Wednesday, September 20, 2017

International Catholic News

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...

As miners are rescued, Chileans unite in prayer

COPIAPO, Chile (CNS) As miners were pulled one-by-one October 13 from the tunnel in the San Jose mine in Copiapo, celebrations of thanksgiving replaced the round-the-clock vigils and special...

Iraqi priests sanctioned for seeking asylum without superiors’ consent

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Twelve Chaldean religious men and priests living in the United States, Canada, Australia and Sweden have been suspended from exercising their priestly ministry...

Pope, in book, says homosexuality incompatible with priesthood

VATICAN CITY (CNS) In his new book, Pope Benedict XVI strongly reaffirmed church teaching that homosexual acts are "disordered" and said homosexuality itself is "incompatible" with the priesthood. ...

Science is neither a panacea, nor to be feared, says pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Science is never to be feared, yet its discoveries will never be enough to answer all of the world's questions, Pope Benedict XVI told scientists and...

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"...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 audit for 2015 to “commence immediately”

The Vatican’s Council for the Economy has appointed a new External Auditor for consolidated financial statements, PricewaterhouseCoopers. A statement from the Council for the Economy said the “important step” was...

Ordination of man facing death ‘reflects Pascal Mystery,’ says bishop

By Rick Musacchio SAN ANTONIO (CNS) -- As William Carmona lay gravely ill in a San Antonio hospital bed, he repeatedly questioned his classmates from nearby Assumption Seminary: "Where is...

Pope removes Cardinal Burke from Vatican post

By Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis removed U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, 66, as head of the Vatican's highest court and named him to a largely...

Oldest member College of Cardinals, dies at 100

Italian Cardinal Loris Capovilla, who served St. John XXIII before and after he became pope, died in Bergamo, near Milan on May 26. He was the oldest member of the...

Pope calls attack on Nice act of ‘blind violence’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis condemned the attack on Bastille Day celebrations in France, calling it an act of "blind violence." The pope expressed his "deep sorrow" and "spiritual...

Churches among those swept up in Pokemon Go craze

By Jennifer Brinker ST. LOUIS (CNS) -- Since its release in the United States July 6, Pokemon Go has quickly become a cultural phenomenon. In the first week, the mobile game...

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...

Vatican-ordered investigation to focus on abuse victims, Vatican says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The apostolic visitation of the Catholic Church in Ireland will pay special attention to victims of clerical sex abuse as part of its overall goal of...

Athens Archbishop fears disaster looms for Greek Catholic Church

OXFORD, England (CNS) Greece's Catholic Church faces disaster because the current economic crisis is forcing it to end vital social and charitable projects, said Archbishop Nikolaos Foskolos of Athens....

Pope calls for prayers for Syria, Libya

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI appealed for reconciliation and respect for human rights in Syria and Libya where the governments have used force to try to end...

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...

A better way to manage Aids

NEW YORK (Zenit) As the organisation responsible for more than a quarter of the worldwide care of Aids patients and those affected by the disease, the Church speaks on...

Pope honours Jesuit killed in Syria, pleads for end to violence

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said the assassination of "my confrere," a 75-year-old Dutch Jesuit in Syria, "filled me with deep sadness and made me think...

Vatican says bin Laden’s death cause for reflection, not rejoicing

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The Vatican said the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, a man who sowed division and hatred and who caused "innumerable" deaths, should prompt serious...

Mudslide takes couple’s home, but they worry more about others’ losses

By Jean Parietti ARLINGTON, Wash. (CNS) -- On a sunny Saturday morning, Ron and Gail Thompson headed off to Costco for a shopping trip with Gail's elderly mother. It was...

Pope cannot be organ donor, Vatican official says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) As a cardinal, Pope Benedict XVI was a card-carrying organ donor. But the card became invalid when he became pope, according to his personal secretary. ...

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....

Second ‘Vatileaks’ trial opens in Rome

VATICAN CITY (CWN) — The trial of Claudio Sciarpelletti, the second man accused of involvement in the “Vatileaks” scandal, opened in Rome on November 5. In opening arguments, Sciarpelletti’s lawyer,...