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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.

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.

Lebanese demand reform, Cabinet resigns after Beirut explosions

After last week's deadly explosions, grief-stricken and furious Lebanese took to the streets demanding their government's dismissal over inaction and incompetence.

When faith wobbles, cry out for God’s help, pope says

Everyone, including the pope, experiences trials that can shake his or her faith, but the key to survival is to call out to the Lord for help, Pope Francis said Aug. 9 at his Angelus address.

Church uses caution with claims of Marian apparitions

More than 1,500 visions of Mary have been reported around the world, but in the past century fewer than a dozen cases have been approved as being worthy of belief.

Mary foretold COVID-19 pandemic, alleged visionary claims

An Italian woman who claims to regularly experience supernatural visions said Mary told her in September 2019 that a new disease would soon emerge from China.

Vatican says baptisms that change wording are not valid

The formula "We baptize you," signifying the family at a baptism, renders it invalid and must be redone. Only "I baptize you..." is valid because it indicates the presence of Christ in the action of the minister.

On Hiroshima anniversary, pope calls survivors ‘prophetic voices’ of peace

"For peace to flourish, all people need to lay down the weapons of war," Pope Francis said on the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.

Pope names six women to previously all-male Council for Economy

The six women and one man, all European, were named the lay members of the board that oversees the financial operations of all Vatican offices and entities.