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Ukrainian soldiers march along street during a rehearsal for Independence Day parade

As battles rage, Catholics in Ukraine request Independence Day prayers

August 22, 2014 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Ukrainians prepared to mark their Aug. 24 Independence Day under the cloud of fierce fighting in the East, Catholic leaders condemned the threat to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and prayed for a speedy end to the hostilities. At the same time, Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, major archbishop of the…

Marquette University alum James Foley killed by Islamic militants

Pope phones family of slain U.S. journalist

August 21, 2014 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of a U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Syria. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the pope phoned relatives of the late James Foley on Aug. 21 to console them for their loss and assure them of his prayers….

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