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WASHINGTON – At a highly-anticipated summit on June 12, President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un signed a joint-statement making commitments “to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.”

Interfaith leaders in Trinidad unite on traditional marriage

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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – Interfaith leaders, including Catholics, have declared their belief that marriage can only be between a biological man and a biological woman.

Some dioceses in U.S. now permit outdoor Catholic weddings

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BALTIMORE, Md. – The Archdiocese of Baltimore has announced a policy to allow weddings to be held outside of parish churches, including at outdoor venues.

U.S.-North Korea summit brings hope for peace, papal diplomat says

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VATICAN – Talks between the leaders of the United States and North Korea are "truly historic" and bring hope for the start of a new era of peace, said Pope Francis' ambassador to Korea.

Philippine priest gunned down while preparing for Mass

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MANILA, Philippines – Father Richmond Villaflor Nilo of Cabanatuan Diocese was gunned down inside a chapel in Zaragoza June 10 as he was about to celebrate Mass, reported ucanews.com.

Spain agrees to welcome refugee rescue boat after Italy, Malta refuse

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ROME – Spain has announced it will let a ship holding 629 migrants and refugees, who were rescued from the Mediterranean, dock on its shores, after Italy and Malta refused to accept the vessel.

'No time to lose' in switch to alternative energy, Pope says to oil executives

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VATICAN – The world needs a new kind of leadership that believes in building up the whole human family and protecting the environment, Pope Francis told a group of energy and oil executives and global investors.

Pope leads peace prayers for U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore

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VATICAN – Leading thousands of people in prayer, Pope Francis said he hoped the upcoming summit between the United States and North Korea would lead to lasting peace.

Pope accepts resignations of three Chilean bishops in wake of abuse scandal

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VATICAN – After an in-depth Vatican-led investigation into clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of 61-year-old Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Chile, and two other Chilean bishops June 11.

Vatican criminal court indicts monsignor on child porn charges

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VATICAN – A Vatican court indicted Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, a former staff member at the Vatican nunciature in Washington, and ordered him to stand trial beginning June 22 on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

Civil court rules Ven. Fulton Sheen’s remains can go to Peoria

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NEW YORK – The Superior Court of New York ruled Friday in favor of Joan Sheen Cunningham, who had petitioned to move the body of her uncle, Venerable Fulton Sheen, to the Cathedral of St. Mary in Peoria. The body of the late archbishop is currently in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.