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In Madagascar, Pope Francis says that joy lightens the demands of discipleship

Pope Francis celebrated Sunday Mass on 8 September in Antananarivo, Madagascar, as part of his 4-10 September pastoral visit to Southern Africa. He had already been in Maputo and travels on to Mauritius on Monday, 9 September. The Catholic News Agency reports on the Mass at the diocesan grounds of Soamandrakizay.

Pope recognises illicitly ordained Chinese bishops

Saturday 22 September 2018 saw the signing of an agreement between the Vatican and China which is set to be a watershed moment in...

How to talk to children about the Church sex abuse scandal

Sex crimes committed by clergymen have rightly left many parents and guardians anxious as to the safety of their children. As a result many...

‘Shame and sorrow’ — Holy See responds to Pennsylvania report

Chilling revelations of widespread child sex abuse by priests have been revealed in a Grand Jury published in Philadelphia, USA on Tuesday 14 August 2018. The report is the result of an in-depth investigation into abuse in Pennsylvania dioceses over seven decades. Two days after the report was released to the public the Vatican has offered an official statement as Catholic News Agency reports.

Africa’s Catholic leadership group turns 50 — and calls for Christian renewal

The potential for Christian engagement and renewal will be a focus for the 50th anniversary commemoration of the leadership organisation for Catholic Bishops’ conferences...

Bishop Pineda’s resignation, what it means and what happens next

The resignation of Bishop Juan José Pineda Fasquelle on Friday morning is the latest in a series of episcopal scandals breaking across the Church....

Abuse allegation against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick ‘credible’

In a shocking announcement, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who served as the archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C., before retiring in 2006, has...

Pope: Migrants should be protected, especially children and families

Pope Francis has a number of tags that can be attached to his name: mercy, poor, joy and creation being a few. Another area...

As Zimbabwe election approaches, Christian leaders stress peace, civility

As Zimbabwe prepares for its major presidential election next month, Christian leaders in Zimbabwe are stressing the need for calm and peace in the...

Chilean abuse victim: Pope told me to accept being gay, God made me this way.

In an interview with El País, Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of the Chilean clergy sexual abuse crisis who was invited to Rome for Pope...

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Six kidnapped nuns liberated in Nigeria

During a two day police operation, six women religious who were kidnapped in Nigeria's Edo state two months ago were released unharmed on Saturday, generating much joy from the Christian community.

Nigerian priest liberated after four days in captivity

Fr Edwin Omoregbe, who had been kidnapped last week in Nigeria's Edo state, was released on Sunday.

Cardinal Burke: Reject Pope’s teaching if it falls outside divine law

Cardinal Leo Burke told delegates at a conference in Rome on Saturday that the faithful are obligated to reject the teaching of the pope...

Cholera outbreak in Zambia leads to school, church cancellations

The number of infections and deaths continues to rise in Zambia where a cholera outbreak has resulted in the closure of schools and churches. 

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