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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