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US parishes win Vatican appeal

US parishes win Vatican appeal

The Vatican has ruled that the Massachusetts diocese of Springfield did not adequately justify its decision to close three churches.

German theologians sign up to open letter

German theologians sign up to open letter

Over 200 German-speaking theologians have now signed an open letter calling for married priests and “women in Church ministry”.

Protest failure may cost Egyptian church

Protest failure may cost Egyptian church

Two priests with close links to Egypt have told the Catholic Herald that they fear the Egyptian Catholic Church may have lost credibility over its failure to back the protests that led to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.

Children are key to poverty eradication

Children are key to poverty eradication

The Holy See delegate to the United Nations, Archbishop Francis Chullikatt has called on nations to “invest in children” as part of the solution to poverty eradication.

JRS lauds Cambodian refugee centre closure

JRS lauds Cambodian refugee centre closure

The Jesuit Refugee Service has welcomed the closure of a United Nations refugee centre in Cambodia on government orders.

Australian uni offers year’s parental leave

Australian uni offers year’s parental leave

The Australian Catholic University is set to introduce 40 weeks’ paid leave to new mothers and fathers at 60 per cent of their normal pay – on top of the 12 weeks’ maternity leave on full pay for women and three weeks for men it already provides.

World priest numbers continue to rise

World priest numbers continue to rise

The number of Catholic priests in the world has increased consistently over the past decade and the 'relative superabundance' of priests in Europe and North America has begun to attenuate, the Vatican said.

Egypt in the wake of Mubarak’s departure

Egypt in the wake of Mubarak’s departure

Egyptians were left feeling angry, frustrated and uncertain with the country’s fluctuating political situation, a Catholic priest told the Catholic News Service just minutes before the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak was announced.

Greek Catholic Cardinal retires

Greek Catholic Cardinal retires

Pope Benedict has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, the Patriarch of Kyiv-Halych and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Catholic nurses face conscience obstacles

Catholic nurses face conscience obstacles

Pro-life nurses are facing greater restrictions on their ability to act according to their consciences, the president of an international Catholic nursing association said last week.

Benedict may visit Abraham’s birthplace

Benedict may visit Abraham’s birthplace

Iraq’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Brigade says Pope Benedict would like to visit the ancient city of Ur

Priest's reservations on new confession app

Priest's reservations on new confession app

Catholic Church officials in the US and the UK have given their blessing to the iPhone app that seeks to help prepare people for confession. But Father Brian Lucas of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference warns that its function is limited, the ABC reports.

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