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Catholic, international aid agencies press for end of war in Yemen

Catholic Relief Services and others are supporting aid for the humanitarian disaster "of horrific proportions" where one child is dying every 10 minutes in the four-year-old war.

Kenyan Catholic leaders applaud directive to return schools to churches

President Uhuru Kenyatta Nov. 13 said he had given government officials one week for the restoration of the schools' ownership to churches, to return the land they occupy and for the re-establishment of full church sponsorship of the institutions.

Defining, protecting human rights is a common endeavor, speakers say

An unbalanced focus on the word "rights" without a primary focus on the word "human" can lead to situations where the interests of the powerful or the wealthy prevail over the good of all human beings.

As at some parishes, St. Charles faces abuse crisis head on

The Drexel Hill parish is among those that offered a parish meeting led by a facilitator, special prayers and information in parish bulletins regarding the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church here and abroad.

Advent Bible study reflects on early Christian hymns

A series offered by the Mother Boniface Spirituality Center focuses on 10 New Testament songs that express the faith of the first believers in Christ.

Ecumenical partners can help one another be accountable, pastor says

UPDATED - As Christian communities and churches continue their search for full unity, they must be willing to learn from and help one another recognize ways they have not fully lived the Christian ideal, the head of the World Council of Churches said.

Response varies to Polish film’s fictional portrayal of priestly life

As a film that portrays priests as corrupt and willingly engaging in debauchery breaks box office records in Poland, most leaders of the country's predominant Catholic Church have avoided comment on its salacious portrayal of the clergy.

Italian bishops approve new Missal, safeguarding efforts

During the general assembly of the Italian bishops' conference, the bishops approved the translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal, the book of prayers used at Mass, and included changes to the text of the Our Father and the Gloria.

World looks the other way at Christian persecution, pope says

Love for neighbor means being close to people, especially those facing oppression and violence for being Christian, and engaging in charitable work that that reflects Christian values and promotes interreligious dialogue, Pope Francis said.

Missouri bishop calls for ‘resolute action’ in response to abuse crisis

"We must do much more than make new promises or rely only on more prayer and penance," Bishop W. Shawn McKnight said in a Nov. 8 statement.