Vatican City
Reuters

The Vatican's Academy for Life on Friday praised the US Supreme Court's decision on abortion, saying it challenged the world to reflect on life issues, but also called for social changes to help women keep their children.

The Vatican department also said in a statement

Sana'a, Yemen
Reuters

Yemeni architect Zaid al-Kuhlani watched his workers dab white paint around stained glass windows from scaffolds, part of a large-scale restoration effort of UNESCO-listed historic Old Sana'a that has endured years of bombings during the war. 

Others used pulleys and ropes to lift the city's

RNS

When Rev Frank Tumino, pastor of St Augustine, walked into his Catholic church in the Park Slope neighbourhood of Brooklyn on the last Saturday in May, he found physical and spiritual wreckage: Angels that had decorated the front of the building were decapitated, Communion wafers were scattered

Mexico City, Mexico
AP

Two Jesuit priests and a tour guide murdered in Mexico’s Sierra Tarahumara this week are the latest in a long line of activists, reporters, travellers and local residents who have been threatened or killed by criminal gangs that dominate the region.

Revs Javier Campos,

Mexico City, Mexico
Reuters

Brazil and Mexico were among the countries registering the biggest declines in anti-corruption efforts as the pandemic and inflation pushed fighting graft lower on public agendas in Latin America, according to a ranking released this week.

The 2022 Capacity to Combat Corruption Index,

Rome, Italy
AP

The Vatican on Thursday released the itinerary for Pope Francis’ 24th to 30th July visit to Canada, providing a sign he intends to go ahead with the trip despite knee problems that forced him to cancel a six-day visit to Africa also planned for next

Kigali, Rwanda
Reuters

Commonwealth leaders meet in Kigali on Friday to discuss cooperation on topics from trade to health to climate, against a backdrop of criticism of the host Rwanda's human rights record and of a British policy to deport asylum seekers there.

The Commonwealth, a club

Vatican City
RNS

After opening its trove of Pius XII’s papers to scholars in 2020, the Vatican is making available to the public almost 40,000 files containing appeals by Jews fearing Nazi persecution for help from the wartime Pope. The decision, announced on Thursday, follows reports by researchers

Khartoum, Sudan
Reuters

Violence in western Sudan this month alone has displaced more than 84,000 people, doubling the number of those driven from their homes so far this year, according to UN reports.

The numbers are the highest since January, 2021. Last year, at least 440,500 were

Vatican City
RNS

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the second-highest-ranking official at the Vatican, told reporters on Thursday that reports predicting Pope Francis will retire due to his ailing health “are just rumours.”

“There is nothing to comment on,” Parolin said when asked about the possibility that Francis might follow

United States
RNS

Commissioners for the Presbyterian Church in America approved a motion to leave the National Association of Evangelicals on Wednesday at the PCA’s General Assembly in Birmingham, Alabama.

It’s the third time in the past decade the theologically conservative Presbyterian denomination has considered a measure

Dhaka, Bangladesh/Guwahati, India
Reuters

Authorities in Bangladesh are bracing for the spread of waterborne diseases and racing to get drinking water to people stranded in their homes by flooding across a quarter of the country, an official said on Thursday.

Nearly 2,000 rescue teams, along with the army,

Gayan, Afghanistan
Reuters

Aid began arriving on Thursday in a remote part of Afghanistan where an earthquake killed 1,000 people, with Taliban officials saying the rescue operation was almost complete. 

The magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck early on Wednesday about 160 kilometres south-east of Kabul, in arid mountains

Kyiv, Ukraine
Reuters

Ukraine became a candidate to join the European Union on Thursday, a bold geopolitical step triggered by Russia's invasion that Kyiv and Brussels hailed as an "historic moment". 

Starting on the long path to EU membership will be a huge boost to morale in

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