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Brazil’s new Catholic president promises conservative moral agenda

The new president has reiterated his opposition to the expansion of abortion laws and noted that if the bill now in Congress passes, he will veto it.

Christian leaders urge U.S. to restore aid to East Jerusalem hospitals

U.S. Christian leaders expressed "grave concern" about the Trump administration's decision to stop financial assistance to six East Jerusalem hospitals.

Pope urges French bishops to fight child abuse, follow zero tolerance

The pope said he hoped their "welcoming and listening to victims" would strengthen their "determination in the implementation of zero tolerance and your work," said Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Pope focuses on ‘good politics’ for 2019 World Peace Day message

The world will not have peace without people having mutual trust and respecting each other's word, the Vatican said as it announced Pope Francis' 2019 World Peace Day message would focus on "good politics."

Caravan heads to Mexico City; Guadalupe basilica opens for migrants

At least 1,000 migrants departed Nov. 5 from Cordoba, 190 miles southeast of Mexico City, hoping to make a final push to the national capital. They were joined by another group departing from Puebla -- closer to Mexico City -- where they had received assistance and slept in parishes.

Asia Bibi’s acquittal of blasphemy challenged in Pakistan Supreme Court

Three judges of the court ordered Oct. 31 that the death sentence against Asia Bibi, a mother of five, was to be set aside and she was to be released from prison, where she has spent eight years in solitary confinement.

In India, Missionaries of Charity will again offer children for adoption

The congregation founded by St. Teresa of Kolkata discontinued giving babies from their orphanages for adoption in 2015 after disagreeing with a federal law that allowed single and divorced woman to adopt children.

Canadian diocese wins case over sex abuse payouts

In a decision that confirms its right to proactively reach out to victims of sexual abuse by priests, the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst, New Brunswick, has been awarded $3.4 million in a dispute with its insurance company.

Pope Francis prays for Coptic Orthodox Christians after terrorist attack

Seven Christians were killed and at least seven others -- including children -- were injured after armed gunmen attacked two buses near the Monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor in Minya province Nov. 2.

Peacemaking begins at home by saying ‘no’ to rivalry, pope says at Mass

"The same war that we make in our homes, in our institutions" by engaging in rivalry and gossip grows exponentially and leads to real wars that kill people, the pope said at his morning Mass.