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Plans for next synod continue at Vatican

The meeting of bishops and other Catholics around the world will take place in October 2023 with the theme, "For a synodal church: communion, participation and mission."

Traditional Latin Mass ‘movement’ undermining Vatican II, archbishop says

An official previously involved in the Vatican's dialogue with the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said the church movement "is working for objectives that are precisely contrary to what St. John Paul and Benedict XVI hoped for."

Pope offers his support to cartel-afflicted Mexican diocese

Pope Francis sent a letter of encouragement to residents of an area afflicted by battling drug cartels, underscoring the lawlessness across Mexico and the government's inability to pacify it.

Cardinal implores saint’s intercession to overcome Lebanon’s crisis

Cardinal Bechara Rai, the Maronite patriarch, pleaded for the intercession of Lebanon's beloved St. Charbel Makhlouf as the beleaguered country spirals deeper into collapse, further roiled by the resignation of the prime minister-designate.

Catholic Anti-Slavery Network in Australia becomes model for business

A document including statements from 33 Catholic entities such as hospitals and schools, which outline measures they are taking to become slavery-free in areas such as procurement and employment, will help organizations to comply with Australia's Modern Slavery Act.

Pope expresses closeness with Cuban people as unrest continues

A week after protests erupted on the island nation, Pope Francis told pilgrims in St. Peter's Square July 18 that he was "near to the dear Cuban people in these difficult moments." He prayed for a society that is "more just and fraternal through peace, dialogue and solidarity."

Experts fear Cuba is preparing a harsh response to recent protests

Observers have seen a purported plan by the Cuban government to deploy state police and military personnel using whatever means necessary to squash further protests following July 11's massive turnout.

Priests join emergency response to catastrophic flooding in Germany

Aid efforts were running in high gear after torrential rains in Germany toppled buildings, washed away vehicles and left at least 100 people dead. Tens of thousands are without electricity.

Text: ‘Traditionis Custodes’ on use of the pre-Vatican II liturgy

See the Vatican's official English translation of the apostolic letter issued by Pope Francis July 16 concerning use of the Roman liturgy prior to the reform of 1970.

Appealing for unity, pope puts limits on pre-Vatican II Mass

Pope Francis ordered that priests now must have permission to celebrate the so-called Tridentine-rite Mass and bishops are not to establish any new parishes devoted to the old liturgy.