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WATCH: Paper's 1941 war edition expressed faith, patriotism of island Catholics
CNS photo/Pearl Harbor Museum
The first bomb is seen exploding during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. A Catholic military chaplain and historian says the attack on Pearl Harbor, even 75 years later, continues to rivet the attention of Americans because it was
CNS photo/Pearl Harbor Museum
The first bomb is seen exploding during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. A Catholic military chaplain and historian says the attack on Pearl Harbor, even 75 years later, continues to rivet the attention of Americans because it was "such a powerful event."

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Faith leaders urge Obama to grant pardons to immigrants, prisoners
WASHINGTON — Faith leaders and immigrant advocates urged President Barack Obama to pardon immigrants in the country without legal documentation and people with nonviolent, federal drug offenses serving prison sentences.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Prayer for fire victims
GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Catholic parishioners in the Diocese of Knoxville are among those who have lost homes and businesses in the wildfires that ravaged tourist areas in the Great Smoky Mountains region Nov. 29, said Bishop Richard F. Stika of Knoxville.
Friday, December 2, 2016
'Protect our undocumented students'
WASHINGTON — More than 70 presidents at Catholic colleges and universities have signed a statement pledging their support for students attending their schools who are legally protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Lithuanian archbishop says citizens tense over Russian buildup

WARSAW, Poland — Lithuanian Archbishop Gintaras Grusas said citizens are anxious about military threats from neighboring Russia but said support from Europe and the United States helped calm those fears.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016
A year of eating cactus fruit

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Hunger levels are so severe in drought-ridden southern Madagascar that many people in remote villages have eaten almost nothing but cactus fruit for up to four years, said a Catholic Relief Services official.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The death of Castro
MIAMI — While many celebrated loudly on the streets, the death of Fidel Castro triggered a more subdued reaction among the Cuban exiles who attended the noon Mass Nov. 26 at the National Shrine of Our Lady Charity.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Tennessee bishop offers prayers, pastoral outreach after tragic bus crash
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — After a horrific school bus crash in Chattanooga left at least six children dead Nov. 21, Knoxville Bishop Richard F. Stika offered his prayers and said priests in the diocese would be available to provide pastoral help.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Thanks be to God
WASHINGTON — The president and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Nov. 23 that Thanksgiving Day is a time for the nation to pause and "give God thanks for the abundant blessings he has bestowed upon us."
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Pastoral letter explores poverty
SEATTLE — The dignity of human life, the common good and solidarity are "more than mere words and phrases," said the Catholic bishops of Washington state in a joint pastoral letter, "Who is My Neighbor?: The Face of Poverty in Washington State."
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Washington Archdiocese forgives parishes' debt during Year of Mercy
When Father Tovar learned that the Archdiocese of Washington would be forgiving $341,797 of his parish's debt, he said he was "speechless, very much moved and grateful."
Friday, November 18, 2016
Help persecuted Christians, bishops told
BALTIMORE — Maronite Bishop Gregory J. Mansour called on the bishops of the United States to bring wider attention to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East to their parishes and political leaders.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
'A very diverse entity'

BALTIMORE — The Catholic Church is one of the most culturally diverse institutions in the United States and Catholic institutions and ministries need to adapt and prepare for growing diversity, said a report presented to the country's bishops Nov. 15.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Bishops choose leaders
BALTIMORE — Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston was elected president of the U.S. bishops' conference Nov. 15 for a three-year term to begin at the conclusion of the bishops' annual fall general assembly in Baltimore.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Mexican priest tortured

MEXICO CITY —  An outspoken priest who had been reported missing in the state of Veracruz was found alive, but with signs of torture. Father Jose Luis Sanchez Ruiz, pastor of Twelve Apostles parish in Catemaco -- a town known for witchcraft, some 340 miles southeast of Mexico City -- was reported missing Nov. 11, sparking unrest and the ransacking and burning of the city hall by residents impatient with the police response.


Monday, November 14, 2016
Post-election to-do list: work for unity, healing

Catholic recognize the division that exists among the church's own members who split their vote — 45 percent for Clinton and 52 percent for Trump.


Friday, November 11, 2016
Measures did not go church's way

WASHINGTON  — In this year's election, voters went against nearly all of the ballot initiatives backed by Catholic leaders and advocates, except the referendums on minimum wage increases and gun control measures.


Thursday, November 10, 2016
Top Vatican official congratulates Trump, offers prayers

VATICAN CITY — Congratulating Donald Trump for his victory in the U.S. presidential election, the Vatican secretary of state expressed hope that people would work together "to change the global situation, which is a situation of serious laceration, serious conflict."


Wednesday, November 9, 2016
500 religious leaders join Standing Rock Sioux in opposing oil pipeline

WASHINGTON — When Sisters Aine O'Connor and Kathleen Erickson heard a call for a peaceful and prayerful presence on the front line of a campaign to protect sacred Sioux lands in North Dakota from a multibillion-dollar oil pipeline project, they knew they had to respond.


