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    Papal confidante says 'Amoris' critics locked in 'death-trap' logic

    Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández, rector of the Catholic University in Buenos Aires and sometimes described as the pope’s amanuensis, has issued a systematic defense of "Amoris Laetitia," Francis's controversial document on the family, saying its critics are locked in a "death-trap" logic and their approach risks “a betrayal of the heart of the Gospel.”

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    Pope calls for an end to 'collective and arbitrary' expulsion of migrants

    In a message for the Vatican-sponsored "World Day of Migrants and Refugees," set for Jan. 14, Pope Francis called the “lamentable situation” of migrants and refugees fleeing war, persecution, natural disasters and poverty a “sign of the times,” and called for nations to rise up to the challenge of "Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees."

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    School kids in CAR get 'guns instead of pens,' cardinal laments

    Speaking exclusively to Crux on a visit to neighboring Cameroon, Cardinal Dieudonne Nzapalainga of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, described the youth of his country as “a lost generation, because they are born into violence," and also insisted that the root causes of the carnage are political rather than religious.

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    • August 19, 2017

    Founded in 1991, Burma Campaign UK is one of the leading international organizations seeking reform in the country. Its director Mark Farmaner says Pope Francis is likely to face a challenging time when he visits Burma, also known as Myanmar, in a trip which is expected in late November. The pope has spoken up many times to protest the treatment of the Rohingya, a minority Muslim population facing persecution in the country.

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