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Retired Chinese bishop who spent years in labor camps dies at 98

Bishop Stephen Yang Xiangtai of Handan was persecuted during China's Cultural Revolution. After his arrest in 1966 he served 10 years of a 15-year sentence in labor camps and factories before his acquittal in 1980. He never joined the state-sanctioned church.

British lawmaker’s death ‘a painful loss in so many lives,’ says cardinal

Sir David Amess, a member of the governing Conservative Party and one of the most prominent Catholic politicians in the U.K. Parliament, was stabbed repeatedly to death by a Somali man who sprinted into his offices at noon Oct. 15.

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.

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."

El Salvador church plans for beatification rites as COVID deaths rise

El Salvador's bishops released details for beatification ceremonies early next year in the capital city, but also encouraged local celebrations. Last week El Salvador recorded its highest number of COVID deaths since the pandemic began.

Pilgrims flock to beatified teen’s tomb in Assisi ahead of feast day

Since his beatification one year ago, an estimated 117,000 pilgrims visited the tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis, the 15-year-old Italian teenager whose use of technology to spread devotion to the Eucharist has made him a model for young people.

Pope meets Pelosi; both speak at climate change meeting

Pope Francis met privately at the Vatican Oct. 9 with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was in Rome for a meeting of legislators from around the world in preparation for next month's U.N. climate summit. The pope stressed the role of governments in slowing climate change.

By listening to Holy Spirit, synod can be process of healing, pope says

"Are we prepared for the adventure of this journey?" Pope Francis asked Oct. 10 in opening the worldwide synod. "Or are we fearful of the unknown, preferring to take refuge in the usual excuses: 'It's useless' or 'We've always done it this way?'"

Australians close first phase of ‘walking together’ in Plenary Council

As Pope Francis launched the consultation process for the 2023 Synod of Bishops at the Vatican Oct. 9-10, the Catholic Church in Australia was closing out an exercise in the process of "synodality,"with extensive discussions "born of the Holy Spirit."