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WASHINGTON -- In conjunction with the U.S. State Department's Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, the Religious Freedom Institute presented a side event July 15 to discuss current international religious freedom policy.

Philippine bishops call for 'ecological conversion'

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MANILA, Philippines -- Catholic bishops in the Philippines criticized "the continuing destruction of our common home" and called for "ecological conversion" amid "climate emergency."

Global leaders address religious freedom at State Department

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WASHINGTON -- The rabbi of a Pittsburgh Jewish community where 11 people were killed by a gunman in October told a worldwide meeting of religious freedom activists that only by rejecting racism and bigotry can violence in the name of religion be overcome.

Monks saved manuscripts from Islamic militants in Iraq

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BEIRUT -- The first time a band of Islamic State militants "visited" the monks, they presented the monks with a kind of suggestion, in a nonthreatening manner: "Why don't you become a Muslim?"

U.S. receives poor marks in Pew report on religious freedoms

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WASHINGTON -- The Pew Research Center's annual report on restrictions on religion worldwide showed the United States had the worst scores in the Americas in three of the eight categories Pew surveyed.

Detroit Catholics help save iconic church of their twin parish in Ontario

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WINDSOR, Ontario -- Detroiters might soon notice a bronze glow on the horizon as they stare south across the Detroit River.

First weekend for 'Unplanned' in Canada a success

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The braintrust behind the pro-life movie Unplanned say they are ecstatic with the attendance at the 49 Canadian screens that showed the movie over the July 12-14 weekend.

Iraq would be caught in the middle of U.S.-Iran conflict, cardinal fears

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DOHUK, Iraq -- Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Cardinal Louis Sako is concerned by rising tensions between the United States and Iran, fearful that his country, Iraq, could be caught in the middle of any potential conflict. It has also made a proposed visit by Pope Francis to Iraq next year uncertain, he said.

Deacon subdues attacker at abbey

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Deacon Jose Montoya stares in horror. What if the vicious surprise punch had hit an elderly monk instead of on his own face? Such a blow might have killed a frailer man. And what if the attacker had wielded a knife or a gun?

Chile removes statute of limitations on sex abuse cases

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VATICAN CITY -- As the Catholic Church in Chile continues to deal with the fallout of clerical sexual abuse and its cover-up, the Chilean government passed a law removing the statute of limitations on sex abuse crimes against children.

Religion has role in fighting loneliness

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Religion can play a key role in reducing social isolation and loneliness, suggests a new Angus Reid Institute poll.