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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on two different aspects of Indiana abortion laws May 28.

Former secretary says prominent Church officials knew McCarrick's ministry was restricted

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI had imposed restrictions on the public ministry of former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick in 2008, but they were not formal sanctions and were not followed strictly, even during the papacy of Pope Benedict himself, McCarrick's former secretary said.

Financial controversy involving Indian cardinal flares anew

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COCHIN, India -- A financial controversy involving an Indian cardinal has taken another turn after his archdiocese demanded a federal investigation into allegedly fake documents it said are aimed at defaming him.

Pope Francis breaks silence on Viganò claims

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VATICAN CITY -- After waiting nine months, Pope Francis has denied accusations that he was aware of allegations of sex abuse involving former American Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and failed to take action.

Catholic bishops lament setbacks for Holy Land peace, but call for a better path

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JERUSALEM (CNA) -- Peace, mutual equality, and respect must be the foundation of progress in Israeli-Palestinian relations, despite continued setbacks, the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land said this week.

Pope Francis: Guilty handouts, soulless bureaucratic aid are fake charity

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VATICAN CITY -- Charity should be given freely and lived humbly with the poor, never letting it become hypocrisy, a slick business or a way to soothe a troubled conscience, Pope Francis said.

Italian bishops: 'moral obligation' to report abuse to police

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VATICAN CITY -- Italian bishops have recognized their "moral obligation" to report allegations of clerical sexual abuse to the police, said the head of the Italian bishops' child protection committee.

Pope Francis' visit puts light on ethnic Hungarians

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When Pope Francis visits Romania May 31-June 1, he will helicopter to Sumuleu Ciuc, site of the country’s only major Marian shrine and an important place of pilgrimage for Hungarian Catholics.

Vatican official: Easter attacks were an act against all of Sri Lanka

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- One of the Vatican's top officials visited Sri Lanka to show solidarity with Catholics still reeling from the Easter suicide bombings that claimed more than 250 lives and injured more than 400.

Family portraits, mutual support part of Caritas global assembly

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VATICAN CITY -- Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle added a photo of his "Lolo Kim" to a mosaic of migrants, world leaders and Caritas workers to illustrate how humanity forms one family and is sharing one journey.

Cardinal ‘Fix It’

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During his visit to a centre offering respite and food to refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos this month, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski followed a sign that said, “Broken? Fix it here.”