Wuerl is one of the most prominent leaders affected in the clergy sexual abuse crisis roiling the Catholic Church.
An estimated 700,000 Rohingya people have fled to Bangladesh to escape brutal violence by Myanmar’s military. Another 40,000 have taken refuge in India.
Funding liturgical translations also helps preserve indigenous languages at risk of being lost.
Anna Shammas and Rami Ziadeh are founders and pastors of an Arabic-speaking United Methodist congregation that reaches out to other migrants—and to the German-speakers in the church.
It was the first time diplomats from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea joined such an event.
Critics called on the bishops to allow outside investigators full access to church sexual abuse records and support changes to statutes of limitations.
The church in Ukraine has been tied to the Moscow Patriarchate for hundreds of years, although many Ukrainian parishes have split off over the past two decades.
Israel is home to approximately 144,000 Jews of Ethiopian descent, the majority of whom immigrated to Israel in the 1980s and 1990s.
O’Day was known for her integrity in biblical interpretation.
The development comes nearly seven decades after the Holy See and Beijing severed official relations.