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Liberty Counsel, a Christian legal group, announced that a settlement it called historic has been reached with an Illinois hospital system over denying its employees a religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Five-day trial set for Cardinal Zen, four defendants

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At a pre-trial hearing in Hong Kong, a judge set a five-day trial for Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun and four other defendants who face charges of failing to properly register a now-defunct fund to help anti-government protesters.

U.N. report: Myanmar junta 'committing systematic crimes against humanity'

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Myanmar's military junta has committed crimes against humanity amid ongoing conflicts in the country following the coup last year, said a new report by the United Nations.

Bioethics institute urges U.K. to review parental rights of very ill kids

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A Catholic bioethics institute urged the U.K. government to speed up a review of the rights of the parents of sick children after doctors ended the life of a brain-damaged boy against the wishes of his parents.

Ambassador says Pope Francis will visit Ukraine before Kazakhstan trip

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Pope Francis plans to make his long-awaited visit to Ukraine before his trip to Kazakhstan in September, said Andrii Yurash, Ukraine's ambassador to the Holy See.

Biden continues construction along parts of border wall started by Trump

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Some border residents and organizations are speaking out against the Biden administration after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security revealed plans to fill in gaps of a border wall to keep migrants out near Yuma, Arizona.

Bucharest Archdiocese welcomes order to demolish building near cathedral

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Romanian officials have ordered the demolition of a 20-story office building overshadowing Bucharest's Catholic cathedral, 10 years after a ruling that it was built illegally and endangers the historic landmark.

Guatemalan bishops warn against political manipulation

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Ahead of Guatemala's upcoming election season, the country's bishops said religious gatherings in the coming months should "not fall into the temptation of mixing political propaganda with apparent prayer."

Parishioners protest arrest of second priest in two months in Nicaragua

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Catholics in Nicaragua are calling for the release of two priests detained over the past two months as a campaign of arbitrary arrests and church repression continues in the Central American country.

Police in Northern Ireland investigate burning of Pope Francis image

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The Police Service of Northern Ireland said it is investigating a possible crime after an image of Pope Francis was burned in a bonfire.

Pope Francis confirms plans to meet Russian patriarch in Kazakhstan

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Pope Francis said he plans to meet with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in September at an interreligious meeting in Kazakhstan.