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Drug related killings prompt rights awareness drive 
Koronadal City (UCAN): The Diocese of Marbel, in the Soccsksargen region in Mindanao, the Philippines has stepped up its human rights awareness campaign amid an increase in drug-related killings in the region.
 
Workshops are being held to teach members of the clergy and lay leaders how to monitor and document rights abuses.
 

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Counter resignation and evil with ethics and passion
VATICAN (CNS): Break through every wall of gloom and resignation and help the world realise people need to take care of one another because they are all part of one human family, Pope Francis said during an audience with some 340 students, alumni and faculty representing the Institute for the Promotion of Young Journalists, based in Munich, Germany, on November 9. 
 

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Visit by Timor Leste president to Vatican blocked
BANGKOK (CNS): The government of Timor Leste, one of Asia’s most Catholic countries, is blocking a planned trip by its president, Francisco Guterres, to the Vatican, where he plans to invite Pope Francis to visit. 
 
The president and government have been in a standoff since June, when the Alliance for Progress and Change (AMP), which won the May 10 general election, presented its candidates for the nation’s ministry for presidential approval. 

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Arrest ordered of longtime suspect in St. Oscar Romero’s killing
WASHINGTON (CNS): Days after the Catholic Church declared Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero a saint, a judge in El Salvador issued a capture order for a former military captain suspected of killing the religious leader in 1980 as he celebrated Mass. 
 

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Church must reach out to young non-Catholics
VATICAN (CNS): The Catholic Church must help not only its own young people but also non-Catholics to become active members in society and true disciples in a chaotic world, a Venezuelan observer told the Synod of Bishops on October 17. 
 

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South Korean president to visit Pope Francis 
VATICAN (SE): The president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, is slated to visit Pope Francis on October 18, Greg Burke, the director of the Holy See’s Press Office said in a brief statement on October 9.   
 
Burke also said that on the day prior, October 17, the Vatican secretary of State, Moon would participate at a Mass for Peace on the Korean Peninsula celebrated by Pietro Cardinal Parolin in St. Peter’s Basilica. 
 

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Apostolic visitor outlines plans for expansion at Medjugorje 
WARSAW (CNS): Archbishop Henryk Hoser, retired archbishop of Warsaw-Praga, Poland, who oversees Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Medjugorje shrine, has outlined plans for expansion, including more Masses in different languages and facilities for young pilgrims who flock to the site of the alleged Marian apparitions. 
 

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Pope says he hopes to visit Japan in 2019
VATICAN (CNS): “Taking advantage of your visit, I would like to announce my desire to visit Japan next year. We hope it is possible to do,” Pope Francis told members of Japan’s Tensho Kenoh Shisetsu Kenshoukai, a cultural association which visited the Vatican on September 12 
 
The pope has received several invitations to visit Japan, including an invitation in 2013 from prime minister, Shinzo Abe. 
 

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Australian prime minister vows to protect religious freedom
SYDNEY (SE): Australia’s prime, minister, Scott Morrison said new religious freedom laws were needed to safeguard personal liberty in a changing society, according to a CathNews report on September 10.
 

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Pope Francis serene despite ‘pain’ over archbishop’s letter cardinal says
VATICAN (CNS): While recent accusations by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano have created tension in the Church, Pope Francis is approaching the situation calmly, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, said in an interview posted on August 30 by Vatican Insider the online supplement of the Italian newspaper, La Stampa.
 

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