Friday, July 19, 2019

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...

Planned Parenthood says it will no longer take payments for fetal...

By Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) -- The president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America said Oct. 13 that the organization's clinics will no longer accept reimbursement for...

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...

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...

Back-to-school homework for students includes preparing to meet pope

By Christie L. Chicoine NEW YORK (CNS) -- Being called to the principal's office during the school year can cause angst even among the most mischievous students. But for those...

Marginalized take center stage at World Youth Day 2019

By Rhina Guidos PANAMA CITY (CNS) -- One thing is clear about World Youth Day 2019: This one is not focused on convening great masses of people, or the most...

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...

Families called to share joy, love, life with the world, pope...

DUBLIN (CNS) -- In a stadium of Catholic families from around the world, Pope Francis told the laypeople they are the vast majority of church members and that, without...

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...

Three cardinals end service on pope’s Council of Cardinals

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Three members of Pope Francis' Council of Cardinals have officially ended their service as papal advisers on the reform of the Roman Curia In...

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...

Cardinal: Britons crying out for more generous response to migrants

LONDON (CNS) -- Images of drowned refugees are causing the British people to cry out for a more generous response to the migrant crisis engulfing Europe, said an English...

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...

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...

Pope marries couple on flight during Chilean trip

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO IQUIQUE, Chile (CNS) -- Love was literally in the air as Pope Francis performed an impromptu wedding ceremony at 36,000 feet aboard his flight...

Pope arrives in Cuba calling for freedom, better U.S.-Cuba relations

By Cindy Wooden HAVANA (CNS) -- Pope Francis began his visit to Cuba praying for greater freedom for the island's people and calling on U.S. and Cuban politicians to continue...

Mother Teresa to be canonized Sept. 4; pope sets other sainthood...

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Kolkata a saint at the Vatican Sept. 4. The date was announced March 15 during an "ordinary...

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...

‘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...

#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...

Pope asks prayers for refugees after 71 found dead in truck

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis joined Austrian church leaders in praying for the 71 refugees found dead in an abandoned truck near Vienna and he condemned the smuggling...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

‘Invest in love,’ pope says on first World Day of the...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- People have a basic choice in the way they live: either striving to build up treasures on earth or giving to others in order to...

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...

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,...