Monday, June 25, 2018

International Catholic News

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,...

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...

Disability challenges us to see differently

by DEBRA VERMEER SYDNEY — The theology of disability is a way of looking at God and human beings from a perspective that is overtimes overlooked; a perspective that must...

Be shepherds concerned only for God and others, pope tells U.S....

By Cindy Wooden WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Acknowledging the real challenges and burdens the U.S. bishops face in their ministry, Pope Francis shared with them his own experience as a pastor...

Church joins U.K. project to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- The Catholic Church in England and Wales has joined a government project to resettle an estimated 20,000 refugees from the Syrian war. A parish in the...

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 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...

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...

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...

Bishop Pates, Pax Christi USA call for diplomacy to resolve Iraq...

By Dennis Sadowski WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Saying the United States has a special responsibility to the people of Iraq, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and...

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...

50 years later, nun sees results of pope-patriarch meeting

By Judith Sudilovsky JERUSALEM (CNS) -- In 1964, when Sister Frieda Nasser was 16, she was among 12 girls chosen to greet Pope Paul VI as he entered Bethlehem, West...

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...

Natural family planners cautious about new fertility monitoring apps

By Nancy Frazier O'Brien WASHINGTON (CNS) -- As new fertility monitoring apps such as Clue and Glow make news, specialists in natural family planning caution that any technological application is...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Pope expresses shock over violence in French church

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The murder of a priest in northern France, taken hostage with a handful of other faithful during a weekday morning Mass July 26, is another...

#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...

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...

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 honours Hayek, Clooney and Gere

Pope Francis recognised Hollywood actors Salma Hayek, George Clooney and Richard Gere for their contribution to the  Pontifical Foundation ‘Scholas Occurrentes’ at the conclusion of their World Congress. Scholas Occurentes...

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...

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 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....