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Spanish priest known for working with gangs jailed again in El Salvador

A Salvadoran judge ruled that Spanish Passionist Father Antonio Rodriguez, known for his work in rehabilitating gang members, should remain in jail, accused of various crimes regarding gang activities.

Pope offers prayers for victims of earthquake in China

As Chinese authorities raised the official death toll from an Aug. 3 earthquake in the southern Yunnan province, Pope Francis offered public prayers for the victims and their families.

Pope urges young people to use their freedom to share love, faith

Meeting 50,000 altar servers, Pope Francis urged young Catholics to make careful use of their freedom, treasure their dignity as sons and daughters of God and make time to pray each day.

To live poverty, learn finance, Vatican tells religious

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Taking a vow of poverty should not mean living in ignorance of the economic realities of community life, Vatican officials wrote in a letter to members of religious communities.

CRS official: Gaza a ‘complete catastrophe’ on ‘brink of collapse’

A top Catholic charity official described Gaza as a "complete catastrophe" after nearly four weeks of fighting between Israel and the Palestinian militant Hamas.

On eve of pope’s visit, Americans in South Korea build Catholic faith

Maryknoll Sister Jean Maloney first arrived in South Korea to work as a nurse after the Korean War ended more than 50 years ago.

Scandals causing more Germans to leave Catholic Church, cardinal says

A German cardinal warned that the number of Catholics leaving his country's church is "alarmingly high" and urged an end to "scandals and vexations" involving clergy.

Chinese bishop urges Catholics to hold firm as religious symbols removed

Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang of Wenzhou has written an open letter to Catholics in the diocese, asking them to defend their "rights and dignity" during a campaign by the local government to demolish religious symbols.

Compassion, sharing, Eucharist: Steps on the path to heaven, pope says

Going forward for Communion at Mass, Catholics must do so with a desire to imitate Jesus' compassion for others and with a commitment to sharing what they have, Pope Francis said.

Pope lifts suspension of Father D’Escoto, former Sandinista official

Pope Francis has lifted the suspension of Maryknoll Father Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, who was ordered 29 years ago to stop exercising his priestly ministry because he refused to give up his political position in Nicaragua's Sandinista government.