Monday, November 7, 2016
Panel ponders path to civility following presidential election
WASHINGTON — If Catholics have a role in helping heal divisions after a turbulent presidential election year, they may need to start looking inward, according to some panelists at a Nov. 1 forum at The Catholic University of America on "Citizenship and Civility: The Role of Catholics in Rebuilding the American Political Culture."
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Freedom of conscience for health workers

WASHINGTON — A pair of Catholic physicians argue that changes in the way health care is paid for and stronger relationships between doctors and their patients will do more to improve people's health and uphold the sanctity of life than bureaucratic government-run programs and expensive insurance policies.


Friday, November 4, 2016
Foundation of faith

VATICAN CITY — When the Benedictine monks in Norcia led residents in prayer before the ruins of their medieval city, they showed one way the church steps into action in times of crisis.


Thursday, November 3, 2016
Maronite patriarch hopes election of Lebanese president speeds unity
BEIRUT — Cardinal Bechara Rai, patriarch of Maronite Catholics, welcomed the election of a new Lebanese president, ending a two-and-a-half-year power vacuum that had crippled the country's government institutions.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
'May the Risen Lord give them strength'
ROME — Priests in central Italy were instructed to celebrate Mass outdoors following another devastating earthquake that rocked the region and brought one its most spiritually and historically significant churches tumbling down.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Mosaic for Trinity Dome seen as 'crowning jewel' for national shrine

WASHINGTON — After nearly 100 years since construction began on the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the placement of a final mosaic -- inside the Trinity Dome -- is expected to be completed in December 2017.


Sunday, October 30, 2016
Bishops to elect officers, hear task force report, vote on action plan
WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops will discuss ways to promote peace in U.S. communities torn apart by violence, vote on ways to implement priority areas for their conference approved last year and elect new leaders during their Nov. 14-16 fall general assembly in Baltimore.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Venezuelan president meets with pope amid crisis

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis met privately with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, urging a peaceful dialogue between the country's government and opposition to resolve the current political and economic crisis, the Vatican said.


Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Gloves come off at benefit
NEW YORK — When Donald Trump stepped over yet another invisible line of the contentious presidential race Oct. 20, many of the 1,500 people at 71st annual dinner of the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation broke historic precedent to boo him.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
'An experience of God unlike any other'

A Jesuit priest says Mass in Yellowstone National Park is "an experience of God unlike any other."


Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Catholic leaders welcome release of 21 kidnapped Chibok girls

LAGOS, Nigeria — Three Catholic leaders welcomed the release of some of the girls kidnapped in 2014 from a school in Chibok and urged the Nigerian government to prioritize the release of the remaining girls.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Diocese helps Louisiana flood victims cope with loss, learn to let go

BATON ROUGE, La.  — Goodbye house, car and treasured items that evoke favorite memories. Gone also for some people are their sense of safety, security and peace after August floodwaters took away much of what was familiar and dear to them in southwest Louisiana.


Monday, October 17, 2016
Traveling exhibit brings home refugee crisis
WASHINGTON — The refugee crisis often seems worlds away and its numbers -- more than 60 million refugees and internally displaced people worldwide -- are so staggering that it is hard to fully take in the sheer magnitude of the situation and its impact on the individuals forced to flee their homes each day.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Kurtz: Political discourse that demeans women, religion 'must change'

WASHINGTON — Too much of the political discourse during this election year "has demeaned women and marginalized people of faith," the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Oct. 14.


Saturday, October 15, 2016
Jesuits elect Venezuelan as new head of order
ROME — Jesuit Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, 67, a member of the Jesuits' Venezuelan province, was elected the first non-European superior general of the Society of Jesus.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Pope pleads for peace
VATICAN CITY — In the wake of intensified attacks in Syria, Pope Francis called for an immediate cease-fire -- even if temporary -- so that civilians, especially children, could be rescued from the ruins.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Trump struggles among Catholics

WASHINGTON — Hours before the Oct. 9 presidential debate began, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani invoked St. Augustine of Hippo on a Sunday morning political news show to defend the man he was supporting for president.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Miami Archdiocese calls for prayers, prepares to help hurricane victims

MIAMI — Like the rest of South Florida, the Archdiocese of Miami was carefully watching the path of Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm that began pounding Haiti and Cuba Oct. 4 and hit Florida's Atlantic coastal area late Oct. 6.


Saturday, October 8, 2016
Hurricane response in Haiti slowed by blocked roads, floods, power outages
WASHINGTON — Haitian first responders and nongovernmental aid workers were assessing the damage from Hurricane Matthew even as they scrambled to deliver food, water and shelter materials to communities isolated by washed-out bridges and blocked roads.
Friday, October 7, 2016
Faith and politics take the stage in last minutes of vice presidential debate
WASHINGTON — In opening remarks during the vice presidential candidates' debate Oct. 4, each candidate alluded to faith, but they didn't return to how their beliefs influenced their political views until the last 10 minutes of the night.
Friday, October 7, 2016
New archbishop pledges to give his all to people of Anchorage Archdiocese
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage's newly named archbishop said Oct. 4 that Catholics of the archdiocese can expect him to give them his all.
Thursday, October 6, 2016
San Diego bishop calls for calm

SAN DIEGO — Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego asked people to pray for calm and called on police to be "as transparent as possible" in their investigation following the shooting of unarmed man in a San Diego suburb.


