Friday, September 21, 2018

International Catholic News

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...

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...

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...

Cardinal: Britons crying out for more generous response to migrants

LONDON (CNS) -- Images of drowned refugees are causing the British people to cry out for a more generous response to the migrant crisis engulfing Europe, said an English...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Cardinal says Planned Parenthood videos illustrate ‘throwaway culture’

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley said that Planned Parenthood officials' videotaped descriptions of how fetal tissue and organs are procured for researchers during abortions illustrates what...

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...

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...

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...

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 joins homeless people for private tour of Sistine Chapel

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While enjoying a private visit to the Sistine Chapel, a group of VIP guests -- homeless people who live around the Vatican --...

World Youth Day 2016 in Poland will offer ‘Message of Mercy’

By Jonathan Luxmoore WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- A new airport, improved road and rail links, a fleet of dream buses and "Youth Bible" are among features projected for the Catholic...

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,...

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...

Pope talks airstrikes in Iraq, his health, possible U.S. visit

By Francis X. Rocca ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM SEOUL, South Korea (CNS) -- Pope Francis said the use of force can be justified to stop "unjust aggressors" such as...

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...

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...

In Jerusalem hospital, staff and family help Gaza trauma patients

By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service JERUSALEM (CNS) -- Since the death of his wife in an Israeli missile attack on their house in the Gaza Strip in late July, George...

No electricity, water: Caritas official to launch appeal for Gaza

By Judith Sudilovsky JERUSALEM (CNS) -- The head of Caritas in Jerusalem said he would launch an international appeal to help with the Gaza Strip and would not wait until...

Priest berates unwed mother at baptism

Cebu City - The priest who berated a 17-year-old single mother at a baptism last Sunday apologized Tuesday, describing his behavior as unbecoming and cruel, Filipino newspaper Sun.Star reported. Fr...

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...

Syriac patriarch says Middle East Christians feel abandoned by West

BEIRUT (CNS) -- Syriac Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan said Christians in the Middle East feel "abandoned, even betrayed" by the West as a militant Islamic force occupied large...

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...

Pope tells presidents only God can bring peace to Holy Land

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Praying for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where...

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...

In Bethlehem, near site of Christ’s birth, pope speaks out for...

By Francis X. Rocca and Judith Sudilovsky BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) -- Celebrating Mass a few steps from the spot traditionally believed to the birthplace of Jesus, Pope Francis said...

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Walking with fellow pilgrims on mission

Auckland diocese’s Religious Education Team recently launched Mentoring for Mission, a two-day workshop aimed at providing parishioners with skills and confidence to “walk alongside fellow pilgrims in their mission” as baptised Catholics. RE team leader Sr...