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The devil may care
ROME (SE): The devil may care, but is a symbolic figure invented by Christians to explain the existence of evil in the world, Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, the Jesuit superior general told the Spanish newspaper, El Mundo, on June 1.
 

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Trudeau asks pope to apologise for cultural genocide
VATICAN (SE): The prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, met with Pope Francis on May 29 encouraging him to issue an apology on behalf of the Catholic Church for the role it played in administering the residential schools established in the 19th century for the children of indigenous people.
 

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Papal condolence to Manchester
VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis said he is deeply saddened by the injury and tragic loss of life caused by the barbaric attack in Manchester. In a message to the people of the city, he expresses his solidarity with all those affected by violence on May 22.
 

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Bishop arrested in Mindanao
MANILA (UCAN): Bishop Carlo Morales, from the Philippine Independent Church, was arrested on May 11 on a charge of harbouring a wanted criminal in Ozamiz City in Mindanao.
 

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Traffickers in sea rescues
VATICAN (SE): L’Osservatore Romano expressed dismay on April 28 when the prosecutor in Catania, Carmelo Zuccaro, revealed that some organisations involved in migrant-rescue operations in the Mediterranean might be financed by human traffickers.
 

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Punished for not smoking in front of Muslims
BEIJING (AsiaNews): State media in China reported on April 15 that authorities in Xinjiang have involved themselves in a bit of smokescreen policing by punishing a local official for refusing to smoke in front of Muslim elders.
 

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Duterte’s words don’t translate to policy

MANILA (SE): Since his ascent to power, Rodrigo Duterte has overseen a remarkable shift in his country’s foreign policy, particularly towards China.

During his high-profile state visit to China last year, he snubbed both Washington and Tokyo in favour of Beijing.

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Knife attack during Mass
KUWAIT (SE): A man armed with a long kitchen knife disrupted Mass at the cathedral in Kuwait City on March 19, local media reported.

He entered the sanctuary, asked to see the pope and attempted to grab a microphone. Police were present and ushers escorted the man from the church.

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Indian priest stabbed in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (SE): Father Tomy Kalathoor Mathew, who hails from Kerala in India, was stabbed in the foyer of the church prior to a Mass in Italian at his parish in the Melbourne suburb of Fawkner by a man of Italian ethnic origin on March 19.

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Fair weather friends 

BEIJING (SE): In an effort to offer fair weather and blue skies to friends gathering for the National People’s Congress which opened on March 3, dirty factories in 18 cities around Beijing were closed down, Radio Free Asia reported.

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