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One-time East Timor rebel renews faith, finds calling in teaching

Twelve years, ago Egidio Lay Carvalho wanted to be a hero by changing his country violently. These days he finds himself as a different kind of hero to the young men and women at St Ignatius.

Cardinal shares message of ‘Laudato Si” at Ghana World Youth Day event

Expressing concern for the accelerating degradation of Earth, Cardinal Peter Turkson told 3,000 Ghanaians Aug. 5 to learn, know and spread the message of the 2015 papal teaching.

Fear, uncertainty lead to a ‘do-it-yourself’ religion, pope says

Like the ancient Israelites, Christians today also can fall into the temptation of creating their own idols when difficulties and uncertainties arise, Pope Francis said.

Kids of Armenian descent experience summertime beacon of hope in Beirut

The camp gives children an opportunity "to have new friends, to enjoy their childhood, to have these moments of fun and lovely memories within their miseries."

Catholic hospitals help Indonesia quake victims in Lombok, Bali

Catholic hospitals in Indonesia have sent medical teams to treat hundreds of people injured by a magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck the tourist island of Lombok near Bali Aug. 5.

Catholic Church offers to mediate Zimbabwe election dispute

The church in Zimbabwe said it is prepared to mediate between government and opposition leaders after six people were killed in violence that followed a disputed presidential election.

Pope thanks Chilean bishops for steps taken to address abuse scandal

Addressed to Bishop Santiago Silva Retamales, the military ordinary and conference president, Pope Francis' letter praised the decisions as "realistic and concrete."

Brazil church leaders speak against decriminalization of abortion

Reiterating the Catholic Church's teaching "in the defense of life from its conception until its natural death," Bishop Ricardo Hoerpes of Rio Grande, Brazil, said that the issue was not for the court to decide.

Indonesia’s Lombok hit by another powerful quake; pope sends prayers

At least 91 people have been confirmed dead after a magnitude-7 earthquake struck Indonesia's Lombok Island on Aug. 5 a week after another powerful quake killed more than a dozen people.

A month after the ‘clean-up,’ a Nicaraguan community mourns three dead

In June people throughout Leon had put up barricades built of paving stones to protest the government of President Daniel Ortega for the violence against protesters since demonstrations erupted in April over reforms to the country's social security system.