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Trump threatens hard-liners as part of escalating Republican civil war

Jerusalem -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed his cabinet Thursday evening that Israel will slow down its settlement activity in the West Bank, out of respect for President Trump.

Venezuelan Political Crisis Grows After High Court Dissolves Congress

James Carroll says Pope Francis offers a cure for populism

Saskatchewan bishops discuss residential schools with Pope Francis Papal visit and apology still possible in 2018 or 2019

Honduras — One year after Caceres murder, US ties to Honduras endure, killings continue

Debt crisis in Puerto Rico comes to a head Today, the Fiscal Control Board for Puerto Rico meets in San Juan. "Conceivably, this could be one of the largest debt-relief initiatives in the history of fiscal crises."

Vatican City — Cardinal Peter Turkson said the Vatican hoped that U.S. bishops would continue to oppose Trump's policies on climate change. "While Trump is moving in the opposite direction, there is another great power in the world, China, which is showing different signs, as if America is creating a vacuum that China is filling," the cardinal said,

La Concepción, Panama — Panama's hydroelectric boom destroys ecosystems, threatens rural way of life "People need to turn around and see the cost of maintaining this system."

With disparate challenges, religious in Central, South America find common ground Confederation of Latin American and Caribbean Religious meet

Boston — Author says Catholic college revoked speaking offer over 12-year-old Planned Parenthood award Jean Kilbourne said the decision was distressing because she had planned to focus her speech at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, on negative images of women in the media and advertising.

Loretto, Pa. — N.Y. Cardinal Dolan applauds Catholic colleges

Brisbane Catholic school removes name of former teacher from building after sex abuse allegations

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