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Buffalo, N.Y. -- Vatican backs Buffalo bishop on school closings -- Bishop Malone declares himself "relieved," says decision "reinforces the authority of the diocesan bishop."

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Conservative states emerge as battleground on same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage is winning, as shown in two maps

China -- Academic briefing to government security council identifies "foreign religious infiltration" as one of four “severe challenges” to the country’s security

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USA -- Coalition calls for papal apology to U.S. sisters

"Redeemed relationships" is the headline of an article in L'Osservatore Romano about gender complementarianism by American Sr. Sara Butler, which is interesting by itself. Just as intriguing, however, is that when the essay was printed in the May 9 issue of the weekly English language version of L'O, it followed a reprint of Cardinal Gerhard Müller's April 30 remarks to the leadership of the LCWR. Butler's essay is spread over pages 10-11 in an attractive layout; Müller's remarks begin on page 9 and then jump to page 11.

Philadelphia -- High school students lobby Vatican head of family council to get Pope Francis to visit

Romanian Catholic bishop martyred by Communists beatified tomorrow -- Bishop Anton Durcovici starved to death in communist prison 63 years ago.

Seremban, Malaysia -- Two Catholic sisters attacked at the Church of Visitation -- "Attack on nuns came after numerous car break-ins and snatch thefts."

News Organizations Sue Missouri to Reveal the Contents of Its Execution Drugs

Charles Curran to retire from full-time teaching

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