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A momentous week

International | President Trump follows up the State of the Union and acquittal with prayer breakfast speech
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/06/20, 10:41 am

UNITED STATES: President Donald Trump addressed the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Thursday morning during a momentous week that saw him acquitted on impeachment charges and take part in a public stand-off with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at his Sta

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The ‘killing’ of the Catholic Church in China

International | Conditions continue to worsen after the government’s agreement with the Vatican
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/09/20, 03:56 pm

CHINA: Government authorities have closed more than 100 Catholic places of worship in Fuzhou, where clergy have resisted joining the government-controlled church. The Vatican in 2018 signed an agreement with the Chinese government pledging to cooperate in the selection of bishops, but the agreement also stipulated authorities would “respect” conscientious objectors.

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Too soon to go home

International | Repatriation effort fails as Rohingya demand rights before returning to Myanmar
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 8/27/19, 05:18 pm

Thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh refused to go back to Myanmar last week due to fears of further persecution. Myanmar, also known as Burma, granted more than 3,000 refugees permission to return home, beginning with a few hundred specific families. Some refugees left the refugee camp just across the border and hid in fear of being forcibly returned, while others told reporters and human rights groups they needed assurances of safety and citizenship.

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