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Australian prelate urges faithful to vote against same-sex marriage 

An Australian archbishop has urged Catholics to register to vote, in advance of a unusual postal referendum on legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

Cardinal Parolin, Patriarch Kirill won’t discuss papal visit 

When he visits Moscow later this month, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, will not be making plans for a papal visit to Russia, according to a spokesman for the Russian Catholic bishops’ conference.

Pope ‘greatly disturbed’ by Barcelona attack, prays for victims 

Pope Francis has sent a statement of sympathy and a promise of prayers to the victims of terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, Spain.

Over 1 million people have fled South Sudan for Uganda 

More than 1 million refugees from South Sudan have flooded into Uganda, as the situation in the war-torn African country becomes intolerable.

Cardinal Urosa: Venezuelan bishops reject foreign military intervention, whether from US or Cuba 

The Catholic bishops of Venezuela “reject any foreign military interference” despite the country’s critical situation, said Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas.

U.S. Bishops Conference Chairman Statement in Response to Barcelona Terror Attack

WASHINGTON—Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on International Justice and Peace, has issued the following statement in response to today's terror attack in Barcelona:

"Once again, an act of terror has taken more than a dozen lives and injured scores of others. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops unequivocally condemns this morally heinous act and places itself in solidarity with the people of the Archdiocese of Barcelona and Spain at this terrible time of loss and grief.

Terrorist attacks on innocent civilians can never be justified. To directly attack innocent men, women and children is utterly reprehensible.

Our prayers are with the families of those slain and injured in a particular way as we also pray for an end to terrorism. May God comfort the afflicted and convert the hearts of those who would perpetrate such acts. May our Lord bless both our world and those suffering today from this attack with the gift of peace."

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Catholic Church in Russia recalls victims of Communism 

The secretary-general of the Russian Catholic bishops’ conference has asked Christians in the West to help keep alive the memory of Russian Christians who died under Communist persecution.

Protests follow prison death of Pakistani Christian 

Christians in Pakistan have staged public demonstrations to demand an investigation into the death of a Christian man who died in police custody.

In foreword for book by abuse victim, Pope Francis repeats pledge to take action

Pope Francis has written a foreword to a new book by a Swiss man who was a victim of clerical abuse.

Church in El Salvador establishes Office of Lay Martyrs to honor civil-war victims

The Catholic Church in El Salvador has established an Office of Lay Martyrs, to honor those who were killed during the country’s civil war.