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British bishops lament “tragic consequences” of 50 years of legalized abortion

Marking the 50th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in most of the UK, the bishops of the country said the "challenge that faces our society today is to recover an understanding of the immeasurable good of each unborn child and to value his or her life with even greater respect.” The bishops also spoke against efforts to strip conscience protections from medical and other healthcare personnel when it comes to abortion.

Texas bishops criticize ACLU’s support for teen immigrant’s abortion

A 17-year-old from Central America is under federal custody in a shelter in Brownsville and seeking an abortion. She entered the United States in September and is in her 15th week of pregnancy. Texas bans most abortions after 20 weeks. "No one -- the government, private individuals or organizations -- should be forced to be complicit in abortion," the bishops of Texas said in a statement.

Priest among six arrested at Pennsylvania pipeline construction site

Father Bill Pickard was one of six people arrested and charged with defiant trespass during the second nonviolent protest in a week at land owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Columbia, Pennsylvania. The protests were designed to slow if not stop construction on a leg of a pipeline being built to carry gas from the Marcellus Shale in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Philippines declares end to 5-month militant siege in Marawi

Hundreds of militants, many waving Islamic State group-style black flags, launched the siege on May 23 in Marawi, a bastion of Islamic faith in the south of the largely Catholic Philippines, by seizing the lakeside city’s central business district and outlying communities. Last week, troops killed the final two surviving leaders of the siege, and following their deaths, President Rodrigo Duterte traveled near the main scene of battle and declared Marawi had been essentially liberated.

In Caribbean, church agencies help as process of rebuilding begins

Thousands of families in the Caribbean are relying on aid agencies for basic needs more than a month after hurricanes Irma and Maria ripped through the region, killing dozens and causing billions of dollars in damage. Bishop Robert Llanos said the role of the Catholic Church "is to find the most vulnerable, those overlooked by other organizations or the government, to ensure those individuals are receiving the help that they need."