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CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was always a friend to South Africa's poor, said church leaders who took part in a two-week mourning period that culminated in her burial as a national hero.

Pope joins meeting to prepare synod for the Amazon

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VATICAN – Pope Francis met with members of the preparatory council for the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon region, which will take place in Rome in October 2019.

Little boy asks Pope is if atheist dad is in heaven

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ROME – After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighborhood's children.

Pope, Christian leaders condemn use of violence against Syria

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VATICAN – Sharply criticizing a failure to find nonviolent means of bringing peace to Syria and other parts of the world, Pope Francis appealed to world leaders to work for justice and peace.

In wake of Francis apology, Chilean bishops to propose renewal plan

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SANTIAGO, Chile – A renewal plan for the Church in Chile will be submitted to Pope Francis by Chilean bishops when they gather next month at the Vatican, the president of the Chilean bishops' conference said.

Trump's border policies cross the line for church leaders, advocates

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WASHINGTON – Catholic Church leaders and immigration advocates say President Donald Trump's recent moves to clamp down on immigration are extreme and unnecessary.

Catholic activist jailed for subversion of Vietnamese communist state

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HA TINH, Vietnam – A court in central Vietnam has jailed a Catholic activist after convicting her of subverting the communist state, ucanews.com reported.

Zuckerberg apologizes for 'mistake' of blocking Catholic content on Facebook

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WASHINGTON – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced questions from lawmakers about his company’s censorship of Catholic content during his two-day congressional hearing following the revelation that millions of Facebook users’ personal data had been compromised.

London council sets up buffer zone around abortion clinic

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YORK, England – A London council has become the first local authority in the UK to approve a buffer zone around an abortion clinic.

Chilean abuse victims welcome Pope's apology, call for zero tolerance

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SANTIAGO, Chile – Victims of clergy sexual abuse welcomed Pope Francis' letter in which he apologized for underestimating the seriousness of the crisis in Chile.

Killer robots will make war even more inhumane, Vatican official says

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VATICAN – Allowing for the development and use of fully automated lethal weapons systems would make warfare even more inhumane and undermine efforts to achieve peace through dialogue, not an arms race, a Vatican representative said.