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The Vatican has condemned the latest round of nuclear testing by North Korea, warning that such acts of aggression threaten “the very survival” of the country’s own people by exacerbating its isolation. • Catholic Relief Services has announced that the agency will focus on helping families who are housing hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis displaced by an army crackdown in the northwestern part of that country. • Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Paulin Pomodimo, 54, of the Central African Republic following an investigation into priests of his diocese who live more or less openly with women and the children they have fathered. • For the first time in its nearly 80-year history, Vatican Radio is opening up to advertising in the hopes of easing the strain on its budget, the Vatican announced on May 26.

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Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ chief financial adviser and Australia's most senior Catholic, is the highest-ranking Vatican official to ever be charged in the church’s long-running sexual abuse scandal.
Father Stanley Rother, a priest of the Oklahoma City Archdiocese who was brutally murdered in 1981 in the Guatemalan village where he ministered to the poor, is shown baptizing a child in this undated photo. (CNS) 
Before Father Rother died for his people, he had farmed with them, listened to them and spoken of God to them.
Terrance KleinJune 28, 2017
Pope Francis greets young refugees during a conference on families and adolescent education at Rome's Basilica of St. John Lateran on June 19. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)
“This is a pretty broad exception to the ban,” David Robinson says, “and it does allow for legitimate entry into the United States for people who can pass the screening process, which is what we want.”
Kevin ClarkeJune 28, 2017
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