Search continues for Brazilian priest strapped to helium balloons

SAO PAULO, Brazil (CNS) The search continues for Fr Adelir Antonio de Carli, a Brazilian priest who strapped himself to 1000 helium balloons April...

English diocese to stop adoption work because of gay-rights laws

LONDON (CNS) An English Catholic diocese will cut its ties with an adoption agency because the diocese cannot accept the government's new laws on...

Colombian cardinal, Vatican family expert, dies at 72

ROME (CNS) Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, died April 19 at Rome's Pius XI clinic, where he...

Build on ‘impressive legacy’ of US church, Pope urges at final...

NEW YORK (CNS) Honouring the bicentennial of four US archdioceses, Pope Benedict XVI praised the "solid foundations" of the American Catholic Church and said...

Papal Mass in US capital a multicultural mix of ancient and...

WASHINGTON (CNS) The liturgical celebration of Pope Benedict XVI's April 17 Mass in Nationals Park reflected the diversity of Catholic heritages and sensibilities reflected...

Pope, Bush discuss fighting terrorism while respecting human rights

WASHINGTON, DC (CNS) In a meeting at the White House, Pope Benedict XVI and President George W. Bush discussed the problem of terrorism and...

Pope hopes to help heal wounds of priestly sex abuse during...

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO THE US (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI said he hoped to help heal the wounds of priestly sex abuse during...

High-rise complex seen as a threat to cathedral

AUCKLAND The construction of a 46-storey apartment complex next to St Patricks Cathedral would contradict Auckland City Councils district plan and possibly affect the...

160 priests to get together in Blenheim

AUCKLAND About 160 diocesan priests from around New Zealand will gather in Blenheim this month for a national assembly of clergy. The assembly,...

Joint ceremony commissions chaplains

TE KAUWHATA A combined Catholic-Anglican ceremony was held in the Pacific Islands fale at Spring Hill Prison, Te Kauwhata, on March 13 to commission...

South African archbishop seeks help defusing crisis in Zimbabwe

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) A South African archbishop has urged African leaders to act swiftly to defuse the crisis in Zimbabwe, a country...

Pope: Europe must undergo ethical renewal to avoid repeating mistakes

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The future of Europe cannot rest solely on political and economic unity; the continent must also undergo an ethical and spiritual...

Pope says he wants to bring message of hope to US,...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) In a videotaped message, Pope Benedict XVI said he wants to bring a message of Christian hope to all Americans and...

Magdi Allam recounts his path to conversion

VATICAN CITY (CNS) While Jesus' death shows the depths of his love for humanity, it is his Resurrection that proves he is the Son...

Church leaders statement: Towards a more just and compassionate society

The Church leaders statement made in support of the call for more action issued by the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services, Aroha...

After murder of Orthodox priest, Pope urges Iraqis to embrace peace

VATICAN CITY (CNS) In the wake of the murder of a Syrian Orthodox priest in Iraq, Pope Benedict XVI urged Iraqis to embrace peace...

Vatican: Revised prayer does not reverse Vatican II teaching on Jews

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI's revised prayer for the Jews for use in the Tridentine-rite Good Friday liturgy does not indicate any form...

Cardinal welcomes results saying Britain opposes animal-human embryos

LONDON (CNS) A Scottish cardinal welcomed the results of an opinion poll that suggests the British public opposes the creation of animal-human hybrid embryos...

Pope, Vatican recall death of John Paul II

VATICAN CITY (CWN) More than 60,000 people attended a morning Mass in St Peter's Square on April 2 marking the third anniversary of the...

Washington symposium explores common morality in a global age

WASHINGTON (CNS) A quest for a common morality in the world's diverse cultures can begin with a mother's smile and her child's play, Cardinal...

Church officials: Anxiety grows as Zimbabwe awaits election results

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) Anxiety is growing in Zimbabwe, where the results of March 29 elections are not yet known and the opposition...

High Court upholds ruling in favour of Catholic agencies

WELLINGTON The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court ruling that Catholic agencies were not legally responsible for the sexual, physical and emotional...

Celebration for families in Easter trading announcement

WELLINGTON Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, the Catholic agency for justice, peace and development, has welcomed the Minister of Labours announcement that no changes to...

Vatican spokesman: Muslim convert has right to express his own ideas

VATICAN CITY (CNS) When Pope Benedict XVI welcomed into the Catholic Church a Muslim-born journalist often critical of Islam, it was not a sign...

New Joy Cowley book released

AUCKLAND Joy Cowleys fourth book of reflections has appeared. Entitled Come and See, it is also illustrated with photographs by her husband, Terry Coles....

Pope: Focus on the meaning of Jesus’ Resurrection

VATICAN CITY (CNS) While Jesus' death shows the depths of his love for humanity, it is his Resurrection that proves he is the Son...

Muslim baptised by Pope says he wanted to show others not...

ROME (CNS) The Muslim-born journalist baptised by Pope Benedict XVI at the Easter Vigil said he wanted a public conversion to convince other former...

In video interview, Zimbabwean archbishop admits he had affair

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) Zimbabwean Archbishop Pius Ncube, who resigned as archbishop of Bulawayo last year after a sex scandal, has admitted he...

Al Qaeda threat cites Pope

ROME (CWN) - The head of the al Qaeda terrorist network charged that Pope Benedict XVI is leading a "crusade" against Islam, and vowed...

Pope expresses hope that Holy Week, Easter rituals deepen faith

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI said he hoped the Church's Holy Week and Easter rituals would help deepen all Catholics' conversion to Christ...