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Priests who have children must accept responsibilities: Irish bishops

The Catholic bishops of Ireland are calling upon priests who have fathered children to accept their parental responsibilities.

Nigerian archbishop makes plea for obedience in divided diocese

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos has issued a plea to the priests of the troubled Ahiara diocese to accept the authority of Bishop Peter Okpaleke.

Papal greetings for Methodist-Waldensian synod

Pope Francis has sent a message of greeting to leaders of the Methodist and Waldensian churches, who are holding a synod in Turin this week.

Bolivian bishops rap president’s decision to open tribal land for development

Church leaders in Bolivia have criticized President Evo Morales for signing legislation that will allow development in a national park and in previously protected tribal lands.

Papal adviser: critics of Amoris Laetitia guided by ‘intellectual Pelagianism’

Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez, a close adviser to Pope Francis, has defended Amoris Laetitia, saying that critics of the papal document are guilty of an “intellectual Pelagianism” and caught in a “death trap.”

Vatican delegate expects Holy See to approve Medjugorje apparitions

Archbishop Henryk Hoser, who was sent to Medjugorje by Pope Francis in March to investigate the spiritual welfare of the community, has said that he expects the Holy See to approve the reported apparitions there.

Philippines: bishops protest killing as 76 die in drug raids

The Catholic bishops of the Philippines renewed their appeal for an end to government-sponsored violence after a weekend in which 73 people were killed in raids on suspected drug dealers.

Societies must support, promote migrants and refugees: papal message

The Vatican has released the message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which will be observed on January 14, 20018.

USCCB: prelate decries Barcelona terrorist attack

The chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace lamented the August 17 terrorist attack in Barcelona.

Bishop demands end to Mapuche violence against churches

A Chilean bishop called upon radical activists of the indigenous Mapuche people to stop burning down churches, according to a Fides report.