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BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA -- Dr. Leandro Rodríguez Lastra, an OB-GYN in Argentina, was found guilty on Monday of having prevented an abortion, after he decided to save the life of an unborn baby whose mother had taken an abortion pill.

ShareLife helps to break vicious cycle of poverty

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Amanda Fellows has seen all too closely how generational poverty keeps perpetuating itself.

Odds stacked against David Anderson, MP, bill

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The odds weigh heavily against Bill C-418, Conservative MP David Anderson’s private member’s bill to enshrine conscience rights for health-care providers on assisted suicide, as the first hour of debate is set for Parliament May 29.

Another setback in conscience fight

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An Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that upheld limits on health care workers’ conscience rights shows the need for governments legislation to protect those who can’t be part of a procedure that runs up against their moral or religious beliefs, said the executive director of Canadian Physicians for Life.

'No words to express our shame': Polish bishops apologize for abuse

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WARSAW, Poland -- The Polish bishops' administrative council met in emergency session May 22 and later admitted the church failed to act against clerical sexual abuse.

Brazilian bishop resigns amid charges

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SAO PAULO -- Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a bishop under investigation for extortion, mismanagement of funds and covering up alleged clerical abuse against minors. 

Bishop Vilson Dias de Oliveira of Limeira announced his resignation to parishioners May 17, stating he was stepping down “for the sake of the Church of Christ and for the good of this diocese.” 

According to the Sao Paulo state police, Oliveira took $975 from a local parish to build an artesian well in his beach house in Itanhaem. When faced with the accusation, the bishop confessed he obtained a “donation” from the parish and alleged he was facing financial problems.

Local media reported that the bishop gave investigators documents confirming that, in the past four years, he purchased two properties on the coast of Sao Paulo state worth more than $243,000.

The bishop, who has led the Limeira diocese for the past 12 years, is also under investigation for possibly having helped cover up cases of sexual abuse committed by Fr. Pedro Leandro Ricardo. Since February, several altar boys have accused Ricardo of sexual abuse. The priest has been suspended from his religious duties until further notice.

Pope Francis accepted Oliveira’s resignation and designated Archbishop Orlando Brandes as a temporary replacement.

“I take with me in my heart this learning, in the confidence and assurance that this work is from God, and I place myself at the disposal of the Holy Mother Church to serve her no matter the place and ministry entrusted to me by God from now on,” Oliveira said.

Cardinal Sarah blasts ‘lazy’ criticism of Pope Benedict XVI

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ROME -- Cardinal Robert Sarah has blasted what he called “lazy” and “superficial” reactions bordering on “intellectual hysteria” to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s recent notes on the clerical abuse scandal.

With EU elections near bishops express concern about rising nationalism

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ROME -- Catholic bishops across Europe encouraged their faithful to go to the polls in late May to elect members of the European Parliament who would promote unity and take seriously the power of the European Union to do good in the world.

This is no pipe dream

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Even a parishioner listening closely during Mass would not know the meticulous care that Jeffrey Moellman brings to every note he plays on the organ at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. 

Cardinal Willem Eijk says gender theory “radically contradicts the Church’s teaching” and undermines the roles of mothers and fathers

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ROME -- Exposing the errors in gender theory is “of the utmost urgency” because it poses a threat to the Church’s moral teaching and to the proclamation of the Christian faith, said the archbishop of Utrecht.

Two young men shot dead before Mass in Mexico

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MEXICO CITY -- Two young men arriving for a Mass to be celebrated before a quinceanera in Mexico's Veracruz state were shot dead as they entered the parish parking lot. It was the latest atrocity in a steady string of mass slayings, which have highlighted a surge in the country's already shockingly high homicide rate.

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