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Senior prelate thinks church is growing secretly in North Korea

A South Korean archbishop, 97, believes the Catholic Church in communist North Korea -- where he studied to be a priest before the communist takeover -- is growing, although Catholics live in hiding and endure persecution.

Chaos, curfew after arrests in mob murder of student accused of blasphemy

Catholic churches in a major Nigerian city suspended Masses May 15, as authorities sought to quell violent protests sparked by stoning death of a young woman and the detention of two suspects.

Caritas has assisted more than 1.2 million people in Ukraine, leaders say

The official relief agency of the universal Catholic Church has been providing shelter, meals, medication and psychological assistance to the millions impacted by Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Christian leaders condemn ‘violent intrusion’ at journalist’s funeral

Israeli riot police clashed May 13 with mourners of Palestinian-American journalist Shereen Abu Akleh, a Melkite Catholic whose shooting death has prompted international calls for an investigation.

Helping the vulnerable means caring for the whole person, pope says

The Catholic Church must be "concerned more with those who suffer than with defending its own interests," Pope Francis said during a May 14 meeting with members of a French humanitarian ministry.

Saints’ lives prove God’s love for all, pope says at canonization Mass

Holiness begins with "realizing we are loved," said Pope Francis at a May 15 Mass during which he canonized 10 men and women as saints of the Catholic church.

Promoting dialogue, peace are pope’s priorities for Ukraine, archbishop says

Ahead of a May 18 trip to Kyiv, Vatican foreign minister Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher said Pope Francis offers solidarity and hope to suffering Ukrainians, while not doing or saying anything to endanger a possibility for diplomacy.

Bishop to step down as abuse spokesman for German bishops’ conference

Bishop Stephan Ackermann of Trier will relinquish his communications role on the issue, as the German bishops also announced a reorganized approach to sexualized violence in the church.

Vatican confirms pope will visit Indigenous in Canada in late July

Canadian bishops said the pope's presence will mark "a significant step on the road to truth, understanding and healing" as the Catholic Church reckons with the legacy of its residential schools, which forcibly assimilated Indigenous children.

Chinese cardinal back at home; detentions provoke outcry

Cardinal Joseph Zen, retired bishop of Hong Kong, reassured Catholics he is fine after being detained and held by national security police for his support of anti-government protesters.