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At least 18 die in Myanmar coup protests; nun protects demonstrators

Eyewitnesses said Sister Ann Nu Thawng got on her knees, raised her hands toward heaven and implored: "Don't shoot, don't kill the innocent. If you want, hit me." Her actions shocked the troops, who did not shoot and stopped their advance.

Retired pope talks about his resignation, Pope Francis’ trip to Iraq

The frail, 93-year-old retired Pope Benedict XVI, in an interview with an Italian newspaper put to rest conspiracy theories about his 2013 resignation, saying "my conscience is clear."

Pope Francis says he will remain in Rome until death

In a candid interview about his health, the Pope said he believes he will die in Rome, either in office or retired, and will not be buried in his native Argentina.

Holy Child Society drops plan to transfer founder’s remains to Philadelphia

After more than a thousand English Catholics objected to the transfer of the relics of Mother Cornelia Connelly from Britain to the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul this summer, the proposal was abandoned.

German bishops elect female leader amid abuse-dominated meeting

The German bishops' conference elected the first noncleric and woman to be its general secretary, even as many Catholics are leaving the church in protest of how abuse has been handled.

Pope marks 90th anniversary of Divine Mercy apparition

Pope Francis wrote a letter to Catholics in Poland expressing his hope that Christ's message of divine mercy would remain "alive in the hearts of the faithful."

Faiths institute asks Gates Foundation to change tactics in Africa

A group in Southern Africa said the foundation has been funding projects that promote growing of one type of crop in large fields at the expense of mixed cropping, a practice used by small-scale farmers.

Cardinals Sarah, Comastri retire from Vatican posts

Pope Francis accepted the resignations of Cardinal Robert Sarah, 75, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, and Cardinal Angelo Comastri, 77, vicar for Vatican City State.

Mars missions can inspire next generation scientists, astronomer says

As Perseverance sends to Earth high-definition images, video and audio of the red planet, one papal astronomer hoped the fresh discoveries will inspire future explorers.

Vatican expects budget deficit for 2021

A deficit of $60.3 million is expected for this year's budget, "heavily impacted by the economic crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic," said the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy.