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Mali cardinal urges Catholic-Muslim peace efforts (The Tablet)

The West African nation of 19 million (map) is 89% Muslim, with 9% adhering to ethnic religions.

Turkish high court puts Hagia Sophia's future in Erdogan's hands (Fides)

Dedicated in 537, Hagia Sophia has been the cathedral of the Patriarch of Constantinople (until 1453), a mosque (until 1931), and a museum (since 1935).

Turkey deports 2 foreign Christian workers (Christian Solidarity Worldwide)

One is the pastor of a Protestant church in Istanbul; the other, the American wife of a Turkish pastor.

Pakistani Christian, attacked after moving into Muslim neighborhood, dies in hospital (Fides)

The attack took place in Peshawar, a city of 2 million.

Vatican spokesman pays tribute to Second Vatican Council as 'seed that continues to grow' (Vatican News)

Sergio Centofanti is co-deputy director of the Holy See Press Office.

San Francisco archdiocese 'surprised' by order to cease indoor, public Masses (Catholic San Francisco)

The City of San Francisco ordered the archdiocese to halt Masses that fail to comply with CO19 regulations.

As Congo turns 60, cardinal says the country has failed (CNS)

The nation of 87.3 million (map) is 52% Catholic and 43% Protestant, with 3% adhering to ethnic religions.

Hong Kong cardinal appeals for unity of the Church (Vatican News)

Cardinal John Tong Hon was Hong Kong’s bishop from 2009 until his retirement in 2017, and is currently apostolic administrator following the death of his successor, Bishop Michael Yeung. In recent weeks, Cardinal Tong and his predecessor, Cardinal Joseph Zen, have expressed contrasting views about new Chinese security legislation.

Court rejects diocese's suit against abortion coverage mandate (Albany Times-Union)

The Diocese of Albany (New York) argued that the state regulation “went against First Amendment protections for freedom of religion, speech, expression, the equal protection clause of the state and U.S. constitutions and certain separation of powers doctrines,” according to the report.

'Soft despotism' of anti-Catholicism on the rise, USCCB religious liberty chairman warns (CNA)

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami spoke of “these new Jacobins we see around”—a reference to the French Revolution (Encyclopaedia Britannica article).