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Released Tuesday, Aug. 2

Accompany the unemployed with compassion, Pope asks Argentine bishops

Pope Francis has written a letter to the president of the Argentine Episcopal Conference for the upcoming feast of St. Cajetan, venerated in Argentina as the patron of bread and work. Recalling...

Father Lombardi named chairman of Ratzinger Foundation

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has named Father Federico Lombardi the chairman of the board of the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation. The...

Justice Department issues report on religious discrimination

Following seven community roundtables, the US Department of Justice has issued a report, “Combating Religious Discrimination Today.” The report cited the “violence and...

Pope institutes commission to study women and the diaconate

Following up on comments made in May, Pope Francis has instituted a 12-member commission to study women and the diaconate. Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, the secretary of the Congregation...

Retired Kraków cardinal dead at 89

Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, who succeeded St. John Paul II as archbishop of Kraków, died on August 2 at the age of 89. Born in Kraków in 1927, Cardinal Macharski was ordained to...

Moscow rips Ukrainian Catholic Church; Constantinople differs

The Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow has stepped up its complaints against Ukrainian Catholic Church, demanding that the next worldwide meeting of Orthodox leaders should discuss the status...

French prosecutor dismisses case against Cardinal Barbarin

A French prosecutor has closed an investigation into Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon, who had been accused of failing to report child abuse by a priest in his archdiocese. The prosecutor...

Philadelphia priest seeks bail after conviction reversed

Msgr. William Lynn, a former official of the Philadelphia archdiocese, is seeking release on bail after an appeals court overturned his conviction and ordered a new trial. In 2012, Msgr. Lynn...

VP Biden presides at same-sex wedding

US Vice President Joe Biden has presided at the wedding of two White House aides. Joe Mahshie and Brian Mosteller asked the vice president to officiate, the White House announced. Biden obtained...

Irish police to probe complaints of homosexual cabal at seminary

An Irish man who was allegedly dismissed from the national seminary after complaining of homosexual activities will meet with police to discuss a formal complaint. The man, who has sought to...

French authorities close 20 mosques in crackdown on radical Islam

French officials have closed down 20 mosques in a campaign to eliminate the spread of Islamic radicalism. ”There is no place in France for those who call for an incited hatred in prayer halls and...

Bishops welcome World Youth Day to Panama-- Americas' oldest diocese

The Catholic bishops of Panama have welcomed the news that the next World Youth Day celebration will be held in 2019 in Panama City—reminding the world that this was the first diocese established in...

Over 20,000 at funeral for Chinese 'underground' bishop

More than 20,000 mourners attended the funeral of BIshop Vincent Huang Shoucheng of Mindong, China, the AsiaNews service reports. Despite discouragement from government officials, who had not...

Italian bishop disagrees with Pope, sees 'ongoing assault by Islam on Christianity'

A retired Italian bishop has taken issue with Pope Francis’ statement that Islam is not responsible for terrorist violence. “It is an ongoing assault by Islam on Christianity,” said Bishop Andrea...

South African bishops denounce political killings

The Catholic bishops of South Africa have demanded an end to politically motivated killings. Since the start of this year’s election campaigns, twelve people have been killed in what appear...

Released Wednesday, Aug. 3

Louisiana court: woman may testify about what she said to priest in Confession

In a 2-1 ruling, a Louisiana appellate court has ruled that a woman whose family is suing the Diocese of Baton Rouge and one of its priests may testify about what she told the priest during...

Philadelphia priest released on bail after conviction reversed

Msgr. William Lynn, a former official of the Philadelphia archdiocese, has been released on $250,000 bail after an appeals court overturned his conviction. Prosecutors announced that they would seek...

Australian government body reviews priest’s exorcism recommendations

The Health Care Complaints Commission, a body established by the parliament of the Australian state of New South Wales, is reviewing the psychological practice of Father Gerard Stoyles, a priest of...

Pennsylvania diocese to sell bishop’s mansion

The Diocese of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, has announced that it will sell the seven-bedroom, 9,800-square-foot mansion that served as the bishop’s residence from 1958 to 2015. The four-acre...

Slain French priest’s last words: ‘Go away, Satan’

A funeral Mass for Father Jacques Hamel was celebrated in Rouen Cathedral on August 2. An estimated 3,500-4,000 people were in attendance. Two 19-year-old Islamists killed the 85-year-old priest...

Pope Francis: Europe has no future unless rooted in ‘Christian vision of man’

Resuming his Wednesday general audience following a hiatus during July, Pope Francis spoke on August 3 of his recent apostolic journey to Poland. “My recent pastoral visit to Poland for...

Syriac Patriarch raps Western indifference to persecution of Christians in Middle East

Christians are an “endangered species” in the Middle East today, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius III Younan said in an August 2 address to the Knights of Columbus convention in Toronto. “The...

Released Thursday, Aug. 4

Report finds ‘serious flaws’ in US treatment of asylum seekers

The United States Commission on International Religious has published a report finding “serious flaws” in US treatment of persons seeking asylum. “Those seeking refuge from...

Papal message for Olympics

At the conclusion of his August 3 general audience, Pope Francis read out a message for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, which begin on August 5 in Rio de Janeiro. “In a world thirsting for...

Pope Francis strongly criticizes transgender ideology

The Holy See Press Office has published the transcript of the meeting between Pope Francis and the bishops of Poland that took place during the Pope’s recent apostolic journey there. During...

Ohio priest sentenced for stealing $1.9M

A priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has been sentenced to five years in prison for stealing $1.9 million from his former parish. Father Earl Simone, 75, “lived lavishly by owning and...

Irish bishops express confidence in seminary

In the days following Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s decision to withdraw his seminarians from Ireland’s national seminary, the majority of Ireland’s bishops said that they would...

Vatican diplomat decries violence against children in war

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, apostolic nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, decried violence against children in war during a UN Security Council discussion of the...

