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BANGKOK – Recent credible sexual abuse allegations in India and East Timor have underscored the fears of many in the church that clerical sex abuse is rife in South, Southeast and North Asia, which have a collective population of at least 120 million Catholics.

Bishop downplays idea that Amazon synod will criticize Brazil's policies

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SAO PAOLO – Responding to news reports that the Brazilian intelligence agency was monitoring the Catholic Church, the secretary-general of the bishops' conference downplayed the idea that prelates would use the October Synod of Bishops on the Amazon to criticize their government's policies.

Hungary to end income tax for moms of at least four to address plummeting population

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BUDAPEST, Hungary – In an effort to encourage Hungarians to have more babies, the prime minister of the country has announced that women with four children or more will be exempt from paying income tax for life.

Colombian cardinal encourages humanitarian aid for Venezuelans

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CUCUTA, Colombia – The bishop of a Colombian diocese bordering Venezuela has said that “we can't be still” in face of the Venezuelan people's suffering, and noted that the Church has responded to the humanitarian crisis from its beginning.

Vatican abuse summit to have realistic goals, address not just 'concrete cases'

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VATICAN – All eyes and ears will be on the Vatican during an unprecedented gathering Feb. 21-24 to discuss the protection of minors in the Catholic Church.

Greed, thirst for profit threatens humanity, Vatican official says

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ROME – Left unchecked, unbridled greed and a thirst for profit leads down a slippery slope that endangers the earth and all who live on it, especially indigenous populations, a Vatican official said.

Caritas members in Latin America look for ways to apply wisdom of Indigenous peoples, 'Laudato Si''

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Catholic representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean, defining work for the next four years, looked for ways to build on the foundations of Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si'" so it is taken into account by all nations.

Juan Guaido delegation says Vatican supports new elections in Venezuela

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ROME – Although it has publicly taken a neutral stance in the current political crisis in Venezuela, the Vatican has expressed its support for new elections in the country within the year, said a member of a delegation representing opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Churches at Colombian border work to help Venezuelan refugees

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CUCUTA, Colombia – Lunch started early at the Divine Providence House, a church-run soup kitchen located just a few hundred feet away from the Venezuelan border.

Archbishop: 152 priests in Mexico removed for abuse in last nine years

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MONTERREY, Mexico – Over the past nine years, 152 priests in Mexico have been removed from ministry for sexual abuse of youth or vulnerable adults, the president of the Mexican Bishops’ Conference said Sunday.

University of Notre Dame to cover historic Columbus murals described as ‘demeaning’

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame has decided to keep famed explorer Christopher Columbus under wraps.