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ROME -- Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, pleaded for an end to violence after a deadly mortar attack in his country claimed the lives of four people sheltering in a church.

Catholic Palestinian gets kidney transplant from slain Jewish Israeli

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For nine years, Randa Aweis battled kidney disease, urgently in need of a transplant.

Thieves break into castle, steal rosary used by Mary, Queen of Scots

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MANCHESTER, England -- Burglars have stolen a set of golden rosary beads that once belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots.

Authorities in northern China arrest bishop, priests

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HONG KONG -- Authorities in northern China have arrested a Vatican-appointed Catholic bishop, his seven priests and 10 seminarians in what is seen as part of a renewed crackdown on the underground Catholic Church in the communist country.

Spanish bishops denounce exploitation of migrants amid crisis

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ROME -- The Spanish bishops' conference expressed concern that migrants were being used to exert political pressure after a sudden influx of migrants in the Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla increased tensions between Spain and Morocco.

High Court orders jailed Indian Jesuit to hospital for evaluation

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MUMBAI, India -- The High Court in Mumbai ordered prison authorities to take an ailing 84-year-old Jesuit to the hospital, as it heard his appeal to receive bail on medical grounds, Indian media reported.

Germany's ecumenical assembly ends, but one bishop questions its benefits

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FRANKFURT, Germany (CNS) -- Germany's Third Ecumenical Convention concluded in Frankfurt May 16 with an open-air church service on the bank of the River Main. With the city's skyline of office towers providing the backdrop, some 400 people attended the service, including German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Borders an opportunity to encounter the other: Pope Francis

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In a world of 79.5 million forcibly displaced people, 26 million of them officially designated refugees, Pope Francis wants us thinking and praying about our borders in moral, ethical and spiritual terms.

As COVID-19 spikes, Indian church officials look for ways to help

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NEW DELHI - Catholic officials in India are working to help citizens get help during the second wave of COVID-19 and the accompanying lockdown.

In Gaza, tiny Catholic community tries to stay in touch during airstrikes

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Since early May 11, Israeli bombs have been falling around the Rosary Sisters school in Gaza, which sustained light to moderate damage inside and outside the compound -- including to the front door and solar panels used for electricity.

Coroner rules 1971 massacre victims in Belfast were 'entirely innocent'

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DUBLIN - A coroner in Northern Ireland ruled that a priest and nine lay Catholics who were shot dead by British troops almost 50 years ago were "entirely innocent" and their deaths were unjustified.