Friday, February 23, 2018

International Catholic News

Pope tells seminarians abuse crisis cannot discredit priestly mission

VATICAN CITY (CNS) In a letter to the world's seminarians, Pope Benedict XVI said that in the face of widespread religious indifference and the recent moral failings of clergy,...

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...

‘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...

Vatican statistics show overall increase in number of priests

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The number of Catholic priests in the world has increased consistently over the past decade and the "relative superabundance" of priests in Europe and North America...

Love, truth, not violent revolution, bring positive change, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Changing the world for the better does not come from leaders making grandiose promises or calling for a violent revolution, Pope Benedict XVI said: It comes...

Visitation to report that Irish church is near collapse, priest says

DUBLIN (CNS) Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley reportedly will tell Pope Benedict XVI that the Catholic Church in Ireland is "on the edge" of collapse due to the fallout from...

Telephone scam hits 1,000 employees, volunteers of Seattle Archdiocese

By Dennis Sadowski WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A nationwide telephone scam targeting taxpayers that is being investigated by federal agencies has involved more than 1,000 current and former employees and volunteers...

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: 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...

Church spokesmen downplay German cardinal’s remarks about Britain

LONDON (CNS) Spokesmen for the Vatican and the Catholic Church in England worked to downplay remarks by a former Vatican official who compared Britain to a "Third World country"...

Archbishop says mass media today seems more hostile to Christian values

DENVER (CNS) A new sentiment in the mass media seems more hostile to Christian values, Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a conference of 150 religion reporters on September...

Pope meets with father, uncle of CRS worker killed in Philippines

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service MANILA, Philippines (CRS) -- After praying publicly at a youth gathering for the repose of the soul of a Catholic Relief Services worker killed the...

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...

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,...

Some Australian bishops suggest restoring year-round Friday abstinence

By Matthew Biddle PERTH, Australia (CNS) -- Several Australian bishops said they would support re-establishment of year-round Friday abstinence in Australia, following the lead of England and Wales. Auxiliary Bishop Peter...

R U texting in church? Put the phone down!

By Angela Cave ALBANY, N.Y. (CNS) -- Entire families navigate their smartphones while sharing meals at restaurants. Students text in class. Parents take phone calls at their children's sporting events...

For Pope John Paul II, spiritual journey marked path to beatification

VATICAN CITY (CNS) As church officials keep emphasizing, Pope John Paul II is being beatified not for his performance as pope, but for how he lived the Christian virtues...

Vatican confirms request of five Anglican bishops to join church

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Five Anglican bishops have decided to join the Catholic Church and step down from their current positions with the Church of England, a Vatican spokesman said....

Panamanian learned he’ll be a cardinal when sister sent WhatsApp note

MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- Cardinal-designate Jose Lacunza Maestrojuan of David, Panama, learned of his elevation to cardinal via his smartphone. His sister, living in Spain, sent him a short...

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 earmarks Holy Thursday collection for disaster relief in Japan

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI has decided the collection taken up at his Holy Thursday evening Mass will be used to help those affected by the devastating earthquake...

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...

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 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...

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...

Vatican, Malaysia agree to establish diplomatic relations

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) After a meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, the Vatican and Malaysia reached an agreement to establish diplomatic relations for...

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...

Church leaders dismayed with Canadian court ruling on assisted suicide

By Catholic News Service OTTAWA, Ontario -- Canadian church leaders and advocates for the disabled reacted with dismay when the Supreme Court of Canada struck down laws against physician-assisted...

Vatican to hold sex abuse conference in February

The Vatican will hold an international conference on clerical sex abuse, in Rome next February, reports the Catholic News Agency. Psychologists, theologians and child-abuse specialists are expected to...

Pope’s teaching in new book deserves respect, Vatican official says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Technically, Catholics are not required to agree with Pope Benedict XVI's comments on political and even theological issues in a new book-length interview, but they do...