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Former top Vatican emissary claims pope knew of abuse by Catholic clergy

International | Viganò calls for Francis’ resignation amid heightened church controversy
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/27/18, 03:10 pm

VATICAN: Calls for Pope Francis to resign ignited after the Vatican’s retired ambassador to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, charged in an 11-page testimony that the pontiff—and his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI—knew about decades’ worth of accusations against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former archbishop of Washington, D.C. The accusations involve sex abuse of minors.

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Report: Multiple failures in Niger ambush

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/10/18, 01:58 pm

A Pentagon report summary released Thursday blamed multiple failures for an ambush that killed four U.S. Army soldiers in Niger last October. The team of U.S. and Nigerien forces was approved to meet with tribal leaders but had the scope of its mission changed to go after an Islamic State (ISIS) leader believed to be in the area. The report summary said though the troops demonstrated bravery and heroism when they fell under attack by ISIS-affiliated militants, they had insufficient training and preparation. Those killed in the attack included Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt.

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A waiting game for migrants in France

International | Christians minister at refugee encampments in Paris
by Rob Holmes
Posted 12/19/17, 12:28 pm

PARIS—It’s near freezing when tents begin appearing on Avénue du Président Wilson. Migrants are getting ready for another November night. Their evening ritual creates an impromptu camp in a pedestrianized median on the north side of the city, near the Metro at Porte de la Chapelle.

I greet many of the men as I trail along behind a more expert friend who visits this spot weekly. She is Egyptian and comes like a sister, in the name of Christ, herself a stranger in France.

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