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Federal judge rules California's death penalty unconstitutional

Mexican Bishop Calls Homophobic People “Sick”

Vancouver, Canada -- Catholic schools in Vancouver have adopted a policy that could allow transgender students to use the pronouns, uniforms and washrooms that match their gender identity after a human rights complaint forced the local archdiocese to balance its religious teachings with the rights of transgender children.

Mapping child migration -- See points of origin for unaccompanied children coming to the U.S. in this latest migration surge. Global Sisters Report Global Sisters Report , devoted to covering the mission and ministry of Catholic women religious. It offers news, commentary and reflections on spirituality and theology.

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Bangladesh -- Church rocked by vicious attack on nuns. Bishop says: Nuns and priests are being attacked because they stand up for the disadvantaged and minorities.

Catholic church gifts retirement home to disgraced Cardinal O’Brien

Springfield, Ill. -- Woman priest defies Catholic diocese, says excommunication a small price to live her faith

Ted Cruz to Democrats: Stop Waging War Against the Catholic Church

Ordaining women bishops: The Church of England is undergoing a profound transformation, says English Jesuit

Manhattan’s Catholic Churches Face Consolidation, Possible Closures

Bowe Bergdahl: Army sergeant held by Taliban believes President’s decision “saved his life,”

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