Friday, November 24, 2017

International Catholic News

Mom who lost son in Sandy Hook massacre urges people to...

By Dan Russo DUBUQUE, Iowa (CNS) -- Nicole Hockley's message from Newtown, Connecticut, to people at two different venues in the Dubuque area was clear: "Our hearts are broken, but...

Meeting reporters on plane, pope defends his teaching on social issues

By Cindy Wooden ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM CUBA (CNS) -- Pope Francis defended his position on the economy, the environment and other social issues as faithful repetitions of the...

French churches get increased security before feast of Assumption

By Catholic News Service PARIS -- Catholic churches in France have been placed under police protection and urged to take extra security measures against possible Islamist attacks before the...

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,...

Vatican spokesman says church must be credible, transparent

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The clerical sex abuse crisis was a serious proving ground for the Catholic Church and its commitment to be open and honest with the world about...

Hybrid eyed as Pope’s next vehicle

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI will be travelling in greener style in the future when a project for a new hybrid pope-mobile gets off the drawing boards and...

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...

Couples with kids, cohabitating are among those marrying at papal Mass

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Among the men and women Pope Francis was set to unite in marriage were Catholics who have been living together as well as...

Pope unveils new agency to promote ‘new evangelization’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI unveiled a new Vatican agency to promote "new evangelisation" and assigned it the task of combating the "de-Christianisation" of countries that were first...

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...

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...

Catholic Charities agencies helping storm-damaged southern U.S.

By Carol Zimmermann WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic Charities agencies were on the ground assessing damage after a series of storms with deadly tornadoes and massive floods swept through the southern...

‘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 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...

First-ever cardinal appointed for Tonga

by PETER GRACE Tonga is celebrating its first cardinal, with the news that Bishop Soane Patita Paini Mafi has been elevated to that rank. Cardinal-designate Mafi was born in Tonga on...

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...

Vatican urges greater protection of Christian minorities

VATICAN CITY (CNS) In the wake of a deadly church bombing in Iraq, a Vatican official urged greater protection of Christian minorities in the Middle East. "The violation...

In Britain, despite protests, pope gets a fair hearing

LONDON (CNS) In terms of his primary objectives preaching the Gospel to his flock and defending the influence of religion in society Pope Benedict XVI can look at his...

Corrections to be made to new youth catechism

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will set up a special working group to collect reported errors and distribute corrections in translations of a...

Vatican disturbed by reports China forcing bishops to attend ordination

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The Vatican is disturbed by reports from mainland China that government officials are forcing bishops to attend an illicit episcopal ordination. "If these reports are...

Vatican welcomes European court decision on classroom crucifixes

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Crucifixes displayed publicly in Italy, including in classrooms, are a sign of Christianity's key contribution to European culture and civilization, said Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of...

Syrian Bishop Warns of Psychological Toll of Conflict

Beirut(Zenit.org)--A Syrian prelate has warned of the effects of the ongoing conflict, saying that it is “killing the Syrian people at a psychological level.” Chaldean Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo,...

Christian leaders express outrage after deaths at Baghdad cathedral

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The world's Christian leaders expressed outrage after an attack on the Syrian Catholic cathedral in Baghdad left 58 people dead and 75 injured. They also...

US author cites new evidence of communism’s ‘war’ with the church

ROME (CNS) That Pope John Paul II was a pivotal figure in the fall of European communism is accepted as a truism, but many details of that drama have...

Pope beatifies predecessor in Rome

VATICAN CITY (CNS) "John Paul II is blessed because of his faith a strong, generous and apostolic faith," Pope Benedict XVI said on May 1 just minutes after formally...

Philippine cardinal hopes synod debate goes beyond Communion question

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The separation of married couples is a huge issue in the Philippines and other parts of Asia, not because of divorce but because...

Irish Prime Minister on abuse

DUBLIN (CNS) Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has accused the Vatican of adopting a "calculated, withering position" on abuse in the wake of a judicial report that accused the...

Christian leaders meet Obama, discuss concerns for Mideast minorities

By Barb Fraze WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Eight Eastern Christian leaders spent 40 minutes talking to President Barack Obama about the situation of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East....

Pope Benedict’s WYD: Space made for silence, solemnity

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI has put his own stamp on the church's celebration of World Youth Day, and it's especially clear in the gathering's moments of prayer....

Same-sex unions ‘penalise’ traditional marriage, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Same-sex unions "penalise" traditional couples and distort the true nature of the family, Pope Benedict XVI said. The many crises that families face are "caused...

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