Wednesday, September 19, 2018

International Catholic News

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...

Philippine archbishop recalls deceased Cardinal Sin in time of upheaval

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- Expressing concern about thousands of deaths in the nation's so-called "war on drugs," the president of the Philippine bishops' conference has sought courage from a...

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...

Filipinos abroad have internet options for All Saints’ and All Souls’...

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- Filipinos who live outside the country can offer Masses and prayers for their dead relatives on All Souls' Day through the internet. The Catholic Bishops' Conference...

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...

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...

Divorced and remarried are not excommunicated, pope says at audience

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholics who have divorced and are civilly remarried "are not, in fact, excommunicated -- they are not excommunicated -- and they absolutely must...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Community says farewell to murdered priest; suspect in attack arrested

By Joyce Coronel PHOENIX (CNS) -- Clergy, religious and laity jammed into St. Catherine of Sienna Parish in Phoenix for a standing-room-only funeral Mass for Father Kenneth Walker June 16. The...

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...

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...

Pope marries couple on flight during Chilean trip

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO IQUIQUE, Chile (CNS) -- Love was literally in the air as Pope Francis performed an impromptu wedding ceremony at 36,000 feet aboard his flight...

Vatican wants accountability for abusers, those who protected them

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In the wake of a grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses in Pennsylvania, a Vatican spokesman called the abuses described in...

New BBC mini-series slated as anti-Catholic

The BBC mini-series Wolf Hall, which has just opened in the United States, has been denounced as narrow and anti-Catholic. The mini-series chronicles the political and religious intrigues surrounding King Henry VIII’s...

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...

For Year of Mercy, pope extends possibilities for absolution

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In an extraordinary gesture for the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has extended to priests worldwide the authority to absolve women for the...

Texas governor: Response to prayer after accident made him stronger

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has not always lived life in a wheelchair. He was on his morning jog 31 years ago when...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Priest says Egypt’s Christians feel they could be martyrs at any...

CAIRO (CNS) -- Christians in Egypt "are getting to this idea that we could be a martyr at any moment," the spokesman for the nation's Catholic bishops told Catholic...

Money, pride make people ignore God’s word, neglect others, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Without making room for God's word in their heart, people will never be able to welcome and love all human life, Pope Francis said. "Each life...

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...

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18,000 volumes moved in diocesan library shift

Auckland diocese’s library has completed a move to its new home at the Pompallier Diocesan Centre in Ponsonby.In a sense, it is something of a homecoming for the library, which used to...