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WASHINGTON – The U.S. House Oct. 3 passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, about the time doctors have determined that an unborn child can feel pain.

Las Vegas Catholic shrine an initial place of refuge for shooting victims

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WASHINGTON – The Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer – a white stucco church just off the Las Vegas Strip and dwarfed by giant hotels, casinos and flashing neon lights – has long been a spiritual oasis for tourists.

Do not let hate, violence 'have the last word,' says Las Vegas bishop

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LAS VEGAS – Hate and violence can not have the last word, said Las Vegas Bishop Joseph A. Pepe at an emotional interfaith prayer service a day after the mass killing of at least 59 concert goers on Oct. 1.

Pope Francis, American bishops call for prayers after ‘unspeakable terror’ of Las Vegas mass killing

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WASHINGTON – The nation has experienced "yet another night filled with unspeakable terror" and "we need to pray and to take care of those who are suffering," said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington.

Holy Land Christians frustrated by lack of legal action against vandals

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JERUSALEM – Christians in the Holy Land, including Catholic leaders, have expressed frustration with lack of legal action against cases of desecration and vandalism of sacred places.

Vatican diplomat calls on U.N. to pursue peace in world's trouble spots

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UNITED NATIONS – A Vatican official called on the world's governments to strive more actively to prevent wars, protect human dignity and the environment and work toward a nuclear-free world.

German bishops urge calm after anti-immigrant party gains in election

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FULDA, Germany – The president of the German bishops' conference urged "verbal disarmament" after Sept. 24 elections brought a far-right party into the Bundestag, or parliament, for the first time since World War II.

Mexicans respond to quake with generosity, concern about politicians

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CUERNAVACA, Mexico – Donations from Caritas chapters across Mexico started streaming into affected areas after an earthquake rocked central Mexico Sept. 19, claiming more than 300 lives, leveling homes and churches and leaving thousands homeless.

Worst of Irma brings out best in America

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Canadians are privy to so much information about our southern neighbours. It’s unfortunate that most often it’s the bad that overwhelms us when we think of the United States.

Church leaders offer prayers, Mexicans pitch in after earthquake

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MEXICO CITY – Mexican church leaders offered prayers and urged generosity after an earthquake struck the national capital and its environs, claiming more than 240 lives -- including at least 20 children trapped in a collapsed school.

Pope prays for victims of Mexico quake

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VATICAN CITY – As search and rescue operations continued in central Mexico, where more than 200 people died after a strong earthquake Sept. 19, Pope Francis offered his prayers for the victims.