Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte issues executive order on contraceptives: The Philippine president's executive order that the government begin distributing free contraceptives to the poor by 2018 may face delays because of a pending case before the country's Supreme Court.
Preview: Hunger levels are so severe in southern Madagascar that many in remote villages have eaten almost nothing but cactus fruit for up to four years.
Despite violence against them, representatives of Turkey's small Catholic minority insist they'll resist intimidation and are counting on the Islamist government to provide protection.
Upcoming presidential elections in Somalia: Bishop who serves as apostolic administrator sees signs of hope, but he says changes are needed.
In an open letter, 11 German priests from the Cologne archdiocese have urged the church to take action regarding women's ordination and priestly celibacy.
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.
Workshops in the Central African Republic promote healing: "Even though the situation we have now is difficult, with God's mercy, we can rebuild our country and reconcile with each other," said Hada Katidja Siba, one of the workshop participants.
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.
New video released featuring kidnapped Catholic priest: A desperate videotaped appeal by a Catholic priest kidnapped in Yemen by Islamic extremists last March surfaced over the Christmas holidays, raising new hopes for his release but also concerns about his health and the state of efforts to free him.
The deletion of a paragraph about command responsibility affects Colombian prosecutors' ongoing investigations of generals in the "false positives" scandal in which the military is accused murdering civilians.