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After authorizing blessings for homosexual couples, the head of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, is facing backlash from multiple national churches and certain clerics across the globe.

Jerusalem church official: Gaza situation 'extremely catastrophic'

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The situation in the Gaza Strip is "extremely catastrophic," and people are dying not only from violence but from preventable illnesses, said the CEO of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Armed men kidnap 6 nuns, others in Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince

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Six nuns from the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Anne were kidnapped Jan. 19 while traveling on a bus in the country's capital, Port-au-Prince, according to the Haitian Conference of Religious.

Our Lady of the Cape to hit world stage

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Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Que.’s Our Lady of the Cape Marian statue will be a lady of the hour at the 10th National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis this summer.

Polish prelate offers help in case of jailed ex-members of government on hunger strike

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The hunger strike by two imprisoned ex-members of the Polish government has caused an international stir. Now the church wants to try to resolve the conflict.

Cardinal Filoni makes pilgrimage to Holy Land as sign of peace, solidarity

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Cardinal Fernando Filoni, grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, an ancient chivalric order of the Catholic Church rooted in the Holy Land, made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land as a sign of peace and dialogue during the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

Armenians won’t accept loss of Artsakh

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The 100,000 Armenians who fled en masse after Azerbaijan seized control of Nagorno-Karabakh — the enclave known to Armenians as Artsakh — last September are now facing a bitter winter as homeless refugees in Armenia.

U.S. bishops identify liberty concerns

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A new annual report by the U.S. bishops’ conference identifies five top threats to religious liberty in the United States, including a federal regulation it says could impose mandates on doctors to perform objectionable procedures and threats to the Church’s service to people who are migrants.

Notre Dame roof structure completed

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In a historic year for Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which the French capital and the whole world will see reopen Dec. 8, milestones will be reported on regularly, but this one made Parisians shed a tear or two: Reconstruction of the roof structure is now complete.

Bishop Rolando Álvarez released, exiled from Nicaragua after over 500 days of detention

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Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa has been released from prison and sent into exile along with 18 imprisoned churchmen as the Nicaraguan government expelled its most prominent critic, whose presence behind bars bore witness to the Sandinista regime descent into totalitarianism, along with its unrelenting persecution of the Catholic Church.

Not appropriate to bless same-sex couples in Africa, bishops say

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Reaffirming their fidelity to the pope and the Gospel, Catholic bishops in Africa have released a common response to a recent Vatican declaration, saying they "generally prefer" not to offer blessings to same-sex couples.