration rules will hurt the vulnerable, U.S. bishops warn

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WASHINGTON – The Trump administration’s new border and immigration enforcement rules needlessly endanger the vulnerable, militarize the border and will cause many other problems, the U.S. bishops warned this week.

Syrian priest: After liberation of Aleppo, living conditions still dire

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ALEPPO, Syria – Nearly three months after the Syrian Army liberated the city of Aleppo from ISIS control, the local population is facing harsh living conditions in a city left in ruins after nearly six years of fighting.

Vatican astronomers applaud discovery of Earth-sized planets

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VATICAN CITY – The quest to find life on other planets got a boost when astronomers confirmed the existence of at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a red dwarf star just 40 light years away.

Trump draws praise for withdrawing transgender bathroom regulation

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WASHINGTON – On Wednesday night, the Trump administration withdrew an Obama-era guidance that had directed schools to allow students to use the bathroom or locker room of the gender they currently identify with, not the facilities of their birth or biological sex.

South Sudan bishops condemn atrocities, appeal for help to prevent famine

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MANCHESTER, England – South Sudan's Catholic bishops asked for the world's help to prevent mass starvation that threatens the lives of more than 5 million people.

Iraqi Christians erect large cross in area liberated from ISIS

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MOSUL, Iraq – After years of darkness, hope has returned to Telekuf-Tesqopa. Located 26 kilometres from Mosul, the village is rebuilding after being liberated from ISIS.

Australian archbishops: Leadership on sex abuse was 'catastrophic failure'

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SYDNEY – Five Australian archbishops testified before a government commission on child sexual abuse, reiterating apologies and taking responsibility for actions that occurred before they were church leaders.

U.S. religious groups, leaders respond to Trump's new immigration policies

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Religious organizations and leaders were swift to react to new Trump administration policies that will widely expand deportations of undocumented immigrants.

Pope meets families of victims from deadly Bangladesh attack

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis met Wednesday morning with the families of nine of the victims of a terrorist attack which took place in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, last summer.

In DR Congo, there is an upsurge of violence against the Church

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KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo – In the wake of an attack on a Catholic seminary, the leader of the Church in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has issued an appeal about “the alarming security situation” in his country.