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New documentary follows the Rev. James Martin ‘Building a Bridge’ to LGBTQ Catholics

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 23, 2022
(RNS) — ‘I just hope that it helps LGBTQ Catholics see that there’s a place for them in their own church — it’s their church, too — and also for Catholic leaders to hear these voices,’ Martin said.

‘Just rumors’: Cardinal Parolin dismisses chatter about pope’s plan to resign

By Claire Giangravé — June 23, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Francis’ right-hand man at the Vatican buttressed recent statements by church officials disputing that Francis is ready to throw in the miter.

200 witnesses to testify in ‘Vatican trial of a century’ on financial scandals

By Claire Giangravé — June 22, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A trial that began a year ago has so far heard from 10 witnesses.

NBA’s Biyombo brings Congo to the pope after trip canceled

By Associated Press — June 22, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — 6-foot-9 Biyombo towered over the Argentine pope, even as he stood for photos.

Jesuit priests killed by gunmen in church in northern Mexico

By Mark Stevenson — June 21, 2022
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A statement from the Roman Catholic Society of Jesus in Mexico demanded justice and the return of the men’s bodies.

Pope Francis plans to remain pope ‘for as long as God allows it,’ bishops say

By Claire Giangravé — June 21, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Despite health challenges, resignation ‘does not cross his mind,’ said Brazilian Archbishop Roque Paloschi.

Camino pilgrims help rural Spain’s emptying villages survive

By Giovanna Dell'orto — June 21, 2022
TERRADILLOS DE LOS TEMPLARIOS, Spain (AP) — Terradillos de los Templarios, and dozens of villages like it, were built to host medieval pilgrims. Today’s Camino travelers are saving them from disappearing.

Two Nigeria churches attacked; worshippers killed, abducted

By Chinedu Asadu — June 21, 2022
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — At least 32 people were killed in the Kajuru area last week in an attack that lasted for hours across four villages.

The history of Southern Baptists shows they have not always opposed abortion

By Susan M. Shaw — June 21, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar writes about how the Southern Baptist Convention’s views on abortion changed during the 1980s, when a more conservative wing seized control of the denomination.

On abortion, Muslim Americans say Islamic history is ‘on the side of mercy’

By Alejandra Molina — June 17, 2022
(RNS) — Muslim Americans are gearing up for what overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision could mean for their communities.

Maine diocese sued for 1st time since abuse suit barrier end

By Patrick Whittle — June 17, 2022
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Attorneys who represent three people with claims of childhood sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and a lay educator filed the complaints seeking monetary damages.

Jesus’ earthly dad, St. Joseph – often overlooked – is honored by Father’s Day in many Catholic nations

By Gloria Falcão Dodd — June 17, 2022
(The Conversation) — The Catholic Church considers St. Joseph a role model of fatherhood and faith. In many countries, Father’s Day is celebrated on his feast day.

Belgian bishop declines cardinal honor over abuse record

By Nicole Winfield — June 17, 2022
(AP) — Ghent Bishop Luc Van Looy had asked Francis for permission to decline the honor in order “to not harm victims again,” and Francis accepted the request, the bishops said in a statement.

California again seeks to pass human composting bill as Catholic bishops oppose it

By Alejandra Molina — June 16, 2022
(RNS) — Burial, cremation and alkaline hydrolysis are the only death care choices currently available in California.

Pope’s charitable fund still weighed by financial scandals, costs of Curia

By Claire Giangravé — June 16, 2022
(RNS) — Peter’s Pence, a fund dedicated to the pope’s charitable works, has been at the heart of a Vatican financial scandal.
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