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HONG KONG -- The protesters killed in Tiananmen Square in mainland China on June 4, 1989, used to be remembered in Hong Kong with an annual candlelight vigil in the city’s expansive Victoria Park, attended by crowds as big as 130,000, all holding flickering candles.

Fears rise over China's growing crackdown on Christian religious leaders

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The recent arrest of a Vatican-approved bishop, priests and seminarians in north-central China came as a shocking development, if not surprising, as religious persecution in the communist-led country has continued to intensify under President Xi Jinping.

Myanmar cardinal calls for peace after church bombing

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ROME -- Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, pleaded for an end to violence after a deadly mortar attack in his country claimed the lives of four people sheltering in a church.

Catholic Palestinian gets kidney transplant from slain Jewish Israeli

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For nine years, Randa Aweis battled kidney disease, urgently in need of a transplant.

Thieves break into castle, steal rosary used by Mary, Queen of Scots

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MANCHESTER, England -- Burglars have stolen a set of golden rosary beads that once belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots.

Authorities in northern China arrest bishop, priests

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HONG KONG -- Authorities in northern China have arrested a Vatican-appointed Catholic bishop, his seven priests and 10 seminarians in what is seen as part of a renewed crackdown on the underground Catholic Church in the communist country.

Spanish bishops denounce exploitation of migrants amid crisis

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ROME -- The Spanish bishops' conference expressed concern that migrants were being used to exert political pressure after a sudden influx of migrants in the Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla increased tensions between Spain and Morocco.

High Court orders jailed Indian Jesuit to hospital for evaluation

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MUMBAI, India -- The High Court in Mumbai ordered prison authorities to take an ailing 84-year-old Jesuit to the hospital, as it heard his appeal to receive bail on medical grounds, Indian media reported.

Germany's ecumenical assembly ends, but one bishop questions its benefits

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FRANKFURT, Germany (CNS) -- Germany's Third Ecumenical Convention concluded in Frankfurt May 16 with an open-air church service on the bank of the River Main. With the city's skyline of office towers providing the backdrop, some 400 people attended the service, including German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Borders an opportunity to encounter the other: Pope Francis

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In a world of 79.5 million forcibly displaced people, 26 million of them officially designated refugees, Pope Francis wants us thinking and praying about our borders in moral, ethical and spiritual terms.

As COVID-19 spikes, Indian church officials look for ways to help

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NEW DELHI - Catholic officials in India are working to help citizens get help during the second wave of COVID-19 and the accompanying lockdown.