Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila in recent public addresses grabbed the opportunity to challenge Catholic laity to do more to transform Philippines society.
Slow U.S. landmine retreat highlights a national embarrassment. After two decades, nation has yet to sign landmine ban treaty.
It may be the most salient commentary on the status of women globally that it has taken the world until the 21st century to undertake serious efforts to end sexual violence in conflict.
Rape as a weapon and a spoil of war, which disproportionately affects women, has long been the hidden and undiscussed atrocity. The long silence, however, is being broken, most recently at a Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, held in London and organized by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and American actress and activist Angelina Jolie.
For Philippines Cardinal Luis Tagle, the Synod of Bishops on the family is a "hopeful" sign that the church is willing to listen to the difficulties families experience.
A Sudanese Christian doctor freed from death row on charges of apostasy Monday is not yet free after authorities detained her at a Khartoum airport.
Meriam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, was arrested Tuesday after she attempted to leave Sudan using South Sudan emergency papers, including a U.S. visa, according to reports.
She was apprehended along with her husband, Daniel Bicensio Wani, an American citizen of South Sudanese origin, and their two children, a 20-month-old son and a 1-month-old daughter.
The inquiry comes amid increased disquiet about some of the reporting of the original story of St. Mary's Home in Tuam, run by the Bon Secours congregation of nuns.
Global Sisters Report: Maryknoll Sr. Helene O'Sullivan has seen what the sex trade can do to women in Cambodia. So she decided to do something about it.
Poland's Catholic church has held a penitential service for victims of sexual abuse by priests after calls for more action to curb molestation in the country.
"It was said this was America's problem, and then a problem of Anglo-Saxon countries, and then a problem for the West -- the frontiers were pushed ever further so we could insist it didn't affect us," said Bishop Piotr Libera of Plock, a former bishops' conference secretary-general.
One of the seven had previously been sued for abuse in the Los Angeles archdiocese. They are not allowed to practice their ministries.
Malaysia's highest court upheld a lower-court ruling that a Catholic newspaper may not use the word "Allah" to refer to God in its Malay-language edition.
The lower court had said use of "the word Allah is not an integral part of the faith in Christianity. ... The usage of the word will cause confusion in the community."