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Pope names Special Delegate for the Memores Domini association

Pope Francis has named Archbishop Filippo Santoro of Taranto as his Special Delegate to the Memores Domini Lay Association. Archbishop Santoro will temporarily assume the governance of the association in order to safeguard its charism and preserve its unity.

Tiny San Marino votes in referendum on legalizing abortion

On Sunday, San Marino will vote in a referendum calling for abortion to be made legal in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Down syndrome advocates vow to appeal British court ruling on abortion

Two women who challenged the UK government over a law that allows abortion up to birth for disabled babies have vowed to take their case to appeal after it was dismissed by the High Court.

Pope sends condolences on death of Cardinal Urosa Savino

In a telegram, Pope Francis remembers the archbishop emeritus of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, who died late Thursday at the age of 79. The Venezuelan cardinal had been admitted to intensive care at the end of August. Cardinal Savino remained close to the suffering of the Venezuelan population to the very end, inviting political leaders to work together to peacefully resolve the political crisis wracking the country.

Pence hopeful the Supreme Court will restrict abortion in U.S.

Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that he is hopeful the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court created during his and President Donald Trump’s administration will soon overturn abortion protections in the United States.

Vatican: Racial, religious bigotry leads to human rights violations

World leaders must commit to rooting out the evil of racism, xenophobia and racial discrimination through meaningful legislation and action, said Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Vatican foreign minister.

McCormack, bishop panned for role in sex abuse scandal, dies

Retired Catholic Bishop John McCormack, who faced criticism for his role in Boston’s clergy sex abuse scandal and led New Hampshire’s diocese during its own reckoning, has died.

Boy Scouts’ bankruptcy creates rift with religious partners

Churches fears that an eventual legal settlement protecting the Boy Scouts of America from future sex-abuse lawsuits could leave many churches unprotected.

Guam appeals ruling striking down abortion restriction

Guam’s government is appealing a judge’s ruling that removed a barrier to women in the U.S. territory accessing telemedicine abortions.

Father pleads no contest to 2016 church drowning of daughter

A Northern California man has pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter charges in the 2016 drowning of his 4-year-old daughter in the baptismal pool of a Catholic church, authorities said.