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Vatican official: Church must be prudent judging Medjugorje apparitions

By Sarah Mac Donald¬† Catholic News Service KNOCK, Ireland (CNS) — Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, is a place of prayer, conversion and pilgrimage for millions of people, but the church must be prudent and not rush to any judgment on the alleged … Continue reading

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In Colombia, bishops, religious listen to Amazonians before synod

By Manuel Rueda¬† Catholic News Service BOGOTA, Colombia (CNS) — Bishops, nuns, priests and residents of the Amazon basin met in Colombia’s capital city in mid-August to prepare for a special Synod of Bishops for the Amazon this fall at … Continue reading

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Amazonians crave preservation, ‘but big money speaks louder’

Backgrounder: Last in a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service SANTAREM, Brazil (CNS) — For more than three decades, Juscelina Silva Batista’s life has followed the rise and fall of the Amazon River. During the rainy season, … Continue reading

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After Amazonians migrate to cities, they struggle to survive

Backgrounder: Twelfth in a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service MANAUS, Brazil (CNS) — On Christmas Eve of 2015, Marcia Soares’ home was bulldozed into oblivion, and with it, her dreams for the future. She and her … Continue reading

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Guatemala’s new president faces U.S. challenges on migration

By David Agren Catholic News Service GUATEMALA CITY (CNS) — Sunday Mass Aug. 11 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Guatemala City included prayers for the two candidates running in that day’s runoff election and the country’s outgoing president. A woman … Continue reading

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Families uprooted by Belo Monte reveal the dam’s dark side

Backgrounder: Eleventh in a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service ALTAMIRA, Brazil (CNS) — Treetops poke above the surface of the lake that laps at the shore of this Amazonian town. “People used to live there,” said … Continue reading

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Growth threatens lifestyle in Amazon’s Afro-Brazilian societies

Backgrounder: Tenth of a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service SANTAREM, Brazil (CNS) — Marluce Coelho has mixed feelings about the college scholarship that has made her one of about 300 students of Afro-Brazilian descent studying at … Continue reading

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