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Church in Kerala responds to flood emergency (Vatican News)

The southwestern Indian state of Kerala (map) is 55% Hindu, 27% Muslim, and 18% Christian. Two Eastern Catholic churches (the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church and the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church) have their headquarters there, as do two Oriental Orthodox churches (the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church and the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church).

After 10 years of Boko Haram violence, Nigerians crave peace (AP)

In a Facebook post, the Nigerian bishops’ conference stated, “The group, whose name loosely translates as ‘Western education is forbidden,’ quickly advanced throughout the northeast region of Nigeria, striking homes, schools, markets, places of worship and places of work, killing thousands of people and leaving nearly 2.4 million people displaced across Nigeria as well as Cameroon, Chad and Niger.”

On 50th anniversary of Battle of the Bogside, Northern Ireland bishop reflects on ecumenism, Brexit (Vatican News)

“Two days of rioting that became known as the Battle of Bogside (after the Catholic area in which the confrontation occurred) stemmed from the escalating clash between nationalists and the RUC [Royal Ulster Constabulary],” Encyclopedia Britannica states in its article on the Troubles. “Thereafter, violent confrontation only escalated, and the Troubles ... had clearly begun.”

Lawsuit alleges retired Albany bishop sexually abused a teenage boy (Schenectady Daily Gazette)

Bishop Howard Hubbard, now 80, was bishop of Albany (NY) from 1977 to 2014.

Planned Parenthood to withdraw from Title X, unless court intervenes (NPR)

In March, the chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, while restating the Church’s “strong objections to government promotion and funding of contraceptives,” praised the Trump administration’s new rule separating abortion from Title X family planning.

New Pax Christi presidents look to elevate Church's nonviolence teachings (National Catholic Reporter)

Founded in 1945, Pax Christi is a Catholic peace movement. At a recent Vatican meeting, Pax Christi sought “to bring nonviolence from the periphery of Catholic thought on war and peace to the center—to mainstream nonviolence as a spirituality, lifestyle, a program of societal action, and a universal ethic.”

Woman sues Houston archdiocese over 'lay exorcism' (Crux)

A Texas woman has filed suit against the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, claiming that she suffered emotional damage as a result of a lay “exorcism” performed during a charismatic prayer service. Exorcisms are allowed only with the formal permission of the diocese. The parish where the incident occurred has suspended the activities of the charismatic prayer group.

Buffalo diocese hit with RICO suit (CNA)

A group of 22 plaintiffs has filed suit against the Diocese of Buffalo, New York, under the terms of the federal RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) statute, charging that the diocese—along with the local Jesuit province and a number of Catholic schools and parishes—engaged in a conspiracy to protect clerical abusers. “All the defendant(s) knew and/or reasonably should have known, and/or knowingly condoned, and/or covered up, the inappropriate and unlawful criminal conduct activities,” the suit charges.

Cardinal Sean Brady turns 80, becomes ineligible for conclave (CWN)

Cardinal Sean Brady, the retired Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, celebrated his 80th birthday on August 16 and becomes ineligible to participate in a papal conclave.

1 year after bridge collapse, Pope writes to people of Genoa (Vatican News)

The Ponte Morandi collapsed on August 14, 2018, leaving 43 dead.