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As Pope Francis cozies up to Raúl Castro, Cuban Catholics take another approach

By Kristina Arriaga — July 22, 2022
(RNS) — The pope should tell the story of Rosa María Payá, a 33-year-old Catholic activist for freedom.

Pope Francis’ meeting with Canada’s indigenous to focus on elderly, environment

By Claire Giangravé — July 22, 2022
(RNS) — While Pope Francis is expected to apologize for the mistreatment of Indigenous Canadians, his visit will also highlight familiar concerns that he shares with Indigenous cultures about care for the elderly and the environment.

Pope Francis, Vatican call for international cooperation for the environment

By Claire Giangravé — July 21, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A top Vatican official backed Francis’ video address by saying ‘production of fossil fuels must be urgently phased out.’

Vatican puts brakes on German church reform proposals

By Associated Press — July 21, 2022
ROME (AP) — The statement marked the second time the Holy See has weighed in publicly to rein in progressives in Germany.

Vatican says they’re gifts; Indigenous groups want them back

By Nicole Winfield — July 21, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Indigenous groups from Canada, who were shown a few items in the collection when they traveled to the Vatican last spring to meet with Francis, question how some of the works were actually acquired and wonder what else may be in storage after decades of not being on public display.

After scandals, new guidelines align Vatican investments with church teaching

By Claire Giangravé — July 19, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — After financial scandals, Vatican investments will be aimed at creating ‘a more just and sustainable world.’

Religious liberty has a long and messy history – and there is a reason Americans feel strongly about it

By James Hudnut-Beumler and James P. Byrd — July 19, 2022
(The Conversation) — Historians of American religious history explain why the Supreme Court’s recent religious liberty rulings are an example of America’s long struggle to define religious freedom.

Pope tells religious orders to report abuse, protect others

By Associated Press — July 19, 2022
ROME (AP) — Religious orders have had some of the worst records, in part because their diffuse structure outside the diocesan hierarchy has enabled abusers to easily move to different countries rather than face justice at home.

Abortion opponents have won. But they risk losing it all.

By Jacob Lupfer — July 18, 2022
(RNS) — Don’t be surprised when national Republican candidates take a soft line on abortion.

A new survey found Latino Catholics overwhelmingly support abortion rights. Here’s why.

By Alejandra Molina — July 18, 2022
(RNS) — With Roe v. Wade overturned, new data from the Washington, D.C.-based Public Religion Research Institute found that among Latino Catholics, 75% say abortion should be legal in most or all cases. That’s a big jump from the 51% who said so in 2010.

Gen Z mixes abortion politics — like all their politics — with spirituality

By Josh Packard — July 15, 2022
(RNS) — College-age Americans resist fixed definitions for what it means to be religious.

As states ban abortion, a new spotlight on an old battle over sex education

By Riley Farrell — July 14, 2022
(RNS) — Half of the states set to ban abortion have no mandate that schools teach sex education. Only four require curricula to address contraception.

Vatican astronomer praises beauty and potential of Webb space photos

By Claire Giangravé — July 14, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Commenting on the newest pictures of the James Webb Space Telescope, Brother Guy Consolmagno also reflected on the rich history of Catholic scientists who have studied the stars.

Parent sues Australian cardinal over child sex abuse charge

By Associated Press — July 14, 2022
(AP) — Both boys were 13 years old at the time.

Life in Lviv: Ukrainian priest on funerals, food aid and prayers for victory

By Marika Proctor — July 13, 2022
(RNS) — The Rev. Oleksiy Zavada, a Ukrainian Catholic priest, describes how life in western Ukraine carries constant reminders of the realities of war on the front lines. 
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