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VATICAN – On Thursday Pope Francis offered his prayer for the 48 people who died in a massive bus accident in Pasamayo earlier this week, voicing words of comfort to families of the victims and all who were wounded.

Gospel message of hope often is taught by the poor, Cardinal Tagle says

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VATICAN – In his ministry as archbishop of Manila and in his travels for Caritas Internationalis, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said he is reminded of the true meaning of hope by people living in situations the world would see as hopeless.

Kazakh bishops respond to Amoris Laetitia, affirm indissolubility of marriage

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ASTANA, Kazakhstan – Three Kazakhstani bishops signed a statement on Sunday confirming that it is not licit to admit to sacramental communion Catholics who are divorced and illictly remarried, if they are not living according to the long-standing teachings of the Church.

Cardinal condemns deaths in Congolese protests

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KINSHASA, Congo – Congolese church leaders, including the nation's cardinal, condemned security forces' attacks on Catholic protesters that left at least eight dead and 120 people detained.

Bishop Bambera urges prayers for peace after attack on Coptic Christians

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WASHINGTON – In the wake of a gunman's attack on a Coptic Orthodox church and a Christian-owned shop near Cairo Dec. 29, killing at least nine people, a U.S. bishop urged Catholics to "pray for peace in Egypt and the Middle East and for all victims of religious and political hatred."

Complex world needs clear essentials of Gospel, Pope tells theologians

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VATICAN – In an increasingly complex world of unprecedented scientific and technological challenges, theologians must communicate what is essential about life and help Christians proclaim God's merciful, saving grace, Pope Francis told a group of Italian theologians.

Pope's New Year priorities: Refugees, youths, trips, more Curia reform

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VATICAN – Foreign trips, a focus on the rights and needs of migrants and refugees and a Synod of Bishops dedicated to young people all are on the 2018 calendar for Pope Francis.

Vatican agency says at least 23 church workers killed in 2017

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VATICAN – The majority of Catholic Church workers violently killed in 2017 were victims of attempted robberies, the Vatican's Fides agency said, with Nigeria and Mexico topping the list countries where the most brutal murders were carried out.

Duterte and Church set for showdown, Filipino journalist warns

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An award-winning Philippines journalist fears his country’s Catholic Church is on a collision course with iron-fisted President Rodrigo Duterte.

Topsy turvy tree trend has Catholic roots

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A Catholic tradition dating back to the seventh century has been turning heads this holiday season.

Cardinal Maradiaga responds to allegations of corruption

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodriguez Maradiaga has rejected accusations of financial mismanagement, and offered an explanation for allegations that he has received an excessive salary for a largely ceremonial role at the Catholic University of Honduras.