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BALTIMORE -- Creation of a third-party system for receiving confidential reports of complaints against bishops was approved at the spring general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Cardinal calls for withdrawal of Hong Kong's divisive extradition bill

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HONG KONG -- Cardinal John Tong Hon, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Hong Kong, and the chairman of the Hong Kong Christian Council called on chief executive Carrie Lam to withdraw a controversial extradition bill.

Vaccines preserve 'moral health' of communities, say church experts

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Measles, chicken pox and other diseases are making a comeback as more parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children out of the fear of side effects, especially with regard to the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine. Skeptics are concerned it leads to sickness autism or death.

Eritrean bishops: government seized church-run health centers

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NAIROBI, Kenya -- All health facilities run by the Catholic Church in Eritrea have been seized by the government, the country's bishops said.

Catechist instructor shot dead in southern Mexico

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MEXICO CITY -- A catechist instructor was shot dead at a chapel in Chiapas state -- another example of how the violence consuming Mexico is impacting the Catholic Church.

Young women urged to reject ego, focus on life of integrity, honesty

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WASHINGTON -- Spiritual advice was mixed with practical suggestions at the GIVEN Catholic Young Women's Leadership Forum held at The Catholic University of America in Washington.

Bishop to remain with Hong Kong protesters 'no matter how long they stay'

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HONG KONG -- As massive protests continued in Hong Kong, the auxiliary bishop pledged to remain with those opposing a controversial extradition bill and the resignation of the Chinese territory's leader.

Southern Baptists wrestling with sex abuse crisis of their own

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As the U.S. Catholic bishops met in Baltimore to discuss new mechanisms to hold themselves accountable on sex abuse, the Southern Baptist Convention was wrestling with the same vexing issue at its annual meeting June 11-12 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Salvadoran authorities arrest sacristan as suspect in priest killing

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WASHINGTON -- A 34-year-old sacristan is in the custody of Salvadoran authorities in connection with the May killing of a Salvadoran priest.

British government: Abortions in England, Wales hit record low last year

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MANCHESTER, England -- Abortions in England and Wales have hit a record level, according to statistics released by the British government.

Pro-lifers decry Illinois governor signing into law 'extreme' abortion bill

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CHICAGO -- Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law an abortion bill that Illinois' Catholic bishops said eliminates "even minimal limitations on abortions under previous law" and whose passage by the legislature marked "a sad moment in our history as a state."