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Venezuelan bishops: Country's plight requires new president

Nicolas Maduro. Credit: Eneas de Troya, Flickr Caracas, Venezuela, Jun 26, 2019 / 12:39 am (CNA).- Meeting June 21 with Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference stressed that the solution to the country’s social and political crisis requires electing a new president. Bachelet visited Venezuela June 19-20, invited by the Nicolas Maduro regime. ...

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Portland diocese to engage third-party system for reporting ethics violations

Credit: Olivier Le Moal/Shutterstock. Portland, Maine, Jun 25, 2019 / 11:48 am (CNA).- The Diocese of Portland announced Tuesday it will be using a third-party reporting system for violations of its standards of ethical conduct, such as fraud or harassment. “Several months ago, after hearing from people around the state, the diocese started the process of establishing this system for ...

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Trump administration officials promise action for global religious liberty

Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback remarks on the Religious Freedom Report in Washington, D.C., June 21, 2019. Credit: State Department photo by Michael Gross. Washington D.C., Jun 25, 2019 / 05:07 pm (CNA).- With the latest U.S. report on global persecution of individuals and groups based on their religious beliefs, the Trump administration promised action to ...

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Historic mission bell removed from California college

A bell placed by the Camino Real Association along old Highway 101, known as El Camino Real. Credit: Steve Heap / Shutterstock. Santa Cruz, California, Jun 25, 2019 / 06:49 pm (CNA).- A university in California removed a bell last week after a Native American group claimed the historic piece was disrespectful to their heritage. The El Camino Real Bell, ...

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Mexico priest suspected in murder of deacon, whose funeral he celebrated

Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Mexico City, Mexico, Jun 25, 2019 / 05:16 pm (CNA).- Mexico City police have arrested a priest in connection with the murder of a deacon at the priest’s parish, Mexican sources have reported. Mexico News Daily reported that Fr. Francisco Javier Bautista Ávalos, the parish priest at Cristo Salvador Catholic Church in Tlalpan, Mexico City, was arrested ...

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Missouri abortion clinic given until Friday to appeal license revocation

Credit: Glynnis Jones/Shutterstock. St. Louis, Mo., Jun 25, 2019 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- A Missouri judge has agreed to allow the state’s last abortion clinic to continue performing abortions until this Friday, while the clinic appeals the revocation of its license. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services rejected a license renewal request June 21 from Reproductive Health Services ...

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'Near twin' of Notre Dame clock found in storage

The original clock at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Via Shutterstock Paris, France, Jun 25, 2019 / 03:10 pm (CNA).- A clock nearly identical to the one destroyed in the fire at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris has been found in storage. The duplicate was found at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Paris, in what is being called a “miraculous ...

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