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California native to lead San Diego diocese

Auxiliary Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Francisco has been named to head the Diocese of San Diego by Pope Francis. The appointment was announced...

Franciscan who was national pro-life advocate dies at 55

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Brother Paul O’Donnell, a Franciscan Brother of Peace and a nationally regarded pro-life advocate and speaker, died Feb. 20 at...

Father Theodore Hesburgh, Notre Dame icon, national leader, dies — updated

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, who led the University of Notre Dame through a period of dramatic growth during...

Catholic charity pledges $2.8 million to help Christians in Syria

Aid to the Church in Need, a Catholic charity helping persecuted Christians around the world, has pledged $2.8 million in emergency aid to help...

Up to 100 Christians abducted by Islamic State forces in Syria

DOHUK, Iraq — Dozens of Assyrian Christians were abducted by Islamic State forces during a new offensive against a string of villages in northeastern...

Freezing temps, tents: Half a million Syrian refugees struggle in Lebanon

BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon — Many Lebanese have spent as much time as possible indoors this winter, protecting themselves from this year’s unusually brutal cold...

S.F. archbishop says morality clauses are about upholding mission of church

SAN FRANCISCO — Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone told a group of California legislators that he respects their right “to employ or not employ whomever...

Hong Kong’s Cardinal Zen seeks whereabouts of two bishops

HONG KONG — Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, retired bishop of Hong Kong, protested at the Chinese Liaison Office in the city and asked the...

Kenyan bishops call laced vaccines ‘monumental human rights’ violation

NAIROBI, Kenya — A Kenyan government vaccination campaign, sponsored and funded by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, amounted to a huge human rights...

Catholic Relief says accusations against sex ed pamphlet it uses are...

BALTIMORE — Allegations that Catholic Relief Services used sex education materials in Rwanda that violated church teaching on human sexuality are unfounded, the agency...

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