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Vatican cardinal calls copyright of Mother Teresa’s sari absurd

The famous white sari with three blue borders worn by saint Mother Teresa has been copyrighted by nuns, and one of the Vatican’s top cardinals is not pleased.

Vatican commission agrees to disagree on Cardinal Stepinac

A commission of Catholic and Orthodox leaders tasked with examining the wartime record of Bl. Aloysius Stepinac concluded their final session last week, agreeing to disagree about the Croatian cardinal’s cause for canonization.

Be protagonists of change, Cardinal Sandri tells Ukrainian youth

At the close of his recent trip to Ukraine, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri met with youth from the troubled country, telling them not to be discouraged by the challenges they face but rather to trust in the Lord and commit to changing society for the better.

Pope phones trash man who lost legs in accident

Maximiliano Acuña is a garbage collector in Buenos Aires who earlier this year was injured in a serious accident that left him without legs.

Bangladesh activists hail Supreme Court judgment

Bangladeshi activists have lauded a Supreme Court judgment to scrap parliament’s power to remove judges and criticized lawmakers attacking the judiciary for its verdict.

Hong Kong Catholics remember Liu Xiaobo at requiem Mass

More than 700 people attended a memorial Mass in Hong Kong for Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo who died in a hospital in China last week while under guard.

Father Giacomo Morandi promoted to CDF secretary

Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed Father Giacomo Morandi secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Caracas archdiocese rebukes attack on voters in Venezuela referendum

Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas has repudiated Sunday’s attack on a referendum in which the vast majority of participants expressed their opposition to the constituent assembly called by President Maduro.

Bishops plea for two priests abducted in DRC

Gunmen have abducted two Catholic priests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, prompting the country’s bishops to plead that the captives not be harmed.

Two dozen Catholic pages blocked from Facebook without explanation

In the last 24 hours more than twenty Catholic pages, some with millions of followers, have been blocked by Facebook for unknown reasons.

Senate committee considers Callista Gingrich nomination as Vatican ambassador

Callista Gingrich, nominated by President Donald Trump as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, laid out her priorities Tuesday at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Former cathedral now part of China’s World Heritage island

A Catholic church building is part of a Chinese island’s inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage list which is being seen by local Catholics as an opportunity for more people to learn about their faith.

Vietnamese officials meet Benedictines over land dispute

Government authorities in central Vietnam offered no gesture of goodwill in dealing with a long-standing land dispute with Benedictines at a meeting between both sides, the monks have said.

Pakistani Catholic family flees following blasphemy allegation

Teenage son allegedly made comments disrespectful of Prophet Mohammed, a crime that carries a mandatory death sentence

Philippine govt, rebels draft bill for new Muslim region

Hopes are high that Congress will back revision of legislation to create autonomous ’Bangsamoro country’

Indonesia’s anti-graft body wants transparent church

Commissioner calls for complete openess from parish level up to aid in corruption battle

Sri Lankan church sets rules to avoid future boat tragedies

Police said no passengers were wearing life jackets during the religious procession

Shots fired at people voting outside church in Venezuela

Armed civilians who support the Venezuelan regime opened fire against a large crowd of protestors who were participating in a symbolic referendum in Caracas on Sunday.

In strongly Catholic Philippines, bishops’ conference picks new leader

The Philippines is one of the most populous Catholic countries in the world. About 80 percent of the country’s 100 million people belong to the faith.

Satanic monument in city park a really bad idea, Minn. Catholics say

A proposed Satanic monument in a city-run veterans’ park has drawn strong opposition from Catholics in Minnesota, who have led prayer rallies and spoken before the Belle Plaine City Council.

The flaws in Civilta Cattolica’s analysis of US Christianity

An analysis piece in La Civilta Cattolica alleging an “ecumenism of hate” between Catholics and Evangelical Fundamentalists is seriously flawed in its presentation of religion in public life, experts said.

Indonesia ’in urgent need of anti-terrorism bill’

A Jakarta-based rights group and the Catholic Church have called on legislators to immediately approve a stalled anti-terrorism bill, in the wake of a series of terror attacks in Indonesia.

Hong Kong mourns death of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo

Hong Kong supporters of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died in a hospital in China’s northeast on July 13, are among those who have pledged to "carry on his fight" for human rights and freedom in China.

Philippine youth body wants church to fight teen pregnancy

The Philippines’ National Youth Commission called on church leaders to play an active role in the government’s campaign against teenage pregnancy.

Philippine bishops warn against martial law extension

Philippine Catholic bishops have expressed apprehension over the possible extension of the state of martial law across the country’s southern region of Mindanao.

New Philippine bishops’ conference head wants ’active dialogue’

The new president of the Philippine bishops’ conference said he will promote "active dialogue" during his term as head of the collegial body over the next two years.

Islamic rule in Malaysia edges closer 

One of the most watched attempts to nudge multi-cultural and secular Malaysia toward Islamic rule will resume later this month in parliament.

Philippine diocese calls for end to mining on tiny island

A Catholic diocese in the central Philippines has called on the government not to allow mining on a small island in the Leyte Gulf.

Bishops welcome South Korean president’s peace initiatives

The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea has welcomed President Moon Jae-in’s peace initiatives, saying it matches the church’s views on how peace can be achieved on the peninsula.

Philippine bishops warn against martial law extension

Philippine Catholic bishops have expressed apprehension over the possible extension of the state of martial law across the country’s southern region of Mindanao.