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VALENCIA, Spain -- A Spanish cardinal warned Catholics that their country is on the verge of a communist revival.

Committee to recommend Australian bishops give laity certain controls

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YANGON, Myanmar -- A six-person committee charged with reviewing church governance and management is expected to present Australia's bishops with a plan to overhaul the management of the church in the country.

McCarrick moves from Franciscan friary to new location

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WASHINGTON -- Theodore McCarrick, the former cardinal who was laicized by the Vatican in 2019 after numerous claims of abuse by him were substantiated, moved Jan. 3 from the Capuchin Franciscan friary in Kansas where he had been living since late 2018.

French bishops approve removal of gendered terms from baptism certificates

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OXFORD, England -- The French bishops' permanent council has approved a recommendation to remove gender references for parents on baptismal certificates.

German bishop dampens hopes of shared Communion between Protestants and Catholics

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ERFURT, Germany -- Bishop Gerhard Feige of Magdeburg voiced skepticism about a recent proposal by German theologians for Catholics and Protestants to reciprocally open access to Communion.

CNN settles lawsuit with Covington Catholic student

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WASHINGTON -- CNN reached an undisclosed settlement Jan. 7 with Nick Sandmann, a Kentucky Catholic high school student who sued the cable news outlet for defamation over its coverage of an incident that occurred after last year's March for Life.

After missile attack, USCCB president urges leaders to seek peace

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WASHINGTON -- Hours after Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement calling for urgent prayers "that our world's leaders will pursue dialogue and seek peace."

Catholic church damaged by earthquakes in Puerto Rico

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WASHINGTON -- At least one person has died and one Catholic church was destroyed by the latest of a series of earthquakes to rock Puerto Rico.

New rules in China target unregistered Catholic, Protestant churches

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SIEM REAP, Cambodia -- The Chinese government has targeted unregistered Catholic and Protestant churches with a new expansion of rules and regulations governing religious organizations.

'No end in sight to the horror': Australian bishops respond to fires

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CANBERRA, Australia -- Saying that "there is no end in sight to the horror which confronts us," Archbishop Mark Coleridge, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, said the bishops have implemented a national response to months of wildfires.

Following terrorist attack, Kenyan Catholic leaders sound alarm

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NAIROBI, Kenya -- Catholic leaders in Kenya are sounding an alarm after a terror attack killed three Americans and forced local people to flee.