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NANTES, France -- A Rwandan is facing up to 10 years in prison after he confessed to deliberately setting fire to the city's Gothic cathedral.

Manila bishop tests positive for COVID-19, says he's asymptomatic

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MANILA, Philippines - Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Manila Archdiocese's apostolic administrator, has tested positive for COVID-19, making him the most prominent churchman in the Philippines to contract the disease.

Catholic-supported co-op in Israel helps asylum-seekers during pandemic

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TEL AVIV, Israel - Inside Kuchinate, the African Women Refugee collective, women dropped off their completed sewing and crochet work, receiving new material to work on at home.

'Our most tragic time': Felician sisters bear loss of 13 sisters to COVID-19

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LIVONIA, Mich. - They were teachers. A librarian. A director of religious education. A secretary in the Vatican Secretariat of State. The author of a 586-page history of the congregation.

New accusation surfaces against former U.S. prelate McCarrick

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WASHINGTON - A firm that has filed previous legal complaints against former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick and church entities added another complainant July 21 against the defrocked prelate, leveling a new accusation that he allegedly abused its new client as a boy at a beach house in Sea Girt, New Jersey, in the early 1980s.

Chinese Christians told to replace Christ with Mao

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Government authorities in Shanxi, China, are ordering people who receive government assistance to replace religious symbols in their homes, including pictures of Jesus, with pictures of Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping. Refusal to comply results in the assistance being taken away. 

Christ statue vandalized at Florida church

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MIAMI -- The beheading of a statue of Christ at a Catholic church in the Miami Archdiocese has saddened the parish community of Good Shepherd Church and prompted Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski to call on law enforcement to investigate the incident as a hate crime.

Arson suspected as cause of fire at Nantes Cathedral

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NANTES, France -- French police have opened an arson investigation into a fire at a Gothic cathedral in Nantes.

Ex-Salvadoran officer says witnesses lied in his trial for Jesuits' murders

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MEXICO CITY -- Inocente Orlando Montano, the former Salvadoran army colonel accused of participating in "the decision, design or execution of the killings" of six Jesuits in 1989, testified in his Spanish trial that no order was ever given to eliminate the priests.

Cardinal Pell on prison experience: "I knew the Lord was with me"

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Australian Cardinal George Pell, 79, a former senior adviser to Pope Francis, has broken his silence two months after the country's High Court overturned his conviction for sexual abuse of two teens.

Campaigns to discredit church preceded '89 Jesuit murders, witness says

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MEXICO CITY -- An expert witness has testified that the slayings of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador in 1989 was "premeditated" and preceded by campaigns to discredit the Catholic Church and the Society of Jesus.