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PARIS -- France's Catholic bishops have joined Muslim leaders in condemning the beheading of a teacher in a Paris suburb.

Armenian Orthodox leader warns of possible genocide in disputed territory

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VATICAN CITY -- The patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Catholicos Karekin II, said the escalating violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh region has the potential to become another genocide of the Armenian people.

Demonstrators burn two churches in Chile on anniversary of protests

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SANTIAGO, Chile -- Demonstrators burned two Catholic churches in Chile, where gatherings to mark the one-year anniversary of mass protests against inequality descended into chaos.

Archbishop Sample leads rosary, exorcism to bring peace to Portland, Ore.

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Dakota Hulsey was diligently setting up tables in a downtown Portland restaurant Oct. 17.

Polish bishop resigns following accusations of failing to act on abuse

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a Polish bishop accused of negligence after a documentary claimed he repeatedly transferred a priest accused of sexually abusing children.

Pope repeats call to divert funds from military to fighting hunger

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VATICAN CITY - Repeating a call first made by St. Paul VI, Pope Francis urged a global move to divert money from national military spending and use it to "definitely defeat hunger."

Vatican gathers ambassadors to hear what is happening in Syria

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VATICAN CITY - As the world's attention is focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and its dire economic consequences, the Vatican urged nations not to forget the people of Syria, who are still living in a situation of violence and extreme need.

Around world, men, women, children 'bear burden' of climate change, says nuncio

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UNITED NATIONS - Protecting "our common home for present and future generations is one of the most urgent demands of our time," Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations, said Oct. 13.

Mexican president again asks Pope for apology for 1521 conquest

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MEXICO CITY - Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has asked Pope Francis to apologize for the church's role in the conquest of the Americas. It's the second time he has made such a request of the Pope in less than two years.

Beatified teen showed that heaven is ‘attainable goal,’ cardinal says

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ASSISI, Italy - Thousands sang and applauded as Italian teen Carlo Acutis was beatified in a town dear to him and to many Christians around the world: Assisi.

Pope’s new encyclical stresses brotherhood and dignity for all

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VATICAN CITY -- Professing faith in God as the creator of all human beings, or even simply recognizing that all people possess an inherent dignity, has concrete consequences for how people should treat one another and make decisions in politics, economics and social life, Pope Francis wrote.