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Hong Kong: Five-day trial set for Cardinal Zen, four defendants

Court proceedings will take place Sept. 19-23 against the 90-year-old prelate, a longtime critic of Beijing who face charges of failing to properly register a now-defunct fund to help anti-government protesters.

Witch hunts on the rise worldwide, warns German aid agency Missio

Experts have found women, men and children in some 43 countries face mortal danger from persecution as alleged witches, with fear and lack of education contributing to the alarming trend.

At least 12 dead as bus carrying Polish pilgrims crashes in Croatia

The Aug. 6 accident also seriously injured at least 30 members of the group, who were en route to the Marian shrine at Medjugorje.

Ambassador says pope will visit Ukraine before Kazakhstan trip

After an Aug. 6 meeting with Pope Francis, Andrii Yurash, Ukraine's ambassador to the Holy See, said the people of Ukraine "have been waiting for the pope" since the start of the war.

Pope advances sainthood causes, including priest killed in Ukraine

With decrees signed by Pope Francis Aug. 5, one woman and five men have moved closer to canonization, including Father Péter Oros, who was shot by Soviet police at the height of the Cold War in Ukraine.

Catholic radio stations ordered closed, parish raided in Nicaragua  

As the nation's Sandinista regime continues its attacks on the Catholic Church, officials from the Diocese of Matagalpa say they are "restrained, but with inner strength and with joy and peace in the Lord."

Caritas Ukraine director: Parish network was key to quick response

Tetiana Stawnychy said her agency, whose "main task is to show love," provided aid to more than 1.3 million during the first five months of Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine, which has created a humanitarian crisis "that will only worsen."

Cardinal speaks of two crimes: Beirut explosion, stalled investigation

Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, patriarch of Maronite Catholics, commemorated the second anniversary of a deadly blast that left 224 dead, 7,000 injured and 300,000 homeless -- and no one yet held accountable.

Vatican publishes schedule for papal trip to Kazakhstan

Pope Francis will travel to Nur-Sultan, the nation's capital, for a Sept. 13-15 gathering of international religious leaders, including Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, who is expected to attend the interreligious meeting amid his nation's invasion of Ukraine.

Vatican: Pope to visit Kazakhstan in September

Pope Francis will travel Sept. 13-15 to the capital city, Nur-Sultan, for an interreligious meeting at which he will meet with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine.