Wednesday, November 20, 2019

International Catholic News

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...

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...

‘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...

Pope: Prostitution is ‘disgusting vice’ that tortures defenseless women

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Prostitution is a horrendous crime that reduces vulnerable women to tortured slaves who are at the mercy of their clients, Pope Francis said.

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...

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 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...

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 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...

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 opens cardinals’ discussion of Curia reform; new offices explained

By Carol Glatz and Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Cardinals meeting at the Vatican discussed better ways to balance the responsibilities of local bishops and of the Roman Curia,...

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...

People express heartache, outrage as they mourn shooting victims

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The tragic taking of nine lives at a historically black church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, brought an outpouring of solidarity, compassion and sorrow from around...

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...

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 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...

The devil’s in the details: After-school Satan club seeks OK

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It's 3 p.m. Do you know where your children are? Parents, schools and school districts are paying even closer attention to after-school activities ever since a group...

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...

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: Don’t pretend to be teens; help youths see blessings of...

ROME (CNS) -- Instead of "pretending to be adolescents," parents must help young people see the blessing of growing into adulthood, Pope Francis told priests, religious, catechists and parish...

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...

Courage, strength needed for peace in the Holy Land, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- There is a need for great courage and strength in order to reject hatred and to carry out acts of peace in the Holy Land,...

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...

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...

Helping the poor is not a papal fad, but a duty,...

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As the rich get richer, the increasing misery and cries of the poor are ignored every day, Pope Francis said. "We Christians cannot stand...

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...

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...

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...

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...