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ROME -- A dozen bishops of the Armenian Catholic Church prayed for the assistance of the Holy Spirit as they met in Rome to begin their second attempt at electing a patriarch for their church.

Mexican Supreme Court strikes down abortion law

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MEXICO CITY -- The Mexican Supreme Court has invalidated a clause in a state constitution that provided protection of life "from the moment in which an individual is conceived ... until their death," arguing that no state government could determine when life begins; only the federal constitution could determine that.

Britain warned of euthanasia progression

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MANCHESTER, England -- Doctors from Canada, the U.S. and Belgium have pressed their case to British politicians against a bill to legalize assisted suicide.

Belarus church denounces anti-Catholic cartoon depicting priests as Nazis

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WARSAW, Poland -- The bishops' conference of Belarus accused state media of stoking anti-Catholic feeling, after an official newspaper equated priests with Nazis in a front-page cartoon.

Court won’t block Texas’ six-week abortion ban

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against blocking a Texas law banning abortions at six weeks of pregnancy.

Former Cardinal McCarrick pleads not guilty; two more lawsuits filed

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WASHINGTON -- Former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick pleaded not guilty Sept. 3 in a Massachusetts court, where he is facing three counts of sexually assaulting a teenager in the 1970s.

Pope Francis questions Afghanistan withdrawal strategy

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VATICAN CITY -- The chaotic withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan was due in part to a lack of foreseeing all possible eventualities, Pope Francis said in a new interview.

New Orleans Archdiocese assesses damage from Hurricane Ida

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NEW ORLEANS -- With most of South Louisiana cut off from electrical power due to the 150-mph winds of Hurricane Ida, the Archdiocese of New Orleans announced Aug. 30 that all schools, along with its main administrative offices, would remain closed until at least Labor Day, Sept. 6.

Post-quake Haiti: Funerals and a daily quest for food, water, shelter

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Two weeks after Haiti's Aug. 14 earthquake, the country's southwest peninsula is still marked by funerals, aftershocks and a daily search for clean water, food and shelter.

Expats support Cubans’ freedom fight

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“Libertad! Libertad! Libertad!” Since July 11, the Spanish chant of liberty has sounded loud at solidarity rallies throughout Canada, the U.S. and, most fervently, in cities across Cuba as its inhabitants in a rare show of defiance against their government seek emancipation from the authoritarian regime ushered in by Fidel Castro in 1959.

Mexican diocese condemns murder of local journalist

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MEXICO CITY -- A Mexican diocese has condemned the murder of a journalist in Veracruz state, saying the crime threatens freedom of expression.