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WordPress page template to show posts as per category dynamically

New to PHP.

I have a custom page template that I want to use to show a list of posts. The idea is that each post has a category and I can provide a category to a page. For example let’s say there are 5 posts with category "news" and a page called latest news, where I pass the "news" category as query-args. But then I can also use the same page template for another page, let’s say with category "blog" to receive another category. So I believe the page template should read the category assigned to the page dynamically.

Here is the code I have so far. It’s working for multiple categories as long as I pass them through an array. But then that’s not dynamic, since the categories themselves are static.

The page is not a category page, just a normal page.

                          'posts_per_page' => 6,'orderby' => 'date')); 
  if(have_posts()) : while(have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
   <div class="custom_page">
    <div class="latest_news_cont">

     <a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>"><?php the_post_thumbnail(); ?></a>

     <!--  <a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>"><h2><?php the_title(); ?></h2></a> -->
     <div id ="helloworld" class="portfolio-work"><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" 
        '" style="text-decoration:none;">'<h2><?php the_title(); ?></h2></a></div>
     <?php the_excerpt(); ?>
     <p style="text-align:left;"><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" 
                                    class="readmore_news">CONTINUE READING </a></p>
     <div class="clear"></div>
  <?php endwhile; ?>
  <?php else : ?>

I found some info about custom taxonomy, but couldn’t figure out how to use it. Would really appreciate any help here.

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