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BATON ROUGE, La. – The numbers are staggering. Each year in the U.S. alone, some 300,000 minors are victims of sex trafficking.

Seminarian who once saved the Eucharist from ISIS returns as a priest

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KARAMLESH, Iraq – Martin Baani was just 24 years old when he risked his life as a seminarian to rescue the Blessed Sacrament from the imminent invasion of Islamic State terrorists in his hometown.

Priest says Egypt's Christians feel they could be martyrs at any time

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CAIRO – Christians in Egypt "are getting to this idea that we could be a martyr at any moment," the spokesman for the nation's bishops told Catholic News Service.

U.S. federal appeals court upholds injunction against Trump's travel ban

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RICHMOND, Va. – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, based in Richmond, issued a 10-3 ruling May 25 to uphold a Maryland federal court's injunction against President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban.

Ghana plans to hand back management of mission schools to religious bodies

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ACCRA, Ghana – The government of Ghana has indicated it might be making a move to return management and supervision of mission schools to religious bodies.

Romania takes step toward marriage defence constitutional amendment

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BUCHAREST, Romania – Romania’s lower house of parliament has overwhelmingly approved a proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Monument honours lives of two religious sisters fatally stabbed in 2016

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DURANT, Miss. – A downpour of rain didn't dampen a dedication and blessing ceremony of a monument to honour the lives of Sisters Margaret Held and Paula Merrill, who were slain in their Durant home Aug. 25, 2016. They were both 68.

Laos’ new cardinal is ethnic Khmu, known for kindness

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BANGKOK – Cardinal-designate Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, who will become the first cardinal from Laos, is an ethnic Khmu, a hill tribe from northern Laos and southern China.

Gunmen take Catholic hostages; Philippines' Duterte imposes martial law

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MANILA, Philippines – Gunmen claiming to have links with the Islamic State group threatened to kill hostages, including a Catholic priest, who were taken from the southern Philippine city of Marawi May 23.

Manchester bishop: there is 'no justification' for horrific attack

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MANCHESTER, U.K. – After what has been deemed a terrorist attack that killed 22 people – mostly youth – at a theatre in Manchester Monday night, local Bishop John Arnold condemned the act, saying there is no justification for such violence.

Salvadoran cardinal-designate dedicates appointment to Blessed Romero

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez dedicated his appointment as El Salvador's first Catholic cardinal to his longtime friend and mentor, Blessed Oscar Romero, a slain archbishop who has come to symbolize the small Central American country's fight for justice.