Hong Kong prelates, past and present, reflect on Vatican-Beijing talks

The present and past bishops of Hong Kong have offered in-depth reflections on the relationship between China and the Vatican, in lengthy articles for the AsiaNews service. Cardinal John Tong and...

Boko Haram plans more attacks on Christians, leader says

The new leader of Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria has said that the group will launch more bombing attacks on Christian churches in coming months. At the same time, the group will curb attacks...

Al Azhar welcomes Pope's claim that Islam is not violent

Egypt's Al Azhar University, the world's leading institution of Sunni Islam, has welcomed the statement by Pope Francis that Islam is not responsible for terrorist violence. Responding to...

'First contemplate, then teach'- Pope reminds Dominicans of founder's words

Pope Francis encouraged Dominicans to emphasize preaching, evangelization, and charity in their works, in an August 4 address to participants in the order’s general chapter. The Pope cited the...

Forgiveness is theme of Pope's visit to Assisi

“The world needs forgiveness,” Pope Francis said during a visit to Assisi on August 4. “Too many people are caught up in resentment and harbor hatred, because they are incapable of forgiving.” The...

Released Friday, Aug. 5

Guam legislature holds abuse hearings; administrator apologizes

As the Guam legislature holds hearings on whether to lift the statute of limitations in sexual-abuse cases, a 73-year-old Hawaiian man testified that he was abused in 1956 by a priest in...

16th arson attack on Chilean church

A Catholic church in Pidima, Chile, burned to the ground on August 4. Militants from the indigenous Mapuche people, who have burned down 15 other Catholic and Protestant churches over the past...

Hungarian prelate warns against Muslim immigration

A Hungarian prelate said in an interview that a desire to conquer Europe is a factor in mass Muslim migration to the continent. “Jihad is a principle for Muslims that means they must...

Philippine bishops speak out against divorce bill

Bishops in the Philippines are speaking out against a bill that would legalize divorce. “Our laws should strengthen families rather than weaken them,” said Auxiliary Bishop Broderick...

Protests threatened at Catholic churches in Mangalore

Sixteen members of Sri Ram Sena, a right-wing Hindu group, have been arrested for trespassing at a Catholic school in Mangalore, a city of 500,000 in southwestern India. The Hindu activists...

Peruvian bishops: faith is ‘most powerful force’ for changing society

In a message for the nation’s independence day, the president of the Peruvian Episcopal Conference lamented the “great evils” that loom over the nation: “insecurity, poverty,...

Bishop fears South Sudanese refugee crisis

A South Sudanese bishop has warned of a looming refugee crisis unless the international community takes action to help end the conflict there. “This conflict has attracted little attention...

Hong Kong cardinal says Rome-Beijing close to accord

Cardinal John Tong of Hong Kong has said that the Vatican is close to an agreement with the Chinese government on the appointment of bishops for mainland China. The cardinal's statement comes at a...

Chaldean prelate looks forward to rebuilding Iraq after defeat of Islamic State

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako has suggested a plan for the reconstruction of Iraq, based on the possibility that a new offensive will drive the Islamic State out of the region around Mosul...

Debates on Amoris Laetitia will bear fruit: Cardinal Ouellet

The prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops believes that the debates generated by the release of Amoris Laetitia will lead to a better understanding of the Catholic approach to...

New vice-provost at Jesuit school also chairs board of abortion provider

The newly appointed vice-provost for student life at the Jesuit-run University of San Francisco also serves as chairman of the board of an abortion provider, the California Catholic...

Released Monday, Aug. 8

Pope Francis reflects on almsgiving, vigilance

Commenting on the day’s Gospel reading at Mass (Lk. 12:32-48), Pope Francis devoted his August 7 Angelus address to almsgiving and vigilance. Christ invites his disciples “to give...

Pope prays for Syria

Following the recitation of the Angelus on August 7, Pope Francis invited the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square to join him in prayer for Syria. “Lamentably, from Syria we...

US bishops chide Biden for same-sex wedding ‘counter witness’

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), joined by two USCCB committee chairman, reacted to Vice President Joe Biden’s decision to officiate at a homosexual...

Vatican newspaper op-ed: address climate change now before it is too late

In a front-page column in the August 7 edition of the Vatican newspaper, Italian philosopher Luca Possati said that climate change must be addressed now before it is too late. Citing a report...

Aleppo Carmelite: ‘we are constantly hearing the shells’

As the Syrian government and rebel forces fight for control of Aleppo, a Discalced Carmelite spoke about the situation via telepone with Aid to the Church in Need. “We are constantly...

Zambian prelate blasts state-run media

As Zambian voters prepare to go to the polls on August 11, a bishop strongly criticized the bias of state-run media. “For a lack of a better term, the public media has become an...

Irish seminary trustees to meet as criticism of gay culture mounts

Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh has called a meeting of the trustees of Ireland's national seminary, as reports of an aggressive gay culture at the institution continue to circulate in the...

Plans for canonization of Mother Teresa include new Vatican stamp, catechesis by Pope

The Vatican will release a new postage stamp, and Pope Francis will offer a special catechetical session for volunteer workers, as part of the September celebration of the canonization of Mother...

Coptic Orthodox leader distances himself from demonstrations in US

Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros has expressed concern that demonstrations in the US against anti-Christian violence in Egypt could have a negative effect. The demonstrations, organized by Copts...

Constantinople denies plan to create new Orthodox jurisdiction in Ukraine

The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has shot down rumors that it might recognize a new ecclesiastical jurisdiction in Ukraine. The Ecumenical Patriarchate is guided by a desire for...

Most US churchgoers hear political messages, but not endorsements

Most American churchgoers are hearing messages on political topics-- most frequently, homosexuality and religious freedom-- but few are hearing political endorsements during this campaign year,...

Papal encouragement for refugee team at Rio Olympics

Pope Francis sent a message of encouragement to the refugees who are participating in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The Pope's message is addressed to ten athletes, each one of whom...

