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French Church groups fight anti-migrant attitudes

PARIS (CNS): The Church in France has launched a programme to combat anti-migrant and anti-Muslim attitudes amid reports of tensions among Catholics.
 
“It is to resist the rise of tensions and hostilities within the Christian community that our movements have decided to work” with the French Bishops’ Conference to find ways to “help Christians rise above these fears and face the migrant question calm and dispassionately,” said a June 7 statement on the conference’s website. 
 

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Space station crew give pope custom-made flight suit

VATICAN (CNS): Should Pope Francis ever make an apostolic trip to the International Space Station, he will be all set having received a custom-made blue flight suit on June 8.
 
The outfit has patches of the Argentine flag, the papal coat of arms and a pair of angel wings with his crew name, Jorge M. Bergoglio, and also comes with an add-on white mantle, just so there would be no mistaking that the wearer is the pope.
 

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Pope accepts resignations of three Chilean bishops

VATICAN (CNS): After an in-depth Vatican-led investigation into clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of 61-year-old Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Chile, along with those of Archbishop Cristian Caro Cordero of Puerto Montt, and Bishop Gonzalo Duarte Garcia de Cortazar of Valparaiso, both at the customary retirement age of 75.
 

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Filipino killed in Slovakia called a hero

MANILA (UCAN): Henry John Acorda, a Filipino expatriate died in Bratislava, Slovakia, on May 31 from injuries sustained after being beaten and kicked in the head by a man believed to be a neo-Nazi on May 26.
 
Acorda, a 36-year-old financial analyst, had reportedly intervened to stop the alleged attacker from harassing two women in Slovakian capital.
 
A 28-year-old local, identified only as Juraj H., was arrested and charged with manslaughter.
 

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Voters in Ireland pave way for abortion on demand

DUBLIN (CNS): Following the May 25 Irish referendum in which voters opted to remove the Eighth Amendment to the country’s constitution—which protects the rights of both the pregnant woman and the unborn child—Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, insisted that “the Irish Church after the referendum must renew its commitment to support life.”
 

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Priests look to Vatican in Kerala land deal case

KOCHI (UCAN): After the High Court of Kerala, India dismissed a case against George Cardinal Alencherry over a land deal that has rocked the Church for more than a year, priests have submitted a formal request for the Pope Francis to look into the matter.
 

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Popes’ styles may differ but message is same former spokesperson says

NEW YORK (CNS): Speaking at Fordham University, New York, about his experiences as Vatican spokesperson under Pope Benedict and Pope Francis, Jesuit Father Lombardi, who retired in 2016, said, “The vision and experience of the reality of the Church, led by the Spirit of the Lord, is the most profound and powerful element of continuity between the different popes.” 
 
His talk, From Benedict to Francis: A Jesuit Reflects on Serving Two Pope, under the univerity’s Russo Family Lecture, was given on May 15.

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Conflict rises as United States moves embassy

JERUSALEM (Agencies): “We need to pray more for peace and our conversion and for all,” Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Jerusalem’s Latin Patriarchate said in a statement as the United States of America (US), inaugurated its new embassy in Jerusalem amid violent protests between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers., La Croix reported. 
 

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Pope hails historic meeting between Korean leader

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis hailed the agreement reached at the recent inter-Korean summit regarding denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, and expressed the hope that that their courageous commitment may achieve “a path of sincere dialogue for a Korean Peninsula that is free of nuclear weapons,” Vatican News reported 
 

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Chinese priests greet Pope Francis at general audience

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis welcomed 26 Chinese priests to a general papal audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on April 25
 
They had been attending a spring session organised by the Verbiest Institute KU Leuven (Belgium), UCAN reported on April 26.
 
A priest from Inner Mongolia presented the pope with a chasuble made by Catholics from the autonomous region.
 

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