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Joe Ybarra reached for his rosary as the wildfire raged across the Idaho mountainside, threatening his life and the lives of seven other U.S. Forest Service firefighters.

British Catholics, Pope Francis pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

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Catholics in the U.K. paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II following her death Sept. 8 and the end of a reign that lasted more than 70 years.

Australian bishops offer Catholic schools guidance on identity, gender

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Catholic bishops in Australia have released guidelines for the country's almost 2,000 Catholic schools on gender, urging school leaders to resist pressure to adopt the "dominant rhetoric around gender."

Eritrean government seizes church-owned technical school

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An agricultural technical school in Eritrea is the latest to fall under government control, in a string of forced seizures of Catholic schools and hospitals.

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry summons nuncio over Pope Francis' comments on car bomb

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Archbishop Visvaldas Kulbokas, Pope Francis' ambassador to Ukraine, to express disappointment about papal comments regarding the death of Darya Dugina, a 29-year-old commentator with a nationalist Russian TV channel.

Pope Francis meeting off as Russian patriarch cancels visit to Kazakhstan

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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, who was expected to meet Pope Francis at the Congress of World and Traditional Religions in Kazakhstan, will not attend the interreligious gathering in September, a senior Russian Orthodox bishop said.

New Chinese Catholic leaders say they'll follow Communist Party principles

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Two state-sponsored church bodies in China have elected new leaders, who promised to invigorate the Catholic faithful pastorally in line with the socialist principles of the Chinese Communist Party.

Nicaraguan police continue harassing Catholics as Pope Francis calls for dialogue

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Following the arrest of a bishop and 11 others, police continued harassing Nicaraguan Catholics, even as Pope Francis called for "open and sincere" dialogue in the Central American country.

Batter up: the all-faith all-star team

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Yogi Berra, Gil Hodges, Derek Jeter, Babe Ruth, Whitey Ford and Connie Mack were among the ballplayers Catholic voters chose in online balloting for an all-time Catholic baseball all-star team.

Czerny prays for kin killed at Auschwitz

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Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Edith Stein at Auschwitz, Cardinal Michael Czerny also prayed for another victim of the Nazis from the notorious Second World War concentration camp.

Catholics express sorrow, offer prayers after Orthodox church fire in Egypt

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Some Catholic leaders have joined the Coptic Orthodox Church in mourning the 41 people -- including 18 children -- who died in a fire in Egypt's capital, Cairo.