Cairo: Francis and Tawadros signed the surprise declaration at the Orthodox St. Mark Cathedral, a significant step forward in relations between the Roman Catholic and Coptic Orthodox Churches.
Belgium's Catholic Church has apologized for its role in mistreating mixed-race people, who were born in colonial times to European fathers and African mothers and later taken away for adoption.
"The history of many metis, born of a Congolese, Rwandan or Burundian mother and a white father (serving) in one of these countries, is an obscure episode of Belgian colonization," the bishops' conference said in an April 26 statement.
France's Catholic primate has condemned the current presidential campaign as his country's "worst ever" and urged Christians to help prevent democracy from "losing its sense."
The case filed against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court in The Hague is a "very good step" toward stopping drug-related killings, a Catholic bishop said.
Distinctly Catholic: A moratorium on lawsuits by Puerto Rico's creditors expires on Friday, April 28, so the time for action is now. Will Congress cave to hedge funds?
The State Department should add Russia to its list of the worst violators of religious freedom, a U.S. commission declared in its annual report.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, founded to advise the federal government on the issue, comes out with its own list of shame each year, citing the most abusive countries in a lineup consistently longer than the State Department’s.
This year, the USCIRF report included a dissenting report from its vice chair criticizing the commission for failing to investigate Israel.
Faith and Justice: In its annual report, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom lists 16 "countries of particular concern" where religious freedom violations are systematic, ongoing and egregious.
Zambians are living in fear as police brutality increases and the southern African country approaches dictatorship, Zambia's Catholic bishops said.
The bishops of Ontario said their meeting with Pope Francis was time spent with a brother bishop with similar joys and challenges in his pastoral work.
The attacks in the cities of Alexandria and Tanta were just the latest in a string of terror incidents at Coptic churches in Egypt over the last five years.