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Pope to parents: Teach your children to respect, defend human life

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Respect for human life from conception until natural death is something children must be taught, not mainly with words, but by the example of their parents, Pope Francis said.

Latin American youth moved to take church to the streets following WYD

SAO PAULO (CNS) -- The nearly 3 million pilgrims who swept across Copacabana beach during the six-day celebration of World Youth Day returned home at the beginning of August with "clear instructions" from the Pope Francis. "Go against the tide," Pope Francis told the crowds on several occasions during the six-day celebration. "I ask you to be revolutionaries. ... Go beyond the church's walls. ... Go onto the streets, to poor communities. Don't be afraid to go and bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem the farthest away."

Sri Lanka cardinal condemns army shooting of civilians in church

NEW DELHI (CNS) -- Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka, expressed "shock and distress" in accusing the military of storming a Catholic church and firing on residents who had sought refuge there. The cardinal condemned the army's action in a strongly worded statement read Aug. 7 during the funeral for one of three people who died in the Aug. 1 incident at St. Anthony Parish in Weliweriya, a village just outside the capital.

Belarus church ‘deeply concerned’ about arrested priest

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- Church spokesmen in Belarus said Catholics are "uneasy and disquieted" by the lack of information on the status of a parish priest arrested in early June for alleged spying. Father Vladislav Lazar, 46, pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Borisov in central Belarus, remained in custody Aug. 8, weeks after he was taken into custody by the State Security Committee, or KBG.

Pope expands role, reach of Vatican Financial Intelligence Authority

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As part of the Vatican's ongoing efforts to ensure that all its financial activity complies with international standards, particularly those aimed at preventing money laundering and the financing of terrorism, Pope Francis has expanded the role and the reach of the Vatican's Financial Intelligence Authority.

Before electing Pope Francis, cardinals heard plea for unity, holiness

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The last formal exhortation to the 115 cardinals who elected Pope Francis in March included reminders of the importance of presenting the Catholic faith in its entirety, the need to recognize the errors of church members and the need for unity within the Catholic community.

Canadian Catholic hospitals see dwindling support for care standards

TORONTO (CNS) -- Officials at Canada's largest Catholic hospitals and health services expressed concern that national health care standards are becoming a thing of the past after provincial and territorial leaders did not address the issue at their July Council of the Federation meetings.

Judge rules funds for care of cemeteries cannot be used to settle debts

MILWAUKEE (CNS) -- More than $50 million held in trust for the perpetual care of Milwaukee archdiocesan cemeteries cannot be used to settle bankruptcy debts, a federal judge has ruled.

Appeals court dismisses sexual abuse lawsuit against Vatican

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- At the request of a man allegedly abused by a priest in 1965, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed his case claiming the Vatican was the priest's employer and could be liable for damages.

Archaeologists restore 2,000-bed Crusader-era hospital in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (CNS) -- Israeli archaeologists have restored part of a 2,000-bed Crusader-era hospital run by the St. John of the Hospital order in the Old City of Jerusalem.