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Faith, prophetic voices and small beginnings can end gun violence, says archbishop

The “simple but complex” challenge requires “a transformation of the human spirit” by God that takes place gradually, said Archbishop Nelson Pérez at an Oct. 16 Mass for peace and justice.

Rwandan church continues efforts at reconciliation, regaining trust

Catholics were complicit in the ethnic genocide, but 27 years later, the Catholic Church in the East African nation has intensified its campaign to preach peace, help the victims, reconcile Hutus and Tutsis, and rebuild trust in the church.

Seal of confession a topic of debate after French abuse report

Church and government leaders in France are at odds over whether priests should be required to report the abuse of minors if they learn about it in the sacrament of confession. Some 330,000 children had been abused by Catholic priests or church employees in France since the 1950s.

Appeals court again reinstates Texas abortion law

A U.S. court of appeals again reinstated the Texas abortion law Oct. 14, refusing a request from the U.S. Department of Justice to reinstate the ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. Similar bans are at issue in Kentucky and Mississippi.

Pro-life advocates rally against ‘Black genocide’ through abortion

Some 120 supporters from Catholic and Christian communities gathered in downtown Philadelphia Oct. 9 to protest abortion's disproportionate impact on people of color.

Judge rules group can hold its rally during bishops’ assembly in Baltimore

Church Militant, a group known for its critical comments about Catholic leaders, can have the Nov. 16 rally it wants to hold in a city-owned waterfront pavilion near the hotel where the U.S. bishops' will meet Nov. 15-18.

Prominent Anglican bishop who served in U.S. received into Catholic Church

Michael Nazir-Ali was received into the Catholic Church and the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, which was established in 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI for the reception of Anglican communities. The married father of two will be ordained a Catholic priest Oct. 30.

Philippine, Russian bishops congratulate journalists for Nobel Peace Prize

Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, received praise from Catholic leaders for their work to "safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace."

Initiatives on Eucharist aim to give Catholics better understanding

Ahead of an upcoming nationwide eucharistic revival and document on the Eucharist, two bishops described a three-year process to increase Catholics' understanding of the Eucharist. The initiative will culminate in a National Eucharistic Congress in 2024.

Vandalism at Denver’s cathedral is latest incident against local churches

The cathedral was scrawled with messages of hate written in red paint. At least 25 parishes or ministry locations in the Denver Archdiocese have been the target of vandalism, destruction or theft, and 100 such incidents nationwide, since last year.