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Faith leaders testify in support of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON (RNS) More than two dozen faith leaders rallied at public hearings hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency to testify in support of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan to cut greenhouse gases. The plan was proposed June 2 and is designed to cut car…
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Vatican intervenes to remove a priest in Paraguay accused of sex abuse in US

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has ordered a Roman Catholic diocese in eastern Paraguay to remove a priest accused of sex abuse in the U.S. and to restrict the activities of the bishop who hired him. Pope Francis sent a cardinal and an archbishop to investigate Carlos Urru…
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Poll: More Italians support abortion rights than cosmetic surgery

ROME (RNS) As the Catholic Church wrestles with changing community attitudes on key social issues, a new Italian survey finds more support for abortion, gay rights and euthanasia than for cosmetic surgery. According to the survey published in the daily La Stampa this week,…
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COMMENTARY: Is anyone answering Iraqi Christians’ cries for help?

Eds: A version of this story originally appeared in USA Today. It is available for use by RNS subscribers. Please use the USA Today byline. (RNS) Iraq’s Christians are begging the world for help. Is anybody listening? Since capturing the country’s second largest city of…
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Turkish official: Women shouldn’t laugh in public

Eds: A version of this story originally appeared in USA Today. It is available for use by RNS subscribers. Please use the USA Today byline. (RNS) Many Turkish women were doubled over with laughter Tuesday (July 29) after their country’s deputy leader said in a speech assai…
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