WASHINGTON – The Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, said in a statement it is investigating the incident of a pro-life priest who placed "the body of an aborted fetus" on an altar and broadcast it on Facebook Live to get people to vote for Republican Donald J. Trump, causing "the desecration of the altar."

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WASHINGTON – In the final presidential debate Oct. 19, Republican Donald Trump used his most explicit language to date to denounce late-term abortions.

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OTTAWA —A private member’s bill aimed at protecting pregnant women against violence went down to defeat in the House of Commons Oct. 19 by a 209-76 vote.

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WARSAW, Poland – Poland's Catholic Church has reiterated support for stricter pro-life controls, after parliamentarians voted down a law that would have sent aborting mothers to jail.

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MEXICO CITY – Pope Francis' endorsement of pro-family marches made headlines in Mexico, taking by surprise people who saw his speeches in the country in February as being critical of a conservative Mexican Church hierarchy.

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VATICAN CITY – The sacredness of human life is so absolute that performing or helping procure an abortion or attempting suicide is an obstacle to ordination as a Catholic priest, even if the man was not Catholic at the time the events occurred, said a new Vatican ruling.

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VANCOUVER – The team at Rachel’s Vineyard sees forgiveness and healing transform hurting people every year.

SANTIAGO, Chile – On a hot, sunny spring afternoon, 100,000 Christians from all walks of life traveled downtown to celebrate life. Santiago's pedestrian street, Paseo Bulnes, was packed tight with people from all over Chile. Many of them were neatly dressed: the men in slacks and dress shirts, the women in dresses looking as if they were going to church.

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VATICAN CITY – Love for those society considers "useless" or even a bother led St. Teresa of Calcutta to a courageous defence of the unborn, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – With a growing number of U.S. travelers returning from abroad with the Zika virus and with several cases of Zika-related microcephaly and birth defects reported in the U.S., the disease has inflamed the abortion debate domestically.

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MEXICO CITY – Lawmakers in the Mexican state of Veracruz have approved a state constitutional amendment banning abortion and "defending life from the moment of conception until natural death."

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HOUSTON – The Harris County district attorney's office dropped the last remaining charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt July 26.

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WASHINGTON – Only a week after Donald Trump chose as his running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who was raised a Catholic and today is evangelical, Hillary Clinton chose as her vice presidential running mate, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, a practicing Catholic who has never lost an election, as her vice presidential running mate.

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INDIANAPOLIS – A federal judge has put on hold an Indiana law that makes it illegal for women in the state to have an abortion solely based on the race, gender or disability of a fetus.

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WASHINGTON – In a bipartisan 245-182 vote, House members July 13 passed the Conscience Protection Act, which would provide legal protection to doctors, nurses, hospitals and all health care providers who choose not to provide abortions as part of their health care practice.

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