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Indonesian parishes reschedule Masses to accommodate Muslim holiday

8 hours 51 min ago

Catholic churches in Indonesia altered their Mass schedule on June 25, to ease traffic congestion as Muslims marked their feast of Eid al Fitr.

British doctors protest move to decriminalize abortion

9 hours 12 sec ago

Nearly 1,500 doctors and medical students have signed an open letter protesting a move to put the British Medical Association (BMA) on record in favor of decriminalizing abortion.

Supreme Court to hear Colorado baker’s plea in gay-wedding cake

9 hours 6 min ago

The US Supreme Court has agree to hear the appeal of a Colorado court’s ruling that a baker violated the state’s anti-discrimination law by declining to prepare a cake for the wedding of a homosexual couple.

Al Azhar university proposes legislation to bar use of religion inciting violence

9 hours 11 min ago

The Islamic faculty of Al Azhar University has made a proposal for legislation that would counteract the use of religious rhetoric to justify violence.

Cardinal Turkson issues statement for UN Day against Drug Abuse

9 hours 47 min ago

In a statement issued for the UN’s International Day Against Drug Abuse, Cardinal Peter Turkson argues that giving young people a “spiritual vision of existence” is the best way to combat the lure of recreational drug use.

Caring for the sick is of inestimable value, Pope tells anti-cancer organization

11 hours 50 min ago

In a June 26 audience with the Italian League for the Fight against Tumors, Pope Francis praised the efforts of the organization to foster a culture of cancer prevention and to promote volunteer efforts to help families.

Vatican: ‘grave concern’ over detained Chinese bishop

12 hours 5 min ago

The Holy See has expressed “grave concern” over the plight of Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou. The prelate, whose ministry is recognized by the Holy See but not by the Chinese government, has been detained by Communist officials, and his whereabouts are unknown.

Lithuanian bishop beatified as martyr

12 hours 19 min ago

Archbishop Teofilius Matulionis (1873-1962), who suffered intense persecution from the Soviet regime during his 33 years as a bishop, was beatified as a martyr at the cathedral in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital, on June 25.

Pope Francis: the Christian must expect rejection, persecution

12 hours 45 min ago

Reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading (Mt. 10:24-33), Pope Francis said in his June 25 Angelus address that the disciple must expect rejection and persecution.

Pontiff greets Italian swimmers, speaks about water, baptism

12 hours 54 min ago

Pope Francis received participants in an Italian swimming competition on June 24 and reflected on water and values associated with athletics.

Many await the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection, Pope tells Resurrectionists

13 hours 6 min ago

Pope Francis met with participants in the general chapter of the Congregation of the Resurrection on June 24 and reflected on the theme of their meeting, “Witnesses of the Presence of the Risen Lord: from Community to the World.”

Schedule announced for papal trip to Colombia

13 hours 36 min ago

The Holy See Press Office has announced the schedule for Pope Francis’s apostolic journey to Colombia.

Be bold, Pope urges members of Serra International

06/23/2017 - 1:25pm

In a June 23 address to members of Serra International, Pope Francis encouraged the group to continue its work “with courage, creativity, and boldness.”

US Senate health-care bill is ‘unacceptable,’ says bishops’ spokesman

06/23/2017 - 12:08pm

Bishop Frank Dewane, who chairs the US bishops domestic-policy committee, has described a health-care reform proposal in the US Senate as “unacceptable as written.”

Illinois bishop bars Communion, funerals for same-sex married couples

06/23/2017 - 11:18am

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, has instructed his pastors that they should not administer the sacraments to Catholics who are engaged in same-sex marriages.

Patriarch to consecrate Lebanon, Middle East to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

06/23/2017 - 2:55am

Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, the head of the Maronite Catholic Church, will renew the consecration of Lebanon and the Middle East to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Pope calls on priests to show apostolic zeal, denounce evil

06/23/2017 - 2:46am

In his June 22 weekday Mass homily at Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis outlined the traits of a priest who is a true shepherd.

Leading exorcist appeals for improved seminary formation

06/23/2017 - 2:30am

In an address to members of the Congregation for the Clergy, the chairman of the International Association of Exorcists appealed for an improved formation of seminarians.

Community of at Sant’Egidio brokers Central African Republic accord

06/23/2017 - 2:10am

The Community of Sant’Egidio announced that it has brokered a peace agreement between rival factions in the Central African Republic. Shortly after the agreement was announced, however, the cease-fire was violated in the city of Bria, leaving around 100 dead.

Federal court blocks deportation of Iraqi Christians

06/23/2017 - 1:45am

A federal court has blocked the plan of US immigration authorities to deport nearly 200 Iraqi natives, most of them Chaldean Christians, who were seized in raids in the Detroit area.