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Britain votes to legalize abortion, same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland

Britain votes to legalize abortion, same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland

| Simon Caldwell | July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Abortion and same-sex marriage will be made legal in Northern Ireland unless self-government in the province is restored within three months.

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Pope appoints new Vatican press office director

Pope appoints new Vatican press office director

| Junno Arocho Esteve | July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis appointed Matteo Bruni to serve as director of the Vatican press office, replacing Alessandro Gisotti, who had been serving as interim director since Dec. 31.

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‘We need a habitat on the moon,’ says former NASA flight director

‘We need a habitat on the moon,’ says former NASA flight director

| Jo Ann Zuniga and James Ramos | July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Upcoming space travel plans need to include living on the moon, similar to scientific habitats in the Arctic and Antarctica, said Gene Kranz, NASA’s former flight director.

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Syriac Christians living near border fear Turkey military incursion

Syriac Christians living near border fear Turkey military incursion

| Dale Gavlak | July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Syriac Christians in northeastern Syria are calling on the United States to help defend them against a buildup of Turkish troops along the border, fearing they will be overrun and suffer the same fate as Afrin, where jihadist forces pushed out inhabitants last year.

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Des Moines’ Bishop Pates retires; priest of Dubuque named successor

Des Moines’ Bishop Pates retires; priest of Dubuque named successor

| July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, and named as his successor Father William Joensen, a priest in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa.

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Justice Stevens changed death penalty views during three decades on court

Justice Stevens changed death penalty views during three decades on court

| Carol Zimmermann | July 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who served on the court for nearly 35 years, died July 16 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at age 99 after suffering complications from a stroke the previous day.

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Actor joins with those struggling for religious freedom in Middle East

Actor joins with those struggling for religious freedom in Middle East

| Kurt Jensen | July 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

A two-time Academy Award-winning actor Mahershala Ali lent his support July 16 to the religious freedom struggle in the Middle East.

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Moon landing inspired a country and a career in aerospace engineering

Moon landing inspired a country and a career in aerospace engineering

| Theresa Laurence | July 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Retired Maj. Gen. Mike Wiedemer was an aerospace engineering and ROTC student at the University of Notre Dame in July 1969 when Apollo 11 launched and Neil Armstrong took a “giant leap for mankind” by becoming the first man to walk on the moon.

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Vatican Museums loan Leonardo da Vinci work for special anniversary

Vatican Museums loan Leonardo da Vinci work for special anniversary

| By Carol Zimmermann | July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci with a painting by the artist that will draw crowds but also pay solemn tribute to the larger-than-life Italian Renaissance painter, architect and inventor.

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Appeals court says Title X rule can take effect while suits proceed

Appeals court says Title X rule can take effect while suits proceed

| July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced July 15 it would begin implementing the Trump administration’s “Protect Life Rule” to bar Title X funds from being used for promoting or providing abortion as family planning.

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Administration to apply ‘third country’ rule for asylum-seekers

Administration to apply ‘third country’ rule for asylum-seekers

| July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Trump administration announced the U.S. departments of Justice and Homeland Security are adopting an interim “third country rule” requiring immigrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border to first apply for refugee status in another country.

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Vatican City State set to end sale of single-use plastics

Vatican City State set to end sale of single-use plastics

| Carol Glatz | July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

After current supplies run out, Vatican City State will no longer be selling any single-use plastic items on its tiny territory.

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