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Catholic, international aid agencies press for end of war in Yemen

Catholic and international aid organizations are pressing for an end to Yemen's worsening war, where the United Nations says one child dies every 10 minutes.

Decentralization, simplification heart of curial reform, official says

Pope Francis' call for a missionary church that is focused on preaching the Gospel will be the guiding principle of the apostolic constitution that will govern the Roman Curia, the secretary of the pope's international Council of Cardinals said.

Faith groups could be taxed on transit, parking benefits for employees

Leaders of a diverse group of faiths, including the Catholic Church, and the heads of religious nonprofit organizations are urging Congress to repeal a change in the Internal Revenue Code that would tax houses of worship and other nonprofits for parking and transit benefits they provide to their employees.

Jesuit priest who led teacher training center killed in South Sudan

A Jesuit priest from Kenya was reported killed in central South Sudan, according to local media.

Young adults want ‘genuine leadership’ in church, bishop says

Near the close of the U.S. bishops' Baltimore meeting, the church leaders turned their attention to the concerns of Catholic youths and young adults.

Defining, protecting human rights is a common endeavor, speakers say

An unbalanced focus on the word "rights" without a primary focus on the word "human" can lead to situations where the interests of the powerful or the wealthy prevail over the good of all human beings, which is what the Universal Declaration of Human Rights attempted to promote, said the Vatican secretary of state.

Lay Advisory Board to help promote healing, renewed sense of mission

Recognizing the many gifts the laity bring to the Church, Archbishop Bernard Hebda is forming a Lay Advisory Board to meet with him quarterly, helping him promote healing and a renewed sense of mission in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Comments at listening sessions showed need for racism pastoral

During discussion at their Baltimore assembly on the U.S. bishops' new pastoral letter, "The Enduring Call to Love: A Pastoral Letter Against Racism," Bishop Robert J. Baker of Birmingham, Alabama, said the document's message was needed, as the civil rights movement "began 60 years ago and we're still working on achieving the goals in this document."

Scalia, Staubach among seven who receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Late Associate Justice Antonin Scalia and former NFL quarterback Roger Staubach, both devout Catholics, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in a White House ceremony.

Deceased bishop accused of abuse while a priest in St. Cloud Diocese

Bishop Donald Kettler has added the name of Bishop Harold Dimmerling to the list of clergy likely to have abused minors, according to a Nov. 12 statement from the Diocese of St. Cloud.