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CLEVELAND -- A grand jury indicted a Catholic priest on federal charges involving child pornography and the sexual exploitation of children.

Tucson bishop suspends public worship amid spike in virus cases

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger announced July 1 that state health officials have "strongly recommended" the suspension of public worship and that he agrees the recommendation is a wise course of action.

Soto: 'Strenuous labor' of ending racism shouldn't be 'toppled' by looting

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- By defacing and toppling a statue of St. Junipero Serra in Sacramento, protesters may have meant "to draw attention to the sorrowful, angry memories over California's past," but "this act of vandalism does little to build the future," Bishop Jaime Soto said July 5.

Actor’s aid helps spread love everywhere

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When Hollywood actor Gerard Butler struck a friendship with Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow after presenting him with a CNN Heroes award back in 2010, creating a documentary together wasn’t on the radar for either of them.

Judge blocks law requiring 24-hour waiting period before getting abortion

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DAVENPORT, Iowa -- A Johnson County district court judge has temporarily blocked the enforcement of the state's new law requiring women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion, the Iowa Catholic Conference reported July 1.

Women put in danger, advocates warn

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WASHINGTON -- Many of the leading pro-life advocates in the United States said the Supreme Court’s June 29 ruling striking down a Louisiana abortion law puts women’s health in danger, allows subpar care of women and gives abortion clinics a pass on “common-sense regulations” for “the sake of profit.”

Cardinal Zen says he's prepared for arrest under Hong Kong security law

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HONG KONG -- Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun has said that while he will remain prudent, he is prepared to suffer arrest and trials under Hong Kong's sweeping new national security law.

Msgr. Ratzinger, brother of Pope Benedict XVI, dies at 96

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VATICAN CITY -- Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, a musician and retired Pope Benedict XVI's elder brother, died July 1 at the age of 96.

French cardinal reveals future plans after 'ordeal' of abuse trial

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OXFORD, England -- Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who retired from the Archdiocese of Lyon, has left his see to serve as a convent chaplain and envoy for the pope.

Supreme Court abortion ruling continues 'cruel precedent,' says bishop

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WASHINGTON -- In a 5-4 decision June 29, the Supreme Court ruled that a Louisiana law requiring that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals could not stand.

Steubenville planning to go virtual

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Canadian Catholic youth and young adults saddened by Steubenville Toronto and Steubenville Atlantic being cancelled due to COVID-19 will have a faith conference to be excited about this month after all, should everything go according to plan.