Pope Francis Is Trying To Make College Of Cardinals More Diverse


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Pope Francis made a surprise announcement Sunday that he’s going to create 14 new cardinals in a ceremony June 29. 

The list of new cardinals includes names from parts of the world where Christians are a minority — like Iraq and Pakistan. 

The move will make the College of Cardinals a little less European. Right now, there are 213 cardinals. And according to Vatican statistics, 100 of them are from Europe. That’s almost half.

The added diversity could make a difference in the Catholic Church’s future. Eleven of the new cardinals are under 80 years old. That means they’ll likely be able to vote for the next pope. After June 29, there will be 126 cardinal electors.

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Every Catholic Bishop In Chile Offers To Resign Amid Abuse Scandal


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Every bishop in Chile has offered to resign.

The move, which is reportedly unprecedented, came Friday. The 34 bishops said in a statement: “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.”

Pope Francis met with the bishops last week in a summit in which he addressed sexual abuse of minors by clergy members. It was in response to a 2,300-page report released in March detailing sexual abuse by Chilean priests. It also reportedly revealed that Catholic Church officials destroyed evidence of abuse.

It’s not clear if the pope accepted the bishops’ resignations. But he has reportedly said that while some in the church will need to resign, “we must go further.”

Additional reporting by Newsy affiliate CNN.

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Congo To Treat People With Experimental Ebola Vaccine Early This Week


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Congo will start treating people in the country with an experimental Ebola vaccine early this week. 

The Democratic Republic of Congo is dealing with its ninth Ebola outbreak since the virus was discovered there in 1976. 

Congo’s health ministry said Saturday that 26 people have died and that 46 cases of hemorrhagic fever have been reported in the region. Twenty-one of those cases have been confirmed as Ebola. 

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To help control the outbreak, the World Health Organization shipped 4,000 doses of an experimental but reportedly highly effective Ebola vaccine. WHO says a major challenge will be keeping the vaccine stored at a certain temperature long-term. 

On Wednesday, the country’s health ministry confirmed its first urban case of Ebola in the large city of Mbandaka. 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

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Steven Mnuchin: US And China Are ​’Putting The Trade War On Hold’


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The U.S. and China may have avoided a potential trade war.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told “Fox News Sunday” that the two countries are “putting the trade war on hold” and that they’ve agreed to halt tariffs.

China and the U.S. have threatened to hit the other with tens of billions of dollars worth of tariffs. And the Trump administration has demanded China reduce the trade deficit by $200 billion by the end of 2020.

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Last week, leaders from the countries met to talk trade and try to find a way to reduce the $335 billion deficit.

On Saturday, multiple outlets reported the two countries issued a joint statement that said China agreed to “significantly increase” its purchases of U.S. goods and services. But the reports didn’t say how much.

Additional reporting by Newsy affiliate CNN.

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Trump Administration Reportedly Pulling Support From Northwest Syria


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The U.S. is reportedly withdrawing assistance from northwest Syria.

CBS News first reported Friday that the Trump administration made the decision to stop providing tens of millions of dollars to the region.

That money reportedly went to efforts to counter extremism, strengthen education and support independent media. 

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Northwest Syria is home to Idlib, one of the last major rebel-held areas in the country. Most of the rest of the region is under government control, but extremist groups like Al Qaeda and Al Nusra still hang on in some parts the northwest.

The Trump administration instead reportedly wants to focus more on fighting ISIS. Some of the money cut from northwest Syria could be put to that use, though CBS reports that decision hasn’t been finalized.

In March, President Donald Trump said U.S. troops would be leaving Syria “very soon,” though military and diplomatic leaders have been planning for a long-term U.S. presence in the country. 

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One Person Has Been Injured In Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Eruption


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A man has been injured in Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano eruption. It’s the first reported injury since fissures started opening May 3.

The county mayor’s office confirmed that a homeowner in the eastern town of Pahoa was sitting on his balcony when a lava splatter hit his leg, shattering everything from his shin down.

Lava continues to flow on the Big Island. The eastern part is dealing with new evacuations after active lava flows caused brush fires in the area.

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And as of 11 p.m. local time Saturday, Hawaii County Civil Defense said two flows were making their way across a main highway on the eastern part of the island. Authorities also said lava had entered the ocean.

Officials warn hot lava hitting the ocean could cause laze, which shoots hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air. They’ve advised people to stay away from the area.

As Newsy previously reported, 22 fissures have opened on the Big Island, and lava has covered hundreds of acres and claimed at least 44 structures.

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