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In this file photo taken on April 14, 2017, Polish bishops walk by President Andrzej Duda, First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda, parliament speakers and Prime Minister Beata Szydlo as they arrive to celebrate a special Mass during ceremonies marking 1,050 years of the nation's Catholicism at the 10th-century cathedral in Gniezno,Poland considered to be the cradle of Poland's Catholic faith. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
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The church's reproach, while so far delivered diplomatically, raises the question of whether the ruling Law and Justice party could be at risk of losing some of its wide support among believers in a country where nine out of 10 citizens identify as Catholic.
An injured woman is led away following a blast caused by an improvised explosive device on a London Underground train Sept. 15. The blast injured more than a dozen people and is being treated as terrorism by police investigators. (CNS photo/Luke MacGregor, Reuters)
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Catholic News ServiceSeptember 15, 2017
Cardinal Nichols later issued a statement to express his horror at the fifth terrorist attack in the U.K. this year. "I am dismayed at yet another cowardly attack on innocent people, including young children, as they were commuting to work and school this morning."
Activists of the collective Yellow Safety Jacket take part in an anti-euthanasia protest on Feb. 11, 2014, in Brussels. A group of psychiatric care centers run by a Catholic religious order in Belgium has announced it will permit doctors to undertake the euthanasia of "nonterminal" mentally ill patients on its premises. (CNS photo/Julien Warnand, EPA)
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Belgian religious order defies orders from Rome, setting up a confrontation over doctrine.
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Catholic News ServiceSeptember 01, 2017
A leader in ecumenical relations, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor served as Catholic chairman of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission for two decades.
Injured people react after a van crashed into pedestrians in the Las Ramblas district of Barcelona, Spain, Aug. 17. Terrorists killed at least 12 and injured more than 50 others. (CNS photo/David Armengou, EPA)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'ConnellAugust 18, 2017
The pope denounced the attack as “a grave offence against the Creator.”
Children, some in tears, are escorted down a road in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. Police in Barcelona say a white van has mounted a sidewalk, struck several people in the city's Las Ramblas district. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'ConnellAugust 17, 2017
A van drove into a pedestrian zone killing at least 12 people and injuring more than 80 others.