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Labor MP opens up about father's sex abuse, takes aim at church leaders

Labor MP Paul Edbrooke has opened up about the sexual abuse his father suffered in the Catholic Church while taking aim at Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli’s controversial refusal to comply with..
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

Abortion groups in South Africa can't find doctors willing to perform abortions

Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug 24, 2019 / 03:38 pm (CNA).- Despite efforts by abortion advocates to expand the number of abortion clinics in South Africa, doctors in the country are largely unwilling..
CNA - Published

New West Virginia bishop addresses scandals head-on at installation Mass

Wheeling, W.V., Aug 23, 2019 / 04:43 pm (CNA).- After nearly a year without a bishop, due to the scandal-ridden former Bishop Michael Bransfield, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in West Virginia has..
CNA - Published

Church, Nitschke at Queensland euthanasia probe

Church leaders and the man dubbed Australia's Dr Death will make their cases to a parliamentary committee examining euthanasia on Friday.
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

Suspected Hindu radicals arrested in India after attack on Catholic pilgrims 

Velankanni, India, Aug 22, 2019 / 05:24 pm (CNA).- Six suspected members of a radical Hindu group were arrested in India this week after dozens of Catholics were attacked on a Marian pilgrimage. On..
CNA - Published

Church: Free speech protects decision to fire teacher

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Catholic church leaders in Indianapolis are citing the First Amendment as a defense to a lawsuit filed by a teacher who was fired because he’s in a same-sex marriage. The..
Seattle Times - Published

A climate plea to Scott Morrison from a churchman of the Pacific's sinking nations

The Pacific region's church leaders are asking Australia's Prime Minister to act to protect God's creation as he prepares to meet leaders in Tuvalu on Tuesday.
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

Kenya: Police Bar Worshippers From Nairobi Sda Church As Ugly Wrangles Persist

[Nairobi News] Anti-riot police barred worshippers from entering the Nairobi Central SDA Church (Maxwell) on Saturday as the fallout among church leaders continue. - Published

What the Church does - and does not - teach about gun control 

Denver, Colo., Aug 8, 2019 / 05:12 pm (CNA).- Jordan Anchondo and her husband, Andre were shopping for school supplies for their five-year-old last Saturday morning at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. They..
CNA - Published

Mashrou' Leila concert in Lebanon canceled after church pressure

Lebanon's Byblos festival has canceled a concert by the indie rock band Mashrou' Leila "to prevent bloodshed" after calls from church leaders accusing the band of blasphemy and death threats on social..
Reuters - Published Also reported by •Reuters India

Leading South African prelate calls on fellow bishops to work to end violent protests (SACBC)

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka, the new president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, said that “there are some unnerving developments that make one wonder if [President Cyril]..
Catholic Culture - Published

Another diocese in DR Congo steps up efforts against Ebola (CNS)

Church leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have called for international help to contain Ebola, and the World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak a “public health..
Catholic Culture - Published

Mashrou Leila: Lebanese band concert cancelled to 'avoid bloodshed' after attacks from church leaders

Popular Lebanese band received threats of violence in run up to appearance
Independent - Published

Bill to legalize abortion delayed after pushback in New South Wales

Sydney, Australia, Jul 30, 2019 / 03:02 pm (CNA).- A bill that would decriminalize abortion in the Australian state of New South Wales has been delayed at least a week after conservative complaints..
CNA - Published

Lebanon festival cancels Mashrou' Leila show after religious pressue

Lebanon's Byblos festival has cancelled a concert by Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila which was set for next week after calls from church leaders who accused the group of blasphemy.
Reuters India - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Philippines: Church Rejects Duterte’s Call To Revive Death Penalty

Catholic leaders in the Philippines are calling on Catholics and lawmakers to resist President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to revive the death penalty. The president called for its reinstatement during..
Eurasia Review - Published Also reported by •CNA

