Wednesday, August 15, 2018

International Catholic News

Pope sends condolences after quake kills hundreds in Iran, Iraq

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis sent messages of condolence to people in Iran and Iraq after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed more than 400 people, mostly in Iran. The...

Pope tops 40 million followers on Twitter, 5 million on Instagram

By Matthew Fowler VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' @Pontifex Twitter accounts reached more than 40 million followers just a few months before the fifth anniversary of when Pope Benedict...

Pope pledges church commitment to fight child abuse online, offline

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Acknowledging how often the Catholic Church failed to protect children from sexual abuse, Pope Francis pledged "to work strenuously and with foresight for the protection...

Pope Francis prays for victims of Las Vegas shooting

Pope Francis has expressed his “spiritual closeness” to those affected by the deadly shooting in Las Vegas, which left more than fifty people dead, and hundreds more wounded, the...

Pope’s communications day theme: Truth in age of ‘fake news’

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Given the strong divisions sparked and fueled by "fake news," Pope Francis is highlighting the importance of truth in his message for World...

‘Share the journey,’ embrace migrants, refugees, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christ calls believers to welcome migrants and refugees "with arms wide open, ready to give a sincere, affectionate, enveloping embrace," Pope Francis said, launching the...

Manila cardinal asks churches to ring bells to remember drug-war deaths

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- Manila's cardinal has ordered church bells to be rung in that archdiocese every evening starting Sept. 14 to remember the thousands of people killed in...

At final Mass in Colombia, pope calls for change of culture

By David Agren CARTAGENA, Colombia (CNS) -- Pope Francis capped a five-day trip to Colombia with a call for culture change in a country attempting to pursue a path of...

Pope: Catholic social teaching can contribute to building just society

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholic politicians should be guided by the church's moral and social teachings when crafting legislation, Pope Francis said. Meeting with participants in the annual meeting of...

Pope, others pray as parents of Charlie Gard end legal struggle...

By Simon Caldwell MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- Pope Francis is praying for the parents of Charlie Gard after a U.S. doctor told them nothing could be done to help their...

Pope calls for respecting parents’ wishes to care for dying child

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis called for respecting the wishes of a terminally ill child's parents to accompany and care for their child "until the end." Greg...

Pope: Don’t pretend to be teens; help youths see blessings of...

ROME (CNS) -- Instead of "pretending to be adolescents," parents must help young people see the blessing of growing into adulthood, Pope Francis told priests, religious, catechists and parish...

Oregon Catholic father of four killed trying to protect fellow passengers

By Ed Langlois PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) -- On a crowded Portland commuter train May 26, a selfless Catholic father of four stepped forward to calm a tense situation. He was...

Priest says Egypt’s Christians feel they could be martyrs at any...

CAIRO (CNS) -- Christians in Egypt "are getting to this idea that we could be a martyr at any moment," the spokesman for the nation's Catholic bishops told Catholic...

Pope says Fatima visit is pilgrimage of peace and hope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In a video message to the people of Portugal, Pope Francis said he would visit Fatima as a pilgrim of peace and to entrust the...

Initial reaction to refugee ban ranges from concern to opposition

By Mark Pattison WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Within hours of President Donald Trump's new executive order March 6 banning refugees from six majority-Muslim nations, Catholic and other religious groups joined secular...

Pope: Lent breathes life into world asphyxiated by sin

ROME (CNS) -- Lent is a time to receive God's breath of life, a breath that saves humanity from suffocating under the weight of selfishness, indifference and piety devoid...

Philippine archbishop recalls deceased Cardinal Sin in time of upheaval

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- Expressing concern about thousands of deaths in the nation's so-called "war on drugs," the president of the Philippine bishops' conference has sought courage from a...

#Ashtags: When posting Ash Wednesday photos, use your head

By Carol Zimmermann WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Ash Wednesday seems to offer contradictory messages. The Gospel reading for the day is about not doing public acts of piety but the very...

Money, pride make people ignore God’s word, neglect others, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Without making room for God's word in their heart, people will never be able to welcome and love all human life, Pope Francis said. "Each life...

Pope writes to Syrian president, pleading for peace and aid corridors

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to do everything possible to end the war in his country, to protect civilians and to ensure humanitarian...

Pope chooses focus on Mary for upcoming WYD celebrations

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has chosen a focus on Mary for the next World Youth Day celebrations, which will be held in dioceses in 2017...

Filipinos abroad have internet options for All Saints’ and All Souls’...

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- Filipinos who live outside the country can offer Masses and prayers for their dead relatives on All Souls' Day through the internet. The Catholic Bishops' Conference...

Final resting place: Vatican releases instruction on burial, cremation

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Professing belief in the resurrection of the dead and affirming that the human body is an essential part of a person's identity, the Catholic Church...

Pope: Church’s mission is to attract people to Christ, not proselytise

by Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christians are called to follow the example of St. Therese of Lisieux, who helped draw people to Jesus by way of attraction,...

Christians aren’t greater than God, must forgive as he does, pope...

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- God wants people to be merciful, which means forgiving others and giving freely with love, Pope Francis said. "We don't have the power to...

Pope asks Jesuits to educate diocesan clergy in practice of discernment

ROME (CNS) -- When it comes to the Christian life, too many seminaries teach students a rigid list of rules that make it difficult or impossible for them as...

Vatican newspaper: ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is authoritative church teaching

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the "ordinary magisterium" -- papal teaching -- to which Catholics are obliged to give...

American “Iron Nun” featured in Nike commercial

The first scene of the 53 second commercial showed a deceptively frail-looking nun praying, then shushing the narrator for being noisy inside the church. Sister Madonna Buder, 86, was featured...

Pope prays for exploited women, Mary’s intercession on feast of Assumption

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Celebrating the feast of the Assumption just three days after visiting a group of young women rescued from the sex trade, Pope Francis prayed for...

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Spiritual and pastoral boost in Nth Shore parish

St Mary’s parish, Northcote, Auckland is endeavouring to respond to the pastoral and spiritual needs of the community.Parish priest Fr Lio Rotor said he was assigned to a very strong faith community...