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'Today, Russia ranks among the worst violators of religious freedom and human rights,' Ambassador Callista Gingrich said during a roundtable discussion on Ukraine held at the US embassy in Rome


Pope Francis’ council of cardinals advisers have issued a progress report setting out the guidelines for reforming the Roman Curia and what has been achieved after five years. 


Arriving on his second visit to Chile, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta said his mission to the country is a sign of Pope Francis' closeness to the local church following devastating reports of sexual abuse and cover-ups by members of the clergy.


Professor John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame in the US, has defended the "institution of universities" saying they are of enduring value at a talk given at Oxford University. 


As 32 nations get ready to vie for the World Cup in Russia, Pope Francis greeted players, organisers and football fans who will be following "this event that overcomes all borders."

 


The South Korean Archbishop Kim Hee-Jung of Gwangju has called the outcome of the 12 June summit in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “a surprise and a joy”.

 


Catholic leaders in Zimbabwe are pushing for peaceful and fair elections in Zimbabwe as the country prepares to go to the polls for the first time since Robert Mugabe was removed from power.


Archbishop Mark Coleridge, President of the Australian Bishops’ conference, has described legislation extending mandatory reporting of child abuse to the confessional as “premature and ill-judged”.


Mgr Carlo Alberta Capella, a former diplomat at the Vatican’s embassy in Washington, has been ordered to stand trial in the Vatican’s courtroom on 22 June on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

 


Young Catholic adults go to Mass more regularly and have a better social conscience, but are also more stressed than eight years ago, according to new research


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