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In ‘deep distress,’ German Catholics’ spiritual conviction shaken

A prominent lay leader said Catholics are struggling to keep their faith amid mistrust from financial scandals, an acute priest shortage, restructuring of parishes, many members leaving the church, and the sexual abuse cover-up.

Pope in Morocco: Highlighting Catholic-Muslim ‘dialogue of solidarity’

His meeting March 30 with migrants at the Rabat archdiocesan Caritas center also will highlight the very practical form Catholic-Muslim relations take in the country of more than 35 million people, almost all of whom are Muslim.

Spain sees jump in ordinations to priesthood from 2017 to 2018

In 2018, a total of 135 men were ordained priests compared to 109 in 2017, according to statistics released March 12 by the Spanish bishops' conference.

Pope recognizes martyrdom of Romanian bishops, Italian missionary

Pope Francis also advanced the sainthood causes of six other candidates during a meeting March 19 with Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes.

In Syria, Caritas works to promote understanding among neighbors

As Syria's civil war enters its ninth year, citizens in and outside the country find themselves in limbo. Catholic and other aid agencies are urging a swift resolution to the crisis.

Cardinal Parolin celebrates 150th anniversary of children’s hospital

The Vatican-owned Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital in Rome is a sign of the Catholic Church's commitment to caring for and protecting the dignity of the sick, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state.

Nigerian bishops urge government to stop ‘culture of death’

Nigeria's Catholic bishops denounced a resurgence in killings and destruction of property in parts of the country and urged government action to stop the carnage.

Australian bishops: Increase minimum wage to support low-paid workers

"Neither employers nor governments are doing enough to support low-paid Australians, and particularly Australian families," the bishops said.

For Chaldeans who fled Iraq, New Zealand attacks brought back memories

The St. Addai Chaldean Catholic community in suburban Auckland felt the impact of the Christchurch mosque killings with a special poignancy, because many members have experienced the sufferings inflicted by terrorism.

‘Our only hope is in God’: New Zealanders gather to pray after shooting

Across New Zealand and around the world, people gathered to pray for victims of the March 15 attacks.