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Flags of China and Vatican City.

Chinese human rights activist on Vatican-China deal: 'A slap in the face'

Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng called the Vatican’s pact with China over the selection of bishops “preposterous” in a... Read more

Pope Francis offers a Mass for the repose of the souls of cardinals and bishops who died this year in St. Peter's Basilica Nov. 3.

Pope Francis offers Mass for souls of 163 deceased cardinals, bishops

Nine cardinals and 154 bishops have died since November 2017, including Cardinal Bernard Law, the former archbishop of Boston, and... Read more

Mosque attack 'wreaks havoc' on religiously tolerant South Africa, bishops say

In the wake of a mosque attack that left one dead and two other critically injured, the Catholic bishops of... Read more

The ordination of bishops in St. Peter's Basilica on the feast of St. Joseph, March 19, 2018.

If a bishop doesn't pray, he's not doing his job, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis marked Monday's Solemnity of St. Joseph by ordaining three new bishops, telling them prayer is a primary ecclesial... Read more

Demonstrators from Teens for Gun Reform, an organization of students in the Washington DC area created in the wake of February's school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Bishops call for ‘common-sense gun measures’ after Florida school shooting

In the aftermath of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. that killed 17... Read more

Texas bishops raise concerns about state pro-life group

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops has suggested churches in Texas sever ties with pro-life group Texas Right to Life,... Read more

Pope Francis greets bishops.

Francis modifies norms for the resignation of bishops

On Thursday Pope Francis tweaked the Church’s policies on bishops and Curial officials reaching the age of retirement, indicating that... Read more

Flags of the People's Republic of China and Vatican City.

The complicated case of China’s Catholic bishops

The Vatican’s efforts to resolve the split between underground Chinese bishops and the government-recognized Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association face another... Read more

Pope Francis prays the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on August 15, 2017.

Don't let anything silence the truth, Pope tells Colombian bishops

In a lengthy speech on Thursday, Pope Francis urged the bishops of Colombia to uphold their pastoral responsibilities, proclaiming and... Read more

Florida Department of Corrections execution chamber.

As Florida execution approaches, bishops urge governor to take pro-life path

An imminent execution scheduled for this week is the wrong path, said Florida’s Catholic bishops, urging the governor of the... Read more

US-Mexican border in Arizona.

As vote looms, here's what bishops think about Trump's border wall

As Congress prepares to vote on whether to fund the further construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, bishops... Read more

Vatican calls on bishops to prevent Eucharistic abuse in their dioceses

In a new letter to bishops, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments denounced abuses against... Read more

Mexican bishops: The cry of migrants is the cry of the Church

In the context of their 103rd Full Assembly, the Mexican Bishops Conference released a statement on the suffering on migrants,... Read more

In DRC, political uncertainty after bishops withdraw from peace talks

Political unrest and uncertainty about the future have grown in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following the Catholic bishops’ withdrawal... Read more

Bishop Oscar Azarcon Solis.

First Filipino to lead a US diocese will take reins in Salt Lake City

On Tuesday the Vatican announced the appointment of Filipino-born Bishop Oscar A. Solis, currently an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square April 13, 2016.

Pope kicks off new year renewing 'zero tolerance' policy on abuse

In a letter sent to bishops around the world for the feast of the Holy Innocents, Pope Francis lamented the... Read more

Opening Mass for the synod of bishops on the family Oct. 8, 2015.

Two parish priests chosen as next auxiliary bishops of Baltimore

Upon accepting the resignation of Bishop Denis Madden, Pope Francis has appointed two priests to be the next auxiliary bishops... Read more

Bishop Gregory Parkes.

Pope taps Tallahassee bishop to lead St. Petersburg diocese

On Monday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has named Bishop Gregory Parkes of Pensacola-Tallahassee as the new head of... Read more

Pope Francis waves at pilgrims from China at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 7, 2016.

Pope Francis appoints new bishop of Hong Kong

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung Coadjutor Bishop of the diocese of Hong Kong, the Vatican announced Sunday.  Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for deceased cardinals and bishops in St. Peter's Basilica Nov. 4, 2016.

Pope honors deceased bishops, says death unites us more fully in Christ

Reflecting on the faithful work of the bishops and cardinals who have died in the past 12 months, Pope Francis... Read more