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JERUSALEM – The controversial Israeli Nation State law must be repealed because non-Jews also are citizens of Israel, said the Catholic ordinaries of the Holy Land.

Canada urged to grant asylum to Asia Bibi and her family

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OTTAWA – Canada is being urged to give asylum to Asia Bibi and her family after Pakistan’s Supreme Court cleared her of blasphemy charges, resulting in widespread rioting by Islamic extremists.

Ethiopia's first female president welcomed by bishops

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Ethiopia's bishops welcomed the election of the nation's first female president, Sahle-Work Zewde, and said they were pleased that women "are getting their rightful place in the development of the country."

Brazil's newly elected Catholic president promises conservative moral agenda

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SAO PAULO – Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, a Catholic who campaigned to rid the nation of corruption, will take office Jan. 1 with a conservative moral agenda.

United Nations condemns treatment of homeless people in San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO – As San Francisco prepares to consider a ballot measure to boost taxes for services to aid the homeless, a U.N. investigator has classed the treatment of the homeless in San Francisco and the Bay Area as a human rights violation.

Buffalo diocese expands list of credibly accused clerics after documents leaked

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Diocese of Buffalo is adding to their public list of clergy with credible allegations of sexual abuse against a minor.

Have zero tolerance to child abuse, Pope tells French bishops

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VATICAN – Pope Francis encouraged bishops in France to be determined in their fight against child abuse and implement "zero tolerance" against known abusers.

Pope Francis focuses on 'good politics' for 2019 World Peace Day

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VATICAN – The world will not have peace without people having mutual trust and respecting each other's word, the Vatican said as it announced Pope Francis' 2019 World Peace Day message would focus on "good politics."

Asia Bibi's blasphemy acquittal challenged by extremist group in Pakistan Supreme Court

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MANCHESTER, England – The acquittal of a Pakistani Catholic woman sentenced to hang for blasphemy is to be challenged in the country's Supreme Court, according to her husband.

Caravan puts refugee policy on hot seat

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A caravan of up to 7,000 migrants heading north through Mexico toward a possible showdown at the American border are highlighting an urgent issue in Canadian refugee policy.