Young Italian tech whiz to be beatified in October

Carlos Acutis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Carlo Acutis, a 15-year-old Italian teenager who used his computer programming skills to spread devotion to the Eucharist, will be beatified in October, the Diocese of Assisi announced.

State Department report: China among worst offenders of religious freedom

A participant holds a sign at a religious freedom rally in Washington July 10, 2019.

WASHINGTON (CNS)  — Top U.S. State Department officials singled out China as one of the world's worst offenders of religious freedom because it had subjected religious minorities to imprisonment and forced labor.

Bishop from Botswana writes farewell letter to friend George Floyd

Bishop Frank Nubuasah

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) — In a "farewell letter," a bishop from Botswana recalled meeting and befriending George Floyd and his family on a visit to the United States.