Thursday, October 19, 2017

International Catholic News

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...

The devil’s in the details: After-school Satan club seeks OK

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It's 3 p.m. Do you know where your children are? Parents, schools and school districts are paying even closer attention to after-school activities ever since a group...

At Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue, cardinal blesses Olympic torch

High above the city, beneath the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio Cardinal Orani Tempesta blessed the Olympic torch, held by Brazil's former Olympic volleyball player, Maria Isabel Barroso...

It’s not right to equate Islam with violence, pope says

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM KRAKOW, Poland (CNS) -- An economy that focuses on the God of money, not human beings, is the foundation of terrorism, Pope Francis said. Speaking...

Pope expresses shock over violence in French church

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The murder of a priest in northern France, taken hostage with a handful of other faithful during a weekday morning Mass July 26, is another...

Church joins U.K. project to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- The Catholic Church in England and Wales has joined a government project to resettle an estimated 20,000 refugees from the Syrian war. A parish in the...

Churches among those swept up in Pokemon Go craze

By Jennifer Brinker ST. LOUIS (CNS) -- Since its release in the United States July 6, Pokemon Go has quickly become a cultural phenomenon. In the first week, the mobile game...

Pope calls attack on Nice act of ‘blind violence’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis condemned the attack on Bastille Day celebrations in France, calling it an act of "blind violence." The pope expressed his "deep sorrow" and "spiritual...

U.S. and Spanish journalists will lead Vatican press office

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis named two experienced journalists -- including its first female vice director -- to lead the Vatican press office. Greg Burke, a native of St....

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Faith, Fatima and family focus at Tawa

by PATRICIA SISON To commemorate the centenary of the apparitions of our Lady of Fatima (1917-2017), the Centre for Marriage and Family (CMF) organised events to rediscover the message of...