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Cape Town’s poor see injustice in water limits as Day Zero approaches

With severe restrictions on water usage in drought-stricken Cape Town, poor communities feel a strong sense of injustice, which needs to be addressed, said a parish priest in one of the … more

Cardinal Tobin: African priests, religious in U.S. make big contribution

The presence in the United States of about 3,000 priests and religious from countries in Africa is a great contribution to the U.S., said Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, New Jersey. That … more

Pope denounces use of chemical weapons after deadly attack in Syria

Pope Francis condemned the use of chemical weapons after a deadly attack killed dozens of innocent men, women and children in Syria. “There is no good and bad war, and nothing, nothing … more

Borders pose challenge for Catholic Church in Amazon basin

On a Sunday night in early July, four men –  two of them indigenous – were brutally murdered in Assis, a tiny Brazilian town on the border with Peru. Far from the two … more

Lebanese cardinal warns against ‘new drums of war’ in Syria

Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai appealed to world leaders to stop the war in Syria and to work for comprehensive peace through diplomatic means. “As the great powers are beating the drums of a … more

In Washington, former sacristan remembers life with Oscar Romero

Marcelo Perdomo didn’t think an earthly brush with holiness would take place in his native El Salvador next to the parish priest. As a young man in the early 1960s, Perdomo worked in his … more

Catholics collect aid for victims of deadly Indonesian earthquake

Catholic groups have collected and are distributing aid for thousands of people affected by a deadly earthquake that struck Lombok, Indonesia’s popular tourist island. The magnitude 6.4 … more

Pope prays for victims of Guatemala volcano disaster

Pope Francis sent condolences to Guatemala after a horrific volcanic eruption left more than 60 people dead. In a June 5 telegram addressed to Archbishop Nicolas Thevenin, apostolic nuncio of … more

Underground priests removed in China for holding summer youth camp

Two underground parish priests in China’s Gansu province have been removed after being accused of holding a summer camp for a youth group at their church. Father Wang Yiqin of Hui county … more

Christian pilgrims to Holy Land get tattoos to mark their pilgrimages

Three generations of the Razzouk family busily attended to Christian pilgrims and tourists packed into a tiny shop to get Christian tattoos to mark their pilgrimages to the Holy Land. The … more

Vatican asks German bishops to set aside plans for sharing of the Eucharist

Pope Francis has asked the Catholic bishops’ conference of Germany not to publish nationwide guidelines for allowing Protestants married to Catholics to receive Communion at Mass, but to … more

Pope, other Christian leaders condemn use of violence against Syria

Sharply criticizing a failure to find nonviolent means of bringing peace to Syria and other parts of the world, Pope Francis appealed to world leaders to work for justice and peace. “I … more

Trump’s border policies cross the line for Church leaders, advocates

Catholic Church leaders and immigration advocates say President Donald Trump’s recent moves to clamp down on immigration are extreme and unnecessary. The president’s latest efforts … more

Pope joins meeting to prepare synod for the Amazon

Pope Francis met with members of the preparatory council for the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon region, which will take place in Rome in October 2019. Meeting in Rome April 12-13, the … more

Austrian bishops meet in Sarajevo to mark 100th anniversary of WWI end

The Austrian bishops’ conference held its general assembly in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in 1914, sparking World War I. World War I … more

Father of Alfie Evans meets Pope, begs for help to save his son

Begging Pope Francis to help his son, Alfie, Tom Evans met with the pontiff, pleading for “asylum” in Italy so his seriously ill son may receive care and not be euthanized in … more

Christian activists warn of slaughter of Syrian civilians in Afrin

Residents flee after Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters captured the village of Khaldieh in Afrin, Syria. Christian activists warn that 1 million Syrian civilians will face certain … more

Haitian immigrant back home working for CRS says faith gives her hope

When Cassandra Bissainthe left Haiti for the United States some 17 years ago, it seemed unlikely that she would ever return. Political instability and economic insecurity were rampant in her … more

In Peru’s Madre de Dios region, Church helps indigenous peoples survive

Bishop David Martinez de Aguirre Guinea of Puerto Maldonado listened as Harakmbut leader Matilde Tije described the predicament of her people. In this hamlet of 110 residents, there is no … more

Irish bishops call abortion referendum proposal ‘shocking’

Ireland’s Catholic bishops have described as “shocking” a government proposal to hold a referendum on whether the constitutional right to life of unborn children should be … more
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