Wednesday, September 19, 2018

International Catholic News

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...

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,...

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...

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 calls for respecting parents’ wishes to care for dying child

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis called for respecting the wishes of a terminally ill child's parents to accompany and care for their child "until the end." Greg...

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...

Report details rape of children, culture of secrecy that fanned it

By Rhina Guidos WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The report begins dramatically, imploring its readers: "We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this." Plain and simple, at least 1,000...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

‘Share the journey,’ embrace migrants, refugees, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christ calls believers to welcome migrants and refugees "with arms wide open, ready to give a sincere, affectionate, enveloping embrace," Pope Francis said, launching the...

Catholic Charities agencies helping storm-damaged southern U.S.

By Carol Zimmermann WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic Charities agencies were on the ground assessing damage after a series of storms with deadly tornadoes and massive floods swept through the southern...

Pope Francis prays for victims of Las Vegas shooting

Pope Francis has expressed his “spiritual closeness” to those affected by the deadly shooting in Las Vegas, which left more than fifty people dead, and hundreds more wounded, the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

‘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’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...

Australian bishops, religious say they can’t violate seal of confession

SYDNEY, Australia (CNS) -- Australia's Catholic bishops and religious orders, responding to recommendations from the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, accepted 98 percent of its...

Killings at Jewish community center mourned; Catholic woman among dead

By Catholic News Service OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Outpourings of grief and support came in response to the murder of three people at two Jewish-run facilities in the Kansas City...

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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...