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Online conference to examine ‘proclamation of the kingdom’

Aug 13, 2022

“The Proclamation of the Kingdom” is an online conference being held later this month to discuss evangelization and the great commission to teach and baptize all nations.

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Will these African Americans be canonized?

Aug 13, 2022

Among the many Black men and women who have been declared saints in the Catholic Church, not one of them — yet — has been American. But that does not mean there aren’t numerous good candidates for the first African-American saint in the Church’s history. 

Former Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta of the Diocese of Oran, Argentina.

Victim of Bishop Zanchetta: ‘Don't turn your back on us; we didn’t deserve such treatment’

Aug 13, 2022

Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta of Oran, Argentina, was found guilty of abuse and sentenced to prison in March, but in July he served his sentence under house arrest.

Side view of the gilded statue of Joan of Arc at Place des Pyramides in Paris, France.

A ‘non-binary’ Joan of Arc? Theater's spin on Catholic heroine stirs backlash

Aug 12, 2022

The production will portray the French heroine as a “queer” character who refers to herself with “they/them” pronouns.

State officials walk past injured victims on hospital beds being treated for wounds following an attack by gunmen at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owo, southwest Nigeria, on June 5, 2022.

Arrests made in Nigeria Pentecost massacre

Aug 12, 2022

One of those arrested in the killing of 40 people is a high-ranking member of Islamic State, authorities said.

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As Muslims in Albuquerque grieve murders, U.S. bishops offer sympathy and support

Aug 12, 2022

Catholic leaders have offered prayer and support following the murders of four Muslim men in Albuquerque.

Bishop José Álvarez Lagos surrounded by police officers on Aug. 4, 2022.

Persecuted bishop in Nicaragua tells faithful to overcome evil with good

Aug 12, 2022

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, who has been under house for eight days, called on the faithful not to be afraid because evil never prevails.

Displaced Nigerians camped near St. Francis Xavier Parish in Agagbe, Nigeria, in 2022.

Catholic parish in Nigeria struggles to feed thousands uprooted by violent attacks

Aug 12, 2022

From May 1 to June 30, 70 unarmed persons across Benue State in north-central Nigeria were killed in attacks by Fulani herdsmen, a Catholic bishop says.

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Germany denies refuge to Christian convert from Iran

Aug 12, 2022

The European Court of Human Rights has dismissed the case of an Iranian convert to Christianity, who is appealing his deportation from Germany back to Iran, on the grounds of religious freedom. 

The history behind the persecution of the Catholic Church in Nicaragua

Aug 12, 2022

How did the Central American country come to such a crisis?

Why the world’s largest cross and its custodians are under imminent threat in Spain

Aug 12, 2022

In a move that could destroy the largest cross in the world, Spain’s government wants to turn the world’s longest basilica into a “museum of the horrors of Franco.”

Bishops urge passage of bill that would give same sentences to crack and powder cocaine offenders

Aug 11, 2022

Legislation passed in the House of Representatives would eliminate a disparity in federal sentencing the bishops say has a disproportionate effect on Black people.

Cardinal Zen to stand trial in September over role with pro-democracy fund

Aug 11, 2022

Cardinal Joseph Zen is set to stand trial next month, along with four other people, in connection to his role as a trustee of a pro-democracy legal fund.

Olivia Newton-John attended Catholic Mass, said ‘favorite prayer’ daily

Aug 11, 2022

She began reciting the prayer after she became pregnant with her only child in 1986. In recent years she was spotted at Mass at a seminary in California.

Religious freedom objections to mandatory health care coverage part of broader lawsuit

Aug 11, 2022

Religious freedom violations are among the claims of a federal lawsuit challenging mandatory “preventive care” coverage in employee health plans. But the lawsuit’s other challenges to federal rule-making could have far-reaching consequences.

Majority of German Catholics don't like Church being against abortion, poll finds

Aug 11, 2022

According to a new representative poll, 58% of German Catholics do not like "the fact that the Pope and the Church speak out against abortions." 

Spanish shrine where Our Lady of Fatima appeared to Sister Lucía is falling into ruin

Aug 11, 2022

The place where Our Lady called for the first Saturday devotion needs urgent reconstruction work.

Catholic schools’ free lunch funds jeopardized by Biden LGBT rule change

Aug 10, 2022

A reinterpreted discrimination ban puts pressure on schools not aligned with the Biden administration’s LGBTQ agenda that rely on federal funds to feed students from low-income households.

Britney Spears clarifies she asked for a Catholic church wedding: ‘I don’t like being called a liar’

Aug 10, 2022

The American pop star has more to say about wanting to be married in a Catholic church.

Bishops of Mexico stand in solidarity with Nicaragua ‘at a time of profound suffering’

Aug 10, 2022

The dictatorship of President Daniel Ortega in recent weeks has threatened the Church in Nicaragua's freedom of speech and religion.