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Catholic priest found dead in northern Mexico

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A Mexican priest was found dead on Jan. 11: The body of Father Joaquin Hernandez Sifuentes, 42, was discovered in Parras de la Fuente, approximately 90 miles west of his working-class parish in Saltillo, while his vehicle was discovered abandoned in another state, the Coahuila state prosecutor's office said in a statement. At least 16 priests have been killed since December 2012, according to a count by Mexico's Catholic Multimedia Center.

Bishop says Turkish Catholics fearful, but government supportive

Catholic Church in Turkey: A church leader in Turkey said Catholics are fearful about attending church after recent terrorist attacks, but insisted local Christians can count on government protection. "Although we can move around freely, people are understandably afraid of coming to Mass and there's been a drop in participation," said Bishop Ruben Tierrablanca Gonzalez, apostolic vicar of Istanbul.

Catholic leaders in Congo welcome church-mediated accord

Peace talks in Congo: Catholic leaders in Congo said they hope for lasting peace, after the bishops' conference helped mediate a government-opposition accord. "We're all saluting this great step, the fruit of a dialogue arranged by the church," said Msgr. Leonard Santedi Kinkupu, rector of Kinshasa's Catholic University and former of secretary-general of the bishops' conference.

Church in Kerala state forms support group for transgender people

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Transgender rights in India: The church in India's Kerala state has formed a group of priests, nuns and laypeople to respond to the pastoral needs of transgender people, reported ucanews.com. "The whole church has a big role to play," said Father Paul Madassery, who is in charge of pro-life support for the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council. He noted Pope Francis had talked about the need to give "pastoral care to the LGBT community."

The wider church can learn from Latin America

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There is a general recognition of the energy generated by the methodology and theology of the Latin American church. Where does this sense of something new come from and what does it mean for our church? What we should not expect is a series of new authoritative pronouncements or dogmas, nor a denial of the existing ones. Rather, what we might expect is a new way of being church, a church very much involved in and related to the ordinary, daily life of our universe.

Chinese senior party official: Catholics in China should integrate into socialist society

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Chinese Catholic relations: Chinese Catholics must run their church independently — implying at arm’s length — from the Vatican, and guide believers on a "Sinicisation path", said a senior Communist Party official, as China and the Vatican seek to improve relations.

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