A series of attacks and confrontations against Catholics in Venezuela has marked a renewed deterioration of relations between the church and the national government. Some church leaders have openly speculated that the events could form part of a broader, coordinated campaign.
Yangon, Myanmar -- In an interview with NCR, Cardinal Charles Bo said the Catholic Church is helping to rebuild Myanmar as it emerges from six decades of military rule and isolation.
"Compassion fatigue should have no room at this moment," as millions of refugees are still in need, said Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, former Vatican representative to U.N. agencies in Geneva.
Global Sisters Report: Participants at AMOR XVII in Yangon, Myanmar, said they would carry with them the message of ecological conversion.
The Patriarch of Alexandria, who presides over the entire Orthodox Church in Africa, followed up on his 2016 decision to reintroduce women deacons and appointed six nuns to be subdeaconesses.
Some Eastern European bishops are expressing reluctance to welcome refugees, or urging that displaced Christians be given preferential treatment, or remaining silent on the refugee crisis in Europe.
Pope Francis hasn't been back to Argentina since he became pope four years ago.
The Catholic Church has predicted that British pharmacists could be forced to dispense lethal drugs under plans to prohibit conscientious objection on the grounds of religion.
Philippine House passes measure to reinstate death penalty: "Certainly we are for the campaign against drugs, and we know drugs can have very serious harmful effects on families," said Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of Cagayan de Oro. "But also we would like to say that drug offenders should not be subject to the death penalty, because it's not a humane and Christian way of dealing with the problem."
Cardinal John Tong of Hong Kong sees progress in resolving the key issue of who has authority to appoint bishops, though other challenges remain.