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CANBERRA, Australia – After a majority of Australians indicated they favored same-sex marriage, Australia's bishops said legislators must ensure that any new law on marriage includes protection for religious freedom.

Hindu nationalists threaten Catholic missionaries for converting people in India

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SAGAR, India – A Catholic bishop has sought protection for the Christian community in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh after Hindu nationalists marched through the streets waving burning torches and denouncing missionaries.

Pope's new special edition Lamborghini up for grabs

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VATICAN – Pope Francis became the proud new owner of a special papal-themed Lamborghini Huracán, which was given to him by company execs at the Vatican and will be auctioned off for charity.

British Catholic schools remove 'mother,' 'father' from admission forms

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MANCHESTER, England – The terms "mother" and "father" will be banned from Catholic schools' admissions forms in England and Wales following a complaint the terms discriminated against gay and stepparents.

Philippine church leaders urge Trudeau to take back toxic waste

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MANILA, Philippines – Catholic Church leaders in the Philippines are calling on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take back several shipping containers of toxic waste that arrived in the country from Canada in 2013, reported ucanews.com.

Pope sends condolences after quake kills more than 400 in Iran, Iraq

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VATICAN – Pope Francis sent messages of condolence to people in Iran and Iraq after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed more than 400 people, mostly in Iran.

Canadian saint lights up church in France

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A stained glass image of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, Canada’s first female saint, now adorns the Saint-Paul and Saint-Pierre Church in Hiers-Brouage, France.

Religious freedom must be protected, says Catholic-Muslim dialogue

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VATICAN CITY – Christians and Muslims believe that freedom of conscience and religion are the most important human rights and, "therefore, our collective duty demands that we respect, preserve and promote such rights," said members of the Catholic-Muslim Forum.

Peace, dialogue held hostage by nuclear weapons threat, Pope says

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VATICAN CITY – The existence of nuclear weapons creates a false sense of security that holds international relations hostage and stifles peaceful coexistence, Pope Francis said.

Thieves desecrate eleven parishes in France

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ANNECY, France – Last month thieves in France robbed, and in the process desecrated, ten churches in the Diocese of Annecy, in the country's Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region.

Vietnamese diocese begins rebuilding church ruined in '67 U.S. air raid

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HAI DUONG, Vietnam – A diocese in northern Vietnam has begun construction of a church dedicated to Dominican martyrs, replacing the ruins of an earlier one destroyed during a U.S. air raid in 1967.