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After election in Belarus, Catholic leaders urge restraint, dialogue

Catholic leaders urged called for prayer in Belarus amid violent street clashes following an Aug. 9 presidential election that some charge was rigged.

Clergy assignment changes announced

Archbishop Perez announced new assignments for eight archdiocesan priests, effective Aug. 28.

N.J. Catholic agency sees biggest demand for services in history

Volunteers at a Newark Catholic center have been giving away bags of food and clothes to the needy facing COVID-19's economic impact. But donations and volunteers are down.

Teens hide in cellars: Official tells of conditions in eastern Ukraine

People dodge gunfire and mines while lacking water as the six-year conflict continues. A Catholic aid worker said conditions are deteriorating where 3.8 million people are in need.

Latin American church raises alarm on prisons as virus hot spots

Ignoring early warnings and pleas from prison ministry, countries across Latin America are seeing rising COVID-19 infections and deaths among inmates in overcrowded prisons.

Md. county official rescinds directive blocking school reopening

A plan to reopen schools in Maryland's Montgomery County became a religious freedom issue when a county official barred private schools from reopening but not public schools.

Black Catholics laud Harris pick; others scrutinize past record

Friends and observers reflect on California Sen. Kamala Harris, named the vice presidential candidate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Area religious leaders condemn anti-Semitic meme

An offensive post on the Facebook page of Philadelphia NAACP president Rodney Muhammad drew a strong reaction from the Religious Leaders Council, which includes Archbishop Perez.

South Philly seniors eye affordable housing as St. Rita’s Place begins

Archbishop Perez and an array of civic, business and Catholic officials helped bless and break ground Aug. 10 for the $18 million project to build 46 one-bedroom senior apartments at Broad and Ellsworth streets, next to St. Rita's Shrine.

Phila. fashion designer weaves her faith into fabric

Holly Guertin draws on her Catholic faith for a new clothing label that features prints inspired by Scripture, stained glass and even holy Communion.