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Pope Francis moves ahead with delayed Africa visit despite violence in Congo

By Junno Arocho Esteves — January 25, 2023
(RNS) — A Vatican spokesman said ‘there was no specific threat’ to the 86-year-old pontiff.

Pope makes plea for end of violence, start of talks in Peru

By Associated Press — January 24, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Protests engulfing Peru began last month after then-President Pedro Castillo, Peru’s first leader with a rural Andean background, was impeached and imprisoned for trying to dissolve Congress.

Multifaith leaders urge unity in aftermath of Monterey Park shooting that left 11 dead

By Alejandra Molina — January 24, 2023
MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (RNS) — To Chuching Wang, who helped organize the vigil, it was deeply moving to see people of different ethnicities and religions unite in the aftermath of the shooting that struck the Chinese American community.

Faith-based organizations urge Biden not to enact ‘asylum ban’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 23, 2023
(RNS) — The proposed policy 'borders on a wealth test for some of the most vulnerable children and families,' said one advocate.

At March for Life, a jubilant crowd prepares for state-level fights

By Jack Jenkins — January 20, 2023
WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'It's really going to move more towards a local level,' said a priest and university president from Ohio, who attended the march.

New book spotlights influence of Pentecostalism on California’s Mexican farmworkers

By Alejandra Molina — January 20, 2023
(RNS) — 'Sowing the Sacred: Mexican Pentecostal Farmworkers in California' recounts how 'divine healing' was seen as a pragmatic way to care for impoverished workers who lacked regular access to medical care.

Man sues Denver archdiocese over abuse by convicted priest

By Colleen Slevin — January 20, 2023
DENVER (AP) — The lawsuit targets Timothy Evans, a priest convicted in 2007 of sexually abusing other teens in two Colorado counties around the same time frame.

After Roe, 50th March for Life a turning point for national, state abortion protests

By Adelle M. Banks and Jack Jenkins — January 19, 2023
(RNS) — Since last summer’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, much of the focus of the abortion fight has moved to statehouses.

Pope, ahead of Congo visit, sends prayers for church bombing

By Associated Press — January 19, 2023
ROME (AP) — Sunday's bombing in Kasindi, a town in North Kivu province, killed at least 14 people and injured more than 60.

Cardinal Pell will be interred in Sydney crypt in February

By Associated Press — January 19, 2023
SYDNEY (AP) — Pell will lie in St. Mary’s from Feb. 1 before he is interred in the cathedral’s crypt the next day, Sydney’s Catholic Archdiocese said in a statement.

Kenyan faith leaders fight to preserve ‘Sunday best’ at church

By Fredrick Nzwili — January 18, 2023
(RNS) — While some of the new debate over dress codes in church has to do with morality, one Catholic priest explained a more practical concern: ‘One needs to be properly dressed so that they are not a distraction to other worshippers who want to focus on their creator.’

Christians represented significant faction of capital rioters in Brazil

By Eduardo Campos Lima — January 17, 2023
SÃO PAULO (RNS) — At least four evangelical pastors were among those arrested in the aftermath of the attack.

Pell’s ‘catastrophe’ memorandum stains his legacy

By Thomas Reese — January 17, 2023
(RNS) — Pell was cowardly and disloyal in authoring an anonymous memorandum attacking Pope Francis.

35 Black churches to receive total of $4 million for preservation work

By Adelle M. Banks — January 16, 2023
(RNS) — The new grant program honors the history of Black churches ‘while also investing in their physical permanence and financial sustainment into the future,’ an official said.

New testimony at Vatican financial trial details intrigue over key witness’s deposition

By Claire Giangravé — January 13, 2023
(RNS) — The credibility of Monsignor Alberto Perlasca, a key witness to the Vatican prosecutors in the financial mega-trial, is currently being questioned.
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