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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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The word made law!
VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis said on April 24 that the Holy Spirit enables believers to “go forward along the path of the Spirit without compromise, without rigidity.”

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Sister in Syria honoured

WASHINGTON (SE): Melania Trump bestowed the International Women of Courage Award on 13 women in early April, including Salesian Sister Carolin Tahhan Fachakh, who works in Aleppo, Syria.

“She has worked tirelessly to support the needs of Syria’s most vulnerable populations, particularly internally displaced persons and children,” a citation from the State Department in the United States of America which gives the award reads.

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Church out of kilter?
DUBLIN (SE): Father Tony Flannery says that Catholic doctrine “no longer makes sense to the modern mind.”
The Irishman has been silenced by the Vatican since 2012 over his public statements in opposition to the established Church. He said that Church teaching is routinely ignored or rejected even by practicing Catholics, because the Church has not adapted to modern times.
In January, Father Flannery, who is one of the founders of the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland, defied a Vatican directive by celebrating Mass and preaching in public.

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Bolivian Church finds unexpected ally
BOGATA (SE): The Church in Bolivia has found an unexpected ally in its opposition to a proposal that would legalise abortion for poor families in the feminist movement, which sees the legislation as a threat to the autonomy of women living in poverty.

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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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