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The Vatican does the numbers
VATICAN (SE): More than 3.9 million people visited  the Vatican or attended papal events, liturgies or prayer services during the Holy Year of Mercy in 2016.

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Christmas explosion in Midsayap

MANILA (SE): An explosion outside the Shrine of Sto. Niño in the township of Midsayap in North Cotabato at 9.20pm on Christmas Eve left 12 people wounded, including one police officer, CBCP News reported.

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Loved bishop of Sao Paulo mourned

SAO PAULO (SE): Pope Francis has sent a message of condolence to Odilo Pedro Cardinal Scherer, the archbishop of São Paulo, Brazil, following the death on December 14 of its former archbishop, Paulo Cardinal Arns, at the age of 95.

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Catholic Church bombed in Cairo

CAIRO (AsiaNews): A bomb exploded in a Catholic Church of Egypt on December 11 prompting strong condemnation from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the organisation of Arab parliaments and Egyptian political parties, as well as Arab and foreign embassies in Cairo.

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Hate crimes in United States

WASHINGTON (CWN): A total of 69 people were victims of 59 hate-crime offences motivated by anti-Catholic bias in the United States of America during 2015, a report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation says.

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No word for cardinal

ROME (SE): Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga, from Bangui in the Central African Republic—the first cardinal ever from that nation—reports that the country’s main language, Sango, does not even have a word for his new title, Rome Reports says.

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Canon law dictionary in Korean

SEOUL (UCAN): Father Joseph Rhee Chan-woo received the 20th Catholic Academic Award at a ceremony held at Francis Hall in Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul, South Korea, on November 10 for his work in compiling a dictionary on canon law.

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Cuba responds to pope’s jubilee request

HAVANA (SE): The government of Raul Castro in Cuba has announced the release of 787 prisoners on November 16 as a response to a request issued by Pope Francis for the Jubilee Year.

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Earthquakes are God’s punishment

ROME (SE): Father Giovanni Cavalcoli earned himself a rap over the knuckles from the Vatican when he told La Zanzara talk-back radio on November 4 that he believes two devastating earthquakes in central Italy that claimed almost 300 lives were the result of human sins, such as civil unions between gays.

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Coadjutor named for troubled Guam

AGANA (CWN): Bishop Michael Byrnes, an auxiliary from Detroit, has been named as coadjutor of Agana in Guam; where Hong Kong-born Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai has been standing in for Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who has been charged with multiple sex-abuse complaints.

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