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Gaza's parish priest meets Pope Francis

Ceasefire make it possible to bring aid to Gaza

Synod on the Family: Catholic church must welcome 'unconventional couples,' top Italian bishop says

A change in Germany’s capital gains tax has prompted an exodus from its Catholic and Protestant churches this year as thousands of registered members quit their parishes rather than pay the money.

Hong Kong ordains three new auxiliary bishops. First ordinations since Hong Kong's return to China.

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Churchville, Iowa -- A Catholic church founded in 1890 is about to end its weekly mass and end the long tradition of churches in the Iowa town of Churchville. "We're told we're good stewards that we take care of our building that we take care of our financials, but we're just not big enough. I guess bigger is better," said parishioner Cassady.

Allegany Franciscan Sr. Kathie Uhler is leaving for the West Bank in early September to establish a House of Prayer for All People (Cf. Is. 56:7) in Jericho. Global Sisters ReportGlobal Sisters Report , devoted to covering the mission and ministry of Catholic women religious. It offers news, commentary and reflections on spirituality and theology.

Detroit -- An archdiocesan priest was “negligent” when he failed to promptly report a sex assault on church property to the police a church panel has ruled. The archbishop issued a personal rebuke to the priest.

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NCR's Michael Sean Winters reviewed Cardinal Walter Kasper’s book Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life. Mercy, Part I; Mercy, Part II; Mercy, Part III

Breaking News on Friday: Oliver North to raise money for Franciscan Holy Land Foundation


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