Employees of Catholic Relief Services contribute heavily to pro-abortion political candidates

Among the political contributions by employees of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) that are logged on federal data bases, the overwhelming majority have been given to candidates who support legal...

Released Tuesday, Aug. 9

Illinois weakens conscience-protection law

Planned Parenthood and the ACLU have welcomed changes to the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act that were signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Under the changes, health-care workers...

Migrant protest ends in German diocese

A month after dozens of migrants occupied the Catholic cathedral in Regensburg, Germany, demanding that they be allowed to remain in the country, the diocese announced that their protest has...

Priest cited in Spotlight commits suicide

Father Bonifacio Buzzi, a priest mentioned in the film Spotlight, hanged himself in his jail cell in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The priest, who was convicted and jailed from 2007 to 2015 for...

Kosovo will not extradite fugitive British ex-abbot

Citing the statute of limitations, a court in Kosovo has declined to extradite a fugitive English Benedictine ex-abbot, according to a report from a Serbian news agency. Father Laurence Soper was...

African-American bishop reflects on Black Lives Matter

Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, Illinois, said that the Church in the United States has historically been slow in addressing race-related issues such as those raised recently by the Black Lives...

Vatican newspaper highlights ‘Earth Overshoot Day’

The Vatican newspaper gave prominent front-page coverage in its August 9 edition to “Earth Overshoot Day”—the day on which, according to the Global Footprint Network,...

Vatican message for atomic bomb anniversaries

Father Michael Czerny of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace delivered a message in Hiroshima on August 6 commemorating the anniversary of the use of atomic bombs against Hiroshima and...

Papal condolences following terrorist attack in Pakistan

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent a message of condolence in Pope Francis’s name following a terrorist attack on a hospital in...

Boko Haram's new strategy: arm Muslim herdsmen to attack Christian farmers?

A Nigerian bishop fears that the Boko Haram terrorist group may have chosen a new strategy: arming Muslim herdsmen to attack Christian farmers, in a bid to drive Christians out of areas that are now...

New Iraqi priests ordained in refugee camp

Three Iraqi men were ordained to the priesthood in a refugee camp in Erbil on August 5. Archbishop Yohanno Petros Moshe of Mosul ordained the priests for the Syriac Catholic Church. The ceremony...

Over 13 million Jubilee pilgrims to Rome thus far

More than 13 million people have passed through the Holy Door at St. Peter's basilica during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Vatican figures are based on official registrations. Many pilgrims...

Released Wednesday, Aug. 10

Colorado priest, 2 laity receive USCCB pro-life award

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has conferred the People of Life Award on a Colorado priest, an...

Canada: Catholic school board suspends teacher following remarks at anti-Israel protest

A Catholic school board has suspended a teacher at St. Catherine of Siena School in Mississauga, Ontario, following remarks she reportedly made at a Quds Day protest in Toronto. Iran founded Quds...

Abuse victims wounded by bishops’ defensive posture, says papal commission member

A member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors said that a defensive posture on the part of Church leaders has caused deep wounds to abuse victims. “I've heard from...

Czech cardinal calls for frank dialogue on causes of terrorism

Cardinal Dominik Duka of Prague has called for honest conversation about the causes of  recent terrorist attacks in Europe, including the slaying of Father Jacques Hamel. To “remain...

Papal condolences for hurricane victims in Mexico

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent a message of condolence in Pope Francis’s name to hurricane victims in Mexico. “In the face of the grave...

Pope Francis reflects on baptism and raising of widow’s son

Continuing his series of Wednesday catechetical addresses on mercy, Pope Francis devoted his August 10 general audience to the raising of the son of the widow of Nain (Lk. 7:11-17). “Jesus,...

Cardinal Bagnasco says Europe marginalizes Christians out of fear

"Today Christians are martyrs," the president of the Italian bishops' conference said on August 10. Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, celebrating Mass in the cathedral of St....

Aggressive prosecutor seeks new conviction in landmark Philadelphia abuse case

A Philadelphia prosecutor says that he never hesitated in his determination to pursue a new trial of Msgr. William Lynn, although the priest has already served nearly the full minimum sentence for...

Myanmar plans demolition of Buddhist monasteries

The government of Myanmar has announced plans to destroy all houses of worship that have been built without government approval. "Every religion in Myanmar has to follow rules and...

Pope makes unscheduled visits to two Italian convents

Pope Francis made unsheduled visit to two convents in Italy's Rieti region on August 9, the Vatican has disclosed. Without any prior announcement, the Pope traveled north of Rome to Borgo San...

US fertility rates hit all-time low

Fertility rates in the US have reached a historic low point, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report. There were 59.8 births for every thousand American women between the ages of 15 and 44...

Former Irish seminarians cite secrecy demands at Maynooth

Two former students at Ireland's national seminary have reported that they were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement, promising not to sue the institution. The former seminarians told...

17th arson attack on Chilean church

A Catholic church in Collipulli, Chile was torched on August 9, in the 17th arson attack on a church in the region in recent weeks. Militants from the indigenous Mapuche people, who have burned...

Turkish media see 'mentality of the Crusade' behind alleged coup leader

Turkish journalists have charged that Fethullah Gülen, the exiled Islamic reformer who has been named by the government as the inspiration for last month's abortive coup, has the...

Released Thursday, Aug. 11

Diocese: government aggressively pushing HHS mandate despite suit

Three months after the US Supreme Court gave a temporary victory to the Little Sisters of the Poor, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh, and other plaintiffs who objected to the HHS mandate, the...

State Department highlights blasphemy laws in annual religious freedom report

The US State Department has issued its annual international religious freedom report and highlighted the relation between blasphemy laws and human rights violations in “deeply conservative...

Russian patriarch: no contradiction between religion, science

There is no conflict between religion and science, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow said in a recent talk to scientists. Speaking in Sarov-- Russia’s center for nuclear research-- the head of the...

