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Brothers of Italy’s Giorgia Meloni attends the center-right coalition closing rally in Rome on Sept. 22. Italian voters cast ballots on Sunday, Sept. 25 in an election that has been billed as crucial as Europe reels from the repercussions of war in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
For the first time in the nation’s history, a woman, Giorgia Meloni, 45, could become prime minister. She would lead Italy’s 70th government since 1946.
people standing around a large pride flag of many colors in belgium in may 2018
Politics & SocietyNews
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Belgian bishops have created a prayer liturgy for same-sex couples, which cites Pope Francis' "The Joy of Love," and states that same-sex relationships can be a source of joy.
Pope John Paul II greets Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at the Vatican Nov. 18, 1990.
Politics & SocietyNews
Catholic News Service
When Mikhail Gorbachev, who died on Aug. 30, first met with Pope John Paul in December 1989, less than a month after the Berlin Wall’s collapse, the two leaders “understood each other immediately.”
The first cargo ship to leave Ukraine since the Russian invasion, the Razoni crosses the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, on Aug. 3. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
Sean Callahan, president and C.E.O. of Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services, returned last month from tours and consultations with C.R.S. partners in Ukraine, Ghana and Ethiopia.
FaithNews
Simon Kajan — KNA
“We will not tire of emphasizing that the church in Germany will not follow a ‘German special path’,” said a joint statement by the Synodal Presidium, the president of the German Bishops’ Conference and ZdK President Irme Stetter-Karp.
The pope shakes hands with a priest. Behind the priest, others wait in line.
FaithNews
Junno Arocho Esteves - Catholic News Service
In an address to members of three religious orders, the pope asked for "zero tolerance" for abusers in the church and expressed his "closeness" with the people of Ukraine.