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Russia blames rising Covid cases on lack of vaccinations

Russia's government has blamed a surge in COVID-19 cases on reluctance among Russians to have vaccinations. It comes amid concerns about a new Delta variant of the coronavirus following a reported record of more than 9,000 infections in Moscow, mainly with the new strain.

Raisi wins Iran presidential election

The Iranian judge, a protege of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, won a landslide victory Saturday in the country's presidential election, in a vote that saw the lowest turnout in the Islamic Republic's history

World Refugee Day: A clarion call to protect and support migrants

This 20 June, World Refugee Day shines the spotlight on the plight of migrants and refugees with calls to protect and support those on the move and forced to flee.

US Bishops vote in favor of drafting document on Eucharist

The US Bishops meeting at their spring general assembly approve a plan to draft a text focusing on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the church. The vote in favor of the document came on the last day of their three-day gathering, which focused on a range of issues regarding the life of the Church.

Robert Schuman, father of European unity, on path to sainthood

Pope Francis has authorized the promulgation of a Decree advancing the causes for canonization of European statesman Robert Schuman, as well as ten Polish nuns martyred by Soviet troops at the end of World War II. The heroic virtues of a number of other holy men and women were also officially recognized.

Pope: "Deacons are the guardians of service in the Church"

Pope Francis on Saturday met a group of permanent deacons from Rome Diocese and spoke to them about their role, which he said is not a substitution for a priest or a bishop.

Caritas Europa: protect, promote and welcome on this World Refugee Day

The United Nations on Sunday marks its 20th World Refugee Day. Looking ahead to the observance, Caritas Europa describes the plight millions of people face worldwide as they seek refuge in countries that fight to send them back to where they are fleeing from.

US Supreme Court rules in favor of Catholic foster care agency

The United States Supreme Court upholds religious freedom in a unanimous ruling in the Fulton vs. Philadelphia case, which pitted a Catholic foster care agency against the Pennsylvanian city.

WHO: 1 in 100 deaths is by suicide

Over 700 000 people lose their life to suicide every year says a new study by the UN’s health agency.

Covid-19: UK records biggest daily rise in cases

The UK records over 10,000 daily coronavirus cases for first time since February. The current rise in infections is being blamed on the delta variant, which was first identified in India.