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Adding another distinguished medal to her already sizable collection, Katie Ledecky - the most decorated woman in swimming history - was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on May 3 in a White House ceremony.

Shevchuk: Russian rededication of Catholic church for Orthodox faith a 'sacrilege'

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The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has denounced Russia's seizure of a Catholic church in Ukraine's Kherson region, calling the structure's rededication for the Russian Orthodox Church a "sacrilege."

Jordan's king promises pope Christian holy sites will be protected

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Pope Francis received assurances from Jordan's King Abdullah II that Christian and Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem will be protected amid the Israel-Hamas war.

New Orleans Archdiocese investigated for child sex trafficking due to decades-old abuse claims

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The Louisiana State Police and the FBI are investigating whether Archdiocese of New Orleans officials -- including archbishops -- covered up child sex trafficking by clergy over several decades, with some alleged victims reportedly taken out of state to be abused and marked for further exploitation among clergy.

Caritas Baby Hospital in Bethlehem remains a ray of hope in war-torn Holy Land

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Many people in the West Bank have been left without work but the only pediatric hospital in the area gives them a sense of hope and security.

Cardinal says church shouldn't expect 'miracle' of peace in Holy Land

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Sudden peace negotiations or an intervention by the United States will not deliver Israelis and Palestinians from the suffering caused by the war in Gaza, a Jerusalem-based cardinal said.

Artsakh’s Armenians: the forgotten refugee crisis

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As April flowers burst into bloom on the mountain slopes and in the valleys Nagorno Karabakh, there are almost no Armenians there to celebrate the arrival of spring in their ancient homeland.

Pope Francis appoints first Catholic bishop with Anglican heritage for UK ordinariate

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Catholics in the United Kingdom that are part of the personal ordinariate have welcomed Pope Francis' appointment of their first bishop -- and the first ordinariate bishop to hail from their Anglican heritage.

Ukrainian archbishop meets with military officials on missing priests, detained civilians

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The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church recently met with Ukrainian military officials to discuss a range of issues, including Russia's detention of two Ukrainian Catholic priests whose fate remains unknown.

Kenyan archbishop appeals for humanitarian aid as floods devastate the country

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Amid severe floods, a leading Catholic archbishop in Kenya appealed for humanitarian support to aid thousands of displaced people, as he expressed the church's closeness to the affected populations.

As women, children starve, Sudan in desperate need of help, say Catholic aid workers

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Catholic agencies, along with other Christian charities in Sudan, have intensified their food distribution campaign across the country to save hundreds of thousands of suffering Sudanese people from extreme hunger as the civil war entered its second year.