News/International

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Pro-life activists in the Archdiocese of Louisville have spoken out against a city ordinance which resulted in the creation of a temporary buffer zone outside Kentucky's only facility where abortions can be procured.

Mexican bishops don't see explosion as attack on church

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MEXICO CITY – An anarchist group calling itself "Informal Feminist Commando of Anti-Authoritarian Action Coatlicue" has claimed credit for detonating an explosive device outside the Mexican bishops' conference offices.

CRS worker: Churches attacked, crisis worsens in Central African Republic

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OXFORD, England – A Catholic aid worker warned of a worsening crisis in the Central African Republic, as church centers are attacked and more armed groups fight over territory and resources.

Abductions of two priests in Congo a growing concern

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(RNS) — The abduction of two Catholic priests in Congo is raising concern over the number of hostages held by local militias in the troubled country.

Christians need time to rebuild trust before return to Mosul region

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AMMAN, Jordan – As some Iraqi Christians make a slow return to the region around Mosul following the defeat of the Islamic State group, many say it will take time to rebuild their lives and even longer to rebuild their trust of those who betrayed them.

One year after his murder, Fr. Jacques Hamel remembered

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ROME, Italy – One year after the brutal killing of Fr. Jacques Hamel, French bishops recalled the beautiful example of the man who lived out every day in simple faithfulness, rooted in the love of Christ.

U.K. porn sites to ban access for users under 18 years old

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LONDON, England – As part of an increasing government crackdown on internet pornography, U.K. porn sites will soon require users to provide proof of being at least 18 years old.

Pope, others pray as parents of Charlie Gard end legal struggle for help

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MANCHESTER, England – Pope Francis is praying for the parents of Charlie Gard after a U.S. doctor told them nothing could be done to help their son.

Charlie Gard’s parents end legal fight to take him to U.S. for treatment

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LONDON — A five-month legal battle to get permission to take terminally ill baby Charlie Gard to the United States for experimental treatment ended Monday (July 24) after his parents told a British court they were withdrawing their legal challenge.

Middle East church leaders plan for more marriage prep, counselling

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MARJ AL HAMAM, Jordan – Mideast church leaders meeting in Jordan developed a two-pronged action plan to help Catholic families.

Pope Francis responds to 9-year-old’s invitation to pilgrimage

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LORETO, Italy – Nine-year-old Andrea is an Italian boy who joined 130 children last month for a “Pilgrimage of Joy” to the Marian Shrine of Loreto, Italy.