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WASHINGTON – A 40-foot-tall cross memorializing soldiers who died in World War I that sits at a busy intersection in the Washington suburb of Bladensburg, Maryland, is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Oct. 18.

Moral leadership of 'Laudato Si' becoming more evident

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As more than 40 Catholic institutions announced they would no longer invest in fossil fuel companies, a former United Nations chief climate negotiator said the Pope’s environmental vision laid out in Laudato Si’ is becoming even more relevant.

Philippines mourns Cardinal Vidal, who leaves a legacy of service

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Cebu, Philippines – Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, the fourth Filipino cardinal and leading Catholic figure in the fall of Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, died Wednesday at the age of 86.

Vatican asks Indonesian bishop to repay funds he allegedly stole

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RUTENG, Indonesia – The Vatican has asked Indonesian Bishop Hubertus Leteng, who recently resigned over allegations of theft and having an affair, to return the church funds he is accused of stealing.

Protesters arrested for blocking pipeline work through nun's property

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WASHINGTON – Nearly two dozen people, including a juvenile, were arrested as they blocked workers from starting construction of a short leg of a natural gas pipeline on property owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ congregation in Columbia, Pennsylvania.

Two prisoners flee during a lunch with Pope Francis

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Bologna, Italy – They were supposed to be having lunch with Pope Francis.

'No science' behind transgender therapy for kids, doctors warn

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Children who struggle to match their gender identity with their biological sex should not be pushed into transgender therapies, but given treatments that help treat the underlying cause of the dysphoria, said doctors in the field.

Hunger is not incurable, we must end war and climate change, pope says

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VATICAN CITY – It makes no sense to lament the problems of hunger and forced migration if one is unwilling to address their root causes, which are conflict and climate change, Pope Francis said.

In India, schoolkids say Virgin Mary appeared amid scent of jasmine

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Kochi, India – Both Hindu and Catholic schoolchildren in India claim to have witnessed an apparition of Christ and several appearances of the Virgin Mary accompanied by the scent of jasmine, the gift of contrition, and the healing of a girl’s ear problem.

#Fatima100: 'Miracle of the sun' broke darkness of Portugal's atheist regimes

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Fatima, Portugal – On “the day the sun danced,” thousands of people bore witness to a miracle that not only proved the validity of the Fatima Marian apparitions, but also shattered the prevalent belief at the time that God was no longer relevant, according to one theologian.

Pope to press inter-religious respect in Myanmar

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Amid international condemnation of Myanmar’s treatment of the Rohingya people, Pope Francis will visit Myanmar and Bangladesh to recognize each nation’s struggle for independence, promote interreligious respect and encourage the minority Catholic communities.