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VATICAN – Pope Francis has confirmed the removal from the priesthood of Theodore E. McCarrick, the 88-year-old former cardinal and archbishop of Washington.

Action on McCarrick 'clear signal' church will not tolerate abuse, Cardinal DiNardo says

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WASHINGTON – The Vatican's removal from the priesthood of Theodore E. McCarrick "is a clear signal that abuse will not be tolerated," said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Feb. 16.

Mexican shelters feeling asylum pinch with unsafe streets, anxious migrants

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PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico – Gangs in Honduras first threatened Denia Garcia’s husband six months ago, telling him to join with them or die. Her husband, a police officer, fled to the United States, arriving successfully.

Nigerian priest makes plea for amid violence leading up to elections

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OTTAWA – The run-up to a general election in Nigeria has triggered concerns about growing violence and an increase in Christian persecution, said the national director of Nigeria’s Pontifical Mission Society.

Investigations begin on sexual assault claim against former apostolic nuncio to Canada

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VATICAN – Italian Archbishop Luigi Ventura, 74, a Vatican diplomat who once served in Canada, Chile and western Africa, is under investigation by police in Paris for allegedly sexually assaulting a city official.

Florida Catholic school's prayer service marks one year since MSD high school shooting

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PARKLAND, Fla. – One day before the anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, neighboring Mary Help of Christians School held a prayer service to pay tribute to the victims.

What Indigenous People of the Amazon want the Church to know

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LETICIA, Colombia – Rafael Noteno Capinoa, a Kichwa Indian, worries about what could happen to the forest around his village on Peru's Napo River if an oil company begins drilling in the area.

Pope names Cardinal Farrell to serve as chamberlain of the Church

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VATICAN – Pope Francis has named Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, 71, the prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, to serve as the camerlengo or chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church.

Pope encourages sustainable development in rural areas to eradicate poverty, hunger

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ROME – Sustainable development in rural areas is key to making poverty and hunger a thing of the past, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis meets head of Microsoft to discuss ethics in technology, artificial intelligence

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VATICAN – The president of Microsoft, Brad Smith, told Pope Francis that a "human voice" was needed to speak up in the world of technology today.

Doing the right thing: Abuse summit aims to put the world’s bishops on the same page

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Ever since Pope Francis announced in September that he was calling the heads of the world’s bishops’ conferences to Rome for an unprecedented summit on sexual abuse, expectations have been mounting.