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Abuse allegations were addressed immediately, Spanish archbishop says

Nov 19, 2014 - 04:11 pm .- The Archdiocese of Granada, Spain, has defended its response to the case of three priests accused of abusing an underage boy over a decade ago, offering solidarity to the alleged victim.    

Poverty, divorce, alcoholism – no shortage of challenges for Church in Belarus

Nov 19, 2014 - 04:08 am .- In Belarus, western Ukraine's neighbor to the north, the Church is doing its best to reach out to the people, even as it faces such challenges as irreligion, poverty, and alcoholism in the former Soviet republic.  

#savealeppo – International movement urges a ceasefire in the Syrian city

Nov 19, 2014 - 02:01 am .- As the battle over Syria's largest city has raged for more than two years, the Community of Sant'Egidio on Tuesday launched a campaign for international solidarity to promote a truce in the historic metropolis.

Pope's visit to Philly will be 'icing on the cake' for family meeting

Nov 17, 2014 - 04:43 pm .- After Pope Francis officially confirmed that he will visit Philadelphia next fall for the World Meeting of Families, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said the trip will be a blessing for the event and the world.  

'The right to forget': sins are left behind in the confessional

Nov 17, 2014 - 10:47 am .- Speaking about the “right to forget” sins after confessing them, a Vatican official stressed that God’s mercy truly frees us from our past sins if we truly repent of them.

Domestic violence increasingly on the Vatican's radar

Nov 13, 2014 - 02:01 am .- A Catholic psychologist who recently met with the Pontifical Council for the Laity says violence between partners is still a massive problem globally – and it's gaining more attention from the Vatican.

Priest swaps clerical hats with a 'sharp, healthy' Benedict XVI

Nov 12, 2014 - 11:49 am .- A priest who met and exchanged zucchettos with retired pontiff Benedict XVI last week marveled at the former pope's joy, mental clarity and good health.

UK pro-lifers throw rare legal punch against sex-selective abortion

Nov 12, 2014 - 10:40 am .- Claiming that the government has turned a blind eye to sex-selective abortions, British pro-life activists are launching a rare private prosecution against two doctors accused of promoting the illegal practice.

Education to love: the real issue for the next Synod on the Family

Nov 12, 2014 - 02:03 am .- The lack of a proper 'education to love' is the major issue at stake with regard to family – being more compelling than the issues of the divorced and remarried or same-sex attracted persons, Msgr. Livio Melina has stressed.

Italian bishops' television pulls invite to trans-sexual activist

Nov 11, 2014 - 12:47 pm .- Following protests from viewers, the Italian bishops' conference-run TV station has withdrawn an invitation to a popular Italian trans-sexual and LGBT activist to take part in its prime-time show.

Top Vatican jobs: The 'Francis effect' on the Roman Curia

Nov 10, 2014 - 05:03 pm .- The latest round of major appointments to top positions in the Vatican hierarchy shows that change is afoot as Pope Francis puts his stamp on the Roman Curia.

Cardinal Scola: Universities can play crucial role in family synod

Nov 9, 2014 - 04:37 pm .- Cardinal Angelo Scola holds that pontifical universities are the ideal place where issues at stake in the Synod of Bishops – which will discuss families next autumn – can be more deeply understood and developed.

Ruins of the Berlin Wall: what they whisper 25 years later

Nov 9, 2014 - 04:05 am .- What remains of the Berlin Wall discloses a subtle yet stark reminder for civilization to not “look to walls as solutions,” says German priest Father Bernd Hagenkord, S.J.

Save Catholic clinics in Africa – they may be the only ones to fight Ebola

Nov 7, 2014 - 02:06 am .- Caritas officials have urged that in facing the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, efforts should be focused on keeping Catholic clinics open because they are the best-equipped in the region.

Pray – with your iPhone? How one mobile app unites users in prayer

Nov 6, 2014 - 08:40 pm .- A social network focused on connecting the world in prayer has launched a mobile application enabling people from across the globe to unite and track their petitions and prayers.  

Spanish nurse survives Ebola, thanks God for recovery

Nov 6, 2014 - 02:49 pm .- Upon announcing her recovery from Ebola, Spanish nurse Teresa Romero said Wednesday that she praises God for her life and holds no ill will against anyone for having contracted the disease.  

Exorcisms on the rise: Occult activity sparks 'pastoral emergency'

Nov 6, 2014 - 04:01 am .- Catholic experts say occult activity and the resulting need for exorcisms has reached a critical level.

For German bishops mercy comes at a price, critics charge

Nov 6, 2014 - 02:04 am .- As Cardinal Walter Kasper prepares to receive an award and give a speech at The Catholic University of America later today, a storm is brewing.

Faith in the time of annexation: A tough choice for Crimea's Church

Nov 4, 2014 - 04:01 am .- Since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March, religious groups there – aside from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) – are facing persecution, and restrictions on their ministry.

Will Pope Francis' visit to European Parliament be a wake-up call?

Nov 4, 2014 - 02:01 am .- Pope Francis' upcoming visit to European Parliament and the Council of Europe may serve as a wake-up call to Europe to adjust its role in the world, an expert in international relations told CNA Oct. 30.

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