Prayers mark one month since Sri Lanka bombings

Hundreds of Catholics pray outside the bombed St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, marking one month since the Easter Sunday suicide attacks that killed 258 people in Sri Lanka. The Catholic schools in the country have also reopened, as the country tightened security with soldiers placed in front of the school entrances.

Suit seeks to hold Vatican at fault for abuse

A lawsuit in federal court in Minnesota seeks to trace a direct line from clergy sex abuse victims, through Minnesota church officials, to the Vatican, with claims made by three brothers who were abused by a Catholic priest. (May 14)

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Pope Francis arrives in Bulgaria for Balkan visit, meets PM

Pope Francis arrives at the airport in Bulgaria, where he is greeted by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. The Pope will meet members of the tiny Catholic community, but the main Orthodox Church has rejected the idea of holding joint prayers with the pontiff. IMAGES of his arrival

DISTURBING: Bloody aftermath at St. Anthony’s Church, where one of 6 blasts struck in Sri Lanka

Six explosions rocked Catholic churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka as Christians began Easter Sunday celebrations, with at least 140 killed and hundreds more injured.

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Sri Lanka blasts: People gather outside Colombo hospital demanding answers about their relatives

Six explosions rocked Catholic churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka as Christians began Easter Sunday celebrations, with more than 40 killed & hundreds injured, local authorities confirmed. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9sq1

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‘Way of the Cross’ Catholic procession marks Good Friday in Jerusalem

Thousands of Catholics celebrate Good Friday by taking part in the “Way of the Cross” procession through Jerusalem’s Old City.

Extreme Easter: Flogging, crucifixions in Philippines

People in the Philippines mark Good Friday with ritual crucifixions and self-flagellation — extreme affirmations of faith performed every Easter in Asia’s Catholic outpost. Nearly 80 percent of people in the Philippines are Catholic, a legacy of the nation’s 300 years of Spanish colonial rule that ended at the turn of the 20th century.

Church bells toll in Chicago to support Paris

Catholic churches in Chicago rang their bells in unison Wednesday as a show of support for the Archdiocese of Paris after devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. (April 17)

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Croatian doctors refuse to carry out abortions on moral grounds

On paper, abortion has been legal in Croatia for decades. But in practice, the option is increasingly unavailable to women in the mainly Catholic country, where rising religious pressure means an increasing number of doctors are refusing abortions on moral grounds. According to a recent survey, 6 out of 10 doctors in public hospitals do not provide abortions by invoking their legal right to “conscientious objection.”

Catholic school sex abuse case goes to trial in Spain

A former gym teacher at a Catholic school accused of sexually assaulting students goes on trial in Barcelona, as a growing trickle of abuse allegations shakes the Church in Spain.