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Russian forces have driven out all Greek and Roman Catholic clergy from the occupied areas of Ukraine, said the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Shevchuk condemns Russian attack on Kyiv children's hospital

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A July 8 attack by Russia on a children's hospital and other civilian targets throughout Ukraine is "a sin that cries out to heaven for revenge," said the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem condemns Israeli army strike on Catholic school

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The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem issued a strong condemnation after the Israeli military targeted a Catholic school in Gaza that killed four people, including a senior Hamas official.

Cardinal Nichols congratulates new British prime minister after Keir Starmer moves into 10 Downing Street

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After a landslide victory for Labour party in July 4 elections in the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Keir Starmer moved into 10 Downing Street and was congratulated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, who offered his prayers as the Labour leader forms a new government.

Vatican excommunicates Archbishop Viganò, found guilty of schism

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Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former nuncio to the United States, has been excommunicated after being found guilty of schism, the Vatican said.

Judge says effort to shut down Catholic ministry to migrants violates Texas' religious freedom act

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A state judge July 2 denied Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's effort to shut down Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, a Catholic nonprofit serving migrants.

Pope Francis praises release of two Ukrainian priests from Russian captivity

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Pope Francis prayed in thanksgiving for the release of two Ukrainian Catholic priests who were held in Russian captivity for more than 19 months, calling on Christians to pray for the release of all prisoners of war.

Kenya bishops plead for calm amid storming of parliament, deaths and injuries

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The Kenyan capital descended into chaos June 25 as protests over legislation dubbed a finance bill left several dead and dozens injured. The country's bishops called for peace and urged the president not to accede to the measure aimed at raising revenue by levying additional taxes.

British bishop's historic ordination shows Rome's strong support for ordinariates' mission

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The first bishop of a special diocese in Great Britain created for Catholics of the Anglican tradition has welcomed the pope's show of support and predicted the fledgling Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham will continue growing and strengthening.

Louisiana public schools must post Ten Commandments, other historical documents

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Public school classrooms in Louisiana will now be required to display the Ten Commandments by the start of 2025 as part of a new educational reform law signed by Gov. Jeff Landry.

Vatican accuses former US nuncio Vigano of schism, begins trial

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The Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith has begun an extrajudicial penal trial to determine if Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former nuncio to the United States, is guilty of schism, the archbishop said on social media.