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The fate of a Filipino Catholic priest and 40 hostages taken captive by Islamic militants in May remains uncertain despite reports that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have taken control of the grand mosque in Marawi, a the last remaining rebel stronghold...


Two members of the Truth Justice and Healing Council - the body established by the Australian bishops and religious orders to liaise with the Royal Commission - have spoken out, with Vice Chair Ms Elizabeth Proust telling the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that she was "pessimistic" about the Church's willingness to reform and Council member Professor Greg Craven criticising the Commission and media coverage...


Parishes in Macau Diocese held special Masses on 28 August for those killed and affected by a super typhoon that struck in late August...


The Vatican obviously is concerned about terrorist threats, "especially for the senseless hatred" it represents, and will continue to remain vigilant, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state...


With floodwater as high as 20 feet from swelling bayous and waterways, thousands of homes in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston flooded as Tropical Storm Harvey continued to batter southeast Texas on 28 August...

 


Pope Francis will make the first ever papal visit to Myanmar later this year, in a trip that is set to highlight the plight of persecuted Muslims in the country and the Vatican’s increased diplomatic influence in the east...


A Catholic priest in the Arlington Diocese who wrote a column asking forgiveness for the time he spent as a member of the Ku Klux Klan 40 years ago when he was "an impressionable young man" has never paid court-ordered restitution for cross-burning and other racist actions he pleaded guilty of doing at that time...


Pope Francis is very likely to visit Myanmar and Bangladesh before the end of the year, a Vatican source has told Reuters news agency...


While government officials had an obligation to find a safe and dignified alternative for housing some 800 refugees squatting in an abandoned building in the centre of Rome, the way police went about it led to violence, Rome's Caritas agency has said...


The liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council are “irreversible” and ensure that people rather than clerics are at the centre of Catholic worship, Pope Francis has said... 



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