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Maine diocese says priest will return to ministry

By Associated Press — July 28, 2022
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Rev. Robert Vaillancourt of Maine is set to return to active ministry after a yearlong investigation into sexual abuse allegations against the Roman Catholic priest.

Pope Francis condemns colonialism, old and new, in speech to Canadian authorities

By Claire Giangravé — July 27, 2022
QUEBEC CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis expressed his ‘deep shame and sorrow’ during a meeting with government officials, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Kansas nuns oppose abortion-related state amendment, challenging archbishop

By Jack Jenkins — July 27, 2022
(RNS) — “A church sign said, ‘Jesus trusted women. We do too,’” reads the nuns’ letter.

Pope in Quebec amid decline of Catholic Church in province

By Rob Gillies — July 27, 2022
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Although nearly all of the province’s 6.8 million French speakers have Catholic roots, fewer than 10% attend Mass regularly, compared with 90% several decades ago.

Pope in headdress stirs deep emotions in Indian Country

By Anita Snow — July 27, 2022
(AP) - Some members of Indigenous tribes said they found the gesture incongruous with the past transgressions at church-run schools that Francis apologized for.

Pope Francis touts the ‘treasure’ of grandparents at Indigenous pilgrimage site

By Claire Giangravé — July 26, 2022
LAC STE. ANNE, Canada (RNS) — Tuesday marks the feast day of Jesus’ grandmother, St. Anne, a figure beloved by Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Who is St. Anne and why is she so important to Indigenous peoples?

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 26, 2022
(RNS) — As the pope visits Canada, he will celebrate the Feast of St. Anne in the country. He also will visit several sites dedicated to the saint, whom Catholics believe to be the mother of Mary and the grandmother of Jesus.

After listening to Indigenous peoples, pope gives comprehensive apology

By Thomas Reese — July 26, 2022
(RNS) — The penitential pilgrimage of Pope Francis should be an example to all church leaders who need to apologize to victims of church leaders and other Christians.

A religiously diverse Edmonton hosts Pope Francis’ visit

By Peter Smith — July 26, 2022
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — In a sign of cross-religious cooperation, volunteers to help with Pope Francis’ visit have come from the local Muslim community, the Salvation Army and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Tribal leaders, members react to pope’s apology on schools

By Associated Press — July 26, 2022
MASKWACIS, Alberta (AP) — He expressed sorrow over the schools' systemic marginalization, denigration and suppression of Indigenous people, languages and culture.

At Indigenous church, Pope Francis lays out his vision for reconciliation in Canada

By Claire Giangravé — July 25, 2022
(RNS) — Pope Francis praised the work of local communities that help Indigenous 'side by side, day by day.'

These adoptees refuse to be Christian pro-life poster kids

By Kathryn Post — July 25, 2022
(RNS) — They're challenging the often-religious argument that adoption is a simple, sacred and mutually beneficial solution to abortion.

For Biden, Palestinian struggle has an Irish Catholic cast

By Daoud Kuttab — July 25, 2022
(RNS) — The comparison to the Irish reflects a new and important value to Palestinians who aspire to live in a free and independent state of their own.

In Canada, Pope Francis apologizes to Indigenous peoples, says it’s only ‘first step’

By Claire Giangravé — July 25, 2022
MASKWACIS, Canada (RNS) — Pope Francis apologized for 'the ways in which, regrettably, many Christians supported the colonizing mentality.'

Catholic hospitals’ growth impacts reproductive health care

By David Crary and Susan Haigh — July 25, 2022
PUTNAM, Conn. (AP) — Concerns in blue states pertain to such services as contraception, sterilization and certain procedures for handling pregnancy emergencies.
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