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NAIROBI, Kenya -- Sudanese people can now "worship and practice their various religious beliefs without fear," said the general secretary of the Sudanese bishops' conference.

Lacroix proposing ‘break’ from catechesis

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QUEBEC CITY -- Cardinal Gerald Lacroix asked parishes in the Archdiocese of Quebec to “pause” their catechetical programs to give them time to think about what comes next.

UN must stay true to ideals, cardinal says

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VATICAN CITY -- Cardinal Pietro Parolin, in marking the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, called on the organization to renew its commitment to the ideals upon which it was founded.

Canadian bishops' plenary adapts to the times

By Brian Dryden, Canadian Catholic News

OTTAWA -- The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a challenging learning experience for the Catholic Church in Canada, and that continued when the first-ever online Plenary Assembly of Canada’s bishops began Sept. 21 as bishops from across the nation gathered in front of their computers to get down to business.

British PM Boris Johnson's son baptized Catholic

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MANCHESTER, England -- A Catholic priest has baptized the infant son of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Quebec faith groups protest restrictions

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MONTREAL -- The Quebec government took religious leaders by surprise by announcing Sept. 20 that the maximum number of people allowed to participate in an event in a place of worship would be lowered from 250 to 50 in all regions of the province, starting Sept. 21.

Pompeo: Vatican-China agreement endangers Church's moral authority

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VATICAN CITY -- About 10 days before he was expected in Rome, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted that the Vatican "endangers its moral authority" by considering an extension of its 2018 agreement with China on the nomination of bishops.

Cardinal likens fading Christian presence in Middle East to a sinking ship

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BEIRUT -- Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai warned that the Christian presence in the Middle East is shrinking and church leaders "are called to face the winds that blow in our homelands."

Mining petition to be aired, should government stand

By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

If the Liberal government stands past the Sept. 23 throne speech, Martin Blanchet’s seven-year battle to get somebody with authority to look into how Canadian mining companies and others treat workers, communities and the environment in poor countries will finally get an airing in the House of Commons. 

Parents unite to fight racism

By Wendy-Ann Clarke, The Catholic Register

Parents in York Region looking for support while advocating for their Black children within the education system have another place to turn.

Faith leaders join forces over suicide strategy

By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

A Saskatchewan judge has ruled against the provincial government and in favour of the religious freedom of a Métis man fasting and praying on the front lawn of the Saskatchewan legislature for a more robust suicide prevention strategy.