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Polish archbishop appeals defrocking for sexual abuse: Vatican

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A Polish archbishop accused of child sex abuse in the Dominican Republic has appealed against a Roman Catholic tribunal’s decision to defrock him, the Vatican said on Monday. Jozef Wesolowski, who had served as a Vatican … Continue reading

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Vatican: Ex-envoy can be tried by Dominican court

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Monday that its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, accused of sexually abusing young boys in the Caribbean country, had lost his diplomatic immunity and could be tried by Dominican or other courts. … Continue reading

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Journalist Foley’s parents, after call with pope, call for prayer and action

ROME (Reuters) – The parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic State fighters. “We do pray, we beg … Continue reading

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Lack of prospects, financial lure pushing youth to IS: Vatican

Vatican City (AFP) – Young Syrians are gravitating towards the radical Islamic State due to a lack of prospects and the lure of financial support more than “ideological conviction”, the pope’s Syria envoy said Saturday. IS militants, which have been … Continue reading

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Pope’s Iraq envoy: Minorities need to be defended

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis’ envoy to Iraq says religious minorities being attacked by Islamic militants must be defended now and given international protection so they can return home, reinforcing the Vatican’s position that military force is justified in … Continue reading

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Pope Francis offers condolences on Szoka’s death

DETROIT (AP) — Pope Francis says he offers his “heartfelt condolences” to the Detroit archdiocese over the death of Cardinal Edmund Szoka (SHAH’-kuh). The pope sent a note to Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron on Thursday, a day after Szoka’s death. … Continue reading

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Teacher fired for pregnancy sues Catholic school

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A former teacher at a Montana Catholic school who was fired for being pregnant and unmarried is suing the school district. Shaela Evenson filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Butte on Thursday, alleging her … Continue reading

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U.S. moves to ensure birth control access at religious companies

(Reuters) – The Obama administration will ensure access to birth control coverage for employees of closely held companies that object on religious grounds to contraception, one of the health benefits mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The move follows a … Continue reading

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Birth control mandate: HHS offers new way for religious employers

The Obama administration took steps Friday it said would ensure that women who work for religious employers will have continued access to cost-free birth control coverage, while respecting the views of their employers. The rules address both religious nonprofits and … Continue reading

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New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees … Continue reading

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