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Pope and patriarch decry globalisation of indifference
VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, called on Christians to work together to build a culture of solidarity in the face of growing economic inequality and a lack of respect for the human dignity of the poor and of migrants. 
 

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Caritas migrant shelter in Tijuana under police protection after attacks
MEXICO CITY (CNS): A Caritas-run shelter for migrants in the border city of Tijuana has been put under police protection after a robbery and arson attack on consecutive days. 
 
At least six armed individuals entered the shelter in the early morning hours of May 6 and stole some of the migrants’ meagre possessions, including cash, cellphones and identity cards. 
 

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Marking 400 years since arrival of Marian image in Philippines
MANILA (SE): Marian devotees gathered at Manila’s Quirino Grandstand, in Luneta Park on May 4, for the Salubong at Traslacion (Welcome and procession), the reenactment of the arrival in the Philippines of the image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian from Mexico 400 years ago, CBCP News reported.
 

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New document on Roman Curia imminent
VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals have reviewed a complete draft of the apostolic constitution that would govern the Roman Curia, Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office, said. 
 

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English and Welsh bishops concerned over gender ideology
MANCHESTER (CNS): The bishops of England and Wales have raised concerns over the rise of gender ideology, saying it is creating confusion among people about the truth of human nature.
 

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Amnesty International reports decline in capital punishment
VATICAN (SE): Encouraging statistics are contained in Amnesty International’s latest report, released on April 12, according to Vatican News. The numbers show at least 993 recorded executions in 23 countries throughout 2017, down by four per cent from the previous year and down by 39 per cent from 2015.
 

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Euthanasia push robs friends and family of joy says dying mother
SYDNEY (CNS): In March, as 50-year-old former nursing educator Anna Corry, lay dying from an aggressive type of breast cancer, she sent out a request to speak publicly about her opposition to euthanasia. She was diagnosed in January 2016. 
 

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Taiwanese ambassador to Holy See awarded papal knighthood
Hong Kong (UCAN): The Vatican has bestowed a papal knighthood on Matthew Lee, Taiwan’s ambassador to the Holy See at a ceremony on March 15, in recognition of his diplomatic work.
 
Lee was awarded the Knight Grand Cross, which is the second class of five orders of knighthood founded by Pope Pius IX in 1847. The honour is typically awarded to ambassadors to the Holy See.
 

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Indonesian beheaded in Saudi Arabia
Jakarta (UCAN): Muhammad Zaini Misrin, from Madura, East Java, Indonesia, was beheaded in Saudi Arabia despite several direct pleas from the president, Joko Widodo to show mercy.
 

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Irish bishop resigns over abusive priest
DUBLIN (CNS): Bishop John McAreavey of Dromore, Northern Ireland, resigned on March 1 after increased criticism over how he dealt with revelations of an abusive priest. 
 
The bishop came under fire in a programme on BBC Northern Ireland on February 28, after it emerged that he concelebrated an anniversary Mass with a priest he knew had stepped down after being sent for treatment following complaints of abuse. 
 

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