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WASHINGTON -- Catholic leaders across the United States reacted with sorrow and "heavy hearts" to a mass shooting in west Texas Aug. 31 that authorities said claimed seven lives and wounded 25 others.

Exorcists question Jesuit’s view of devil

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Contrary to statements made by Jesuit superior general Fr. Arturo Sosa, an international organization of Catholic exorcists said the existence of Satan as a real and personal being is a truth of Christian doctrine.

China’s one-child policy will leave lasting damage, expert warns

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BEIJING, China (CNA) -- Although China announced it was ending its one-child policy in 2015, the effects of the communist regime’s controversial measure will be felt for generations to come, an expert has warned. 

Alencherry will face trial over land deals, Indian court rules

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DENVER, Colo. (CNA) -- An Indian court has ruled that Cardinal George Alencherry will stand trial in a case related to controversial land deals in the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly.

Reported Marian apparitions in Texas a 'fabrication' says bishop

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- In an Aug. 26 letter to local Catholics, Bishop Michael F. Olson of Fort Worth said recent "purported apparitions, messages and miracles" of Mary that he had cautioned Catholics about weeks before "are, in fact, a fabrication."

Catholic officials: Green burial laws might not respect bodies

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- When archdiocesan Catholic Cemeteries director Peter Nobes first heard composting might emerge as an eco-friendly burial alternative, he thought it was a crazy idea.

South Sudan's bishops praise peace agreement

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NAIROBI, Kenya -- Catholic bishops in South Sudan praised the recent peace agreement for neighboring Sudan, which has experienced political turmoil since April, when the military ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

Language learning app adds Latin course

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ROME, Italy (CNA) - Duolingo, the popular free language learning website and app, has launched a Latin course to help its users say “salve” to Latin fluency.

Australians fear laws won't give enough protection for religious freedom

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SYDNEY -- The Australian government is preparing to introduce the country's first religious freedom laws, but some senior Catholic clerics are concerned they may not go far enough.

Indonesian police arrest suspects linked to 2018 church bombings

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JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesian police have arrested six terrorist suspects, two of whom have been linked to last year's bombings at three churches in Surabaya, the country's second-largest city.

Two Chinese bishops consecrated after Vatican-China deal

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VATICAN CITY -- The ordination of Bishop Anthony Yao Shun of Jining in China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region was the first episcopal ordination in the country following the provisional agreement signed in 2018 between China and the Vatican.