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Pakistan: blasphemy accusation draws mob to town's only Christian street (World Watch Monitor)

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 7:08 AM
The incident took place in Gujranwala District in Punjab province. “Most of [the] Christian families had run from the area, and when the protests started, we ensured the safety of the Christians,” the local police chief said.

Spokeswoman discusses preparations for World Meeting of Families (L'Osservatore Romano (p. 10))

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 7:08 AM
According to Brenda Drumm, 500,000 tickets have been distributed for the closing Mass—along with 37,000 for the Pastoral Congress and 77,000 for the Festival of Families.

Abuse survivor decries home sentence for Australian archbishop (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 7:08 AM
Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide resigned following his conviction for failing to report sexual abuse.

Priests in Australian state would be forced to report abuse revealed in Confession under plan announced by senior Catholic lawmaker (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 6:08 AM
“We do make the laws, and I think people expect us to follow through on those recommendations out of the royal commission,” said Peter Walsh, a lawmaker in the southeastern Australian state of Victoria.

Egyptian police thwart suicide attack at Coptic church (CNN)

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 6:08 AM
The incident took place in the Cairo suburb of Mostorod.

Canadian bishops: 'palliative care is not to include euthanasia or assisted suicide' (CCCB)

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 6:08 AM
The bishops’ conference has commented on the implementation of Bill C-277, an act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada.

Filipinos welcome US vow to return historic church bells (CNS)

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 6:08 AM
The United States confiscated the bells during the Philippine-American War (1899-1902).

Reconstruction of historic Syrian monastery nears completion (Fides)

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 6:08 AM
Syrian rebels seized the Syriac Orthodox monastery in Maaloula in 2013 and abducted 12 nuns. Government forces regained control of the town the following year.

Turkey's non-Muslim communities signed declaration out of fear, politician says (Al-Monitor)

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 5:08 AM
The leaders of Turkey’s Christian and Jewish communities recently signed a declaration in which they stated they practiced their religion freely, without oppression. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who holds a primacy of honor in Eastern Orthodoxy, signed the declaration.

Parents, students criticize Catholic school for placing employee in same-sex marriage on leave (Indianapolis Star)

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 5:08 AM
Roncalli High School has over 1,100 students and is one of Indiana’s largest private schools.

Chaldean Catholic bishops conclude weeklong synod (Chaldean Patriarchate of Babylon)

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 5:08 AM
The bishops of the Chaldean Catholic Church, led by Cardinal Louis Raphaël I Sako, discussed the church’s Eastern identity and the need for a just Iraqi government. They called for peace in the region and urged the US and Iran to “adopt dialogue and diplomatic means to resolve outstanding problems, rather than impose punishing actions where innocent people always pay the price.”

Nicaragua's Cardinal Brenes laments death of protester (Vatican News)

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 5:08 AM
At a press conference, the prelate added that the Ortega regime has still not responded to the bishops’ call for the resumption of dialogue with the opposition.

LGBT group will not have stall at World Meeting of Families (The Guardian)

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 5:08 AM
The World Meeting of Families will take place August 22-26 in Ireland.

Cardinal Wuerl seeks to clarify recent comments; says, 'This is a very grave moment' (Catholic World Report)

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 6:08 AM
The archbishop of Washington had told the Salt & Light television network, “I don’t think this is some massive, massive crisis.”

Thousands of Muslims in China protest against demolition of mosque (AsiaNews)

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 6:08 AM
“These days, children are not allowed to believe in religion: only in Communism and the party,” said an imam.

Leading prelate sees Blessed Paul VI, Pope Francis as 'contemplatives in action' (L'Osservatore Romano (p. 6))

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 6:08 AM
Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano is secretary of the Pope’s advisory Council of Cardinals.

Missouri bishop is 'dismayed, disgusted, and numbed' by McCarrick scandal (Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau)

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 6:08 AM
Stating that “to not address it is to stick my head in the sand,” Bishop Edward Rice said he agreed with the analysis of Ralph Martin of Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. Martin wrote, “How many still believe that there is really a hell and that, unless we repent from such serious sins before we die, we will go there? Have we ever heard from leading churchmen, even in Rome, in recent years, that adultery, fornication and homosexual relations are not only ‘irregular,’ but gravely sinful?”