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Take risks to serve others, pope says on World Day of Poor

In the Gospel, good servants are those who take risks, Pope Francis said Nov. 15. "They do not cling to what they possess, but put it to good use."

Vatican official marks anniversary of ‘martyred’ Jesuits

The recent conviction in El Salvador of a colonel who ordered the murder of six Jesuit priests and two laywomen in 1989 is a major step forward on the path of justice and healing old wounds, said a cardinal.

Kenyan bishops: People want ‘better government,’ not more government

Kenya's Catholic bishops have expressed discomfort at proposals to expand government with major policy and constitutional changes in an effort to heal and unite the East African nation.

McCarrick report highlights weaknesses in process for vetting bishops

A questionnaire used to identify possible bishops seemed more focused on personal connections than on raising red flags regarding inappropriate or criminal behavior.

Fifth storm in three weeks leaves Filipinos trapped in houses, on roofs

Typhoon Vamco left 42 dead and 20 missing as of Nov. 13, and also brought misery to areas of the Philippines still trying to recover from Super Typhoon Goni, which struck Nov. 1.

U.N. calls for governments to act after shipwreck kills 74 migrants

The United Nations migration agency called for increased search and rescue efforts after a boat with 120 people capsized in the Mediterranean off Libya, the third fatal incident in a week.

World Day of Poor initiatives adapting to pandemic

Even during a global pandemic, the Nov. 15 observance in Rome will be a time for parishes worldwide to highlight the importance of charity and spiritual comfort for those in need, said a Vatican official.

Pandemic leads multicultural parish in Israel to unite in faith

Arabic members of a parish in Jaffa, Israel joined migrants from Asian and African countries to spruce up a church and cemetery. "COVID helped us to see the church," said one man, and "the importance of living in a community together."

U.K. abuse inquiry says London cardinal, Vatican failed to lead

The Catholic Church in England and Wales and the Vatican failed to show compassion or leadership in the fight against child abuse, said a government report on sex abuse from 1970 to 2015.

At 100, WWII vet recounts joining Women’s Coast Guard Reserves to serve country

After working at a defense plant as did many women during the war, Seaman 1st Class Shirley Reagor joined the service and saw the world. Raised a Baptist, her son became a priest and she became Catholic -- at age 95.