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Crookston Diocese reaches $5 million settlement with abuse survivors

The settlement resolves 15 lawsuits for sexual abuse claims in the northwestern Minnesota diocese filed between April 2016 and May 2017 because of the Minnesota Child Victims Act.

Britain votes to legalize abortion, same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland

The July 17 vote came just two weeks after the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly in favor of an amendment to the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill to permit both abortion and same-sex marriage in the province.

Des Moines bishop retires; priest of Dubuque named successor

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, and named as his successor Fr. William M. Joensen, a priest in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa.

The resignation and appointment were announced July 18 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican nuncio to the United States.

Bishop-designate Joensen's episcopal ordination and installation will be celebrated Sept. 27.

Pope Francis gets it right on Curia reform and women

Signs of the Times: In appointing seven women to the Vatican congregation that oversees religious orders July 9, Pope Francis achieved a double win. In one stroke, he has advanced both the role of women in the church and the reform of the Vatican Curia.

After Amazonians migrate to cities, they struggle to survive

Mention of the Amazon is likely to conjure images of snaking rivers, seemingly endless forests, indigenous villagers and exotic animals. But poor harvests or a desire for jobs and an education drive people from rural areas to fast-growing cities, which generally are poorly planned and ill-equipped to deal with the influx of newcomers.