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UN Security Council meeting sought over North Korea missile test The firing of the missile is a major challenge for the Trump administration, said George Lopez, an expert in economic sanctions and nuclear disarmament and a professor emeritus of peace studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Northern Mariana Islands — Retired Saipan bishop accused of sex abuse in Guam. Allegations date from the 1970s.

Bishop John Barres, the new leader of the Rockville Centre diocese, wowed two packed churches of close to 1,000 people each with his command of Spanish and down-to-earth parish priest approach.

Trump delivers on another campaign promise: The deportations begin

Manila, the Philippines — The Philippines is one of only two remaining states in the world where divorce is not allowed. The other is the Vatican.

Duterte's Fight for Reproductive Health Could Alter His Legacy

Lingayen, the Philippines — Archbishop Socrates Villegas illustrated the Catholic position on the death penalty by using examples of Jesus Christ and Filipino heroes Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio. "There are so many people who were killed by death penalty despite being innocent," Villegas said.

Directory that chronicles emerging religious communities releases third edition. "We can really see the evolution of some of these groups," researcher says.

Looking for a night's entertainment? 17th-century Spanish play speaks to today's concerns

Cebu City, the Philippines — Valentine's Day is the latest skirmish in contraception war between Catholic bishops and Department of Health

Global Sisters Report led a writing workshop in Nairobi and here, the sisters tell their stories: Sharing voices of African sisters

Australia's royal commission on sex abuse: Hearings show Catholic church faces a massive reform task

St. Louis, Mo. — The city council of St. Louis has approved a proposal that adds women who've had an abortion to the city's non-discrimination ordinance.

Pope appoints Special Envoy to Medjugorje

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