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On Pentecost, Irish bishops urge a ‘no’ vote on abortion referendum

Irish bishops used Pentecost Sunday Masses to make a final appeal for people to reject a government proposal to remove the right to life of unborn children from the country’s constitution … more

Archbishop asks for prayers to bring peace to Palestinians, Israel

The chairman of a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committee echoed Pope Francis in calling for reconciliation and peace in the Holy Land amid ongoing violence between Israel and … more

All of Chile’s bishops offer resignations after meeting Pope on abuse

Every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis after a three-day meeting at the Vatican to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandal. “We want to announce that all bishops … more

Faith groups care for refugees in ways governments can’t, group tells U.N.

Faith-based organizations are uniquely able to care for migrants and refugees because they employ a holistic, person-centered approach that respects the human dignity of each individual, and they … more

Imprisoned clergy of Dachau remembered for fearless faith

When a virulent typhus epidemic swept through a World War II concentration camp in Dachau, Germany, in early 1945, many imprisoned Polish priests volunteered to minister to the dying men. Eighteen … more

From clean water to gang violence, Salvadoran archbishop focuses on poor

Few Church leaders face having to fill the shoes of a predecessor who’s about to become an official saint of the Catholic Church. But it’s hardly on the mind of the seventh leader of … more

A painful history strengthens bond of Church in the U.S. and El Salvador

In the halls of Congress, they stood side by side, a prominent archbishop from the U.S. with a delegation of four high-ranking Salvadoran prelates in tow, including the first cardinal in the … more

Italy grants citizenship to Alfie Evans in attempt to guarantee his care

The Italian government granted citizenship to Alfie Evans, a seriously ill British toddler, in a last-minute effort to prevent doctors in England from withdrawing life-support. The Italian … 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

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

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, 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

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

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

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

In Canada, prayers, tears for victims of Humboldt Broncos tragedy

Crying, hugging and shaking their heads in grief, the people of Humboldt gathered at the local hockey arena April 8 for an interfaith service to mourn 15 people who died after the bus carrying … more

Catholic priest in Congo shot dead; kidnapped priest released, unharmed

A Catholic priest was shot dead in Congo shortly after celebrating Mass. U.N. radio in Congo reported April 9 that Father Etienne Nsengiunva, a priest in Kitchanga, was shot at point-blank … more

Bishops on both sides of Mexico border criticize troop deployment

The Mexican bishops’ conference criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border and issued a strong defense of migrants, saying … more

Sweden’s Lutherans to let Catholic parish hold Masses in Lund cathedral

For the first time in 500 years, Lutherans in Sweden are welcoming Catholics to celebrate Masses in Lund cathedral. The historical cathedral, formerly the site of bitter religious feuding, has … more

Holy Thursday: Cardinal Tagle washes feet of priest kidnapped by rebels

Celebrating the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle washed the feet of a priest who had been held captive for months and the parents of a slain Filipino migrant … more
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