Kentucky Derby draws attention to issue of human trafficking

Summer Dickerson, a young woman who survived sex trafficking, said that four years ago when she sat on Millionaire’s Row, an exclusive seating area at the Kentucky Derby, no one around her knew she wasn’t there for the race. Dickerson shared her story April 18 at a news conference held by the Kentucky attorney general’s...
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Letter writers accuse Pope Francis of heresy

A small group of Catholics has accused Pope Francis of heresy and has written to the world's bishops asking them to "take the steps necessary to deal with the grave situation of a heretical pope."
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Archbishop Lori joins brother bishops in condemning Poway synagogue shooting

“The April 27 shooting at a synagogue in California was a terrible act of hatred and violence," said Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori.
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Pope names Archbishop Etienne coadjutor archbishop of Seattle

Pope Francis has named Archbishop Paul D. Etienne of Anchorage to be coadjutor archbishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle, meaning he will assist and could succeed Archbishop J. Peter Sartain in leading the archdiocese.
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Hackers infiltrate Ohio parish’s email system, steal $1.75 million

A carefully orchestrated plan netted email hackers $1.75 million from a Diocese of Cleveland parish.
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Churches padlocked, schools closed week after Sri Lanka attacks

Fears of suicide bomb attacks kept many Christians and Muslims away from churches and mosques for Sunday Mass and Friday prayers a week after the Easter bombings.
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Sri Lanka’s U.N. mission hosts memorial service for victims of attacks

All Sri Lankans "are going through one of the saddest and most devastating periods of our history," Father Nalaka Silva told those gathered at an evening interfaith memorial service April 24 in New York for the victims and all people affected by the Easter terrorist attacks.
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Court says Philadelphia can end faith-based agencies’ foster placements

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit ruled April 22 that the city of Philadelphia can bar Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from placing children in foster care with any family because the Catholic agency upholds traditional marriage.
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Cardinal Ranjith criticizes Sri Lankan government for not taking precautions

Sri Lankan Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said he is struggling following the Easter bombings in his country "because there are no words with which I can console my people."
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USCCB president decries terrorist bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops termed as "a great evil" the Easter terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka targeting the country's minority Christian community as worshippers packed three churches.
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Man arrested after trying to walk into cathedral with flammables

A man who tried to walk through St. Patrick's Cathedral in midtown Manhattan close to 8 p.m. local time April 17 had gas cans, lighter fluid and igniters and claimed he was just cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue where he had left his car, which he said had run out of...
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Fire chaplain helped save religious artifacts from burning cathedral

A hero emerging from the Notre Dame Cathedral fire April 15 is Father Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, who is credited with saving a reliquary containing the crown of thorns and the Blessed Sacrament from the burning cathedral.
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