Martyred Romanian bishops symbolize church’s ‘resurrection from darkness’

A cardinal incarcerated for 18 years after refusing to abandon his church and a bishop thrown in an unmarked grave after starving to death in an "extermination prison" are among seven communist-era martyrs who will be beatified by Pope Francis during his upcoming visit to Romania.
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Cardinal Parolin urges Poland’s bishops to continue unity with pope

The Vatican secretary of state praised the Polish church's traditional closeness to Rome as key to its survival under hostile regimes, in a speech marking the centenary of the nation's conference of bishops and diplomatic ties with the Vatican.
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Ex-agents in Poland face charges for framing Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko

Polish prosecutors have charged three former communist secret police agents with attempting to frame Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko before they abducted and murdered him.
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Ukrainian Catholics fear new war after naval clashes

Catholics in Ukraine said people fear a full-scale war with Russia, after a naval confrontation prompted the imposition of martial law in Ukraine's eastern regions.
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Keep faith to keep Poland independent, Catholic bishops say at centenary

Poland's bishops marked their country's centenary of independence by warning freedom could be lost again if Poles abandon their Catholic faith.
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Spanish church leaders criticize government plans on religion in schools

Spain's Catholic Church has voiced "deep concern" over plans by the new government to curb religious teaching and re-examine past accords with the Vatican.
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Church in Congo suspends sacraments during Ebola outbreak

The Catholic Church in Congo said emergency measures will remain indefinitely in place in parishes at risk of Ebola, and urged effective action against the disease by the government of President Joseph Kabila.
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In reorganization, Germany’s Trier Diocese to go from 172 parishes to 35

On Feb. 16, Trier Bishop Stephan Ackermann announced the diocese would reduce its 172 parishes to 35. Under the reorganization, to take effect in 2020, each new parish will he headed by a priest and two full-time laypeople, with one or two management volunteers.
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Belgian brothers group to keep offering euthanasia at psych facilities

Belgium's Brothers of Charity Group, which runs 15 centers for psychiatric patients, has rejected a Vatican order to stop offering euthanasia.
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Polish archbishop thinks Vatican will recognize Medjugorje apparitions

A Polish archbishop who inspected Bosnia-Herzegovina's Medjugorje shrine for the pope predicted the Vatican will soon recognize its Marian apparitions.
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Catholic leaders urge prayers, unity after attacks in Spain

Spanish church leaders urged prayers and national unity after two terrorist attacks left at least 19 people dead.
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