Westminster Cathedral to be lit in red to raise awareness of persecution

In November, Westminster Cathedral will be lit in red with floodlights to commemorate the persecution of Christians. “If every parish in the country did the same it might at last wake up...

LCWR calls for civility in presidential campaign

In a letter delivered to the campaigns of the four leading presidential candidates, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious called for civility. “We need courageous leaders willing to...

Islamic-Christian relations deteriorating in Philippines, missionary priest reports

Relations between Christians and Muslims have deteriorated badly in the Philippines, a veteran missionary priest told Aid to the Church in Need. “Before, the Philippines was a dream place...

Catholic editor, facing threats, leaves Bangladesh

A Catholic newsletter editor in Bangladesh has fled the country because of threats to her life and family. Rosaline Costa, who has edited "Hotline Bangladesh" for 30 years,...

Pope has lunch with Syrian refugees

Pope Francis hosted a group of Syrian refugees for lunch at his residence on August 11. The 21 refugees, who were brought to Rome by the Pontiff after his April visit to the Greek island of...

Indian cardinal sees Father Hamel as model for clergy

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India has exhorted his priests to imitate Father Jacques Hamel, and show the determination to be faithful "up to the end." At an annual meeting for...

California legislator backs off bid to force equal treatment for gay students in religious schools

A California state legislator has dropped an effort to force religious schools to offer equal treatment to homosexual students. State Senator Ricardo Lara announced that, under heavy lobbying...

Released Friday, Aug. 12

Archbishop at US-Mexico border: we need to tear down walls

The new archbishop of Tijuana, Mexico, visited the US-Mexican border on August 11, leaned on the border fence, and said, “We need to build bridges, and tear down walls.” Archbishop...

Arizona employee cleared in Lourdes trip email investigation

The office of Arizona’s attorney general has concluded that the director of the state’s Department of Economic Security did not break the law when he sent an email relating to a...

Ukrainian Catholic leader: the Church must save the family

Speaking recently to a participants in a movement for married couples, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said that “the institution of the family as inseparable and fruitful...

Vatican newspaper tribute to 'underground' Chinese bishop

L’Osservatore Romano has paid tribute Bishop Vincent Huang Shoucheng of Xiapu (Funing), who recently died at the age of 93 and whose ministry was not recognized by the Communist...

Papal condolences following death of bishop involved in Bloody Sunday

Pope Francis sent a special message to mourners at the funeral of Bishop Edward Daly, the retired bishop of Derry in Northern Ireland, who died on August 8 at the age of 82. On Bloody Sunday in...

French police tighten security for annual pilgrimage to Lourdes

Police in France are taking special precautions to ensure the safety of an annual pilgrimage to the Marian shrine at Lourdes, which will take place on August 15, the feast of the Assumption. A...

Pope visits women rescued from sexual trafficking

On August 12, Pope Francis dropped in on a Rome center for refugee women who have been rescued from work as prostitutes.  The Pope's visit-- which, like his visit to two Italian convents...

German bishops praise Luther as 'teacher of the faith'

The German Catholic bishops' conference has issued a report praising Martin Luther as a "teacher of the faith." The Reformation in Ecumenical Perspective, a document of over 200...

'Burkini' wear banned at beaches of Cannes

The mayor of Cannes, the French resort town, has announced a ban on the wearing of "burkinis"-- the full-length swimsuits worn by Muslim women.  Mayor David Lisnard said that the...

Vatican prelate challenges Islamic scholars to give peaceful interpretation of Qu'ran

The president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences has acknowledged that passages of the Qu’ran seem to offer clear support for the use of violence.” Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo said...

Archbishop Chaput: both major presidential candidates are 'problematic'

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has offered his personal thoughts on this year's American presidential race, revealing that he has not yet decided how he will vote. "Both major...

Argentine cardinal raps corruption of former president's administration

Cardinal Mario Polli of Buenos Aires has taken a public slap at the administration of Argentina's former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, calling attention to charges of...

Oklahoma archbishop calls for prayers as Satanists plan Black Mass

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City has called the faithful to prayer as a Satanist group prepares to conduct a Black Mass at the city's Civic Center on August 15. The Satanist ceremony,...

Released Tuesday, Aug. 16

Church needs missionaries, not managers, Pope says

Reflecting on Christ’s words, “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing” (Lk. 12:49), Pope Francis called upon the faithful to be open to the...

Mary precedes the faithful into heaven, Pope says on Feast of the Assumption

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary “is a great mystery that concerns each one of us; it concerns our future,” Pope Francis said during his August 15 Angelus...

Papal prayers for Congo

Following his August 15 Angelus address, Pope Francis prayed for inhabitants of the North Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo following a massacre there. The nation’s...

Turkish government says it will not tear down seized churches

Turkey’s Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning stated that it will not tear down Armenian churches that Turkey expropriated during a March offensive against Kurdish separatists in...

Quebec monastery opens award-winning hotel

A Quebec Augustinian monastery for women that was cloistered until 1965 has been named the top destination for a “mental and physical reboot” by National Geographic Traveler. The...

Milwaukee's archbishop pleads for end to urban violence

Milwaukee's Archbishop Jerome Listecki has appealled for calm and referred to the violence sweeping that city as a "self-inflicted wound."  Riots broke out in the Wisconsin...

Evangelical Lutheran Assembly approves 'historic' statement of accord with Catholics

America’s largest Lutheran organization has announced that “Church-dividing issues” have been resolved, and the path is clear for unity with the Catholic Church.” The...

French bishop plans speedy cause for beatification of Father Hamel as martyr

Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen, France plans to open a cause for the beatification of Father Jacques Hamel without observing the usual five-year waiting period after his death. The...

'Sexting' charge against former vicar general of California diocese

A California man has brought a sexual-harassment lawsuit against Msgr. Lawrence McGovern, the former vicar general of the Stockton diocese. The suit alleges that Msgr. McGovern had made overtures...

Oklahoma Christians counter Black Mass with prayer rally

More than 1,000 Christians gathered for a prayer rally on the streets of Oklahoma City on August 15, to counter a Black Mass conducted at the city's civic center. Only a handful of people...

