Islamic State actions are 'attempted genocide,' patriarch says
August 27, 2014

The Islamic State invasion in Iraq is "pure and simple religious cleansing and attempted genocide" Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan said after returning from a visit to the Kurdish region of the country.

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Vatican says laicized nuncio could stand trial in Dominican Republic
August 26, 2014

The Vatican denied covering up for a former papal ambassador accused of sexually abusing boys and suggested he might have to stand trial on the charges in the Dominican Republic.

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Homeless advocates protest Civic Center Garage closing
August 22, 2014

The homeless people who spent nights in the privately run Civic Center Parking Garage were told that they could no longer sleep there at night, so advocates for the homeless are spending their nights in the garage instead.

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Monastery bids farewell on anniversary
August 18, 2014

Fifteen cloistered Dominican nuns are closing their Elmira monastery and moving to Illinois only a few weeks after celebrating the monastery's 70th anniversary.

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St. Louis archbishop urges prayers for peace in Ferguson
August 20, 2014

With violence in Ferguson, Mo., going into a second week after the shooting death of an unarmed teen by a police officer, St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson urged Catholics to pray for peace and direction.

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Pope talks airstrikes in Iraq, personal health, U.S. visit
August 18, 2014

Pope Francis said the use of force can be justified to stop "unjust aggressors" such as Islamic State militants in northeastern Iraq, but he declined to endorse U.S. military airstrikes against the militants and said such humanitarian interventions should not be decided on by any single country.

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In South Korea, pope calls for peace, democracy and social justice
August 14, 2014

Starting his first visit to Asia, Pope Francis urged South Korean political and civic leaders to seek peace on their divided peninsula and strengthen their nation's commitment to democracy and social justice.

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Facing genocide, Iraqi Christians flee
August 12, 2014

The memory of a brutal June evening in his home near Mosul, Iraq, brought 48-year-old Joseph, now a refugee in Lebanon, to tears.

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