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Catholic churches in Sokoto suspended Masses May 15 as the governor imposed a 24-hour curfew to quell violence during protests against the arrest of young men for the May 12 murder of Deborah Yakubu.

Citing 'police state,' Cardinal Bo urges prayers for Hong Kong

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Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, urged prayers for Hong Kong after the detention of Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun.

UK punishing asylum-seekers, bishops say

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The U.K. government is unfairly punishing English Channel migrants for the crimes of human traffickers by sending the migrants to Rwanda to have asylum applications processed, said the English and Welsh bishops.

U.S. Bishops to Congress: Protect women and children, 'stop pushing abortion'

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After the U.S. Senate failed May 11 to advance a "radical" abortion bill, the chairmen of two U.S. bishops' committees urged Congress "to stop pushing abortion as the solution to needs of women and young girls" and "embrace" public policy initiatives that protect "both mother and child."

U.S. report identifies abuses of Indigenous children in boarding schools

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Hundreds of boarding schools supported by the U.S. government for 150 years sought to forcefully assimilate Native American and Indigenous children into white society, a first-of-its-kind report from the Interior Department said.

Victory for Marcos’ son in Philippines’ election

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Some Catholic clergymen and groups expressed disappointment at the result of the Philippine presidential election by offering messages of support to Leonor “Leni” Robredo, the defeated candidate and the champion of many in the Church.

Cardinal Zen arrested, released by Hong Kong police; detentions provoke outcry

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Cardinal Joseph Zen, retired bishop of Hong Kong, reassured Catholics he is fine after being detained and held by national security police for his support of anti-government protesters.

Cardinal appeals for peace as violence escalates in Sri Lanka

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Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith appealed for peace as clashes broke out in the island nation after the prime minister quit amid a worsening economic crisis, reported ucanews.com.

Pro-life advocacy groups plan next steps after abortion opinion leak

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Although many pro-life groups immediately reacted positively to the news that the majority of Supreme Court justices seem set to overturn the court's Roe v. Wade decision, some tempered their reaction with a continued call for more advocacy while others kept a wait-and-see approach until the court issues its opinion in the weeks ahead.

Outside the U.S. Supreme Court, Catholics join diverse chorus on abortion

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The man with the train conductor's cap gently wove through the crowd gathered outside the Supreme Court of the United States in the early afternoon May 3 while carrying a sign that read: "Stop hating each other because you disagree."

Leaked draft of U.S. Supreme Court opinion indicates overturn of Roe decision

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The Supreme Court appears set to overturn its Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion for nearly 50 years, according to a leaked initial draft of a court opinion obtained by Politico and published online the evening of May 2.