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Bigger picture: Media can showcase overlooked sex-abuse survivors

In reporting historical and recent abuse of minors, the media should include portrayals of survivors as active agents of reform and not only focus on past events, said one survivor of abuse in Ireland.

Pope applauds initiatives ahead of world day of prayer for creation

Pope Francis encouraged global initiatives to protect the environment, especially in Mauritius after an oil spill threatened the livelihood of the island nation's inhabitants and wildlife.

Belarus archbishop refused reentry, warns nation faces civil war

The president of the Belarusian bishops' conference was barred from his country as it faces a deteriorating economy, international isolation, violence and a "spiritually ill" society.

Pope Francis to take his post-pandemic pleas to global stage

When he addresses the U.N. Sept. 15, the pope will call for using the crisis as an way to rethink economic, political and environmental policies for the benefit of humanity and the earth.

Where is ET? Jesuit astronomer studies intragalactic possibilities

A priest-scientist working to answer the question "Where is everybody?" in the universe says the effort to find intelligent life "helps to understand better who we are."

With millions deprived of basic needs, Christians must act, pope says

When greed "excludes millions of people from having primary goods ... and unlimited material progress threatens our common home, then we cannot stand by and watch," Pope Francis said.

Survey of German religious orders finds decades of sex abuse

A new survey of heads of German Catholic religious orders found abuse allegations against at least 654 members, affecting more than 1,400 young people.

Vatican, WCC call for interreligious acts of charity, solidarity

Christians must work with members of other religions in responding to "a world wounded" by many sins, said a new document from the Vatican and the World Council of Churches.

German bishops say talks with Rome on parishes must include laity

Germany's bishops plan to meet with the head of a Vatican office about its recent instruction on parish reforms and leadership in the Catholic Church. 

English Catholic women ID ways to spot all types of domestic abuse

Responding to a pandemic-related surge in domestic abuse, especially regarding sexual identity, Catholic women urged learning the signs of abuse and how to help victims.