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VATICAN – Pope Francis' call for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in war-torn countries like South Sudan and Congo is also a reminder for world leaders to protect their countrymen from violence and injustice, a Vatican official said.

With growing student activism on gun violence, will lawmakers act?

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WASHINGTON – Determination and resolve, mixed with frustration and anger, are guiding a new round of resolute activism to reshape federal gun laws.

Refugee, migrant children should not be detained like criminals, U.N. speakers say

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UNITED NATIONS – Migration is not a crime and vulnerable migrant and refugee children should not be detained as if they were criminals, speakers said at a U.N. program Feb. 21.

Christian leader, English bishop add to outcry over attacks in Syria

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AMMAN, Jordan – A Syrian Christian political leader has joined the growing ranks of international condemnation over violent attacks in Syria's northwestern area of Afrin and the Damascus enclave of Eastern Ghouta.

British judge allows toddler's life support switched off, against parents' wishes

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LIVERPOOL, England – A British court ruled Tuesday that physicians can stop providing life support, against his parents' wishes, to Alfie Evans, a 21-month old boy who has an unknown neurological degenerative condition.

Pope Francis challenges young people: Don't live life for 'likes'

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VATICAN – It's time to break free from fear, fake online personas and looking at the world through a digital screen display, Pope Francis told young people.

Nearly 50,000 baptisms registered in China in 2017, says Vatican agency

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VATICAN – The Catholic Church in China registered 48,556 baptisms in 2017, reflecting the vitality and missionary strength of the Catholic communities there, according to a report by Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Parkland students arrive in Florida capital to urge action on gun reform

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – About 100 students from Parkland arrived in Tallahassee the evening of Feb. 20, highly motivated to press their state lawmakers in person to reform gun laws after the deadly shooting rampage at their high school.

Billy Graham, America’s pre-eminent evangelist, dies at 99

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MONTREAT, N.C. – The Rev. Billy Graham, a fiery Baptist preacher who was easily the most famous evangelist of the 20th century and for decades one of the world figures most admired by Americans, died early Feb. 21 at his home in Montreat, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He was 99.

Bermuda repeal of same-sex marriage to stand

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HAMILTON, Bermuda – The British government has said it will not overrule a Bermudian law passed earlier this month which abolishes same-sex marriage, less than a year after the institution was imposed by a court decision.

Ex-Chilean seminarian: Meeting with Vatican abuse investigator 'intense', 'hopeful'

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NEW YORK – A former Chilean seminarian who accused a current bishop of abuse cover-up met with a Vatican investigator and said he finally felt he had been heard.