Ireland heading toward major priest shortage

DUBLIN, Ireland (CNS) New figures on vocations published in the 2008 Irish Catholic Directory indicate how quickly the country is headed toward a major...

Fight poverty, Caritas urges Govt

WELLINGTON Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has called on the Government to combat poverty at home and abroad in the 2008 Budget. The Catholic...

Vatican newspaper rips Hollywood’s “hopeless” vision

ROME (CWN) An essay in the official Vatican newspaper "L'Osservatore Romano" argues that this year's Oscar awards went to films that portray America as...

Vatican diplomat: Catholics, Muslims must learn more about religions

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Catholics and Muslims must learn more about each other's religions if they want to get along better, said the Vatican ambassador...

Papal preacher: Listening to readings best way to hear Jesus speak

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The best way to hear Jesus speak to humanity is by listening to the Liturgy of the Word, said the preacher...

Pope tells Jesuits to make clear their acceptance of Church teachings

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI asked the Jesuits to continue to be pioneers in dialogue, theological research and work for justice, but insisted...

Pope outlines St Augustine’s answer to secularism

VATICAN (CWN) Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the political thought of St Augustine at his weekly public audience on February 20. The Holy...

Papal spokesman says Vatican hopes peace prevails in Kosovo

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The Vatican is following affairs in Kosovo "with the highest hope that in this delicate moment a sense of responsibility and...

Kenyan cardinal appeals to Catholics to reconcile during Lent

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) A Kenyan cardinal has appealed to Kenyans to reconcile with each other during Lent. In a pastoral letter released Feb....

Catholic volunteers reach out in the Bronx

NEW YORK For the Bronx, or for any neighbourhood in the United States for that matter, the sight of French missionaries walking through the...

Philippine bishops hold Mass amid claims of government corruption

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) Philippine bishops decided not to join a protest rally against the president and alleged corruption, instead holding a "Mass for truth"...

Cardinal sees traps in secular society

WELLINGTON Its not easy to be a committed Catholic in New Zealands secular environment, says Cardinal Tom Williams. The secular nature of our...

Vatican display in Auckland cancelled

AUCKLAND Just days after touting an upcoming Vatican exhibition as a major coup for Auckland Museum, the museums director cancelled the planned three-month exhibition...

Texas bishop unhappy with Clinton rally at Catholic university

SAN ANTONIO (CNS) San Antonio Archbishop Jose H. Gomez said he was "neither advised nor consulted" by St Mary's University officials when the school...

Last-minute donation rescues Catholic Discipleship College

AUCKLAND A last-minute donation has secured the future of the Catholic Discipleship College for 2008. The Auckland-based college, which runs a nine-month residential...

Australian prime minister apologises to aboriginal peoples

CANBERRA, Australia (CNS) Members of Parliament and visitors gave Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd a standing ovation after he made a long-awaited apology to...

Pope decries chauvinism, violence against women

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI decried chauvinism and the "serious and relentless" exploitation, discrimination and violence being waged against the world's women. ...

Archbishop to ordain seminarians in Tridentine Mass in Rome cathedral

VATICAN CITY (CNS) A former Vatican official will ordain four seminarians in a Tridentine Mass celebrated in the cathedral of Rome, church officials said....

Cardinal to host meeting with Muslims on next step in dialogue

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, will host a meeting with Muslim representatives in early March...

Pope says Lent is time of conversion, return to God

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Lent is a time to return to God's loving embrace and to remember that true happiness can only come from being...

Bishops welcome Australia’s notice it will apologise to Aborigines

SYDNEY, Australia (CNS) The Australian Catholic bishops welcomed a government announcement that it would apologise to the "stolen generations" of Aboriginal people separated from...

Mexican founder of Legionaries of Christ dies

WASHINGTON (CNS) Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, died on January 30 at the age of 87 in the United...

Nominations sought for special youth awards

WELLINGTON Nominations for the 2008 Delargey Awards which will be presented at World Youth Day in Sydney in July are being sought by the...

Vatican official: Church should reconsider Communion in the hand

VATICAN CITY (CNS) The secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments said he thinks it is time for the Catholic Church...

Easter-trade critic vocal again

WASHINGTON (CNS) A sea of colour met the eye at the Verizon Center sports arena in Washington, DC, on January 22 as more than...

Pope praises Jesuits, urges them to pledge loyalty to Church doctrine

ROME (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI praised the Society of Jesus for its great contributions to evangelisation and urged the order to reaffirm its fidelity...

Armed men kill Oblate priest in southern Philippines

COTABATO, Philippines (CNS) An Oblate priest was shot to death when he resisted armed men trying to take him from his southern Philippine mission,...

Pope cancels visit to university after students threaten protests

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Following a letter of protest signed by 67 professors and threats of a demonstration by students, Pope Benedict XVI has cancelled...

Pope baptises 13 infants, urges parents to guide them spiritually

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Presiding over one of his favorite annual liturgies, Pope Benedict XVI baptised 13 infants and urged their parents to educate them...

Cardinal urges Holy Land Christians to be examples of selfless love

ROME (CNS) During a visit to the Holy Land, Cardinal John P. Foley urged Christians there to be an example of selfless love and...