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Catholic News Service, serving since 1920 as a news agency specializing in reporting religion, is the primary source of national and world news that appears in the U.S. Catholic press. It is also a leading source of news for Catholic print and broadcast media throughout the world.

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The decline of moral and spiritual values in Indian society is largely to blame for the surge in rape and sexual violence, said the secretary-general of the Indian bishops' conference. A young religious novice and a 6-year-old are among the victims.

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It is hard for people in Sierra Leone not to lose hope as the death toll rises and worldwide fear grows over the worst Ebola outbreak on record, said the head of Caritas in the Archdiocese of Freetown, Sierra Leone.

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With close to a quarter of a million Palestinians rendered homeless by the continuing and intensifying fighting between Hamas and Israel in Gaza, the Coordinating Catholic Aid Organizations met three times in as many days to organize action to confront the humanitarian crisis.

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Currently the principal offices of the Roman Curia are the Secretariat of State, nine congregations headed by cardinals and 12 pontifical councils led by cardinals or archbishops. The offices share the mission of helping the pope carrying out his ministry "for the good and service of the whole church and of the particular churches."

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A digital video conference with priests and religious, ambassadors accredited to the Holy See and journalists on the eve of the first U.N. World Day Against Trafficking in Persons fostered a discussion on the issue and efforts to combat this "crime against humanity."

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The only name Pope Francis wants divided Christians to call each other is "brother" or "sister."

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One Ohio religious order is hoping its energy-efficient straw-bale house will sprout ideas in the minds of visitors to reduce fossil fuel consumption and even invest in renewable forms of energy for heating and cooling their homes.

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Pope Francis' Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to one's life include slowing down, being generous and fighting for peace.

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To end the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, the United States must address the flow of illegal drugs and arms and the harmful economic policies forcing children and families to leave Central America for the U.S., said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace.

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After praying the noon Angelus with people gathered in St. Peter's Square July 27, Pope Francis pleaded to stop all war. The pope's plea came as he recalled the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, which, with more than 37 million causalities, was one of the deadliest conflicts in history. He said July 28 would be "a day of mourning" and a chance for people to remember the lessons of history.

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