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VATICAN CITY -- As war continues to threaten the land of Jesus' birth and to undermine the existence of Christian communities there, the international community must learn from the errors of the past and do more to bring lasting peace to the Middle East, Pope Francis said.

Church leaders pledge to cooperate with new Mexican president

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MEXICO CITY – The Mexican bishops conference extended congratulations to presidential election winner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who won a landslide victory on an agenda of change and promises to combat corruption and poverty.

Bishops stress 'urgent' need to reunite children with parents after visiting border

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SAN JUAN, Texas -- In less than 48 hours, a group of Catholic bishops saw the faces of triumph and relief from migrants who had been recently released by immigration authorities, but ended their two-day journey to the border with a more "somber" experience, visiting detained migrant children living temporarily within the walls of a converted Walmart.

UK judge dismisses challenge to 'buffer zone' around abortion clinic

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MANCHESTER, England  -- A judge dismissed a legal challenge to quash the first "buffer zone" around a United Kingdom abortion clinic.

English bishop cautions Catholics on palliative care in state-funded hospitals

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MANCHESTER, England – An English bishop warned Catholics to be alert to the possible deliberate killings of seriously ill patients in state-funded hospitals.

Australian archbishop given one-year sentence in child sex abuse case

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ADELAIDE, Australia -- Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide was sentenced to 12 months of house arrest following his conviction for failing to inform police about child sexual abuse allegations.

German bishop announces communion for Protestant spouses in 'individual cases'

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PADERBORN, Germany – According to a regional newspaper report, Archbishop Hans-Josef Becker of Paderborn has decided to allow Protestant spouses of Catholics living in his diocese to receive holy Communion "in individual cases."

Catholics remember victims killed in Maryland newspaper shooting

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BALTIMORE – While Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore offered prayers and support for the families and loved ones of five people murdered June 28 at the offices of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, a former longtime sports editor for the newspaper mourned his friends as exceptional journalists who also were good human beings.

Credible leadership serves others, Pope tells cardinals at consistory

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VATICAN – Defending the weak or hopeless and becoming a servant to those most in need is the best promotion one can ever receive, Pope Francis told new and old cardinals.

Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire from U.S. Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced June 27, the last day of the Supreme Court's current term, that he is retiring July 31.

Pope accepts resignation of two more Chilean bishops

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VATICAN – In the wake of a papal investigation into abuse of power, negligence and the cover-up of sexual abuse in the church in Chile, Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of two more of the country's bishops: Bishops Alejandro Goic Karmelic of Rancagua, 78, and Horacio del Carmen Valenzuela Abarca, 64, of Talca.