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VATICAN CITY -- Gunmen broke into the home of the bishop-designate of Rumbek, South Sudan, shot him in both legs and fled, according to Church news reports, with three local priests among the 12 people arrested for their possible involvement in the attack April 26.

U.S. re-opens door to more refugees

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WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden announced May 3 he was raising the historically low refugee cap of 15,000 left by the Trump administration, but he also warned that his administration may not be able to meet the new number of refugees it is seeking to resettle in what remains of the fiscal year: 62,500.

Church leaders offer prayers after Mexico City metro crash

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexican church leaders offered prayers for the victims of a metro line collapse that left at least 23 dead and more than 70 people injured.

Sri Lankan churches halt religious services as third wave of COVID-19 hits

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lankan churches once again have halted services, church weddings and Sunday schools due to a third wave of COVID-19 infections.

Irish government to lift ban on Mass attendance May 10

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DUBLIN -- The Irish government said a COVID-19-related ban on Catholics attending Mass will be lifted May 10.

Bishops denounce revival of fetal tissue research

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WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee is calling on the Biden administration to fund research “that does not rely upon body parts taken from innocent children killed through abortion.”

Ukrainian bishop says Russian troops instilling fear in border regions

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A Catholic bishop from eastern Ukraine said tensions remain high despite an announced withdrawal of Russian forces.

India’s hospitals overrun, government blamed as pandemic surges

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THRISSUR, India -- Catholic hospital directors in India say they do not have enough facilities to treat patients as India sets records for the number of COVID-19 deaths — numbers many people believe were underreported.

Faithful rally support for volcano victims

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Errol Belgraves puts a mask on every morning before stepping out of the home he and his wife share in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Global development goals hit hard by pandemic: UN report

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If COVID has been a setback for Canadians, what has it done to villagers in Malawi, slum dwellers in Manila, small farmers in Honduras, Indigenous people in the Amazon?

New fundraiser launched for rebuilding of Notre Dame in Paris

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A novel fundraising approach to restore one of the most iconic monuments in the world, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, enables donors to have a piece of history.