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SYDNEY -- Thousands of pro-life supporters demonstrated in the streets of the Australian capital, expressing their opposition to a bill in the New South Wales state parliament that would permit abortion until birth for any reason.

Christian refugee flees from more threats

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A Pakistani Christian refugee in Thailand, begging for help from Canada, has had his family’s location revealed for the second time in a month.

Conviction on abuse charges against Pell upheld by appeals court

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- An Australian appeals court upheld the conviction of Cardinal George Pell on five counts of sexually assaulting two choirboys more than two decades ago.

Church in Congo urges for aid from multinationals

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KINSHASA, Congo -- Foreign companies working in mineral-rich Congo ought to contribute part of their profits to local development programs, said an official of the country's Catholic bishops' conference.

Planned Parenthood whistleblower awarded $3 million

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PHOENIX, Ariz. (CNA) -- An Arizona court awarded a former Planned Parenthood clinic director $3 million in damages in a wrongful termination case, on Friday. Mayra Rodriguez claimed she was unfairly dismissed after raising concerns about ethical and legal breaches at abortion facilities run by the group.

Law and Justice Party leader praises Polish archbishop for LGBT opposition

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Warsaw, Poland (CNA) -- The leader of Poland’s ruling party praised the Archbishop of Krakow on Sunday for his opposition to the redefinition of marriage and gender ideology in the country.

Jury finds Washington priest guilty on four counts of child sexual abuse

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WASHINGTON -- A Capuchin Franciscan priest was found guilty Aug. 15 of four counts of child sexual abuse stemming from when he served as a parochial vicar at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Washington.

Christians in northeast Syria appeal for prayer for safety

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AMMAN, Jordan -- Groups representing Christians in northeast Syria are appealing for prayer, fearful that Turkey plans to make good its numerous threats to invade the region with its military forces.

Church-backed petition has 1 million-plus names seeking elections in Congo

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OXFORD, England -- Catholic leaders in Congo have gathered more than 1.5 million signatures on a petition that demands local elections to curb corruption and strengthen democracy.

Disrespect for life seen as factor in gun violence

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WASHINGTON -- In this American age of violence, where 165 shootings happened this year alone, where politicians scream at each other across the aisle about gun laws and Second Amendment rights without even the common ground of mutual respect, religious leaders, scholars and TV personalities alike notice a more insidious problem with American culture.

Bishops, religious in Colombia listen to Amazonians before syond

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- Bishops, nuns, priests and residents of the Amazon basin met in Colombia's capital city in mid-August to prepare for a special Synod of Bishops for the Amazon this fall at the Vatican.