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WASHINGTON -- No one can deny that the act was horrific. Six priests found face down on a lawn with bullet holes through various parts of their bodies. One was in his bathrobe.

Chile bishops urge talks to end protests

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LIMA, Peru -- Chile's bishops called for national dialogue and an end to the violence that has wracked the country for the past month.

Hong Kong protesters arrested in Catholic church

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HONG KONG, China  (CNA) -- Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have continued to escalate into violence, with many apparent incidents of forceful police tactics, including at a Catholic church, caught on camera and uploaded to social media.

U.S. bishops call to have St. Irenaeus declared Doctor of the Church

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BALTIMORE -- The U.S. bishops added their assent to a call to have St. Irenaeus declared a doctor of the church.

Australian High Court to hear arguments in Cardinal Pell's case

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SYDNEY -- The High Court of Australia has decided to give Cardinal George Pell, 78, a final chance to argue against his conviction on five counts of child sexual abuse.

Hong Kong bishop urges independent inquiry into student's death

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HONG KONG -- A bishop is calling on the Hong Kong government to set up an independent inquiry into the death of a student during the latest pro-democracy riots.

Bolivian bishops say Morales' resignation was not a coup

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MEXICO CITY -- Bolivia's bishops called for calm after the country's president resigned suddenly in the face of swelling street protests over accusations of electoral fraud. They also insisted the departure of President Evo Morales "is not a coup," even though the military had urged him to step aside.

Priests would die rather than break seal of confession, says English Cardinal

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MANCHESTER -- Catholic priests would die rather than break the seal of confession to report child abusers to the police, said an English cardinal.

Catholic groups align to defend DACA Dreamers

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WASHINGTON -- Catholic leaders joined more than 35 other groups that have filed  briefs urging the U.S. Supreme Court to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, known as DACA.

‘Hear the cry of the Earth’

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Canadian Josianne Gauthier is General Secretary of CIDSE, an international network  of Catholic social justice organizations, and was one of the delegates to last month’s Synod on Pan-Amazon Region. Here is what she told the Synod in an address:

European bishops mark 30th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall

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BRUSSELS -- Catholic bishops from the European Union marked 30 years since the breaching of the Berlin Wall with tributes to those who worked for peaceful change, as well as warnings against resurgent "ideologies behind the building of walls."