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Pope Francis, alongside Papal Almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, blesses an ambulance to be donated to a hospital in Ukraine's Ternopil region in this undated photo taken at the Vatican and released June 24, 2024.

Pope donates ambulance, opens rehabilitation center in Ukraine

Pope Francis blessed an ambulance filled with medicine and first-aid equipment that will travel some 1,800 miles from the Vatican to support those wounded in Ukraine.
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Deaf priest works to help others understand deafness as a culture

Father Min Seo Park, one of fewer than two dozen deaf priests worldwide, thinks deafness is hardly a disability and is working to help others realize that as well.
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Pope Francis undergoes surgery at Rome’s Gemelli hospital

Pope Francis was hospitalized July 4 and underwent surgery on his sigmoid colon, the lowest part of the large intestine, the Vatican press office said.
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Gomez: July 4 should also honor missionaries’ role in nation’s founding

As the nation' celebrates its independence on the Fourth of July, Americans should recall the country's "other founding" by the missionaries who, beginning in the 1500s, came to proclaim "the love of Jesus Christ to Indigenous peoples," said Los Angeles ...
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Washington parish backs cardinal’s concerns on drafting Communion document

A Catholic parish in Washington frequented by President Joe Biden has expressed disappointment with a June vote by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to begin drafting a document on the Eucharist.
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Tokyo Catholic churches to keep restrictive measures during Olympics

The Tokyo Archdiocese says it will maintain infection control measures despite the Japanese government having lifted the COVID-19 state of emergency in many cities ahead of the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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Two more First Nations churches destroyed in ‘suspicious’ fires

Two more Catholic churches on First Nations land have been destroyed by fire, while fire damaged an Anglican church on First Nations land in northern British Columbia. Police are calling all the blazes "suspicious."
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