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Surge in Zika virus rekindles abortion debate in Brazil
Saturday, February 13, 2016

SAO PAULO (CNS) -- The president of the Brazilian bishops' conference criticized a proposal by the U.N. Human Rights Commission that countries allow abortion in cases in which the mother was infected with the Zika virus.

"Abortion is not the answer for the Zika virus," Archbishop Sergio da Rocha of Brasilia told ...

A brotherly embrace brings pope and Russian patriarch together
Friday, February 12, 2016

HAVANA (CNS) -- At long last, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow embraced, kissing each other three times.

"Finally," the pope told the patriarch Feb. 12 as they met in a lounge at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport. "We are brothers," he told the patriarch.

Amid the clicking of cameras ...

Mexican prison riot leaves 52 dead on day before pope arrives
Thursday, February 11, 2016

MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- A prison riot in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey has claimed 52 lives, offering another example of the problems plaguing Mexico's prison system and casting a pall over the arrival of Pope Francis in the country.

Nuevo Leon Gov. Jaime Rodriguez Calderon confirmed the death toll Feb. ...

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