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Argentina moves closer to legal abortion

The country's lower house of congress approved a bill 129-123 that would decriminalize abortion up to 14 weeks of pregnancy. While expressing disappointment, Argentina's bishops pledged to better attend to youth and women.

Humanitarian crisis in Yemen worsens, Catholic aid agency says

The Saudi-led coalition's assault on Hodeida, Yemen's main port city, will have a "catastrophic impact" on the ability of relief groups to get food, medicine and other aid to vulnerable Yemeni families in urgent need of assistance.

Pilgrim’s progress: Papal trip to Geneva marks ‘new spring’ in ecumenism

The trip's major focus is highlighting the Catholic Church's commitment to seeking Christian unity and recognizing the unique contribution of the World Council of Churches.

U.S. officials return stolen Columbus letter back to Vatican Library

The rare 15th century document describing the riches of the New World had been secretly replaced with a forgery, while the true document ended up in the hands of a U.S. collector from Atlanta.

Migration is about people, not numbers, pope says

Migrants seeking a better life in other countries must not be viewed with suspicion but rather defended and protected, no matter their status, Pope Francis said.

Q and A with Bangladeshi human rights activist on clergy sexual abuse

Bangladeshi human rights activist Rosaline Costa says reports of clergymen abusing women and children have been around Christendom for years.

Mexico’s leading presidential candidate embraces many religions

The candidate's religiosity -- of which the moral constitution proposed in February is just one example -- is in the spotlight, evening if understanding it is hampered by Lopez Obrador's deliberate ambiguity.

Bishops of El Salvador warn against law privatizing water

The Catholic leaders of the Central American country "are witnesses to the outcry of our people, who ask for potable water" and who cannot afford to pay the cost of water that is subject to market forces.

Council of Cardinals finalizes draft of new document on Roman Curia

Pope Francis will review a finalized draft of the apostolic constitution that would govern the Roman Curia, the Vatican spokesman said.

Vatican team returns to Chile to ‘ask forgiveness’ for clergy sex abuse

Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta said his mission to the country is a sign of Pope Francis' closeness to the local church following devastating reports of sexual abuse and cover-ups by members of the clergy.