Friday, April 3, 2020

International Catholic News

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...

World Youth Day 2016 in Poland will offer ‘Message of Mercy’

By Jonathan Luxmoore WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- A new airport, improved road and rail links, a fleet of dream buses and "Youth Bible" are among features projected for the Catholic...

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’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...

Australian bishops, religious say they can’t violate seal of confession

SYDNEY, Australia (CNS) -- Australia's Catholic bishops and religious orders, responding to recommendations from the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, accepted 98 percent of its...

Pope asks forgiveness from victims of clergy sex abuse in Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile (CNS) -- Pope Francis, in his first formal speech in Chile, asked forgiveness from those who were sexually abused by priests. Addressing government authorities and members of the...

McCarrick case: Vatican starting to acknowledge mistakes

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis, Cardinal Marc Ouellet and an official Vatican statement seem to be laying the groundwork for an admission that mistakes were made in handling...

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...

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...

From nightmare to dream: Syrian refugees thank pope for safety

By Cindy Wooden ROME (CNS) -- After less than 48 hours in Rome, "dream" is the word used most often by the six Syrian adults Pope Francis brought back to...

Pope meets and honors Korean laypeople, religious and disabled

By Francis X. Rocca KKOTTONGNAE, South Korea (CNS) -- Pope Francis visited a set of Korean Catholic institutions exemplifying some of his highest priorities for the church, including engagement of...

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....

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...

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...

Cardinal says Planned Parenthood videos illustrate ‘throwaway culture’

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley said that Planned Parenthood officials' videotaped descriptions of how fetal tissue and organs are procured for researchers during abortions illustrates what...

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...

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

For Year of Mercy, pope extends possibilities for absolution

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In an extraordinary gesture for the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has extended to priests worldwide the authority to absolve women for the...

Texas governor: Response to prayer after accident made him stronger

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has not always lived life in a wheelchair. He was on his morning jog 31 years ago when...

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...

Holguin Catholics experience the unimaginable: papal Mass in public

By Rhina Guidos HOLGUIN, Cuba (CNS) -- The scene would have been unimaginable a few years ago: A Catholic Mass in Holguin's Revolution Plaza, where May Day parades and other...

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...

Cardinal vicar of Rome hospitalised with Covid-19

ROME (CNS) - Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, the papal vicar for Rome, was hospitalised after testing positive for the Covid-19 virus, the Diocese of Rome announced.

Bishop criticizes ‘faith-filled’ Catholics who spread fear of Muslims

DUBLIN (CNS) -- An Irish bishop has criticized Catholics who identify as "faith-filled" while spreading fear and mistrust of immigrants, particularly those who are Muslims. Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin,...

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...