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Portugal's clergy abuse commission wants more help from church officials

A commission created by the Portuguese bishops to investigate child abuse has so far received at least 326 allegations, and some commission members want better publicity to encourage victims to come forward.

Links: Mass murder in Texas; good news in Georgia; getting journalism right

Michael Sean Winters: Coverage of the school shooting in Texas; humanitarian assistance in Ukraine; midterm elections results

Francis, the comic strip

Francis, the comic strip: Brother Fabio has a heart-to-heart with Gabriella and Leo

The eerie parallels between the Southern Baptist and Catholic sexual abuse crises

Commentary: What the released report uncovered about the Southern Baptist Convention was shocking and unsurprising in equal measure for those of us familiar with abuse and cover-up in the Catholic context.

'When biodiversity flourishes, human life flourishes,' Vatican official says

An online discussion May 23 as part of Laudato Si' Week brought together religious, Indigenous and academic voices to highlight the importance of biodiversity and ways to better ensure its protection.

Come, Holy Spirit

Pencil Preaching for Thurday, May 26, 2022

US cardinal urges Italian bishops to track, share information about abuse

As Italian bishops debated how to respond to calls for a nationwide investigation into clerical sexual abuse and the way accusations have been handled, U.S. Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley of Boston encouraged them to move forward.

Texas bishop says mass shootings 'most pressing life issue'

Some U.S. bishops spoke out against the easy accessibility to guns in the country following a May 24 rampage that left at least 19 children and two of their elementary school teachers dead in Uvalde, Texas.

Pope greets Russian patriarch, criticized for 'naïve' policy

Pope Francis has sent a protocol greeting to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, assuring him of prayers on his patron's feast day and stressing the value of human life and wisdom.

Pope Francis heartbroken after Texas school shooting, calls for an end to gun trafficking

Pope Francis on May 25 said his heart was "broken" after at least 19 schoolchildren and 2 adults were killed in Texas in America’s latest school shooting and called for an end to the trafficking of firearms.