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Polish bishops vow to continue push for stricter abortion controls

Tougher abortion laws in Poland were voted down after 100,000 women staged pro-choice protests Poland’s Catholic bishops have reiterated support for stricter pro-life controls, after parliamentarians voted down a new abortion ban. “Human life has such great value. It shouldn’t be the object of political bargains,” said Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warsaw-Praga, chairman of the Polish










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Cardinal beatifies Polish priest who was sent to gulag

Cardinal Angelo Amato said Blessed Wladyslaw Bukowinski ‘showed how faith can bring down walls’ A Vatican official beatified a Polish-born priest deported to Soviet-ruled Central Asia who volunteered to stay on and minister to Catholics. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints’ Causes, said Fr Wladyslaw Bukowinski, who died in 1974, prayed










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Polish cardinal dies aged 89

Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, the retired successor to St John Paul II as archbishop of Kraków, died on Tuesday at the age of 89. Just five days before his death, Pope Francis made an unscheduled stopto pray at the hospital where the cardinal was in a coma. Meeting the bishops of Poland on July 27, Pope










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Pope Francis calls on Poles to show compassion to migrants

Pope Francis has urged Poles to show compassion to migrants, after arriving in Kraków for World Youth Day. Cloudy skies and a light drizzle did little to dampen the spirits of pilgrims cheering loudly as the Pope’s plane landed in Kraków on July 27. The arrival ceremony at Kraków’s John Paul II International Airport was marked by










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