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Australia to amend religious freedom bills to consider health facilities

The Australian government said it will make changes to religious freedom legislation concerning religious hospitals and aged-care facilities, after the Catholic Church pushed for changes to a recently released draft legislation package.

Synod appears to be moving toward ordination for married men in Amazon

The synod of bishops meeting in Rome appears to be moving toward recommending the ordination of married men in the Amazon region.

While no one can predict what the bishops will do, one Brazilian bishop recently estimated that two-thirds of the bishops at the synod will support ordaining "viri probati" — a church phrase meaning "married men of proven virtue."

Pew report: Older US Christians being quickly replaced by young 'nones'

The United States is steadily becoming less Christian and the number of people with no religion is rising. 

40% of Muslim students in CA report being bullied due to religion, according to survey

Muslim youths in California schools are bullied at double the rate of students across the nation, according to a report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

North American indigenous support Amazonian indigenous at synod

As the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon heard pleas to defend the rights of the region's indigenous people and of the land they hold sacred, indigenous leaders from Canada and the United States came to Rome to support them.

Four N.Y. priests placed on leave; accused of abuse dating back decades

The New York Archdiocese has placed four of its priests — three pastors and the director of priest personnel — on administrative leave following an allegation of abuse with minors dating back several decades.

Copy Desk Daily, Oct. 17, 2019

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'What Do You Believe Now?' Film follows up with millennials 17 years later

In 2002, filmmaker Sarah Feinbloom interviewed six millennial teenagers about their faith traditions for a documentary titled "What Do You Believe?"

In Manhattan, a parish where people 'want to be'

The Field Hospital: For decades, the Church of St. Francis Xavier has intentionally wanted everyone to feel welcome — and it shows in the pews. "People will go out of their way to come here for the liturgy, for the community, for preaching that's not afraid to engage the issues at hand," says its new Jesuit pastor. 

Francis, the comic strip

Francis, the comic strip: The synod for the Amazon brings the people of the Amazon region to Rome.