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VATICAN – In a speech to a family association Saturday, Pope Francis again stressed that God's vision of the family is between a man and a woman, and compared the abortion of children who are sick or disabled to a Nazi mentality.

Scientists, believers should admit how little they know, Pope says

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VATICAN – Scientists and people of faith always must admit they don't know everything, and they must never be afraid to explore and discover more, Pope Francis told astronomy students and experts.

Saudi-led assault to have 'catastrophic impact' on Yemeni families, Catholic aid agency says

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AMMAN, Jordan – The Saudi-led coalition's assault on Hodeida, Yemen's main port city, will have a "catastrophic impact" on the ability of relief groups to get food, medicine and other aid to vulnerable Yemeni families in urgent need of assistance, a Catholic aid agency warned.

Papal trip to Geneva marks 'new spring' in ecumenism

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VATICAN – Pope Francis' one-day pilgrimage to Geneva will mark another major ecumenical moment in his papacy.

Defend, protect migrants rather than suspect them, Pope says

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VATICAN – Migrants seeking a better life in other countries must not be viewed with suspicion but rather defended and protected, no matter their status, Pope Francis said.

Police say prominent Bangladeshi priest involved with multiple women, underage girls

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RAJSHAHI, Bangladesh – The mysterious disappearance of a Bangladeshi priest just days before Pope Francis visited the country has taken a new turn, reported ucanews.com.

Bishops of El Salvador urge lawmakers not to privatize water

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – El Salvador's bishops urged lawmakers to discard any plans for privatizing water in the Central American country, saying the poor could not afford to pay the cost of a vital necessity.

Pope launches appeal that World Cup in Russia helps promote peace

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VATICAN – As 32 nations get ready to vie for the World Cup in Russia, Pope Francis greeted players, organizers and soccer fans who will be following "this event that overcomes all borders."

Vatican team returns to Chile to 'ask forgiveness' for clergy sex abuse, cover-ups

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VATICAN – Arriving on his second visit to Chile, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta said his mission to the country is a sign of Pope Francis' closeness to the local church following devastating reports of sexual abuse and cover-ups by members of the clergy.

Korean bishops call for prayer amid ‘joy’ after Trump-Kim summit

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WASHINGTON – At a highly-anticipated summit on June 12, President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un signed a joint-statement making commitments “to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.”

Interfaith leaders in Trinidad unite on traditional marriage

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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – Interfaith leaders, including Catholics, have declared their belief that marriage can only be between a biological man and a biological woman.