Tuesday, October 22, 2019

International Catholic News

At Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue, cardinal blesses Olympic torch

High above the city, beneath the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio Cardinal Orani Tempesta blessed the Olympic torch, held by Brazil's former Olympic volleyball player, Maria Isabel Barroso...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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: Church’s mission is to attract people to Christ, not proselytise

by Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christians are called to follow the example of St. Therese of Lisieux, who helped draw people to Jesus by way of attraction,...

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...

Pope Francis’ U.N. address comes on the foundation of his predecessors

By Dennis Sadowski WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis' address to the U.N. General Assembly Sept. 25 will mark the fifth papal speech delivered directly to representatives of the world's governments. His...

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,...

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...

Pope meets generals after brief welcome by children in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar (CNS) -- Greeted by two dozen children wearing traditional attire and by the nation's bishops, Pope Francis arrived in Myanmar Nov. 27 for a four-day visit. The arrival...

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...

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...

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 tops 40 million followers on Twitter, 5 million on Instagram

By Matthew Fowler VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' @Pontifex Twitter accounts reached more than 40 million followers just a few months before the fifth anniversary of when Pope Benedict...

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...

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...

Synod aims to renew the church to help young Catholics, cardinal...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- To strengthen and support young people in the faith, members of the Synod of Bishops will need to listen to their real-life stories, interpret what...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

Never again: Pope prays for Armenian genocide victims, future peace

YEREVAN, Armenia (CNS) -- In silence and in prayer while a mournful hymn was sung, Pope Francis formally paid tribute to the estimated 1.5 million Armenians killed by Ottoman...

‘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...

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 says Fatima visit is pilgrimage of peace and hope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In a video message to the people of Portugal, Pope Francis said he would visit Fatima as a pilgrim of peace and to entrust 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...