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Francis prays for Charlie Gard, as his parents end legal battle

After a US neurologist determined that an experimental therapy could no longer potentially be of aid to a British baby born with a disabling medical condition, his parents have given up a legal challenge to take him to the US for the treatment. British and European courts had sided with English hospital officials who sought

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In latest appointments, Pope names new members of Roman Rota

Fr. Pierangelo Pietracatella and Fr. Hans-Peter Fischer are the newest members of the Roman Rota, and mark the latest in a string of appointments Pope Francis has made this summer as part of his ongoing effort to restructure the Roman Curia. Hailing from the northern Italian diocese of Toronta, Fr. Pietracatella, a member of the

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Pope phones trash man who lost legs in accident

Maximiliano Acuña is a garbage collector in Buenos Aires who earlier this year was injured in a serious accident that left him without legs. On Tuesday, he was surprised to receive an unexpected phone call from Pope Francis. The Pope offered words of encouragement, 33-year-old Acuña told the Argentine Morfi Television program. On March 22,

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In Ukraine, Cardinal Sandri says there’s hope for the future

Shortly after Pope Francis donated money to help those suffering from Ukraine’s ongoing conflict, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri arrived in the country, saying that while pained, he sees hope for the future. In comments to local Catholic media after landing in Ukraine July 11, Cardinal Sandri recalled that when he made his first trip to the

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Despite Melinda Gates’ wishes, the Pope can’t change Church teaching

Pope Francis cannot change Church teaching on contraception, despite the hopes of Melinda Gates. In a recent BBC interview, Gates has said she is “optimistic” that the Catholic Church will change church teaching on contraception in order to help women in developing countries. “We work very extensively with the Catholic Church and I’ve had many

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