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VALLA BEACH, Australia -- Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric convicted of child sexual abuse charges, will learn the fate of his final appeal to the country's High Court April 7.

Cardinal says Communist Party to blame for covering up COVID-19

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YANGON, Myanmar -- Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, called the Chinese Communist Party "morally culpable" for initially covering up the full dangers of the COVID-19 virus, which originated in Wuhan, China.

Italian government clarifies lockdown rules for churches

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ROME -- While many churches in Italy remain open, visiting a church to pray is not a valid excuse for leaving one's home during Italy's COVID-19 lockdown, said a note from the Ministry for Internal Affairs.

Priest takes confession to the parking lot

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WASHINGTON -- When public Masses in the Archdiocese of Washington were suspended in efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Fr. Scott Holmer, pastor at St. Edward the Confessor Parish in Bowie, Md., got creative about bringing the sacraments to his local community.

Abortion legalized in Northern Ireland

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MANCHESTER, England -- The British government has pressed ahead with the legalization of abortion in Northern Ireland.

Iranian cleric pleads with Pope Francis to help end U.S. sanctions

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VATICAN CITY -- Citing the increasing loss of lives to COVID-19 and a lack of medical resources, an Iranian cleric has urged Pope Francis to do what he can to help get U.S. sanctions against Iran lifted.

North American College decides to send all its seminarians home

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ROME -- With more than half of its seminarians already back in the United States, the Pontifical North American College in Rome is sending its students home.

Deacon dad and his son … the new bishop

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- In a first for New Zealand, a permanent deacon participated in the episcopal ordination Mass of his son.

England’s ‘plague village’ offers lesson in humanity

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Greater love has no one than to lay their life down for their friends, said Jesus. 

Australian bishops begin canceling Masses to contain COVID-19

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SYDNEY -- Catholic dioceses in Australia began canceling Masses as the government limited indoor gatherings to fewer than 100 people in mid-March in an effort to contain COVID-19.

Former French priest sentenced for sexual assaults

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LYON, France -- A former French priest was sentenced to jail for five years for sexual assaults against Scouts.