Released Wednesday, Aug. 17

Court upholds legality of disinheritance on basis of religion

Upholding a lower court decision, a New Jersey appeals court ruled that state anti-discrimination law does not prevent parents from disinheriting children on the basis of religion. In his 1987...

India: bishop who led diocese through anti-Christian pogrom passes away

Archbishop Raphael Cheenath, the retired archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, India, died of cancer on August 14 at the age of 81. Archbishop Cheenath led the Church in the eastern Indian state of...

Caritas workers kidnapped in Congo

Three aid workers associated with the Catholic relief and development agency Caritas were kidnapped in the province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on August 16, according to...

Priest who wrote speeches for Nixon dead at 89

John McLaughlin, a Jesuit priest who worked as one of President Richard Nixon’s speechwriters and was subsequently dispensed from his vows, has died of cancer at age 89. McLaughlin worked...

Same-sex, humanist weddings exceed Catholic weddings in Scotland

The number of same-sex wedding ceremonies exceeded the number of Catholic weddings in Scotland in 2015, according to an annual demographic report released by Scotland’s government. Over 5%...

Changes in Roman Curia: Dallas bishop named prefect of new dicastery

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas as prefect of the Vatican’s new Dicastery for Laity, the Family, and Life. The Pope has also issued a motu proprio, Sedula Mater,...

Pope Francis reflects on multiplication of loaves and fishes

Continuing his series of Wednesday addresses on mercy, Pope Francis devoted his August 17 general audience to the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. “In St. Matthew’s account,...

Pope establishes new Vatican office for Laity, Family, and Life

Pope Francis has formally established a new Vatican dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life. Beginning on September 1, the new office will take over the functions of the existing Pontifical...

French President Hollande meets with Pontiff

Pope Francis met privately with President Francois Hollande of France on August 17, for a conversation that reportedly centered on the death of Father Jacques Hamel. Immediately after the...

Australian police near decision on questioning Cardinal Pell about abuse claims

Police in Australia are close to a decision on whether or not to pursue an investigation into sexual-abuse charges that have been lodged against Cardinal George Pell, the prefect of the...

Mexican bishop, threatened with prosecution, vows to continue speaking out on public issues

A Mexican bishop who has been charged with interfering in political affairs has said that he would risk jail rather than be silent. Bishop Ramon Castro Castro of Cuernavaca hosted a meeting of...

Colombia's bishops welcome government decision against gender ideology in schools

The Catholic bishops of Colombia have welcomed a decision by the government of President Juan Manuel Santost against introducing gender ideology in the country's public schools. After an...

Christian-Muslim cooperation will thwart jihadists, Vatican cardinal says

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, argues that cooperation between Christians and Muslims can counteract the propaganda of Islamic...

Many European women want more babies than they have, study finds

While European birth rates have dropped below the replacement level, the vast majority of women in Europe believe that the ideal family should include at least two children, a Pew Research...

Released Thursday, Aug. 18

Major battle for Aleppo imminent, says bishop

The bishop who ministers to Latin-rite Catholics in Aleppo said that fighting is intensifying as belligerents sense that whoever wins control of the city may win the Syrian Civil...

Russian patriarch pays tribute to Fidel Castro

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church offered “cordial congratulations” to Fidel Castro on his 90th birthday. The Communist leader ruled Cuba from 1959 until 2008. “For the...

Pope calls for collaboration between pontifical academy, institute

In a chirograph to Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, Pope Francis expressed esteem for the prelate’s past work as president of the Pontifical Council for the Family and said that as he named him...

Pittsburgh: Mass attendance down 40% since 2000

Commenting on sobering demographic and financial trends, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that “the number one priority has to be, ‘We need to make our...

New Philadelphia mayor sought additional $4M reimbursement for papal visit

In May, the administration of Philadelphia’s new mayor, Jim Kenney, sent the World Meeting of Families an additional $4 million bill for expenses incurred during the September 2015 papal...

Obama administration to issue transgender rules for homeless shelters

The Obama administration is poised to issue regulations requiring homeless shelters to accommodate transgendered individuals according to their declared gender identity rather than their natural...

Chinese priests, facing requirement to register, concerned about Vatican-Beijing talks

As reports proliferate about an imminent agreement between the Vatican and Beijing, a Catholic priest of the "underground" Church reports to the AsiaNews service that Chinese priests...

Rome's homeless enjoy beach outings, pizza at Pope's expense

About 100 of Rome's homeless people have enjoyed trips to the beach as the guests of Pope Francis, the papal almoner has revealed. Archbishop Konrad Krajewski disclosed that he has taken...

Annual seminar for former Ratzinger students scheduled for August 26-28

The "Ratzinger Schuelerkreis," the annual gathering of former students of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, will be held August 26- 28, at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. Each...

Pope plans another visit to Assisi in September

Pope Francis, who made a personal pilgrimage to Assisi earlier this month, plans another trip to the birthplace of St. Francis in September. The Vatican has announced that the Holy Father will...

Muslims outnumber Christians among refugees entering US

Among the refugees who have entered the US in this year, 46% are Muslims, the Pew Research Center reports. For the first time since the US began keeping track of refugees' religious...

Australian Church leaders plan Synod for 2020

Catholic Church leaders in Australia are planning a nationwide Synod for 2020. "We asked the Pope for his approval to celebrate a local assembly," reported Archbishop Mark Coleridge of...

Italian bishop raps French 'burkini' ban

The secretary-general of the Italian bishops' conference has criticized the ban on the Islamic "burkini" at beaches in France.  "The fear around Islamic clothing seems to...

Released Friday, Aug. 19

German priestly ordinations fall to record low

Only 58 men were ordained in Germany in 2015-- down from 500 in 1965 and 122 in 2005, and a record low, according to a CNA report. The number of new seminarians also fell to a record low of 96 in...

