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Mar 29, 2016 - 06:44 am .- Canada’s decision to defund its Office of Religious Freedom will harm the country’s ability to defend religious minorities and human rights in general, said religious freedom advocates and other supporters of the office.  
Mar 23, 2016 - 06:15 am .- A new campaign in Canada aims to reach those who are vulnerable to self-harm or suicide by telling the stories of people who have learned to live despite pain and suffering.
Mar 18, 2016 - 03:01 pm .- Legislators in Chile's lower house of Congress on Thursday passed a bill decriminalizing abortion in limited circumstances. The bill now passes to the Senate, where analysts believe it may also pass.
Mar 16, 2016 - 12:03 am .- Three-quarters of a million people paraded through downtown Lima on Saturday in a massive celebration of life from conception to natural death.
Mar 11, 2016 - 11:51 am .- Cyrus Nowrasteh has spent his entire life caught in between cultural viewpoints. Born in the U.S., his parents moved him back to their native Iran as a boy for several years, and he was drawn to visit again as a young adult.
Mar 11, 2016 - 05:56 am .- The last known surviving soldier of the Cristero War, Juan Daniel Macías Villegas, died last month in his home town of San Julián, Mexico. He was 103 years old. 
Mar 9, 2016 - 03:08 pm .- The murder of a 24-year-old man in Chihuahua, Mexico last month is being considered by authorities as a “possible satanic ritual” designed to transform the victim into a vampire.
Mar 4, 2016 - 12:25 am .- The majority of Brazilians are opposed to abortion in cases where the baby exhibits microcephaly, a new survey finds.
Mar 3, 2016 - 06:43 am .- A 95-year-old priest named Friar Roberto walked more than three-and-a-half miles while hearing confessions during a recent “Penitential Walk” in Brazil.
Feb 27, 2016 - 06:27 am .- Legal assisted suicide will soon arrive in Canada, prompting a Catholic archbishop to reflect on what the last rites mean for those who want to kill themselves.
Feb 19, 2016 - 02:06 pm .- After taking the Internet by storm last fall with their hit “Confia en Dios,” this group of singing sisters was invited to perform at Pope Francis’ U.S.-Mexico border Mass in Juarez earlier this week.
Feb 18, 2016 - 02:09 pm .- Sabrina Puig is eight years old. Due to a rare condition, she only has half a heart. But when Pope Francis passed by, she ran to him.
Feb 17, 2016 - 04:57 pm .- At the Mexico-U.S. border town of Ciudad Juarez, Pope Francis told hundreds of thousands of people present to beg God for the “gift of tears” over the suffering of others, especially forced migration.
Feb 17, 2016 - 03:45 pm .- UPDATE: 7:30pm EST - Read the full text of Pope Francis final homily in Mexico from the Feb. 17 Mass at the Ciudad Juárez fairgrounds.
Feb 17, 2016 - 03:29 pm .- Speaking to laborers in the Mexican City of Juarez on Wednesday, Pope Francis laid out several key areas of focus in fighting what he called “the cycle of drug trafficking and violence.”
Feb 17, 2016 - 11:45 am .- Update:  3:00 pm EST - Read the full text of Pope Francis' prepared remarks for his Feb. 17 meeting with the world of labour at the Bachilleres College in the state of Chihuahua.
Feb 17, 2016 - 10:00 am .- Update: 2:10 pm EST - Read the full version of the prepared remarks from Pope Francis' address to inmates in Juarez, Mexico, Feb. 17, 2016.
Feb 17, 2016 - 06:11 am .- When Pope Francis made a surprise stop at a cloistered monastery Sunday morning, he received a gift from the nuns who live there: a large bouquet of white roses.
Feb 16, 2016 - 06:50 pm .- On Feb. 15, Pope Francis visited Chiapas State in southeast Mexico. Spending the day in San Cristóbal de las Casas and Tuxtla Gutiérrez, he showed his affection for the native communities and for the weakest among them. Here are some great moments you might have missed:
Feb 16, 2016 - 04:15 pm .- In his visit to Morelia – one of Mexico's most violent cities – Pope Francis had a strong message for the country's youth: rather than allowing themselves to be used and trampled on, he told them to recognize their value and to place their hope in Jesus.

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