Ho Chi Minh City archdiocese warns against deviant devotions

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Jul 27, 2019 / 06:01 am (CNA).- The bishops of the Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City warned Monday against a false Marian devotion and other deviant ritual practices meant to..
CNA - Published

Lebanese rock band takes center stage in freedoms debate

BEIRUT (AP) — A popular Mideast rock band known for its rousing concerts and lyrics challenging social norms in the conservative Arab world is once again at the center of a heated debate about..
Seattle Times - Published

Lebanese church demands cancellation of Mashrou' Leila show

Lebanese church leaders have demanded the cancellation of a concert by Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila on the grounds its songs are blasphemous, leading the group to say it is the target of a campaign..
Reuters India - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Pope Francis names Mark Brennan to follow Bransfield at West Virginia diocese

Vatican City, Jul 23, 2019 / 04:01 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Tuesday named Bishop Mark Brennan the Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia following financial corruption and alleged sexual assault..
CNA - Published

Catholic Church in Germany lost 200,000 members last year

Berlin, Germany, Jul 22, 2019 / 10:55 am (CNA).- Continuing a years-long trend, the Catholic Church in Germany saw a significant drop in membership this past year, losing more than 200,000 members in..
CNA - Published

Vatican announces new restrictions on disgraced Bishop Bransfield

Wheeling, W.V., Jul 19, 2019 / 01:57 pm (CNA).- Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, Bishop emeritus of Wheeling-Charleston, will no longer be allowed to participate in public Masses or live within his former..
CNA - Published

Congolese Church leaders urge international help to contain Ebola (CNS)

On July 17, the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern.”
Catholic Culture - Published

Religious Persecution Is Global Problem, Pence And Pompeo Tell Ministerial

By Matt Hadro Religious persecution is a concern for the entire global community, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a religious freedom gathering on..
Eurasia Review - Published Also reported by •CNA

Pete Buttigieg courts black church leaders in Bible Belt

CBS News spoke with black pastors in South Carolina about the challenges Buttigieg faces in wooing African-American voters in the South
CBS News - Published

Pakistan: Court Frees Pastor Charged With Blasphemy

By Kamran Chaudhry A court in the Pakistani city of Lahore has acquitted a Pentecostal preacher two years after his arrest for alleged desecration of Islam’s holy book, the Quran, and insulting..
Eurasia Review - Published

Insecurity: Leave Adeboye alone, confront government, CAN tells protesters

The body said the protest against Mr Adeboye is a "systematic insult against church leaders in Nigeria". The post Insecurity: Leave Adeboye alone, confront government, CAN tells protesters appeared..
Premium Times Nigeria - Published

Thousands of Irish pro-lifers rally in Dublin, say abortion law must go

Dublin, Ireland, Jul 8, 2019 / 04:51 pm (CNA).- An estimated 10,000 Irish pro-life advocates attended the first major pro-life rally and march in Ireland since the country implemented permissive..
CNA - Published

Judge OKs state's motion to dismiss fetal manslaughter case

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — The manslaughter charge against an Alabama woman who lost her fetus when she was shot during a fight was dropped Saturday. Circuit Judge David Carpenter granted the state's.. - Published

Are Economic Sanctions On Iran Just?

By Matt Hadro Economic sanctions are often seen as a more humane alternative to military conflict. But as some observes warn that sanctions on Iran are beginning to restrict the availability of..
Eurasia Review - Published Also reported by •CNA

China: Crack Down On Religious Funerals, Weddings

As the Communist Party of China continues to tighten its grip on the regulation of religion and religious activity, a human rights group is reporting that officials are disrupting religious rites and..
Eurasia Review - Published Also reported by •CNA

Church leaders ignored reports of bishop's lavish spending (Washington Post)

Senior Church officials received complaints several years ago about the lavish personal spending by Bishop Michael Bransfield of Charleston-Wheeling, West Virginia, a Washington Post investigation has..
Catholic Culture - Published

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