Wisconsin parish defaced with swastika

A Catholic parish in the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, was defaced with a swastika on the night of August 17. The words “black lives matter” were also painted on the doors of St....

Sisters of Charity file $50M suit against hospital system

The Sisters of Charity have filed a $50 million suit against a Columbia, South Carolina, hospital system, according to a local newspaper report. The sisters, who once owned a hospital in the...

New leader of Chemin Neuf community

The leadership of the Chemin Neuf community has passed from its founder to a close collaborator. Father Laurent Fabre, a French Jesuit, founded the Catholic ecumenical community in 1973 with the...

Papal message for Communion and Liberation gathering

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has written a message in Pope Francis’s name on the occasion of Communion and Liberation’s annual gathering in Rimini,...

Louisiana flooding 'historic,' bishop reports

Bishop Robert Muench of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, says that flooding in that state has become "a life-changing event." More than 40,000 homes have been damaged by the flood waters, and...

Indian cardinal asks faithful to tone down feast-day celebrations

Cardinal George Alencherry, the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, has asked for moderation of church festivals. The Indian cardinal said that extravagant feasts and displays...

Indian bishop, priests arrested for withholding evidence in woman's death

Bishop Thomas Aquinas Lephonse of Coimbatore, India, has been arrested, along with three priests of the diocese, and charged with withholding information about the suspicious death of a young...

Cardinal Marx under fire for handling of abuse charge

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, Germany, has come under fire for his handling of a sex-abuse case in the Trier diocese, which he led from 2001 to 2007.  Then-Bishop Marx reportedly allowed...

Islamic radicals target Christians in Democratic Republic of Congo

Islamic radicals have stepped up their attacks on Christian villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Islamic Allied Democratic Forces, having failed in an effort to oust the...

Released Monday, Aug. 22

Pope Francis: the door to salvation is narrow and open

Reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading (Lk. 13:22-30), Pope Francis emphasized during his Angelus address of August 21 that the door to salvation is narrow but open. “Jesus himself is...

Papal prayers for Turkey following terrorist attack

Following the recitation of the Angelus on August 21, Pope Francis invited the crowd in St. Peter’s Square to pray a Hail Mary for “dear Turkey.” Referring to a terrorist attack...

Nuncio: Pope would like to visit Belarus

Archbishop Gábor Pintér, the new apostolic nuncio to Belarus, arrived in Minsk to begin his diplomatic mission and said that Pope Francis would like to visit the Eastern European...

Liturgical week message: penitents should be encouraged to show compassion

Pope Francis has consigned to an Italian bishop a message written by the Vatican’s Secretary of State for the 67th national liturgical week, which is taking place in Gubbio. In the message,...

Papal telegram for Waldensian synod

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent a message expressing best wishes to the synod of the Waldensian-Methodist Church as it meets in Torre Pellice, Italy. The...

South Sudan’s Christian leaders pray for peace

Christian leaders in South Sudan gathered at the Anglican cathedral in Juba, the nation’s capital, on August 18 to pray for peace in the strife-torn land. The Catholic archbishop of the...

Brazil's president, battling impeachment, receives personal message from Pontiff

Pope Francis has written a personal mesage to Brazil's embattled President Dilma Rousseff. "Pope Francis wrote me a letter, but I will not divulge the content," Rousseff disclosed....

Former Benedictine abbot, wanted on abuse charges, arrested in UK after 5-year manhunt

British police have arrested a former Benedictine abbot who had been the subject of a 5-year international manhunt after he fled the country to avoid facing sex-abuse charges. Father Laurence...

At Rimini meeting, exhibiter covered statue of Virgin because of fears of Islamic attacks

At the annual Rimini meeting organized by Communion and Liberation, a bookseller reports that she placed a cloth over a statue of the Virgin Mary "to avoid clashes" because of the fears of...

Oklahoma appeals court overturns conviction for blocking building during Black Mass

An Oklahoma appeals court has overturned the conviction of a veteran Catholic activist who was jailed for praying the rosary outside a government building where a Black Mass was occurring. Joan...

No scientific evidence to support gender ideology, scholars argue

There is no compelling scientific evidence to support the theory that some people may be programmed at birth to identify with the opposite sex, two leading scholars argue in a new journal...

Released Tuesday, Aug. 23

US bishops hire new spokeswoman

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced the appointment of Judy Keane as its director of public affairs. Keane, whose writings have been published by Catholic Exchange and...

Court halts enforcement of Obama administration’s transgender directive

A federal district judge has issued a nationwide injunction temporarily barring enforcement of the Obama administration’s recent directive on transgendered students and public schools as a...

Morocco’s king condemns terrorism in the name of Islam

King Mohammed VI of Morocco said in a recent speech that “those who engage in terrorism in the name of Islam are not Muslims.” “I strongly condemn the killing of innocent...

Ayatollah welcomes papal remarks on Islam and violence

A leading Iranian religious figure welcomed Pope Francis’s recent comments in which he denied that Islam is tied to terrorist violence. Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi, 89, said on...

Former NY cathedral offers burial plot for $7M

In an effort to raise funds for a church restoration, the Basilica of Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral in New York is offering a six-person burial plot in its crypt in return for a donation of at...

Relic of Cross stolen from San Francisco church

A relic of the true Cross was stolen recently from a parish in San Francisco. Father Michael Hurley, OP, of St. Dominic’s Church said during Sunday Masses on August 21 that the relic had...

Papal message thanks Poland's Catholics for World Youth Day welcome

Pope Francis has sent a message to Church leaders in Poland, expressing his gratitude for World Youth Day and "your warm welcome and the zeal with which my visit was...

China's Catholic population hitting plateau after years of rapid growth

After a period of rapid growth, the Catholic population in China has reached a plateau, and the number of new priestly and religious vocations is dropping, a leading researcher...

Cardinal Burke, in interview, says Pope Francis encouraged his candor

In an interview with the Religion News Service, Cardinal Raymond Burke strongly rejects the notion that he is an opponent of Pope Francis. "I have never been, and I am not presently, the...

