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Seeing scenes of a war on television is one thing, "touching this reality is another," Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Vatican foreign minister, said in Ukraine.

New South Wales becomes last Australian state to pass assisted dying law

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The Parliament of New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, has passed a law allowing people to choose assisted dying under certain circumstances. It was the last of the country's six states to enact such legislation.

Vatican's foreign minister travels to Ukraine

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Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, the Vatican foreign minister, was set to visit Ukraine May 18-20, meeting with church and government officials, people displaced by the war and towns destroyed by Russian bombings.

Chaos, curfew after arrests in mob murder of student accused of blasphemy

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Catholic churches in Sokoto suspended Masses May 15 as the governor imposed a 24-hour curfew to quell violence during protests against the arrest of young men for the May 12 murder of Deborah Yakubu.

Citing 'police state,' Cardinal Bo urges prayers for Hong Kong

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Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, urged prayers for Hong Kong after the detention of Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun.

UK punishing asylum-seekers, bishops say

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The U.K. government is unfairly punishing English Channel migrants for the crimes of human traffickers by sending the migrants to Rwanda to have asylum applications processed, said the English and Welsh bishops.

U.S. Bishops to Congress: Protect women and children, 'stop pushing abortion'

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After the U.S. Senate failed May 11 to advance a "radical" abortion bill, the chairmen of two U.S. bishops' committees urged Congress "to stop pushing abortion as the solution to needs of women and young girls" and "embrace" public policy initiatives that protect "both mother and child."

U.S. report identifies abuses of Indigenous children in boarding schools

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Hundreds of boarding schools supported by the U.S. government for 150 years sought to forcefully assimilate Native American and Indigenous children into white society, a first-of-its-kind report from the Interior Department said.

Victory for Marcos’ son in Philippines’ election

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Some Catholic clergymen and groups expressed disappointment at the result of the Philippine presidential election by offering messages of support to Leonor “Leni” Robredo, the defeated candidate and the champion of many in the Church.

Cardinal Zen arrested, released by Hong Kong police; detentions provoke outcry

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Cardinal Joseph Zen, retired bishop of Hong Kong, reassured Catholics he is fine after being detained and held by national security police for his support of anti-government protesters.

Cardinal appeals for peace as violence escalates in Sri Lanka

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Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith appealed for peace as clashes broke out in the island nation after the prime minister quit amid a worsening economic crisis, reported ucanews.com.