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Pope Francis and Austrian church leaders expressed dismay and sorrow after terrorists attack that left at least five dead in central Vienna, and they urged citizens to uphold key values of tolerance and respect.

Syriac patriarch: 'Our martyrs are the torches of faith'

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BEIRUT -- Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the massacre by Islamic militants at Our Lady of Deliverance Church in Baghdad, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan reminded the faithful that "our martyrs are the torches of faith that illuminate our paths of life and ignite in us the fire of love toward everyone."

French bishops 'cleanse' Nice basilica after attack

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NICE, France -- French bishops conducted a "penitential rite of reparation" inside a church in which three people were murdered in late October.

Pope Benedict declines his late brother's inheritance

By Catholic News Service

BERLIN -- Retired Pope Benedict XVI has declined the inheritance of his brother Georg, who died in July, reported the German Catholic news agency KNA.

UK bishops want evidence public Masses must be stopped in lockdown

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MANCHESTER, England -- Catholic leaders in England are appealing to the government to reverse its decision to ban public Mass during a second national lockdown.

Dutch cardinal: Euthanasia for children continues 'slippery slope'

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MANCHESTER, England -- Proposals to amend Dutch law to allow the euthanasia of children represent the latest descent down the "slippery slope" of the killing of patients by doctors, a cardinal said.

Three killed in terror attack in Nice basilica

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MANCHESTER, England -- French bishops ordered a "death knell" to ring from every church of their country Oct. 29 after three people were hacked to death in a basilica in the southern Mediterranean city of Nice.

Unofficial Wisconsin Catholic paper takes aim at voters

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election, a publication mailed to Catholic homes around Wisconsin is seeking to influence the vote of readers.

Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON -- A divided Senate, in a 52-48 vote, confirmed Amy Coney Barrett as a justice for the Supreme Court the evening of Oct. 26 and soon afterward she was sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas at a White House ceremony.

Protesters target churchgoers in Poland over abortion ruling

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WARSAW, Poland -- Poland's bishops' conference decried attacks on churches by demonstrators protesting a near-total ban on abortions by the country's Constitutional Court and urged restraint from violence and dialogue.

Focolare to promise investigation of handling abuse claims

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ROME -- The president of Focolare has accepted the resignations of the lay movement's top leaders in France and announced the group will ask an independent committee to investigate how allegations of the sexual abuse of minors have been handled.