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Everyone must have affordable health care, Vatican official says

Everyone should have access to essential health services and no one should have to fall into poverty to obtain needed care said Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, Vatican observer to U.N. agencies.

Jesuit radio is at forefront of human rights battle in Honduras

Father Ismael Moreno said Radio Progreso offers news, analysis, and commentary about human rights in the country, including content critical of the Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez.

Pakistani cardinal-designate known for developing interfaith harmony

Cardinal-designate Joseph Coutts sees himself as a conductor -- not of musicians but of religious leaders from various faiths.

Students say FOCUS mission trips strengthen their faith, desire to serve

Nearly 240 people traveled on 11 spring break trips to serve the people of Peru's Pamplona Alta, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Lima.

Japanese cardinal-designate writes haiku, works with disabled

Cardinal-designate Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda of Osaka was more surprised than anyone at the news he is to become a cardinal.

To stop immigration, end military aid, help Hondurans instead, says Jesuit

Military aid, Father Ismael Moreno Coto believes, contributes to a government that not only practices repression on its citizens, but doesn't do anything to stop the country's socioeconomic ailments.

Nicaraguan bishops denounce death threats against one of their own

Death threats against an outspoken bishop, whose comments on corruption and support for students in the protests consuming the country, have been poorly received by those in power.

Nigerian bishops lead thousands in peaceful protests against killings

Benue, in north-central Nigeria, is the state worst hit in the conflict over fertile land. Often fighting is between the mostly Muslim semi-nomadic herdsmen and predominantly Christian farmers.

Archbishop Chaput ordains six new priests for Philadelphia

At the end of a packed ordination Mass May 19 at the cathedral, the archbishop announced the first parish assignments for Fathers Kyle Adamczyk, Brandon Artman, Eric Banecker, Manuel Flores, Patrick Muka and Quay Pham.

U.S. Catholics donate nearly $59 million to hurricane, earthquake relief

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a news release reported amounts raised for disaster relief: Hurricane Harvey, $37.2 million; Hurricane Irma, $12.8 million; Hurricane Maria, $6.1 million; Mexico earthquakes, $3.5 million.