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Bishops find problems in Colombia, Peru, echo issues at home in U.S.

LAMAS, Peru (CNS) -- Conflicts over natural resources and land rights in places like Peru and Colombia echo similar problems in the United States, said U.S. bishops who visited the two countries in late June. "We came to express solidarity with the church in Peru and Colombia, that we are one family in Christ, and the concerns of one part of the family are the concerns of the other," Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., told Catholic News Service.

Central African bishops: Insurgence has ruined nation’s social fabric

BANGUI, Central African Republic (CNS) -- Catholic bishops in the Central African Republic said their country's occupation by Islamist-led rebels has left its livelihood "looted and destroyed" and its "social fabric completely torn up." "Never has our country known a conflict so grave in its magnitude and duration -- never has any military-political disorder spread through our territory with such a violent impact," the bishops' conference said.

Saints’ congregation reportedly acts on causes of JP II, John XXIII

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The cardinals and archbishops who are members of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes met July 2 and, according to Italian news reports, took steps to advance the sainthood causes of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII. The Vatican press office confirmed the meeting, but said that all deliberations in sainthood […]

U.K. may allow DNA changes to abolish disease; church institute critical

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- A Catholic bioethics institute criticized plans by the British government to create "genetically modified children" free of hereditary disease and said the treatment could affect the child's descendants in unknown ways. The Department of Health announced June 28 that, later this year, it will publish draft regulations on two mitochondrial replacement techniques.

Director, deputy director of Vatican bank resign

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The director and the deputy director of the Vatican bank, which is being investigated by a special papal commission, resigned July 1. A statement from the Vatican press office said Director Paolo Cipriani and Massimo Tulli, deputy director, offered their resignations “in the best interest of the institute and the Holy […]

Vatican to cooperate in investigation of monsignor arrested for fraud

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- An Italian monsignor, already suspended from his Vatican accounting job while under investigation for money laundering, was arrested June 28 on charges of fraud, corruption and slander in a separate case. Msgr. Nunzio Scarano was head of the analytical accounting service at the Vatican office that oversees Vatican property and investments.

Vatican acquires archive of pope’s former archdiocesan TV station

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican Television Center has acquired and can distribute hundreds of hours of television images of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires from 2005 until his election as Pope Francis in March. The images were filmed by Canal 21, the television station owned by the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires; the […]

At Vatican, Salt and Light Television screens documentary on synod

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As the Catholic Church prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the world Synod of Bishops in 2015, the Vatican and Canada’s Salt and Light Television thought it was time to let more people into the synod hall. The result is the documentary, “Go and Teach,” which was screened June 26 […]

European churches welcome EU move to link aid to religious freedom

OXFORD, England (CNS) — Churches in Europe have welcomed pledges by the European Union to make financial help for countries around the world conditional on their protection of religious freedom. The Brussels-based Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community, COMECE, said June 25 that action was needed “given the systematic and increasing violations […]

Ireland to pay women who worked in church’s ‘Magdalen laundries’

DUBLIN (CNS) -- The Irish Government will provide lump-sum compensation between $15,000 and $130,000 to former residents of church-run institutions. An independent report released in February found "significant" state involvement in the religious-run institutions, known as Magdalen laundries, where young women, many placed by the state, worked without pay.