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CARACAS, Venezuela – The Venezuelan bishops' conference has labeled the new government of Nicolas Maduro "illegitimate" and called for a "change in government."

Justice is the central theme for Week of Prayer

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Indonesian faith leaders didn’t have look far for inspiration in choosing the prayers for the 111th annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Fount of confusion: Rome mayor says Caritas will still get Trevi Fountain coins for the poor

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ROME – After weeks of confusion and consternation, Rome's mayor told the Vatican newspaper that Rome Caritas would benefit not only from the coins tourists throw in the Trevi Fountain, but from coins tossed in any of the city's historic water features.

Archbishop Vigano urges McCarrick to repent publicly to bring healing to 'suffering Church'

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VATICAN – A former papal representative to the U.S. has written an open letter to Archbishop Theodore McCarrick that urges the archbishop to repent publicly of the sexual abuse and misconduct of which he stands accused.

Rome government makes a wish: Trevi Fountain coins will no longer go to the poor

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ROME – Most of the tourists who have tossed coins over their shoulder into Rome's Trevi Fountain over the past 20 years probably did not know that they were helping the city's poor.

Welcome centre tries to make a home away from home for Venezuelan migrants

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LIMA, Peru – Elide Pena, 55, grins when she talks about her favourite Christmas memory: the time when she fell under Santa’s sleigh attempting to grab a toy for one of her grandchildren during a Christmas party in her native Venezuela.

Wuerl knew: Diocese confirms McCarrick coverup by former Washington cardinal

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WASHINGTON – An allegation of misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick was reported to Cardinal Donald Wuerl in 2004, despite Wuerl’s insistence he knew nothing about McCarrick’s alleged sexual misconduct until 2018.

Venezuela’s refugee wave is growing

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Neighbouring countries are bracing to receive an additional five million Venezuelan refugees this year on top of the three million people who have already left the crisis-stricken nation.

Pope Francis' Romania visit to call for unity, focus on common good

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VATICAN – Pope Francis will make a three-day apostolic visit to Romania in late May, the Vatican announced.

Holy Cross Sisters empower Ugandan women who face domestic violence

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KYENJOJO, Uganda – Not all that long ago, family members and residents of this small town in western Uganda mourned the loss of Sarah Baguma, who was stabbed to death by her husband in a domestic wrangle.

Recognition of Ukrainian Orthodox Church a chance for new ecumenism

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ROME – The formal recognition of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine brings "a wind of hope" that new opportunities will be created for dialogue and concrete cooperation in the search for Christian unity, said the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.