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Traditionalist society elects new superior general

Father Davide Pagliarani was chosen to succeed Bishop Bernard Fellay "for a mandate of 12 years" by members of the society's general chapter, which was meeting at the Seminary of St. Pius X in Econe, Switzerland.

Unity, openness at core of Melkite Catholic identity, says patriarch

During the 51st National Melkite Convention in Houston July 5-8, the patriarch spoke July 5 about what it means to be a Melkite Catholic at the present time and the challenges the church faces in the Near East.

Ethiopian cardinal praises his nation’s peace deal with Eritrea

For decades, the two countries have been at loggerheads on issues that include the border. After the two countries signed a U.N.-brokered border agreement in 2000, they failed to implement it.

U.S. advocates say Christians in Myanmar’s Kachin state need help

In Kachin state, which is over 90 percent Baptist and about 5 percent Catholic, the military of Myanmar has burned 406 villages and 311 churches and displaced more than 130,000 people in the past seven years.

Guidelines needed for use of deconsecrated churches, cardinal says

The Vatican is helping organize an international conference meant to help dioceses work with their local communities in finding appropriate uses for decommissioned churches.

Duterte says he’ll curb tirades, then tells bishops not to criticize him

Outspoken Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has drawn flak from Catholics for calling God "stupid" in a speech and for spewing diatribes against Catholic bishops and priests in recent months.

Priest keeps anti-abortion vigil on Parliament Hill for nearly 30 years

Jesuit Father Tony Van Hee says nearly three decades spent fasting and praying on Parliament Hill to end abortion have been the best years of his life. At age 81, he has no plans of slowing down.

In Sudan’s Nuba Mountains, Christians, Muslims live together peacefully

While tense relations between religious groups contribute to violence in many parts of the world today, Christians and Muslims in the war-ravaged Nuba Mountains of Sudan say they are getting along just fine.

CRS launches water project at Vatican meeting on impact investing

Regular access to clean water is a challenge for some 2.1 billion people around the world, and Catholic Relief Services has launched an impact investment project designed to help local communities improve their water and sanitation service.

Bishops, journalists attacked at church in Nicaragua

The attack on the bishops came as Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega sent police and paramilitaries to counter protesters calling for his ouster.