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WASHINGTON -- Failure to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act "shows just how extreme the majority of Senate Democrats are," said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life.

Cardinal appeals for no bloodshed, return to democracy in Myanmar

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YANGON, Myanmar -- Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon has appealed to the people of Myanmar -- including the army, which staged a coup Feb. 1 -- to remain calm and to work for open lines of communication so democracy can prevail.

March sends a ‘message of solidarity’

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WASHINGTON -- It was the coldest national March for Life in some years, it was the smallest, and it also may be remembered as the bravest.

Bridging the great vaccine divide

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A small Canadian startup hopes to help to bridge the COVID-19 vaccine divide between rich and poor nations.

Cardinal: 'devil is running loose' in El Salvador

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CHALATENANGO, El Salvador -- Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chávez asked the country to pray "for liberation from Satan" Feb. 1 after violence erupted following a political rally late Jan. 31 in the capital, San Salvador.

Portuguese bishops criticize euthanasia legislation

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LISBON, Portugal -- Bishops in Portugal criticized legislation that would allow euthanasia and assisted suicide and said their "sadness and indignation" were compounded "by a form of death being legalized during the great aggravation of a deadly pandemic, when we are all striving to save the greatest number of lives."

Catholic World Report Twitter account locked over tweet about Biden nominee

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The editors at a Catholic publication said they are uncertain why an automated social media post was deemed hateful and led their Twitter account to be locked.

Star QB retires on feast of athletes’ patron

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FAIRHOPE, Ala. -- After 17 seasons in the NFL, quarterback Philip Rivers will begin his next career as head football coach at St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope in the Mobile, Ala., archdiocese.

Bishops, other pro-life leaders decry Biden action ending 'Mexico City policy'

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WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the U.S. bishops' pro-life and international policy committees said President Joe Biden's memo rescinding the so-called "Mexico City policy" Jan. 28 is a "grievous" action that "actively promotes the destruction of human lives in developing nations."

Violence-stricken Iraq counts on Pope

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VATICAN CITY -- In the midst of three days of prayer and fasting for peace and an end to the coronavirus pandemic, Iraqi Cardinal Louis Sako, the Baghdad-based patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, said Iraqis still are counting on Pope Francis to visit in March.

Jailed Jesuit Fr. Swarmy writes of Indians awaiting trial without knowing charges

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MUMBAI, India — Indian Jesuit Father Stan Swamy marked 100 days in prison with a letter highlighting the cases of poor people languishing in jail who begin their trials without even knowing their criminal charges.