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Catholics in Libya said to be ‘trapped and helpless’ in latest chaos

Catholics in Libya have been left "afraid and unprotected," local Catholic leaders said, after Islamist militants seized Tripoli and Benghazi, forcing the country's elected parliament and government to flee.

For some Iraqi Christians, returning to homeland is not an option

Uprooted from his home in Iraq by the advance of Islamic State fighters, Nouree sees no future for Christians in his country.

Pope appoints two U.S. priests to help tackle sexual abuse of minors

Pope Francis appointed two U.S. priests to top positions at the Vatican for dealing with the sexual abuse of minors.

New Irish primate sees role as servant, not like CEO position

The new primate of All Ireland has pledged to be a "servant leader" whose aim is to bring the Irish Catholic Church through a process of "humble renewal."

Cardinal Brady, retiring from Armagh, says Pope Francis ‘inspires me’

The 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis was "the highlight of my life," said Cardinal Sean Brady, the day the pope accepted his resignation as archbishop of Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Irish Vincentians hand over Jackie Kennedy’s letters to family

Letters between former U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and a Dublin-based priest have been handed over to the Kennedy family.

Pope mourns murder of three missionary sisters in Burundi

Pope Francis mourned the deaths of three Xaverian Missionary Sisters of Mary, who were murdered in two separate attacks in their residence in Burundi.

Aid official says Gazans cautious, worry that nothing has changed

Gazans are frustrated that, despite all the sacrifice and loss of life, nothing has changed for them, except perhaps having more fishing rights, said a Catholic aid official.

Pope says war is senseless slaughter, can always be avoided

War is just "senseless slaughter" and should never be seen as inevitable or a done deal, Pope Francis said.

Pope cites 3 lessons from Mary: Be joyful, help others, never give up

When a mother has a birthday, children send their greetings and love, so make sure to do the same thing on the feast of the Nativity of Mary today, Sept. 8, Pope Francis said.