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MANCHESTER, England -- The British government has pressed ahead with the legalization of abortion in Northern Ireland.

Iranian cleric pleads with Pope Francis to help end U.S. sanctions

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VATICAN CITY -- Citing the increasing loss of lives to COVID-19 and a lack of medical resources, an Iranian cleric has urged Pope Francis to do what he can to help get U.S. sanctions against Iran lifted.

North American College decides to send all its seminarians home

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ROME -- With more than half of its seminarians already back in the United States, the Pontifical North American College in Rome is sending its students home.

Deacon dad and his son … the new bishop

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- In a first for New Zealand, a permanent deacon participated in the episcopal ordination Mass of his son.

England’s ‘plague village’ offers lesson in humanity

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Greater love has no one than to lay their life down for their friends, said Jesus. 

Australian bishops begin canceling Masses to contain COVID-19

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SYDNEY -- Catholic dioceses in Australia began canceling Masses as the government limited indoor gatherings to fewer than 100 people in mid-March in an effort to contain COVID-19.

Former French priest sentenced for sexual assaults

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LYON, France -- A former French priest was sentenced to jail for five years for sexual assaults against Scouts.

Amid COVID-19, half of U.S. seminarians in Rome returned home

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ROME -- About half of the U.S. seminarians and priests living at the Pontifical North American College and the Casa Santa Maria in Rome have left the locked-down city, the rector said.

Italian priests, religious women are among victims of COVID-19

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ROME -- A number of priests and religious women have been among the nearly 2,000 people who have died in Italy because of illness connected with COVID-19.

Priest cites religious freedom violations in northern Nigeria

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WASHINGTON -- A priest who serves as director of the Justice, Development and Peace Commission in his diocese in northern Nigeria cited an ongoing series of religious freedom violations in his region of the country, which is majority Muslim.

Lebanon grappling with COVID-19

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AMMAN, Jordan -- A group of priests in Lebanon have quarantined themselves while a pair of their elders are fighting coronavirus. A Catholic hospital in another part of the tiny Mediterranean country has also seen a spread of the COVID-19 as fear of the disease grips the cash-strapped nation.