Pope wants more lay leadership in Rome, Archbishop Farrell says

"The Holy Father would like to see lay people much more involved in the administration of the Church in Rome," says the newly appointed prefect of the dicastery for Laity, Family, and...

Court rules against SNAP for refusing to disclose information in abuse case

A federal judge in Missouri has chastised the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) for its "deliberate and willful refusal" to comply with a court order to release...

South Africa: Bishops welcome election results

The Catholic bishops of South Africa have welcomed the results of munipal elections that took place without incident on August 3, noting that all parties have accepted the results as...

Conventional arms can be 'weapons of mass destruction,' Vatican envoy reminds UN

Speaking on August 23 to a UN session on controlling weapons of mass destruction, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican's permanent observer, made the point that conventional arms can have the...

Released Wednesday, Aug. 24

US bishops’ Labor Day statement focuses on crises of work, family in middle America

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, discussed the crises in...

9th consecutive year of membership decline for Southern Baptists

The Southern Baptist Convention, the United States’ largest Protestant denomination, has experienced its ninth consecutive year of membership decline. Membership fell from 15.5 million to...

Nigerian Christians, Muslims open peace center in strife-torn region

Nigerian Christian and Muslim leaders gathered on August 19 in the strife-torn state of Kaduna for the inauguration of the International Centre for Inter-Faith Peace and Harmony. Cardinal John...

Vatican newspaper article: Pope’s apostolic exhortation is magisterial teaching

Writing in the Vatican newspaper, a Spanish ecclesiology professor said that Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia is part of the non-definitive ordinary Magisterium of the...

Pope postpones general audience, leads Rosary for earthquake victims

Setting aside the prepared text of his weekly Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis asked the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square to join him in praying the sorrowful mysteries of the...

Syria's Christian leaders urge end to international sanctions

Three patriarchs of Damascus have issued an appeal for an end to international sanctions on their country, saying that they have increased the suffering of the civilian population, "especially...

Nigerian mob kills Muslim who saved Christian from lynch mob

Eight people died when a group of militant Muslims burned down the home of a man who had intervened to stop the lynching of a Christian convert. The violence began when a young man-- a...

Earthquake damage drives monks from Norcia monastery

The powerful earthquake that ripped through Italy, leaving more than 120 people dead, had its epicenter near Norcia, the home of St. Benedict, and drove monks there to seek temporary safety in...

Vatican Secretary of State offers reassurances on talks with China

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, has confirmed that the Holy See is actively engaged in diplomatic talks with China, but promised that the Vatican would not strike a bargain...

Soros bankrolling efforts to sway US bishops toward 'progressive' policies

Investor/activist George Soros spent $650,000 to subsidize groups that were intent on lobbying American bishops, urging them to support 'progressive' domestic policies, emails made public by...

Irish bishops recognize problems at Maynooth seminary, seek to end anonymous complaints

The bishops who oversee Ireland's national seminary have acknowledged serious concerns about St. Patrick's seminary in Maynooth, and announced a review of policies and an independent audit...

Benedict discusses resignation in new interview

In a newly published interview Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI discloses that "a great weariness" and a realization that he lacked the stamina for travel prompted him to resign. In a...

Released Thursday, Aug. 25

Emergency collection for Louisiana flood victims

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has called upon parishes to take up an emergency collection on September 18 to provide humanitarian assistance to Louisiana flood...

Iranian religious leaders, US bishops condemn terrorism, weapons of mass destruction

Four US bishops met recently in Rome with five Iranian religious leaders and issued a joint declaration condemning terrorism. Bishop Oscar Cantú, chairman of the US bishops’...

States, Catholic hospital network file suit against HHS transgender regulation

A Catholic hospital network, five states, and the Christian Medical & Dental Associations have filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services over regulations related to persons...

Pope appeals for peace in Ukraine

Addressing pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square on August 24, Pope Francis appealed for peace in Ukraine. “In these last weeks, the international observers have expressed concern for the...

Nigeria: bishops decry government efforts to promote contraception

The bishops of Nigeria’s Ibadan ecclesiastical province have decried efforts by the nation’s health minister to promote abortion and contraception. The bishops said that the health...

Mexico City archdiocese decries 'aggressiveness and intolerance' of gay activists

The Archdiocese of Mexico City has denounced the "aggressiveness and intolerance" of homosexual activists who spray-painted slogans on the walls of chancery buildings. The Catholic...

Archbishop of Canterbury to meet with Pope in October

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Justin Welby, will meet with Pope Francis on October 8, the Catholic News Agency reports. The worldwide leader of the Anglican communion will celebrate Vespers...

Pope laments 'black-and-white' mentality in priest-confessors

Priests should be trained to recognize nuances in their work as confessors, Pope Francis said to a group of Polish Jesuits during his visit there.  The Pope said that "many people leave...

Vatican sex education program significantly flawed: Cardinal Newman Society

In a study released today, the Cardinal Newman Society reported significant flaws in the high school sex education program made available during World Youth Day by the Pontifical...

Released Friday, Aug. 26

USCCB president: pray a Rosary for victims of natural disasters

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited Catholics in the US to pray a Rosary for victims of recent natural disasters. “Let us join with the Holy Father...

Update from Norcia monks: church has ‘mostly withstood’ tremors

The subprior of the Benedictine monks of Norcia, Italy, said that while most structures in the town appear be intact following a devastating earthquake, there is much underlying structural...

2 nuns murdered in Mississippi

Two religious sisters were found stabbed to death on August 25 in their residence in Durant, Mississippi. Sister Margaret Held, a School Sister of St. Francis, and Sister Paula Merrill, a Sister...

Pope Francis to write message on nonviolence

“Nonviolence: a style of politics for peace” is the theme of the 50th World Day of Peace, which will be celebrated on January 1. “Such a political method is based on the primacy...

