On Christmas, Pope calls for peace, help for world’s children

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Christmas with a call to peace and a plea on behalf of the world's children. ...

In messages, Holy Land church leaders call for peace, reconciliation

JERUSALEM (CNS) -- Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal's first Christmas message as patriarch of Jerusalem was one of hope and encouragement, without ignoring the Holy...

Source: Israel, Vatican eager to finalise talks before papal visit

JERUSALEM (CNS) Israeli and Vatican negotiators appear eager to finalise negotiations on fiscal and property matters prior to the Pope's visit to the Holy...

Beer company removes Christmas-themed billboards

AUCKLAND The short-lived Tui beer billboards about Christ and Christmas served a purpose, a Catholic Church spokeswoman said. After protests, Dominion Breweries took...

Vatican supports ending violence against homosexuals, not new rights

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The Vatican said it condemns all forms of violence against homosexuals, but does not support a proposed United Nations declaration recognising...

Pope: Economic crisis can reveal true meaning of Christmas

VATICAN CITY (CNS) This year's economic crisis could help people rediscover the true meaning of Christmas and the values of life, love and charity,...

Pope chooses themes for next three World Youth Day celebrations

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI has chosen the themes for the next three World Youth Days in order to help young Catholics better...

More women leaders needed at the Vatican, says Cherie Blair

ROME (CNS) The Catholic Church would benefit from having more women in senior-level positions at the Vatican, Cherie Blair said during a conference on...

Planned Parenthood gift certificates for holidays called ‘offensive’

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) A holiday gift-certificate campaign by Planned Parenthood of Indiana "is offensive because Christmas is about celebrating the gift of human life", said...

Pope names Spaniard to succeed Cardinal Arinze at worship congregation

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and...

Prayer effort will seek to stop abortions

HAMILTON The organiser of 40 days of prayer and fasting focusing on abortion before and after the general election is putting together a round-the-clock...

Catholics and Anglicans continue “frank discussion”

AUCKLAND Catholic and Anglican members of the Anglican Roman Catholic Commission of Aotearoa New Zealand (ARCCANZ) clergy and lay examined dialogue between the two...

Catholic officials, organisations launch campaign for climate change

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) Catholic Church officials from 38 countries have launched a campaign with more than 170 Catholic organisations to persuade the United Nations...

Theologians’ task is to reflect on truth taught by Church, Pope...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) While theologians can make valuable contributions to society's reflections on justice, peace and ecology, their main task is to reflect on...

Austrian monks’ CD of Gregorian chant tops pop charts worldwide

NEW YORK (CNS) They're Austrian. They're Catholic. They sing. That description might make readers think of "The Sound of Music" and the von...

Cardinal says Christians must accept the risk of dialogue

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Inter-religious dialogue carries some risks, but the benefits it promises to all believers and to a world yearning for peace make...

Pope prays for release of two Italian nuns kidnapped in Kenya

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The "painful and gravely unjust" kidnapping of two Italian nuns in Kenya is of great concern to Pope Benedict XVI, who...

Vatican official says Galileo was a man of faith

ROME (CNS) Fourteen years after Pope John Paul II said the Catholic Church erred when it condemned the 17th-century astronomer Galileo Galilei, the Vatican...

Vatican wins award for creating rooftop solar-power generator

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The Vatican has won the 2008 Euro Solar Prize for turning the football field-sized roof of its Paul VI audience hall...

Vatican calls for greater vigilance over world’s financial operations

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The Vatican has said the current market crisis calls for a new international agreement to effectively monitor global financial operations and...

Christian parties barely register in NZ election

AUCKLAND The three parties overtly seeking the support of Christian voters have been sent a resounding message from the electorate: Thanks, but no thanks....

Hamilton cathedral richly refurbished

HAMILTON Six bishops, three Members of Parliament and Maori King Tuheitia were among hundreds of people who packed the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin...

Christchurch youth celebrate Catholic heritage

CHRISTCHURCH Young people who could not attend the recent World Youth Day in Sydney were able to take part in a Juventutem Weekend in...

Caritas president urges more efforts for children with HIV

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Anticipating the December 1 commemoration of World Aids Day, the president of Caritas Internationalis urged greater efforts from governments and from...

Kenyan cardinal says Church will resist moves to legalise abortion

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) The Catholic Church will resist any moves to legalise abortion in Kenya, said Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi. Cardinal Njue,...

Faith, charity go hand in hand, Pope says at weekly audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Being saved by faith in Christ alone and not by works does not mean that people can do whatever they want...

Priest’s remarks on Obama voters said not to reflect Church teaching

WASHINGTON (CNS) The administrator of the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina, said a pastor who told his parishioners they should refrain from receiving holy...

US bishops cite abortion deregulation fears in post-election statement

BALTIMORE (CNS) Fears about laws and changes in regulations on abortion that might advance under a new Democratic-run Congress and White House are the...

Poverty and war keep child mortality rates high, says Vatican official

VATICAN CITY (CNS) While infant and child mortality rates have been slashed by more than half over the past 50 years, nearly 10 million...

Franciscan: Brawl at Holy Sepulchre shows confusion over agreements

JERUSALEM (CNS) The brawl that erupted on November 9 between Armenian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox clergymen at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre never...