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HOUSTON, Texas (CNA) -- The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference has been accused of mishandling an allegation of sexual coercion made against his former vicar general.

U.N. declares special day to remember victims of violence against religion

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WASHINGTON -- On May 28, the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution establishing Aug. 22 as the Day to Commemorate Victims of Violence Based on Religion.

Challenges to seal of confession attributed to clergy sex abuse scandals

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WASHINGTON -- For centuries, the Catholic Church has maintained that what a penitent says to a priest in the confessional is strictly confidential, but in 2019 that rite continues to be challenged by governments.

Illinois Senate passage of abortion bill called 'sad day in history of state'

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich June 1 said the Illinois Senate's passage of a bill "eliminating even minimal limitations on abortions under previous law marks a sad moment in our history as a state."

Irish archbishop wants 'show funerals' for gang members to end

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DUBLIN -- In the midst of a bitter gangland feud in the Irish capital, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has moved to ensure that funerals of those killed are not used as overt shows of wealth or perceived influence.

Italian Ministry for Culture revokes permit for Catholic-inspired institute

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ROME -- The Italian ministry for culture has revoked a license it granted to the Dignitatis Humanae Institute to manage a state-owned historic monument south of Rome, citing irregularities in the bidding process and a breach of contract.

Bishops condemn ‘terrorist outrages’

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Bishops’ conferences from Francophone West Africa have pledged solidarity with Christian communities after a spate of Islamist attacks and urged governments and religious leaders to do more to counter “unlooked-for menaces, tragedies and catastrophes.”

Catholic activist arrested, accused of 'undermining' Vietnamese government

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HANOI, Vietnam -- Police in Vietnam have been accused of abducting a Catholic advocate for social and charitable activities.

Europe's bishops call for unity, cooperation after crucial EU elections

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BRUSSELS -- Catholic church leaders welcomed the outcome of key European Union elections as endorsing their continent's unity, but also called for stronger dialogue in European politics.

Cardinal Pell's appeal of guilty verdict in abuse cases set for hearing

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Should an appeals court uphold his conviction for child sexual abuse, Australian Cardinal George Pell appears to have come to terms that his spectacular fall from grace could be complete in upcoming days.

Missouri may be first abortion-free state

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ST. LOUIS -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has told Planned Parenthood officials it will not renew its St. Louis clinic's license expiring May 31 unless the clinic makes changes to comply with various state health regulations.