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New Jersey mayor removes Guadalupe shrine from state-owned land 

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:53

Mayor Hector Lora of Passaic, New Jersey, has ordered the removal of a shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe that was on public property.

Salesian missionary in Ethiopia has baptized over 7,500 

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:33

A Salesian missionary priest has baptized more than 7,500 people in the Ethiopian village where he works.

Catholic marriages in Scotland plunge to 1941 level 

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:26

A prominent Scottish priest has called for “systematic and intensified preaching and catechesis on marriage,” noting that the number of Catholic marriages in Scotland has dropped to its lowest level in more than 70 years.

Cardinal Medina: no Communion, funeral for pro-abortion politicians without public repentance 

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:15

A Chilean cardinal has warned politicians that if they support the legalization of abortion, they must not receive the Eucharist until they make a public act of repentance.

Canadian bishops: ‘We cannot accept the unethical way Canadian mining companies have been operating in Latin America ‘ 

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:08

The Catholic bishops of Canada have issued a letter condemning “the unethical way Canadian mining companies have been operating in Latin America or other regions of the world.”

To help flood victims, Caritas Vietnam avoids government involvement

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:23

Catholic relief workers in Vietnam are avoiding involvement with the government in order to deliver supplies to flood victims in the remote Yen Bai province.

Papal sympathy for victims of accident on Madeira

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:19

Pope Francis has sent a message of condolence to the victims of an accident on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

Filipino bishop decries terrorists’ plan to use hostages as suicide bombers

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:16

A Catholic bishop in the Philippines has denounced the reported plan of an Islamic terrorist group to force hostages into the role of suicide bombers.

Chinese officials close down Buddhist monk’s crisis-pregnancy center

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:07

Chinese officials have closed down a home run by a Buddhist monk to provide for abandoned babies and women in crisis pregnancies.

Prominent English theologian says canon law should allow for correction of Pontiff

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:01

A noted English theologian has proposed amending the Code of Canon Law to include “a procedure for calling to order a Pope who teaches error.”

Australian prelate urges faithful to vote against same-sex marriage 

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:18

An Australian archbishop has urged Catholics to register to vote, in advance of a unusual postal referendum on legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

Cardinal Parolin, Patriarch Kirill won’t discuss papal visit 

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:05

When he visits Moscow later this month, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, will not be making plans for a papal visit to Russia, according to a spokesman for the Russian Catholic bishops’ conference.

Pope ‘greatly disturbed’ by Barcelona attack, prays for victims 

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 06:57

Pope Francis has sent a statement of sympathy and a promise of prayers to the victims of terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, Spain.

Over 1 million people have fled South Sudan for Uganda 

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 06:53

More than 1 million refugees from South Sudan have flooded into Uganda, as the situation in the war-torn African country becomes intolerable.

Cardinal Urosa: Venezuelan bishops reject foreign military intervention, whether from US or Cuba 

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 06:45

The Catholic bishops of Venezuela “reject any foreign military interference” despite the country’s critical situation, said Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas.

Catholic Church in Russia recalls victims of Communism 

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:06

The secretary-general of the Russian Catholic bishops’ conference has asked Christians in the West to help keep alive the memory of Russian Christians who died under Communist persecution.

Protests follow prison death of Pakistani Christian 

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:00

Christians in Pakistan have staged public demonstrations to demand an investigation into the death of a Christian man who died in police custody.

In foreword for book by abuse victim, Pope Francis repeats pledge to take action

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:54

Pope Francis has written a foreword to a new book by a Swiss man who was a victim of clerical abuse.

Church in El Salvador establishes Office of Lay Martyrs to honor civil-war victims

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:50

The Catholic Church in El Salvador has established an Office of Lay Martyrs, to honor those who were killed during the country’s civil war.

Church must clarify papal teaching, Cardinal Burke says

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:06

Cardinal Raymond Burke insisted that a clarification of Church teaching on divorce, remarriage, and the Eucharist is “now necessary,” in an interview with the weekly The Wanderer.