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Murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero canonised

Pope Francis has conferred sainthood on murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero at a ceremony in the Vatican. He praised the cleric – an advocate for peace during El Salvador's civil war – for sacrificing his own safety to be "close to the poor and his people". Óscar Romero was killed by soldiers while giving Mass in 1980. His killers have never been brought to
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Salvadorans celebrate ahead of Oscar Romero canonisation

Hundreds of churchgoers in Central America have begun celebrations to mark Sunday's canonisation of the murdered Salvadoran Archbishop, Oscar Romero. Oscar Romero was an outspoken advocate for peace during El Salvador's civil war, and was gunned down by right-wing soldiers while giving mass in March 1980. His killers have never been brought to justice,
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Pope defrocks two Chilean bishops over child abuse claims

Pope Francis has stripped two Chilean bishops of their duties as priests amid claims that they are linked to the sexual abuse of minors. They are Francisco José Cox Huneeus, archbishop emeritus of La Serena, and Marco Antonio Órdenes Fernández, archbishop emeritus of Iquique. The Vatican issued a statement on their defrocking after a meeting between the pontiff and the
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Venezuela ‘frees Lorent Saleh amid suicide concerns’

The Venezuelan government says it has released a political activist who has been held without trial since 2014. Lorent Saleh was arrested in September 2014, accused of links to Colombian paramilitaries, as well as planning terrorist acts and a coup. The 30-year-old former student leader was mainly held in the country's intelligence agency building in the capital
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Mexican man refuses to give up lions on his terrace

A man in Mexico City is refusing to give up the three lions he keeps on his terrace. Federal inspectors say the trio should be moved into more appropriate care. Their roars have caused concern in the highly built-up area, according to local media, and neighbours have voiced their complaints on social media. Omar Rodríguez says he keeps them because he wants his
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Fyre Festival: Founder Billy McFarland jailed for six years

The founder of the ill-fated Fyre Festival – called a "complete disaster" by fans – has been jailed for six years by a US judge. Billy McFarland, 26, pleaded guilty to fraud earlier this year. A judge on Thursday described him as "a serial fraudster" who had been dishonest for "most of his life". Partygoers were promised a luxury event in the Bahamas but instead were