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HONG KONG – Chinese propaganda chiefs have ordered mainland journalists not to describe outspoken Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun as the "emeritus" bishop of Hong Kong, but to instead use the word "former."

Our Lady of Czestochowa to receive a new crown on coronation’s 300th

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CZESTOCHOWA, Poland – Three hundred years ago this September the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa was crowned Queen and Protector of Poland by Clement XI.

Russia, West must settle differences to achieve peace, cardinal says

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VATICAN CITY – Peace and an end to violent conflicts around the world should be placed above any national interests when it comes to the relationship between Western countries and Russia, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said.

Pro-life groups praise new Missouri bill curbing abortion

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Pro-lifers lauded a bill that will restrict abortion access in Missouri, granting the state attorney general more power to prosecute violations, and requiring both stricter health codes and proper fetal tissue disposal.

Ohio bishops: Replace death penalty with mercy, conversion

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Catholic leaders in Ohio stressed the need to replace the death penalty with mercy and spiritual conversion, following the execution of convicted child murderer Ronald Phillips.

Court to decide if Charlie Gard's parents can take him home

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LONDON, England – After ending their legal fight to seek further treatment for their 11-month-old son, the parents of Charlie Gard are now in a dispute with Great Ormond Street Hospital over whether they may take the boy home to live out his final days.

Cardinal Pell faces Australian court on sex abuse charges

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MELBOURNE, Australia – Silent but defiant, Cardinal George Pell made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday (July 26) on charges of sexual abuse, vowing through his lawyer to fight the allegations that have rocked Rome and threatened the Pope's image as a crusader against abusive clergy.

U.S. bishop urges Senate to remedy health care after vote to proceed

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WASHINGTON – After the Senate voted July 25 to proceed with the health care debate, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, urged senators of both parties to "work together to advance changes that serve the common good."

New York court says church has right to hire employees who 'advance faith'

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NEW YORK – A court ruling that the New York Archdiocese did not discriminate against a school principal when it did not renew her contract affirms "the freedom of a church to decide who will serve as its religious leaders," said the Alliance Defending Freedom.

Catholics oppose buffer zone around Kentucky's last abortion clinic

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Pro-life activists in the Archdiocese of Louisville have spoken out against a city ordinance which resulted in the creation of a temporary buffer zone outside Kentucky's only facility where abortions can be procured.

Mexican bishops don't see explosion as attack on church

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MEXICO CITY – The Mexican bishops' conference does not believe an explosive device detonated outside its offices – adjacent to the country's most visited religious site, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe – is an attack on the Catholic Church.