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Page One: Headlines for 3/4/19 Posted: Mar 4 2019 11:38AM

Indian passengers are shown returning from Pakistan on the Samjhauta Express, also called the Friendship Express. (photo: Vatican Media/AFP)

Tensions ease between India and Pakistan (Vatican News) A key train service between Pakistan and India resumed on Monday, signaling an easing of tensions between the two nuclear-armed countries after a major escalation of tension last week over the disputed Kashmir region…

Hundreds leave ISIS-held region of Syria (AP) Hundreds of people including fighters from the Islamic State group evacuated their last foothold in eastern Syria Monday hours after U.S.-backed Syrian fighters said they were forced to slow their advance because the extremists are using civilians as human shields…

Kerala denies it aims to control Catholic Church property (Asia News) The Kerala government, led by the Communist-Marxist party of India, denies it wants to control the local properties of the Catholic Church. According to party secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, it is “mere speculation. Already there are laws to look into it and hence a new law is not required. Some people with vested interests are spreading rumors about this…”

Detained Ukrainian archbishop released in Crimea (Radio Free Europe) Authorities in the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula have released the head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in the region after briefly detaining him, a Russian lawyer says. The reason for the arrest on 3 March is not clear…

Leaders of Ethiopia, Eritrea, visit South Sudan for high-level talks (Africa News) Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki are in South Sudan on an official visit. The two departed from Asmara International Airport on Monday morning and have arrived in Juba to bolster existing ties between their countries. Abiy had visited Asmara on Sunday along with Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta...

Pope Francis to open archives on Pius XII next year (Vatican News) Reflecting on the reign of “the Servant of God Pius XII, of venerable memory”, Pope Francis said that he “guided the Barque of Peter in one of the saddest and darkest moments of the twentieth century”. The figure of Pius XII, he said, “has already been investigated and studied”, and widely discussed and even criticized — at times in a prejudiced or exaggerated manner. Today, he said, the pontificate of Pius XII is being re-evaluated, in the hopes that a more balanced historical judgement might emerge. To further those efforts, the Pope said that Vatican archival materials pertaining to Pius’ pontificate (1939-1958) will be accessible to scholars beginning on 2 March 2020…