Pope calls for quick action to prevent further migrant deaths

Days after rescue workers recovered the bodies of dozens of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, Pope Francis urged the international community to "act quickly" to prevent future tragedies.
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Church official warns lawmakers over Duterte’s death penalty bid

While the president appealed to Congress to reinstate the death penalty for "heinous crimes," Diamante urged legislators to study whether that would solve the problem of illegal drugs.
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‘Tremendous excitement’ in Ireland parish of British Open winner Shane Lowry

British Open golf champion Shane Lowry was an altar server at St. Brigid in Clara, a small town in the Republic of Ireland.
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Report gives snapshot of efforts to protect religious freedom around globe

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.
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Appeals court says Title X rule can take effect while suits proceed

The Trump administration’s “Protect Life Rule” bars Title X funds from being used for promoting or providing abortion as family planning.
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Trump administration to apply ‘third country’ rule for asylum-seekers

Critics claim the rule will affect not just Central Americans fleeing poverty and gang violence, but those elsewhere seeking to escape religious persecution and abuse.
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Mom says miracle in Sheen cause that saved her son a gift to whole church

As Bonnie Engstrom watched lifesaving measures being taken for her son, who had been born just moments before without a pulse or drawing breath, she asked for help from the person whose prayerful support she had sought throughout her pregnancy: Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
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With miracle confirmed in Sheen cause, plans for beatification can begin

With "overwhelming joy," Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria announced July 6 that Pope Francis had approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
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Pope meets Putin; two leaders talk about Ukraine, Syria, Venezuela

Pope Francis welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Vatican July 4, and the two discussed the ongoing wars in Eastern Ukraine and in Syria, the Vatican said. Russia plays a major role in both conflicts. At the end of the 55-minute private meeting, Alessandro Gisotti, interim director of the Vatican press office, issued a...
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Indifference, apathy at heart of hunger crisis, pope says

Pope Francis spoke out against the indifference, apathy and broken promises that allow the scourge of hunger to continue.
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Cardinal Burke cuts ties with institute, citing its alignment with Bannon

Cardinal Burke resigned from the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, saying it has become “more and more identified with the political program” of Steve Bannon.
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