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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.

Papal charity sees increased violations of religious freedom globally

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VATICAN CITY -- The religious persecution exercised by China and North Korea, restrictions on religious freedom in dozens of countries and the continuing threat of violence at the hands of religious fundamentalists belonging to a variety of faiths all have worsened since 2018, said Aid to the Church in Need, a papal foundation and Catholic charity.

New law on Mass attendance in Ireland 'draconian' according to local church leaders

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DUBLIN -- The head of the Irish bishops' conference said the government's move to criminalize attendance at Mass as part of COVID-19 regulations was a "potential infringement of religious freedom and of constitutional rights."

Jimmy Lai, Hong Kong Catholic media tycoon, jailed for 12 months

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HONG KONG -- Catholic media tycoon and philanthropist Jimmy Lai has been sentenced to 12 months in jail after being found guilty of unauthorized assembly.

Police fire tear gas into Haitian bishops' Mass for freedom

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MIAMI -- A "Mass for the freedom of Haiti," led by Haitian bishops, turned violent at the end when police fired tear gas into the church.

Italy issues arrest warrant for broker in Vatican property deal

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Italian authorities issued an arrest warrant for Gianluigi Torzi, an Italian broker who served as the middleman in the Vatican's majority stake purchase of a property in London's posh Chelsea district.