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Recent surge in numbers of Jesuit priests in America attributed to the ‘Pope Francis effect’.


Polish police have raised the official security threat level at World Youth Day in Krakow, after an Iraqi man was arrested with traces of explosives. However, a police spokesman said the category of alpha, or high, was not linked to any concrete threat, adding that security arrangements were proceeding smoothly for the expected arrival of 2 million young people in the southern city...


Cardinal Vincent Nichols has joined with Muslim leaders in Europe to condemn the murder of a priest in France this morning. In a joint statement the Cardinal said their thoughts and prayers were with the victims of all those affected by the 'murderous assault' at the Church of Saint-Etienne–du-Rouvray in a suburb of Rouen in France...


Two Congolese athletes granted official refugee status in Brazil with the help of Caritas Rio de Janeiro are to make history as part of the first refugee team to compete in an Olympic Games.


Two armed men who took six people hostage including a priest and two nuns in a church in northern France have been shot dead, a police source has said, and early reports say that the priest has been killed...


Pilgrims will be subjected to random stop and searches, including personal luggage at all major events put on for World Youth Day in Krakow after a weekend of terrorist atrocities in Germany, which shares a border with Poland...


Pope Francis has once again called for prayer for goodness and fraternity after the 'terrible acts of violence' over the weekend in Munich, Ansbach and Reutlingen, in Germany, and Kabul, in Afghanistan over the weekend that saw the deaths of at least 90 people and injuries to several hundred more...


As Poland prepares to welcome Pope Francis for World Youth Day a statement from the Vatican has denounced an “artificially created fear of Muslims” in the country which it says is being fed by some political parties.


Parish priests, seminary teachers and senior diocesan officials are among signatories of a letter calling for Pope Francis to clarify that his landmark document on the family does not contradict Church teaching. 


Hillary Clinton’s running mate for the US presidency is a veteran politician and Catholic who was once a missionary.


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