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    Expert sees focus under Francis on Latin American martyrs like Romero

    Martyrdom in which a Christian is killed by a non-Christian is usually clear. The Christian is killed by someone because of their faith or because they refuse to renounce their faith. Large numbers of lay catechists, women religious, deacons, and priests were killed in various Latin American countries over the past few decades. In these cases, the people murdering them claimed to be Catholic. Can they still be martyrs?

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    Paglia: Pope not backing down on pro-life cause, he's doubling down

    A recent decision by Pope Francis the re-found the Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family may have some pro-lifers nervous, but Italian Arcchbishop Vincenzo Paglia and Monsignor Pierangelo Sequeri say there's no need to be: This isn't the pope subtracting anything from the institute, they say, but doubling its importance.

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    Term limits battle in Uganda draws ambiguous line from religious leaders

    Proposals to scrap a presidential age limit in Uganda, and allow President Yoweri Museveni - who has ruled since 1986 - to seek re-election in 2021. The issue has divided the nation, including religious leaders.

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