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Irish bishop: Let’s discuss ordaining married men as priests

Bishop Leo O'Reilly wants a commission of the Irish bishops' conference "to consider all options" in October, then "take it from there."

Pope OKs plan to probe bishops who don’t act on sex abuse

New procedures will enable the Vatican to investigate and judge claims of "abuse of office" by bishops who allegedly failed to protect people from sexual abuse.

Pope: Playing nurse all night, working all day, families are heroic

As part of a series of talks about the family and problems they face, the pope looked at illness -- a sign of the human frailty that spans from infancy to old age "when those aches and pains start coming," he said.

Antillean bishops offer action steps to address climate change

Bishops from across the Caribbean region invited people to read and study Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on the environment so that they "become better stewards of creation."

Hope rises that papal encyclical will address vitality of water sources

As floodwaters rose with heavy rains in this Amazonian city, Graciela Tejada and her neighbors found greasy slaughterhouse offal, human feces and used hypodermic needles floating practically to their doorsteps.

Pope’s encyclical to have medieval Italian, not Latin, title

In its first official comment on the title, the Vatican press office said June 10 that the document will be called, "Laudato Si': On the Care of Our Common Home." Earlier, reporters used the modern "sii" for the phrase which translates "praised be."

German church official says plan for electing bishops follows tradition

The election of Bishop Heiner Koch of Dresden-Meissen, Germany, as archbishop of Berlin follows tradition and stems from good church-state relations, said a church official.

Pakistani church office calls for mercy as Christian faces execution

"Bahadur was sentenced to death for a murder that took place in September 1992. He has now spent 23 years on death row," the letter stated. "Alarmingly, there is strong evidence to suggest that Bahadur is innocent."

Sisters ‘fine’ after weekend trapped in elevator with no food, water

The 58-year-old Irish religious and the 68-year-old religious from New Zealand "are fine, but are not speaking to the press," a receptionist at the Marist Sisters residence in Rome told Catholic News Service June 9.

Denying religion public voice opposes freedom, Vatican official says

By failing to listen to the concepts and challenges offered by world religions in important discussions together with secularist perspectives, a pluralistic society "will never be authentic pluralism, and will instead risk falling into a uniform single-mindedness, the enemy of freedom," he said.