Wednesday, March 20, 2019

International Catholic News

Catholic agencies begin work of rebuilding after Ecuador quake

By Catholic News Service QUITO, Ecuador (CNS) -- Catholic agencies are beginning to build temporary shelters for thousands of families in Ecuador made homeless by the South American country's worst...

‘Is my dad in heaven?’ little boy asks pope

ROME (CNS) -- After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighborhood's children. Question-and-answer sessions with youngsters...

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...

#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...

Vatican audit for 2015 to “commence immediately”

The Vatican’s Council for the Economy has appointed a new External Auditor for consolidated financial statements, PricewaterhouseCoopers. A statement from the Council for the Economy said the “important step” was...

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 to appoint advisory board in removing negligent bishops

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will set up a panel of legal experts to help him in deciding whether to remove a religious superior or bishop...

Benedict shows core of priesthood is being ‘immersed in God,’ pope...

By Carol Glatz Pope Benedict XVI's decision to retire and live a life fully dedicated to prayer represents one of the most important lessons he gives the world's priests, Pope...

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...

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...

Retired pope says criticism against Pope Francis is ‘foolish prejudice’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- On the eve of the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis' election, retired Pope Benedict XVI defended the continuity of the church's teaching under his successor...

Bishops object to death penalty as punishment in Boston bomber case

By Christopher S. Pineo and Gregory L. Tracy BOSTON (CNS) -- As the trial of Boston Marathon bombing defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev went to the jury April 6, the Catholic bishops...

Tyshawn’s funeral: an intersection of pain and anger

By Michelle Martin CHICAGO (CNS) -- The execution-style murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee was not what God wanted to happen, Father Michael Pfleger said at Tyshawn's funeral Nov. 10. "This is...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Alleged racism confrontation in US more complex than first portrayed

WASHINGTON (CNS) - An exchange between Catholic high school students and a Native American tribal leader in Washington on January 18 led to vilification on social media the following...

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....

‘Brexit’ vote concerns European church leaders that unity may be fractured

By Jonathan Luxmoore OXFORD, England (CNS) -- European Catholic leaders expressed concern that the decision by United Kingdom voters to leave the European Union threatened unity across the continent, but...

Priest berates unwed mother at baptism

Cebu City - The priest who berated a 17-year-old single mother at a baptism last Sunday apologized Tuesday, describing his behavior as unbecoming and cruel, Filipino newspaper Sun.Star reported. Fr...

Never again: Pope prays for Armenian genocide victims, future peace

YEREVAN, Armenia (CNS) -- In silence and in prayer while a mournful hymn was sung, Pope Francis formally paid tribute to the estimated 1.5 million Armenians killed by Ottoman...

Where silence should reign: Pope will pray, not speak, at Auschwitz

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Tears and not words. Prayers and not greetings.During his trip to Poland for World Youth Day, Pope Francis will go to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death...

Pope joins homeless people for private tour of Sistine Chapel

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While enjoying a private visit to the Sistine Chapel, a group of VIP guests -- homeless people who live around the Vatican --...

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...

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: 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...

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...

Everyone has a guardian angel to protect, guide in life, pope...

by Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Everyone has a guardian angel who is advising and protecting each individual on earth, Pope Francis said at morning Mass. Whenever people hear a...

Pope Francis arrives in U.S. to begin three-city visit

By Catholic News Service JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- Pope Francis arrived in the United States the late afternoon of Sept. 22 to begin his first apostolic journey as pontiff. His...

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After attacks, NZ bishops tell Muslims: ‘We hold you in prayer’.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (CNS) -- New Zealand's Catholic bishops have expressed horror and distress at a terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch that saw 49 people killed. The shootings...