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Australian archbishop warns Church workers: same-sex marriage may lead to dismissal

6 hours 33 min ago

Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, Australia, has warned that Church employees could lose their jobs if they enter into same-sex marriages.

Chilean court upholds bill allowing legal abortion

6 hours 37 min ago

Chile’s top court has upheld legislation that allows for legal abortion in some circumstances.

Historian sees Catholic involvement in plot to end Nazi Holocaust

6 hours 41 min ago

In a new book, a Canadian historian suggests that a Swiss Catholic politician and a papal nuncio worked with others to persuade Heinrich Himmler to bring an end to the Nazi campaign to exterminate Europe’s Jews.

Russian Patriarch says Moscow, Vatican agree on crisis in Ukraine

6 hours 56 min ago

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill said that the Moscow patriarchate and the Vatican were close to agreement on the situation in Ukraine, after an August 22 meeting with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State.

Northern Ireland: court finds no ‘right’ to same-sex marriage

7 hours 9 min ago

Northern Ireland’s highest court has dismissed the argument that European law requires legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

Virginia priest reveals past KKK membership, before change of heart

9 hours 42 min ago

A Catholic priest in Virginia has taken a leave of absence from ministry after revealing that he was once an active member of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).

Spanish terrorists planned to bomb Sagrada Familia basilica

9 hours 49 min ago

The Islamic terrorists responsible for two bombings in Spain last week had apparently planned to target the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona.

Kenya’s bishops welcome legal challenge to election results

9 hours 55 min ago

The Catholic bishops of Kenya have welcomed a decision by a defeated presidential candidate to challenge the results of the vote.

Louisiana court to weigh case involving abuse complaint, confessional seal

10 hours 1 min ago

A Louisiana judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that revolves around a priest’s refusal to report sexual abuse that was disclosed in a confession.

Vatican Secretary of State meets Russian counterpart

10 hours 13 min ago

Conflicts in the Middle East and in Ukraine were high on the agenda for an August 22 meeting between Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

Prelate discusses employment, migration with EU Council president

17 hours 38 min ago

As Estonia assumed a six-month presidency over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Estonia’s sole Catholic bishop and a leading official of the EU bishops’ commission met on August 18 with the Baltic nation’s prime minister.

Male religious superiors ask Pope Francis for encyclical on nonviolence

17 hours 51 min ago

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men, which represents male religious institutes in the United States, met recently in Arizona and adopted a resolution on nonviolence.

English prelate welcomes government report on prisoners’ families

18 hours 20 min ago

The English bishops’ lead bishop for prisons welcomed the publication of a government report on the importance of prisoners’ families.

10,000 take refuge at cathedral in South Sudan

18 hours 43 min ago

Ten thousand people fleeing the violence of the South Sudanese civil war have taken refuge in and near the nation’s largest church, St. Mary’s Cathedral in Wau.

Leading Russian Orthodox official reflects on liturgical music

18 hours 55 min ago

In an interview for the 30th anniversary of his episcopal ordination, Metropolitan Hilarion Volokolamsk spoke about the importance of the sacred liturgy and liturgical music.

USCCB: bishop criticizes termination of program for Central American minors

19 hours 13 min ago

The US bishops are “deeply disappointed” by the Trump administration’s decision to end the 2014 Central American Minors (CAM) parole program, Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin said in a statement.

Spanish cardinal denounces religious violence

19 hours 32 min ago

The president of the Spanish Episcopal Conference denounced religious violence following the Islamist terrorist attack in Barcelona that left 14 dead and over 130 injured.

Priests who have children must accept responsibilities: Irish bishops

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 6:16 PM

The Catholic bishops of Ireland are calling upon priests who have fathered children to accept their parental responsibilities.

Nigerian archbishop makes plea for obedience in divided diocese

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 6:10 PM

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos has issued a plea to the priests of the troubled Ahiara diocese to accept the authority of Bishop Peter Okpaleke.

Papal greetings for Methodist-Waldensian synod

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 6:04 PM

Pope Francis has sent a message of greeting to leaders of the Methodist and Waldensian churches, who are holding a synod in Turin this week.