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Pope Francis is recovering in same hospital room where John Paul II was treated

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Pope Francis is recovering from abdominal surgery this week in the same hospital room where St. John Paul II was treated throughout his pontificate. The Vatican said on June 8 that Francis is “in good general condition, alert and breathing naturally” one day after his three-hour surgery to treat an incisional hernia. Pope Francis is…
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Abortions in Scotland highest on record as government considers abortion on demand

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The Catholic Church in Scotland, pro-life organizations, and disability rights campaigners have expressed dismay after statistics released by Public Health Scotland on June 1 revealed that the number of abortions recorded in Scotland in 2022 was the highest number ever on record. The national statistics on abortion revealed an increase of 2,659 abortions — equal…
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Religious persecution takes its toll on Catholic faith in Mexico

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Recent episodes of violence against the Catholic Church, including the murder of a priest and the attempted murder of an archbishop, once again bring to the fore the persecution of the faith in Mexico and the power of organized crime. On May 22, Augustinian priest Javier García Villafañe was found shot to death in his car on…
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Pope Francis prays for victims of train crash in India that killed 275 people

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Pope Francis prayed on June 4 for the victims of a train crash in India that killed at least 275 people. “I am close to the injured and their families. May our heavenly Father welcome the souls of the deceased into his kingdom,” he said in his Angelus address. Hundreds of people were injured in…
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Cardinal Zuppi arrives in Ukraine to begin work as Vatican peace envoy

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Cardinal Matteo Zuppi arrived in Kyiv on June 5 to carry out the peace mission entrusted to him by Pope Francis. The Vatican announced that Zuppi will spend two days in the Ukraine capital “to listen in depth to the Ukrainian authorities about possible ways to achieve a just peace and support humanitarian gestures that…
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Church in Peru donates thousands of doses of medication to combat dengue epidemic 

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The Archdiocese of Piura in northern Peru donated thousands of doses of medication May 30 to the government’s Regional Health Directorate (DIRESA) to combat the epidemic of dengue fever that has affected almost all regions of the country, especially Lambayeque and Piura.   Dengue is a virus that is transmitted to humans through mosquitoes and can…
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Vatican supports Catholic research to improve families and marriages 

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Pope Francis has backed a project aimed at enhancing interdisciplinary research at Catholic universities in the sphere of family, marriage, and childbearing.  “We cannot be indifferent to the future of the family as a community of life and love, a unique and indissoluble covenant between a man and a woman, a place where generations meet,…
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Post office in Kansas receives new name in honor of Father Emil J. Kapaun

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After several years in the making, the United States Post Office in Herington, Kansas, changed its name to the Captain Emil J. Kapaun Post Office Building on May 30. This endeavor was first introduced in 2021 through a bill written by U.S. Rep. Tracey Mann, who wished to honor the life of the great Kansan and American…
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Two elderly pro-life activists beaten outside of Baltimore Planned Parenthood

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Baltimore police are searching for a man who is accused of attacking and beating two elderly pro-life activists who were praying outside of a Baltimore Planned Parenthood abortion clinic on May 26. According to witnesses cited in the police report, the unidentified suspect attacked a 73-year-old man and an 80-year-old man after engaging in a…
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Pope Francis praises Matteo Ricci for proclaiming the Gospel in China

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Pope Francis dedicated his entire general audience on May 31 to sharing the life of Venerable Matteo Ricci, a 16th-century Jesuit missionary in China. The pope, who has mentioned China at every Wednesday general audience in the past three weeks, praised Ricci’s “missionary spirit” in witnessing to the Gospel in the heart of the Imperial…
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