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Chinese Catholics outside mainland divided over Sino-Vatican agreement

Chinese Catholics outside mainland divided over Sino-Vatican agreement

| September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Catholics in Macau, Taiwan and Hong Kong are divided over the provisional agreement between China and the Vatican on the appointment of bishops.

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Three convents in Congo attacked within two-week span

Three convents in Congo attacked within two-week span

| Godfrey Olukya | September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Three convents in Congo were attacked by armed men in the latest violence targeting the Catholic Church in the central Africa country.

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The pope and the martyr: New saints offer youths a road map to holiness

The pope and the martyr: New saints offer youths a road map to holiness

| Junno Arocho Esteves | September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Church has its share of young saints who gave witness through their lives that holiness can be attained even at a young age.

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Frat house where tragedy struck reborn as faith community for students

Frat house where tragedy struck reborn as faith community for students

| Richard Meek | September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Christ the King Church in Baton Rouge, through the efforts of pastor Father Andrew Merrick, has transformed a former fraternity house where a college freshman died a year ago in a hazing incident into a community of nine Catholic male students living together, sharing their faith while also developing and deepening their own prayer lives.

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Cardinal beatifies 22-year-old Romanian as ‘martyr to chastity’

Cardinal beatifies 22-year-old Romanian as ‘martyr to chastity’

| Jonathan Luxmoore | September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

A 22-year-old Romanian peasant has taken a step closer to sainthood as a “martyr to chastity,” six decades after she was murdered while resisting rape during the communist-era repression of the Catholic Church.

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Abuse crisis is like fire purifying church, says head of Canadian bishops

Abuse crisis is like fire purifying church, says head of Canadian bishops

| Deborah Gyapong | September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

The sexual abuse crisis is like a fire that should be left to burn to purify the church, said the president of the Canadian bishops’ conference.

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Time to heal, restore unity, evangelize, pope tells Catholics in China

Time to heal, restore unity, evangelize, pope tells Catholics in China

| Carol Glatz | September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

The recent Vatican-China agreement on the nomination of bishops seeks the true good of the church, the promotion of preaching the Gospel in China and the re-establishment of the church’s full and visible unity, Pope Francis said in a message to Catholics in China and worldwide.

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Conference celebrates ‘partnership’ between Reagan, St. John Paul II

Conference celebrates ‘partnership’ between Reagan, St. John Paul II

| September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

The United States’ “cold warriors” from 30 and more years ago didn’t come in from the cold, but from 85-degree heat, and into the air-conditioned comfort of an auditorium at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Sept. 26 to celebrate the joint efforts of Reagan and St. John Paul II to defeat communism in the Soviet Union and its satellite states in Eastern and Central Europe.

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U.S. urged to end funding of research using tissue from aborted babies

U.S. urged to end funding of research using tissue from aborted babies

| September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities praised a decision by the U.S. secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to end a Food and Drug Administration contract with a company “whose business is to procure aborted baby parts for research.”

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Top Vatican diplomat calls for universal abolition of death penalty

Top Vatican diplomat calls for universal abolition of death penalty

| Anne Condodina | September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Abolishing the death penalty worldwide would reflect the brave and hope-filled belief that crime can be dealt with without capital punishment and that a criminal should be given the chance to reform, a top Vatican diplomat told world leaders.

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‘Two steps forward, one step back’: Vatican diplomacy with China

‘Two steps forward, one step back’: Vatican diplomacy with China

| Michael Sainsbury | September 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

When Deng Xiaoping took charge of the Chinese Communist Party in late 1978 and announced his program of reform, it was the beginning of the end of 39 years of isolation for China’s Christians.

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German bishops apologize formally, release sex abuse data

German bishops apologize formally, release sex abuse data

| Zita Ballinger Fletcher | September 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

The head of the German bishops conference formally apologized for sexual abuse in the church, saying it “has been denied, turned away from and covered up for far too long.”

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