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Retired Archbishop Fiorenza dies; was tireless social justice advocate

Retired Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza, the longtime bishop of Galveston-Houston and a tireless social justice advocate throughout his priesthood, episcopacy and in retirement, died Sept. 19. He was 91.

Bishops in Belgium authorize prayer for committed gay couples

The Flemish-speaking bishops of Belgium have appointed a contact person for ministry to and with gay Catholics and have authorized prayer for committed gay couples on the condition it is clear that it is not equivalent to a wedding blessing.

Canadian bishops working with Vatican on statement rejecting 'Doctrine of Discovery'

A date for a new papal statement on the Doctrine of Discovery, promised by Pope Francis on his way home from Canada to Rome, has not been announced. But whenever it happens, it is likely to address core concerns of Indigenous people in Canada and in many other parts of the world.

Activists in Louisiana's 'Cancer Alley' hail halt to petrochemical complexes

The judge's decision on a proposed plastics factory "sends a message to polluters like Formosa that communities of color have a right to clean air, and we must not be sacrifice zones," says Sharon Lavigne of Rise St. James.