Nicaraguan bishops to pray for exorcism as violence continues

Churches and clergy in Nicaragua have come under attack for trying to protect populations protesting authoritarian rule.
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Montana dioceses restate policy on politics after criticism of priests at rally

Among the comments and emails the Montana dioceses have received, many said the "church/religion has no business being involved in politics."
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Cardinal McCarrick’s 60 years of ministry in church had global impact

As a board member of Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops' overseas relief and development agency, he continued to travel the world and had regular speaking engagements and other activities, in the United States and beyond.
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Religious freedom in U.S., around world focus of June 22-29 observance

"Serving Others in God's Love" is the theme of this year's Religious Freedom Week. U.S. Catholics are encouraged to pray and take action act in support of religious liberty at home and abroad.
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Bishops OK directives, abuse charter revisions at spring meeting

Francesco Cesareo, chairman of the National Review Board, urged the bishops to "never waver" in their commitment to protect minors and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse.
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Philippine authorities arrest suspect in priest’s murder

Authorities said police have also identified the vehicles used by the gunman and his accomplices.
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How Catholic schools foster self-discipline offers lessons, says study

A new study conducted by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found that children in Catholic schools are less disruptive and have more self-control than their peers in non-Catholic or public schools.
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Baltimore native named auxiliary bishop of Washington

Pope Francis has appointed a Baltimore native who grew up across the street from Memorial Stadium as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington.
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Voters in Ireland pave way for abortion on demand

Voters in Ireland have opted to remove the right to life of the unborn from the country's constitution, paving the way for abortion on demand up to 12 weeks.
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Nigerian bishops lead thousands in peaceful protests against killings

Catholic bishops in Nigeria led thousands of people across the country in peaceful protests against repeated killings by herdsmen in a conflict over fertile land.
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Japanese cardinal-designate writes haiku, works with disabled

Cardinal-designate Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda of Osaka was more surprised than anyone at the news he is to become a cardinal, reported ucanews.com.
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Australian archbishop, convicted of abuse cover-up, stepping aside for now

Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide, who faces a maximum penalty of two years in jail for failing to inform police about child sexual abuse allegations, said he will stand aside from his duties as archbishop while he considers how to proceed legally.
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