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U.S. Bishops Support Ban on Boys in Female Athletics

U.S. Bishops Support Ban on Boys in Female Athletics

Leaders of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference (USCCB) have thrown their moral weight behind legislation that would ban male students from participating in women’s sports.

San Francisco Archbishop Performs Exorcism at Protest Site

San Francisco Archbishop Performs Exorcism at Protest Site

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone performed the rite of exorcism this weekend outside St. Raphael Catholic Church where protesters had toppled a statue of Saint Junipero Serra.

U.S. Senators Urge Pope Francis to Press China on Religious Liberty

U.S. Senators Urge Pope Francis to Press China on Religious Liberty

U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) sent a letter to Pope Francis Monday asking the pontiff to use his moral authority to pressure Beijing to halt abuses of Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province.

Maskless Pope Francis Sends Mixed Messages to Faithful

Maskless Pope Francis Sends Mixed Messages to Faithful

Pope Francis has continued to keep his face uncovered and shake hands in his meetings with the faithful, despite the Vatican’s imposition this week of an outdoor mask mandate in the small city-state.

Pope Francis: ‘Each Country also Belongs to the Foreigner’

Pope Francis: ‘Each Country also Belongs to the Foreigner’

Pope Francis has proposed “a different way of understanding relations and exchanges between countries” that minimizes the idea of citizenship in a particular nation and emphasizes the common humanity of all people.

Masked Arsonist Torches Catholic Church in Tampa, Florida

Masked Arsonist Torches Catholic Church in Tampa, Florida

A masked man broke into the Incarnation Catholic Church northwest of Tampa, Florida, last weekend and set fire to the interior before fleeing, the Tampa Bay Times reported Tuesday.

Report: Beijing Continues Cyber-Hacking Vatican Computer Network

Report: Beijing Continues Cyber-Hacking Vatican Computer Network

Chinese state-sponsored cyber-hackers have continued targeting Vatican computer networks as the Holy See enters discussions with Beijing over the renewal of their 2018 deal on the naming of Catholic bishops in China.

Pope Francis: Abusing Ecosystems Is a ‘Grave Sin’

Pope Francis: Abusing Ecosystems Is a ‘Grave Sin’

Pope Francis urged Christians to care for creation Wednesday, insisting that the abuse of ecosystems is a “grave sin” while lamenting the negative effects of global warming.

Jesuit Cardinal: Europe Must ‘Open the Doors’ to Migrants

Jesuit Cardinal: Europe Must ‘Open the Doors’ to Migrants

The progressive leader of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) has called on Europeans to open their doors to migrants stranded in camps in Libya, Lesbos, and Lampedusa.

Vatican Urges Catholics to Return to Public Sunday Worship

Vatican Urges Catholics to Return to Public Sunday Worship

The Vatican has issued a letter to the world’s bishops urging the resumption of public Sunday Masses, stressing that “it is necessary and urgent to return to the normality of Christian life.

NARAL Foresees an End to Abortion if Trump Is Reelected

NARAL Foresees an End to Abortion if Trump Is Reelected

Abortion lobbyist NARAL warned its followers Thursday that “abortion is front and center” in the upcoming elections and another four years of Donald Trump in the White House will spell disaster for abortion rights.

China Puts Squeeze on Christian Evangelization of Youth

China Puts Squeeze on Christian Evangelization of Youth

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has enacted a new set of regulations obliging foreign teachers to refrain from sharing their religious faith with their students under penalty of losing their visas, the South China Morning Post reported Sunday.