Colombia’s bishops call for ‘serene reflection’ on peace agreement

The Colombian Episcopal Conference has issued a statement following the signing of a peace agreement between the nation’s government and FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerilla...

Indian cardinal: victims of anti-Catholic pogrom were martyrs

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai has said that the Christians killed during a savage burst of religious violence in 2008 in the Kandhamal region deserve to be recognized as martyrs. Speaking to...

US bishops join Iranian Muslim leaders in call for end to terrorism, weapons of mass destruction

The Catholic bishops of the US have joined with Iranian Muslim leaders in a call for the abolition of weapons of mass destruction and an end to terrorist violence.  "We regard the...

French court overturns burkini ban-- after official says it should apply to nuns' habits

A French appeals court has overturned a ban on the wearing of the Islamic burkini on beaches. The Council of State said that a burkini ban in the town of Villeneuve-Loubet, on the Riviera, was...

Child abuse least frequent in intact families, study shows

A new study by the federal government has found that children are safest from abuse when they are living with their married parents. The Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect...

Released Monday, Aug. 29

Norcia: 'months, even a year' to repair basilica after earthquake

"The destruction in Norcia is serious," reports Father Cassian Folsom, the prior of the Benedictine monastery in the earthquake-ravaged Italian town. In the monastery itself, the...

Understanding mercy means awareness of sin, Pope tells American bishops

To appreciate God's mercy, one must recognize one's own sinfulness, Pope Francis told an audience of American bishps on August 27. “For all our sins, our limitations, our failings,...

Ugandan archbishop decries culture of domestic violence

Domestic violence is a sad reality for "almost every family" in his region of eastern Uganda, Archbishop Emmanuel Obbo of Tororo has launched a campaign to address the...

Axe-wielding Islamic radical attacks Indonesian priest during Mass

A teenage Islamic radical attacked an Indonesian Catholic priest with an axe during Mass on August 28.  Witnesses report that the assailant rushed at the altar carrying a backpack...

Conservative clerics move to set up alternate structures within Church of England

Conservative Anglican clerics in England are meeting this week to set up a "shadow synod" that could provide an alternate system of church governance if they break away from the...

Mississippi man arrested for murder of nuns

Police in Mississippi have arrested a man and charged him with the murder of two women religious on August 25. Rodney Early Sanders reportedly confessed to killing Sister Margaret Held and Sister...

In preface to biography of Benedict XVI, Pope Francis welcomes 'innovation' of 'Pope-emeritus' role

A forthcoming biography of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, written by theologian Elio Guerriero, carries a foreward by Pope Francis, in which the Holy Father applauds his predecessor for introducing the...

Facebook's Zuckerberg meets with Pontiff

Pope Francis met on August 29 with Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and head of Facebook, and his wife. A Vatican statement released after the meeting said that the Pope had spoken with Zuckerberg...

At audience, Pope urges Christians to unite in prayer for environment

During his Angelus audience on Sunday, August 29, Pope Francis called attention to the annual World Day of Prayer for Creation, which will be observed on September 1. The World Day of Prayer for...

New evangelization will succeed despite current Church weakness, Pope tells ecumenical gathering

In a message to an ecumenical gathering taking place in Thessalonika, Greece, this week, Pope Francis said that "there is clearly the need for a new work of evangelization" in Europe,...

'Vatileaks' convict begins serving 18-month sentence

Msgr. Lucio Vallejo Balda, the former Vatican official who was convicted in the "Vatileaks II" trial, has been taken into custody to begin serving an 18-month prison...

Murder of Father Hamels was attack on French secularism, says author in Jesuit journal

In an article published in the authoritative Italian journal Civilta Cattolica, a Jesuit scholar argues that the murder of Father Jacques Hamel by Islamic terrorists should be understood as an...

Pope promises to visit Italian earthquake victims

"As soon as possible, I hope to come and see you," Pope Francis said on August 29 to survivors of the earthquake that caused more than 200 deaths in central Italy last week. During his...

Missionaries of Charity robbed, beaten at home in Argentina

Marauders roughed up several nuns in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on August 25, desecrating their chapel and ransacking their residence. The attack took place at a home where members of the...

Cardinal Tagle: abortion as bad as vigilante killings

Cardinal Antonio Tagle of Manila has called for consistency in defense of human life, reminding his people that abortion involves killing. The cardinal made his point in a radio address on August...

Released Tuesday, Aug. 30

Federal court backs law removing religious exemption from vaccinations

A federal judge has ruled that California’s interest in protecting the health of its citizens takes precedence over the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion. US District Court...

Egypt, Coptic Orthodox Church agree to new law on church construction

The Egyptian government and the bishops of the Coptic Orthodox Church have agreed to a revision of 1934 regulations governing the construction and restoration of churches. Over the years, local...

Chaldean patriarch calls upon Muslims to repudiate ISIS

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, has called upon “Muslims and non-Muslim people of good will” to repudiate the...

Texas: Catholic college president removed for offensive remarks

The governing board of a Catholic college in San Antonio has fired its president of 31 years. The decision to remove Louis Agnese, president of the University of the Incarnate Word, took place...

Philippine bishops welcome peace deal between government, Maoists

Bishops in the Philippines have welcomed a peace agreement signed between the nation’s government and the National Democratic Front, a Maoist insurgency launched in 1969. “I...

French interior minister sees 'urgent' need to avoid religious conflict with Muslims

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve is hoping to enlist Muslim leaders in a campaign to reject Islamic extremism, as part of a larger strategy to avoid religious conflicts. "Francis...

Bishop decries rash of civilian killings in South Sudan

A Catholic bishop in South Sudan has spoken out to condemn a rash of vigilante killings in his diocese, as internal conflict continues to beset the young African nation.  Bishop...

Turkey: early release for young man convicted of priest's 2006 murder

A young Turkish man who was convicted in 2006 for killing a Catholic missionary priest has been released from prison after serving just ten years of an 18-year sentence. Oguzhan Ayudin was...

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