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Stories from parishes, dioceses, religious orders and community groups all over the world. It also includes stories on specific topics such as the Vatican, the Pope, missionaries, aid projects, aid agencies, health & natural disasters.


Central African Republic: Spanish nun killed

A 77-year-old Spanish nun, Sister Ines Nieves Sancho, was murdered on Monday. Her badly mutilated body was found early in the morning in the village of Nola, in the remote southwest near the borders with Cameroon and the Republic of Congo. Sister Ines was still working. She dedicated her life to educating women and girls.

During the General Audience with pilgrims in St Peter's Square tod...

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Holy Land Catholic leaders say two state solution is now 'empty rhetoric'

The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries has called on the people of Holy Land to build bridges of respect and love, and set out their vision for the future, in the following statement issued on Monday.

"Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts. Surely his salvation is at hand for those who f...

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Iraqi archbishop makes urgent appeal in meeting with Foreign Secretary

L-R: Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Archbishop Warda, ACN  Director Neville Kyrke-Smith

An Iraqi Church leader has met UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and called on the British Government to provide urgent help to prevent persecuted minority faith groups from dying out in their ancient homelands.

At meetings in London yesterday (Tuesday, 21st May 2019), Catholic Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil appealed to the UK Government to provide direct aid to Christi...

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Vatican officials call for continued care for Vincent Lambert

A joint declaration, signed by Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life and by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has called for continued care to support the life of Frenchman Vincent Lambert.

The 42 year-old nurse has been in hospital in Rheims since 2008 following a motorcycle accident. He is quadriplegic and has...

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Amazonia Synod 6: Australian Aboriginal People offer hope and reconciliation

This Columban missionary, based in Australia, has been a Chaplain in West Australian prisons over the past 23 years. He has come to know many Aboriginal people, especially the Wongi, Noongar and Yamatji people, and has been welcomed into their country and their homes.

October's Special Synod in Rome will transcend the strictly ecclesial-Amazonian sphere, focusing partly on th...

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Burkina Faso: Spanish Salesian priest killed, another injured

Father Fernando Fernandez

A Spanish priest, Father Fernando Fernandez, was stabbed to death, and another injured on Friday evening, 17 May in the Don Bosco centre of Bobo-Dioulasso in Southwest Burkina Faso.

A former cook who worked in the facility for seven years, stabbed Fr Fernanado to death. A second priest of Togolese origin was injured in the incident. Fr Germain Plakoo-Mlapa, director of studies, was immedi...

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Mozambique: Priest who ran institute for blind, murdered

Fr Landry Ibil Ikwel

A Congolese priest, Fr Landry Ibil Ikwel, aged 34, who ran an institute for the Beira, Mozambique, was murdered on Sunday.

In a statement, the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary said: "In the face of the death of our brother Landry Ibil Ikwel, in the hospital of Beira (Mozambique) following a brutal attack in the community house in Beira, we join our hearts to those of o...

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CAFOD: Killing of Colombian community leaders must stop if peace process is to succeed

As the number of Colombian community leaders killed and threatened reaches unprecedented levels, UK aid agency CAFOD is calling for more protection for these leaders, who are crucial to the country's peace process.

Earlier this week, the charity was shocked and saddened to hear that Belisario Arciniegas García, a community leader in Micoahumado, where the charity is supporting peace-buil...

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Vatican message for Vesakh calls for promotion of women and girls

Kamakura, Japan

In a message for the Buddhist festival of Vesakh yesterday, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue urges Buddhists and Christians to help uphold and promote the rights and dignity of women.

The Vatican is inviting the world's Buddhists and Christians to work together to uphold and promote the rights and dignity of women and girls.

Sometimes informally called 'Buddha's Bi...

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Pope calls for humble, free journalism that serves truth and goodness

Pope Francis met about 400 journalists from the Foreign Press Association of Italy on Saturday.

In his address, the Holy Father encouraged them to practice a "humble and free journalism" that does not indulge in selling the "rotten food of misinformation" but rather offers the "healthy bread of truth and goodness.:

"I urge you to work according to truth and justice, so that communic...

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El Salvador: Catholic priest slain by criminal gang

Father Cecilio Pérez

38-year-old Fr Cecilio Perez, aged 38, was reportedly shot dead by a presumed gang member while he slept on Saturday night in his parish in El Salvador. Father Perez was the parish priest of San José la Majada, in Sosonate Diocese near the Guatemala border.

His body, with three bullet wounds, was found in his room by some parishioners who had come to meet him at 5am for morning prayers. ...

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Australia: Churches confront domestic and family violence

Participants of NCC roundtable on domestic & family violence mark Thursdays in Black. Photo: NCCA

In January 2019, Aya Maasarwe, a university exchange student in Melbourne, was walking home at night and speaking to her sister on her phone. She was attacked, raped and murdered. The public outcry intensified a national debate about violence against women in Australia following several high-profile murders in the country.

A recent report found that one out of every two women in Australia...

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Archbishop Scicluna to visit Poland amid abuse crisis

Archbishop Scicluna

The Bishops of Poland have invited Archbishop Charles Scicluna to hold a study day with them on the protection of young people and children.

His visit comes amid public outcry over a Youtube documentary on clerical abuse in Poland.

The film 'Tell No One', which has been watched by nearly 20 million people since Youtube released it last Saturday, also alleges that the Polish Church m...

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The Curse of Sex Tourism - Part 1

Painting by Sr Venus Marie Pegar, photo Chris Herlinge

The depravity of human nature reveals itself in the most shocking way as sex tourism. This phenomenon has become a government-supported and encouraged form of personal and national income generation in many countries that exploits and abuses millions of people around the world.

Currently, almost half a million people in the Philippines specifically, and many more in other nations, work in...

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