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Scourge of human trafficking slowly moving out of the shadows
Sunday, February 14, 2016

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Even though slavery has been off the books in the United States for more than 150 years, the practice still exists in this country -- and elsewhere.

Precise numbers are tough to document, but the United Nations' International Labor Organization estimates the number of humans being trafficked in the ...

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 ...

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