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PATERSON, N.J. – A Catholic chapel that has served a New Jersey shopping mall since 1970 has closed its doors.

Dutch church leaders speak out against "exploitation of Christianity" by populist politicians

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AMSTERDAM – Dutch church leaders have signed a petition against the "exploitation of Christianity" by populist politicians in upcoming parliamentary elections, as the Catholic bishops' conference urged voters to back parties "contributing to the common good."

Prayers planned for Salesian kidnapped in Yemen last March

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BANGALORE, India – The Salesians have organized a special prayer meeting to mark the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping of Indian Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil.

After Trump’s address to Congress, pro-lifers stress protections in health care

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WASHINGTON – After President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, pro-life leaders wished he had spoken more to their concerns of federal abortion funding in health care.

Violence in Democratic Republic of Congo leaves Toronto Catholics reeling

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Congolese Catholics in Toronto are in shock as they learn about politically-motivated attacks on Catholic churches and schools in their majority-Catholic homeland.

Congo's bishops: Don't blame Catholics for blockage of peace accord

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KINSHASA, Congo – Congo's bishops criticized continued obstruction of a church-brokered peace accord and urged citizens not to blame Catholics for the deadlock.

Irish abuse victim lashes out at Vatican bureaucracy as she quits panel

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ROME – Irish abuse survivor Marie Collins has accused the Vatican bureaucracy of “shameful” resistance to fighting clerical sex abuse in the Catholic Church as she quit a key panel set up by Pope Francis.

Catholic nuns the target of growing Congolese attacks

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Roman Catholic sisters in the Democratic Republic of Congo are coming under increased attacks as vandals destroy churches and convents in an attempt to frustrate the church’s efforts to act as mediator in an election dispute.

Despite opposition, assisted suicide law takes effect in Washington D.C.

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WASHINGTON– The District of Columbia has joined six states in the country in allowing doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives.

U.S. bishops denounce rise in anti-Semitic attacks

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. bishops are responding with solidarity and concern for the Jewish community, following a surge in anti-Semitic actions in recent weeks.

Local bishop says again Mary is not appearing in Medjugorje

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VATICAN CITY – "The Virgin Mary has not appeared in Medjugorje," said Bishop Ratko Peric of Mostar-Duvno, the diocese in Bosnia-Herzegovina, which includes Medjugorje.