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Fr. Stephen Chow, S.J.

Pope Francis appoints Fr. Stephen Chow as new bishop of Hong Kong

Chow, 61, has served as the provincial of the Jesuits’ Chinese Province since 2018.

Pope Francis delivers a Regina Coeli address at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: Children’s deaths in Israel-Gaza conflict ‘terrible and unacceptable’

The pope said that the violence risked “degenerating into a spiral of death and destruction.”

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for Burmese Catholics in St. Peter’s Basilica, May 16, 2021.

‘Do not lose hope’: Pope Francis offers Mass for Myanmar’s Catholics in St. Peter’s Basilica

The pope urged Burmese Catholics not to fall into despair following a military coup on Feb. 1.

Sisters of Life: 'You are irreplaceable', just like the child in the womb

The members of an order of religious sisters are dedicating their lives to sharing the message that every person, from the moment of conception, is infinitely loved.

Pope Francis meets with U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, May 15, 2021.

Pope Francis and John Kerry meet at the Vatican

U.S. President Joe Biden’s climate envoy is in Europe ahead of November’s UN Climate Change Conference.

Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan is beatified at Rome’s Basilica of St. John Lateran, May 15, 2021.

Polyglot priest beatified after miraculous healing of unborn baby

Francis Mary of the Cross was declared blessed at a Mass at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran in Rome.

Pope Francis meets with members of the Meter association in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, May 15, 2021.

Pope Francis to anti-pedophilia group: ‘Your work is more necessary than ever’

The pope was speaking to members of the Italian Meter association.

Pope Francis sends a video message to the Italian Charismatic Consultation, May 15, 2021.

Pope Francis thanks charismatic Catholics and evangelicals for offering ‘sign of fraternity’

The pope sent a video message praising the work of the Italian Charismatic Consultation.

A statue of Our Lady in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Medjugorje to host global rosary marathon for end to pandemic

Catholics gathering in the town on May 15 will offer the rosary “for all migrants.”

UK bill would fine universities for failing to protect free speech

A proposed law in the UK aiming to bolster the protection of free speech could impose fines on universities if they fail to protect freedom of speech for students, staff, and visiting speakers.

Funeral Mass in Nigeria

‘This thing’s going to blow up on us’: The religious extremism fueling violence in Nigeria

Escalating bloodshed in Nigeria is fueled in part by religious extremism – and the United States must recognize this in order to achieve peace, says the former U.S. religious freedom ambassador.

Relatives of those killed during the Ballymurphy massacre demonstrate in Dublin, Ireland, Jan. 30, 2014. Credit: Sinn Féin via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

After decades, Northern Ireland inquest recognizes victims of Ballymurphy Massacre

A Catholic priest, a mother of eight, and at least seven other civilians were wrongly killed by British soldiers in Northern Ireland in a three-day 1971 incident known as the Ballymurphy Massacre, a new inquiry has ruled. The official finding places the incident as a possible forerunner to Bloody Sunday, another massacre of Catholic demonstrators by British paratroopers.

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix celebrates Mass at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome on Feb. 12, 2020

Phoenix bishop defends speaking out on Communion: ‘The care of souls is our first concern’

The Bishop of Phoenix said on Thursday that he is protecting the Eucharist, not “politicizing” it, by teaching that Catholic politicians cannot support abortion and receive Communion.

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry.

Pope Francis to discuss climate change with John Kerry at Vatican

The former Secretary of State is also a keynote speaker at a Vatican conference

Pope Francis meets with members of the Scouts Unitaires de France at the Vatican, May 14, 2021.

Pope Francis urges scouts to ‘spread light and hope’

The pope welcomed members of the Scouts Unitaires de France to Rome on the group’s 50th anniversary.

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Calls mount for Chicago-area religious orders to publish lists of members credibly accused of abuse

Recent reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times has highlighted several religious orders active in Chicago that have not yet released lists of members credibly accused of sexual abuse, despite the archbishop’s request that they do so.

Texas state capitol building

Texas passes ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban

States continued a nationwide trend of enacting pro-life laws in 2021, with the Texas legislature passing a “heartbeat” bill this week, and Montana enacting funding restrictions on abortion providers.

Pavica Vojnović, leader of the pro-life prayer vigils in Pforzheim, Germany.

Court upholds German municipality’s pro-life prayer vigil ban

The court dismissed a challenge to a ban on a prayer vigil in front of a pre-abortion advisory center.