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‘For the love of God, send us oxygen,’ plead bishops in Brazil’s Amazon

During this second wave of COVID-19 in the Amazon region, people are dying not only because of overcrowded hospitals but from a shortage of oxygen tanks. Bishops are watching "our sisters and brothers die of suffocation; a terrible death."

COVID-19 and ecumenism: Pandemic prompts prayer, action

Mutual charity and virtual ecumenical prayer among Christians have been good effects of the pandemic, highlighted in the 2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Jan. 18-25.

Rome university reverses decision to honor Father Pavone

Father Frank Pavone, founder of Priests for Life, is a staunch supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump and had become controversial for his political rhetoric and for continuing tensions with his bishop.

Popes Francis, Benedict receive their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

While Pope Francis received the vaccine Jan. 13, the retired pope's secretary, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, said that Pope Benedict, 93, received his shot Jan. 14.

Priest who knew clergy killed in El Salvador asks for justice

Over 28 years Father Manuel Acosta has seen much violence. But he's still visibly shaken over the recent unexplained killing of three priests in less than three years. All were his former students.

Irish inquiry: Families mistreated unmarried moms; others complicit

A commission investigating the treatment of unmarried mothers in Ireland said the blame for their "harsh treatment" over 70 years rests with their families, but that both the church and state condoned this.

Human rights organizations call for solution to Bosnian migrant crisis

A Jesuit rights group was among those calling on the Bosnian government to care for some 1,000 migrants stranded in sub-zero temperatures awaiting relocation after their camp burned down.

Peace only way to face global crises, Vatican U.N. nuncio says

The COVID-19 pandemic requires a united global response that shuns nationalistic interests and creates long-lasting solutions, said Archbishop Gabriele Caccia at the United Nations.

In message for World Sick Day, pope calls for health care for all

Praying for the sick and those who help them, Pope Francis called on Christians to practice what they preach, including by guaranteeing equal access to health care for all people.

Christians lift others up by listening, sharing God’s love, pope says

Jesus saves, not with "a show of force" but "by coming to meet us and taking our sins upon himself," the pope said Jan. 10, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Because Jesus wants to be with sinners "he gets in line with them" at his baptism "to immerse himself in the same condition we are in."