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Christian persecution reaches historic levels (Aid to the Church in Need)

14 hours 13 min ago
“In terms of the numbers of people involved, the gravity of the crimes committed and their impact, it is clear that the persecution of Christians is today worse than at any time in history,” according to the report.

Remarks by President Trump at the 2017 Values Voter Summit (White House)

15 hours 12 min ago
The president referred to the Little Sisters of the Poor and the HHS mandate.

Georgetown University hosts pro-life forum (National Catholic Register)

15 hours 13 min ago
Cardinal Donald Wuerl was among the speakers at the event, which was entitled “Lives Worthy of Respect.”

Somalia truck bombing death toll over 300 (AP)

16 hours 12 min ago
The attack was likely carried out by the militant Islamist group Al-Shabaab. L’Osservatore Romano (10/17 edition) devoted front-page coverage to this story.

Winner of Austrian election is practicing Catholic (

16 hours 13 min ago
Sebastian Kurz, 31, is poised to become the next head of Austria’s government following Sunday’s election. The nation’s foreign minister since 2013, Kurz attends Sunday Mass and took part in a March for Jesus on the day his Socialist opponent participated in a gay pride parade.

Milk lifeline for suffering Syrian children (Vatican Radio)

16 hours 13 min ago
“The bombs may have ceased but the emergency is the same,” writes Aleppo’s apostolic vicar.

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont ignores Madrid's ultimatum (The Guardian)

16 hours 13 min ago
L’Osservatore Romano (10/17 edition) devoted front-page coverage to this story.

The fight to abolish capital punishment continues (L'Osservatore Romano)

16 hours 13 min ago
In commemoration of the World Day Against the Death Penalty, the Vatican newspaper published an article by Philip Ruddock, Australia’s special envoy for human rights (page 5).

Tillerson: US will 'remain in' Iran agreement (CNN)

16 hours 13 min ago
L’Osservatore Romano (10/17 edition) devoted its most prominent front-page coverage to this story.

Prelate expresses concern, calls for careful implementation of health care executive order (USCCB)

17 hours 12 min ago
The statement by the chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development follows the Presidential Executive Order Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States.

Resignations and appointments (10/16) (Vatican Press Office)

17 hours 12 min ago
Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a Newark auxiliary bishop for reasons of age, appointed a special envoy for the 9th centenary of the arrival of the icon of Our Lady of Madia in Monopoli, Italy, and promoted an official within the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.

Papal audiences (10/16) (Vatican Press Office)

17 hours 13 min ago
Pope Francis received, in separate audiences, the secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the vicegerent of the diocese of Rome, and the archpriest of the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major.

Catholic Bishops call for an anti-corruption court in SA (Times Live)

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:10 PM
Citing “the damage that protracted corruption cases are inflicting on the moral fiber of our nation,” the Catholic bishops of South Africa have recommending the establishment of a special court system, with its own prosecutors, to handle cases involving official misconduct.

In homily, Pope speaks of 'foolishness' of resistance to God's Word (Vatican Radio)

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:10 PM
At a Mass in the Sancta Martha residence on October 17, Pope Francis spoke of the “foolishness” of those who will not listen to the Word of God. He said that many people are deaf to the Word because of their preoccupation with comfort, their concern for external appearances, or because they have become “ideologues of Christianity.”