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Service draws attention to persecution, killing of African Christians

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A June 29 prayer service at Holy Family Church in New York City not only recalled the sacrifices of African martyrs in church history but also paid tribute to those who have died recently for their faith.

"Recent events that have taken place in different parts of Africa show that there is no lack of men and women who continue to bear witness to their faith in God by offering their very lives," said Archbishop Charles Balvo, who is apostolic nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan.

British schools must root out extremists, prime minister says

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Headmasters and teachers at Britain's privately owned and state-run schools have been ordered to be on the lookout for Muslim extremists attempting to "groom" youngsters to their cause.

The new legal requirement comes after terrorists killed some 30 British tourists at Sousse, one of Tunisia's best-known holiday resorts, on Friday.

It was the worst terrorist attack against Britons since 2005, when 52 people were killed in a series of bomb attacks in London.

Preview: Candomble fights persecution, mixes with Catholicism in Brazil

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Cultivated in Brazil as early as 1549, the Candomblé faith is best described as a blend of African traditions and beliefs established as its own religion. Nearly 465 years after its founding, Candomblé remains an integral part of Brazilian culture.

Despite having little in common with Roman Catholicism, Candomblé has, for centuries, been successfully fused in the faith lives of many of the country's Catholics.

Though entirely of African descent, Candomblé exists only in Brazil -- primarily in Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and the country's northeast coast.

Philippines not likely to recognize same-sex marriage, spokesman says

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The predominantly Catholic Philippines, a U.S. colony for 50 years, is not likely to recognize same-sex marriage despite its legalization in the United States.

"Our laws are clear. The Family Code only recognizes the marriage between a man and a woman," presidential spokesman Herminio Coloma Jr. said two days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal throughout the United States.

European bishops call on EU to welcome migrants fleeing war, poverty

Bishops across the European Union are calling on member states to be generous toward tens of thousands of migrants flooding across the Mediterranean.

French, German and Italian bishops have issued formal statements in response to a crisis that has seen more than 100,000 migrants, many of them refugees from wars in Syria and Eritrea, cross into Italy, Greece and Malta from North Africa and Turkey.

Irish bishop seeks to discuss possibility of ordaining married men

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An Irish bishop urged his colleagues to establish a commission to discuss the possibility of ordaining married men.

Bishop Leo O'Reilly of Kilmore also wants the Irish bishops' conference to empower the commission to further study female deacons.

The proposal stemmed from a 10-month listening process that O'Reilly led in the Kilmore diocese, which led to a diocesan assembly and a new diocesan pastoral plan to tackle challenges facing the Catholic church, including the declining number of priests.

The controversial sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem

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This month, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a legal milestone on sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem. In a 6-3 ruling, the justices ruled that the U.S. Congress had overstepped its bounds when it passed a law in 2002 requiring the State Department to list Israel as a birth country in U.S. passports for Jerusalem-born Americans.

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