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Address by Pope Francis to the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 25:

Pope Francis to U.N.: Respect for each human life is essential for peace, equality

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis asked members of the United Nations how they think they can respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and build a more peaceful, more just world when many of their countries spend billions on military weapons and when their treatment of the unborn, of refugees and of women shows so little respect for human life.

New declaration in Sudan eliminating state religion praised by bishops

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NAIROBI, Kenya -- Sudanese people can now "worship and practice their various religious beliefs without fear," said the general secretary of the Sudanese bishops' conference.

UN must stay true to ideals, cardinal says

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VATICAN CITY -- Cardinal Pietro Parolin, in marking the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, called on the organization to renew its commitment to the ideals upon which it was founded.

British PM Boris Johnson's son baptized Catholic

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MANCHESTER, England -- A Catholic priest has baptized the infant son of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Pompeo: Vatican-China agreement endangers Church's moral authority

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VATICAN CITY -- About 10 days before he was expected in Rome, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted that the Vatican "endangers its moral authority" by considering an extension of its 2018 agreement with China on the nomination of bishops.

Cardinal likens fading Christian presence in Middle East to a sinking ship

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BEIRUT -- Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai warned that the Christian presence in the Middle East is shrinking and church leaders "are called to face the winds that blow in our homelands."

‘Existential danger’ threatens Lebanon’s future

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RYE, N.Y. -- Amid the turmoil of a global pandemic coupled with a devastating August explosion that destroyed Beirut’s port while killing 200, injuring 6,000 more, Lebanon is facing “an existential danger” it has never experienced before, said Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai.

Bruce Springsteen gives pep talk of sorts to Boston College freshmen

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WASHINGTON -- As this unusual school year gets underway, Boston College freshmen were reminded that they've already been through a lot and were urged -- as college graduating seniors usually are -- that they have to go out and change the world.

Politicians at heart of Lebanon’s problems

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Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Rai wants a revolution in Lebanon, but not too much revolution.

Pope takes message to global stage with UN address

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VATICAN CITY -- When he addresses, via video message, the UN General Assembly Sept. 21, Pope Francis is expected to speak about using the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to re-think economic, political and environmental policies in a way that will benefit humanity and the Earth.