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VATICAN CITY -- Australia's financial crime watchdog agency said it over-estimated by the equivalent of more than US$1.5 billion the amount of money transferred from the Vatican to Australia between 2014 and 2020.

Human rights organizations call for solution to Bosnian migrant crisis

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VATICAN CITY -- Human rights organizations have called on the European Union to intervene in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where over 1,000 migrants have been stranded in sub-zero temperatures awaiting relocation after their camp burned down.

Assault on U.S. Capitol shocks the world

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ROME -- The breach of the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6 sent shock waves around the world.

Mass is back on the banks of Jordan

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QASR AL-YAHUD, West Bank -- For the first time in 54 years, a Mass will be celebrated Jan. 10, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, at St. John the Baptist Chapel on the banks of the Jordan River.

In British lockdown, English churches open, Scottish churches closed

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MANCHESTER, England -- An English cardinal spoke of his relief that churches in England will not close during a third national lockdown.

French archbishop protests proposal to rein in religious extremism

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PARIS -- The head of French bishops' conference testified to a special commission of the National Assembly that while he understands the need to strengthen national security, a proposed law designed to rein in extremist militancy would place religions and religious believers under particular surveillance.

Resignation of Belarusian archbishop accepted immediately by Pope Francis

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk, Belarus, who had been blocked from entering his homeland for four months until negotiations between the Vatican and the Belarusian authorities allowed him back in time for Christmas.

Argentina legalizes abortion during first 14 weeks of pregnancy

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MEXICO CITY -- Argentina has legalized abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, despite strong Catholic opposition and polls showing deep divisions on the issue.

Pope ‘badly advised’ on China-Vatican deal

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DUBLIN -- The last governor of Hong Kong criticized the Vatican’s agreement with China on the appointment of bishops and said Pope Francis has been “exceptionally badly advised” in concluding the pact.

Two Vatican cardinals test positive for COVID-19; one hospitalized

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VATICAN CITY -- Two top Vatican officials -- Cardinal Konrad Krajewski and Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello -- have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, Italian media reported, and a Vatican source confirmed.

Cardinal Pell's book shares spiritual insights from prison

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ROME -- The first evening Australian Cardinal George Pell was incarcerated, he began writing a record of his thoughts and experiences in the form of a diary.