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Pakistan's bishops concerned about increasing violence against religious minorities (Fides)

Islam is the official religion of the South Asian nation of 211 million (map), the fifth most populous in the world. 96% of Pakistan’s people are Muslim, 2% are Christian, and 1% are Hindu.

In Bangladesh, Church leaders plead for peace after massacre spreads panic (UCANews)

The violence “spreads panic among priests who travel to villages under the surveillance of various political parties, and our people also live in fear,” said Father Albert Soren of the Archdiocese of Chittagong.

Bishops join 1,000 other faith leaders to oppose federal executions (National Catholic Register)

“As faith leaders from a diverse range of traditions, we call on President Trump and Attorney General Barr to stop the scheduled federal executions,” the signatories said in their statement (Google doc). “As our country grapples with the COVID 19 pandemic, an economic crisis, and systemic racism in the criminal legal system, we should be focused on protecting and preserving life, not carrying out executions.”

Bishops offer action steps to address issues of racism (Chicago Catholic)

The US bishops’ Subcommittee of African American Affairs has published “nine action steps to help diocesan bishops and parish communities look at the issue of racism and to encourage change.”

Almost 30% of regular Mass-goers never go to Confession, Philadelphia survey finds (

“Seventy-five percent of them reported that they go to confession once or twice a year or never, and that ‘never’ portion was almost 30%,” said Meghan Cokeley, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s evangelization director, following a survey of 17,000 area Catholics. “These are regular Mass-goers … our ministry leaders, parish council members, finance council people.”

EU bishops' commission outlines vision for Europe's recovery (COMECE)

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the EU (COMECE) issued its 11-page statement as Germany began its rotating 6-month EU presidency. COMECE was joined by the Conference of European Churches (CEC), a fellowship of over 100 Orthodox and Protestant communities.

Holy See renews call for 'concrete solutions' to refugee crisis (Holy See Mission)

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, addressed a UN refugee agency meeting devoted to “Resettlement and Complementary Pathways.”

'This is a saga that did not need to occur': US bishops welcome Little Sisters' Supreme Court victory (USCCB)

“Contraception is not health care, and the government should never have mandated that employers provide it in the first place,” said the chairmen of the bishops’ committees on religious liberty and pro-life activities, following the Supreme Court decision in Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania (CWN coverage). “Even after the federal government expanded religious exemptions to the HHS contraceptive mandate, Pennsylvania and other states chose to continue this attack on conscience.”

'Deeply regrettable': Catholic Health Association rues President Trump's WHO decision (Catholic Health Association)

The United States notified the United Nations that it is withdrawing from the World Health Organization.

Pope Francis: Seek the face of the Lord, encounter Christ in suffering refugees (Vatican Press Office)

On July 8, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the Santa Marta Chapel (video) to commemorate the 7th anniversary of his first apostolic journey to the Italian island of Lampedusa (map).