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Voters in Ireland pave way for abortion on demand

A woman religious cast her ballot May 25 in Dublin as Ireland held a referendum on its abortion law. Voters went to the polls May 25, and more than 66 percent voted to remove the right to life of the unborn from the country’s constitution, paving the way for abortion on demand up to 12 weeks.

DUBLIN — Voters in Ireland have removed the right to life of the unborn from the country's constitution, paving the way for abortion on demand up to 12 weeks.

Results from the nationwide referendum showed that 66.4 percent of citizens opted to remove the Eighth Amendment from the constitution, while 33.6 percent voted to retain it. Turnout was 64.5 percent.

Pope will create 14 new cardinals in June

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis announced he would make 14 new cardinals June 29, giving the red cardinal's hat to the papal almoner, the Iraq-based patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church and the archbishop of Karachi, Pakistan, among others.

Announcing his choices May 20, the pope said that coming from 11 nations, the new cardinals "express the universality of the Church, which continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all people of the earth."

Pope Francis' list included three men over the age of 80 "who have distinguished themselves for their service to the Church."

All of Chile’s bishops offer resignations after meeting pope on abuse

VATICAN CITY — Every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis after a three-day meeting at the Vatican to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandal.

U.S. military members find faith, spiritual boost in pilgrimage to Lourdes

A retired member of the U.S. Armed Forces talked with other pilgrims in Lourdes, France, May 17. About 200 people including staff and volunteers, participated in the pilgrimage, sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services and the Knights of Columbus.

Active and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces said they were deeply moved by their experiences as part of the annual Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage May 15-22 during the 60th annual International Military Pilgrimage to the Marian shrine in France.

"It's a great spiritual boost. It's like having a reunion," said Father Mark C. Bristol, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy ordained to the priesthood in 2016. "You're meeting with guys who have served in similar areas and have had similar experiences. It feels wonderful to be here."

All of Chile's bishops offer resignations after meeting pope on abuse

VATICAN CITY -- Every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis after a three-day meeting at the Vatican to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandal.

"We want to announce that all bishops present in Rome, in writing, have placed our positions in the Holy Father's hands so that he may freely decide regarding each one of us," Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardo wrote May 18 in a statement on behalf of the country's bishops.

The unprecedented decision was made on the final day of their meeting May 15-17 with Pope Francis.

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