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Italian authorities issued an arrest warrant for Gianluigi Torzi, an Italian broker who served as the middleman in the Vatican's majority stake purchase of a property in London's posh Chelsea district.

Five priests, two nuns, three laypeople kidnapped in Haiti

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VATICAN CITY -- The latest victims of rampant kidnappings in Haiti are five priests, two nuns and three laypeople who were abducted together on their way to a parish near the capital of Port-au-Prince early April 11.

Former chaplain to Queen Elizabeth says Prince Philip was deeply interested in God

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MANCHESTER, England -- The former chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II remembers Prince Philip as a man so deeply interested in God that he often would arrange conversations with Jewish and Muslim scholars, then put himself into the role of the Christian theologian.

London cardinal leads Catholics in mourning death of Prince Philip

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MANCHESTER, England -- Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster led Catholics of England and Wales in mourning the death of Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II.

Swiss-born Father Hans Küng, theologian, dies at 93

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BERLIN -- Father Hans Küng, the prominent and sometimes controversial Swiss Catholic theologian, died peacefully in his sleep in the university town of Tübingen, Germany, where he had lived and lectured since 1960, said a spokesman for his Global Ethic Foundation. He was 93.

London police halt Good Friday service, say pandemic protocols violated

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LONDON -- Police halted a Good Friday service after a complaint that pandemic regulations were not being met, leading the parish priest to complain that officers had "brutally exceeded their powers."

El Salvador turns to Romero in difficult time

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- COVID-19 put a damper on last year’s celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of St. Oscar Romero’s martyrdom, but a continuing pandemic couldn’t stop this year’s festivities.

Vatican calls for action to help people displaced by climate change

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VATICAN CITY — Whether people admit it or not, climate change and environmental destruction are forcing millions from their homes, and Catholics have a responsibility to assist them, Pope Francis wrote in the preface to a new document.

Suicide bomb attack disrupts Palm Sunday Mass at Indonesian cathedral

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MAKASSAR, Indonesia -- A suicide bomb attack on a Catholic cathedral compound shattered the calm of Palm Sunday Mass, leaving two bombers dead and at least 20 people wounded.

Protest harnesses the power of faith

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Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said faith is the essential, secret power in her country’s struggle for democracy.

Pandemic heightens concern for clean water

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VATICAN CITY -- More investment and action are needed to ensure people have access to clean and safe water for drinking and sanitation, said the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.