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Santa Fe archdiocese backs tax on soft drinks

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 06:28

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexcio, has given its approval to a legislative proposal that would place a tax on soft drinks, with the proceeds to be used for early-childhood education.

No Mass in Irish diocese for a day

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 06:24

In the Diocese of Limerick, the faithful will have no opportunity to attend Mass next Tuesday, April 25.

Cardinal Sarah sees dangers to Church unity

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 06:21

Cardinal Robert Sarah spoke of the “grave risk of fragmentation of the Church” in an interview with the charitable group Aid to the Church in Need.

At UN, Vatican envoy decries ‘new lows of barbarism’ in Middle East

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 06:14

The Vatican’s permanent representative at UN headquarters in New York has repeated a plea for “religious leaders to speak out forcefully” against the use of religion as an inducement to violence.

Canadian court: Saskatchewan forbidden to fund non-Catholic students at Catholic schools

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 06:09

A court in Saskatchewan has ruled that the govenrment cannot pay tuition for non-Catholic students attending Catholic schools.

Vatican Museums exhibit shows restoration in progress

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 06:06

The Vatican Museums have inaugurated a new exhibit, introducing visitors to the process of restoring fine works of art.

Pope will celebrate contemporary martyrs

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 06:02

Pope Francis will preside at a Liturgy of the Word on April 22 to honor modern martyrs.

Transgender plaintiff sues Catholic hospital for refusing to perform sex-reassignment surgery

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 05:59

A California woman has filed suit against a Catholic hospital for refusing to perform a sex-change operation.

Israeli president visits Catholic Patriarch to offer Easter greetings

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 03:07

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin visited the offices of the Latin-rite Patriarchate of Jerusalem on April 19, to offer his Easter greetings to the country’s Christians.

Jesuit priest feared kidnap victim in Nigeria

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 03:01

A Jesuit priest has apparently been kidnapped in Nigeria, the Fides news service reports.

As unrest spreads, Venezuelan bishops warn government losing authority

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 02:57

“Civil and peaceful protest is not a crime; it is a right!” The Catholic bishops of Venezuela issued that statement as anti-government protests spread across the country.

Pope sends encouragement to Coptic leader

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 02:52

In a message of Easter greetings to Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II, Pope Francis said that “Christians are called to proclaim the Risen One together.”

India: man convicted in rape of nun re-arrested, 11 years after escape

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 02:47

A Hindu man who was convicted in the rape of a Catholic nun in 1998 has been arrested, years after his escape from prison.

Al Azhar University rejects charges of extremism

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 06:30

Al Azhar University, which will host Pope Francis later this month, has rejected charges by Egyptian politicians that the school tolerates Islamic extremism.

Ugandan army ends manhunt for Joseph Kony, guerrilla leader

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 06:26

Uganda’s military leaders have ended a long quest to capture Joseph Kony, the self-styled leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), who is wanted by international tribunals for multiple war crimes.

Marist Brothers receive Pope’s encouragement

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 06:21

Pope Francis has sent a message of encouragement to the Marist Brothers on the bicentenary of their order.

Trump plans meeting with Pope in May

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 06:00

US President Donald Trump is reportedly seeking to meet with Pope Francis in May, when the American leader will be traveling to Italy to participate in a meeting of G7 industrial leaders.

Fatima seers to be canonized May 13

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 05:53

Pope Francis will preside at the canonization of Francisco and Jacinta Marto on May 13 during his visit to Fatima, Portugal, the Vatican has confirmed.

Pakistan: Christian-Muslim campaign for peace

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 00:29

The Pakistani bishops’ conference and a Muslim organization have begun a joint campaign for peace that will last through the Easter season.

Cardinal Tagle: ‘get in touch with a migrant’

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 00:20

The president of president of Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, called upon Catholics and other Christians to “get in touch with a real migrant.”