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    Beginning fight against abuse charges, Cardinal Pell goes to court

    Australian Cardinal George Pell made his first court appearance in Melbourne early on Wednesday, fighting to clear his name from what police have described as 'multiple' complaints of 'historical sexual offenses.' In the brief hearing, Pell's lawyer said he would "maintain his innocence" and the next hearing was set for Oct. 6.

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    Is British or American view of Charlie Gard tragedy more Catholic?

    A decision on Monday by the parents of Charlie Gard, an 11-month-old infant battling a rare genetic disorder, to drop their legal battle to purse experimental treatment and to "let our son go and be with the angels" leaves no one rejoicing. However, the question will have to be raised: Which is closer to a Catholic ethical standpoint — the American approach or the British?

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    Nun ministering to transgender women gets thumbs-up from Pope

    Despite theoretically slowing down over the summer months, Pope Francis remains one of those figures basically incapable of "down time." Among other things, he seems to be catching up on correspondence, including sending encouraging notes to an Argentine nun who ministers to transgender women in the pope's native country.

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  • Can anything burst Pope’s media bubble? Nah, probably not

    Can anything burst Pope’s media bubble? Nah, probably not

    • July 23, 2017

    Next March will mark the five-year anniversary of Francis’s papacy, and one interesting question is whether the broad media love affair with Francis will still be in place when that moment comes. John Allen says “probably yes,” because by now the positive narrative surrounding Francis has become so entrenched as to be basically impervious to reconsideration.

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  • Pope begins answering priests from troubled Nigerian diocese

    Pope begins answering priests from troubled Nigerian diocese

    • July 22, 2017

    Last June, Pope Francis threatened the priests of the Ahiara diocese in Nigeria with suspension unless they wrote a letter addressed to him, apologizing for refusing to accept their bishop, appointed by Benedict XVI in 2012. Days after the deadline, letters from Rome responding to each priest individually began to arrive in the diocese.

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  • Questions multiply by the day in latest Vatican money scandal
    Questions multiply by the day in latest Vatican money scandal
    • July 24, 2017

    Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the former Secretary of State under Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, has denied rumors of involvement in a scheme to overpay for remodeling on his Vatican apartment in order to benefit an Italian businessman and longtime friend. Meanwhile, questions remain about how the businessman was able to bill two different Vatican departments almost $1 million for the same work, which was never even finished.

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  • Churches provide refuge to Kenyans fleeing al-Shabab attacks
    Churches provide refuge to Kenyans fleeing al-Shabab attacks
    • July 25, 2017

    Extremist al-Shabab militants are allegedly terrifying thousand of Kenyans, the majority Christians, who have taken refuge in two churches and a school near the Somali border. Church leaders in the country speculate that the attackers are trying to influence the outcome of the upcoming elections by eliminating those who would oppose a strict form of Shariah, Islamic law.

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