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Vatican Issues New Guidelines for Parishes: 5 Things you Need to Know

The Congregation for Clergy on Monday published new guidelines for the world’s parishes, which aim to encourage parishes to think of themselves as missionary communities of evangelization. The guidelines do not publish new norms or policies for parish life, but they do encourage Catholics to think prayerfully about what their parishes are, and what they’re for. Here are a few ...

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Chinese Christians told to Replace Christ with Mao or Lose Government Support

Government authorities in Shanxi, China, are ordering people who receive government assistance to replace religious symbols in their homes, including pictures of Jesus, with pictures of Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping. Refusal to comply results in the assistance being taken away. The religious freedom magazine Bitter Winter reported last week that officials in the city of Linfen, Shanxi province, ...

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Eucharist Desecrated, Statues Smashed in Series of French Church Attacks

Credit: Unsplash. At least 10 incidents of vandalism and desecration of Catholic churches have been reported in France since the beginning of February, according to French news sources and watch groups. Vandals in Catholic churches throughout the country have smashed statues, knocked down tabernacles, scattered or destroyed the Eucharist, burnt altar cloths and torn down crosses, among other acts of ...

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Pope Francis’ Hospital Boat Delivers Aid to Pandemic-Hit Amazon

By Courtney Mares A hospital boat named after Pope Francis has been delivering medical aid along the Amazon River as rural communities struggle amid Brazil’s devastating coronavirus outbreak. “This vessel has already done great miracles in the lives of our riverside people, bringing health and hope,” Franciscan Brother Joel Sousa told the Brazilian bishops’ conference news portal. Since the boat ...

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Polish President Duda Visits Marian Shrine after Narrow Election Win

Andrzej Duda visited Poland’s national Marian shrine Monday following his narrow presidential election victory. Duda attended evening prayer at the shrine of Our Lady of Częstochowa at Jasna Góra Monastery July 13 after he emerged as the victor in a run-off with Warsaw mayor Rafał Trzaskowski. Duda, who is associated with the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), won a ...

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‘The Situation Is Truly Dreadful’: Church Choirs Struggle To Survive Pandemic

Musicians in England are warning that the coronavirus pandemic is likely to inflict lasting damage on the country’s church choirs. Charles Cole, the director of two Catholic choirs in London, said that children’s choirs were among the worst affected. “The situation is truly dreadful for all singers: for professionals, their livelihood is at risk, and for amateur singers there will ...

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New Ebola Outbreak in DRC Prompts Catholic Aid

Caritas Spain has announced that it will donate more than 23,000 euros – about $26,000 – to Caritas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to fight a new outbreak of Ebola in the country. The Catholic relief and development agency in the African nation has activated a response plan to contain the spread of the epidemic and to ...

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