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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