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Arson suspected in Florida cathedral fire

A fire that damaged the cathedral of the Pensacola-Tallahassee diocese was “an obvious case of arson,” reports the rector, Father John Cayer. An investigation is underway.

‘Think of future generations,’ Polish bishops say in election statement

Pope St. John Paul II believed that “Poland’s accession to the EU was not only an opportunity for the material and cultural development of the country, but also a chance for the Union itself to draw on the rich spiritual heritage of the Polish people,” the Polish bishops said in their statement for the 2019 European Parliament election.

Detailed report shows financial, sexual misconduct by retired West Virginia bishop

In a detailed report to the faithful of the Diocese of Charleston-Wheeling, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore has revealed that an investigation into the leadership of Bishop Michael Bransfield...

Retired Wyoming bishop likely to face Vatican trial for multiple acts of abuse

Bishop Joseph Hart, 87, was a priest of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph (1956-1976), auxiliary bishop of Cheyenne (1976-78), and bishop of Cheyenne (1978-2001). He resigned five years before the typical retirement age of 75.

New study shows clerical abuse charges rising again in US

A new study from the Ruth Institute shows a rise in the number of complaints of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the US. After peaking in the 1980s, the reported incidents fell after 2000; the...

Vatican official urges West African bishops to care for migrants

“Human mobility seems to be a consequence of the fall of our first parents who became migrants after being expelled from their home for disobedience,” said Father Ikechi Ikena, SJ, of the Migration and Refugees Section at the Dicastery for Integral Human Development, as he called on the Church in West Africa “to manifest the character of God, by not abandoning migrants in their vulnerabilities.”

Tearful Hong Kong bishop offers Mass after police fire on protesters

“They just want to voice their demands,” Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha, OFM, preached. “I can’t understand why Hong Kong has become like this today. We just want to live freely.”

The Middle East cannot withstand another war, Iraqi cardinal warns US ambassador

“The danger is that the fundamentalist groups and armed militias want to provoke Americans and Iranians, dragging them to war,” said Cardinal Louis RaphaĆ«l I Sako, Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church since 2013.

Philippine bishops decry China’s ‘continuous bullying’

The Philippine defense secretary said that a Chinese vessel rammed into a Philippine boat, causing it to sink.

Bishops back Indian cardinal accused of financial misconduct

The Catholic bishops’ council of India’s Kerala state have given their support to Cardinal George Alencherry, the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, who has been accused of improper real-estate transfers. The bishops said that police who are investigating the claims should be allowed to proceed with their investigation without attempts to influence them.