Friday, September 30, 2016
Chaldean Catholic bishops call for peace in Iraq, Syria
IRBIL, Iraq — Chaldean Catholic bishops, meeting for their annual synod, pleaded for peace in the Middle East and for the liberation of areas seized by the Islamic State group so that the displaced can return to their homes.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
A former warrior ends as peacemaker
JERUSALEM — One of the last ceremonies in which former Israeli President Shimon Peres participated as a public figure took place in the Vatican Gardens in June 2014, the last month of his presidency. Along with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, he planted an olive tree at the invitation of Pope Francis.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Monk at golf legend's deathbed
WASHINGTON — Benedictine Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki of St. Vincent's Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, was with Arnold Palmer when the golfing great died Sept. 25 in Pittsburgh.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Catholic advisers named for Trump campaign
NEW YORK — The campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announced Sept. 22 that it has formed a group of Catholic leaders to advise him "on those issues and policies important to Catholics and other people of faith in America."
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Charlotte bishop calls for peace, justice
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After two nights of violence in Charlotte, Bishop Peter J. Jugis called on men, women and children in the Diocese of Charlotte to join him in prayers for "peace and justice" for all victims of violence and for law enforcement personnel who have been victims of "unjust violence."
Friday, September 23, 2016
Cardinal at UN: Faith must counter violence

UNITED NATIONS — Religious leaders have a grave and urgent responsibility to act against genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and other violence committed in the name of religion, said speakers at a United Nations panel Sept. 20.


Thursday, September 22, 2016
Candidates, party platforms differ on need to act on climate change
WASHINGTON — August's torrential rains that caused catastrophic flooding in southern Louisiana have convinced Robert Gorman that it's time to think about being ready the next time the floods hit.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
He reaches out fearlessly

ASSISI, Italy — As leaders of dozens of religions gathered in Assisi for dialogue and prayers for peace, they honored Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople as an exemplar of one who is so deeply rooted in his own religious tradition that he can reach out to others without fear.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Mexican priest goes to peripheries to get to know gangs

MONTERREY, Mexico  — With his priestly robes and clean-cut appearance, Father Jose Luis Guerra hardly looks the part of a gangster. Yet the recently ordained priest hits the streets of a scruffy suburb of this northern Mexican city with his own posse, the Gang of Christ, which takes catechism classes and Christ's witness out of the parish and into a peripheral place occupied by young men on the margins of society.


Friday, September 16, 2016
New report shows U.S. Catholics have negative, limited views of Islam
WASHINGTON — In grappling with the issue of Islamophobia, a Georgetown University research group conducted an examination of conscience of sorts by looking at Catholic perceptions of Islam and how these views may have been influenced by Catholic news outlets and publications.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Phyllis Schlafly dies; Catholic woman supported conservative causes
WASHINGTON — Phyllis Schlafly, 92, died Sept. 5 at her home in Ladue, Missouri, outside St. Louis, according the Eagle Forum, an organization she founded in 1975. No cause of death was given, but she had been ill for some time.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Rejoicing in Kolkata
KOLKATA, India — At Shishu Bhavan, children, the destitute, Missionaries of Charity nuns and novices sat silently, glued to the TV screen for the live telecast of the Vatican canonization ceremony of Mother Teresa.
Monday, September 5, 2016
Making reparation for slavery
WASHINGTON — Georgetown University last year stripped from a building the name of one of its past presidents, a priest who authorized the sale of 272 women, children and men -- slaves sold to save the university from financial ruin in 1838. In a historic change of fortune, current university president John J. DeGioia announced Sept. 1 that the building will be renamed after one of the men the university sold as a result of the priest's decision.
Friday, September 2, 2016
Missisippi nun murders: Suspect confesses
 WASHINGTON — A central Mississippi sheriff has taken the confession of a man who says he murdered two women religious who had spent years caring for poor people as nurse practitioners.
Friday, August 26, 2016
'Icon of mercy'
ROME (CNS) -- Blessed Teresa of Kolkata was a woman who truly felt wed to Jesus, and the freedom she experienced in loving him led her to radical poverty, a courageous outreach and an immense love for the poor, said the superior general of the order Mother Teresa founded.
Friday, August 26, 2016
Prayers for Italy
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Hearing the mayor of Amatrice in central Italy say his town no longer exists and knowing there were children who died Aug. 24 in the earthquakes that struck the region, Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience into a prayer service.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Baton Rouge under water

BATON ROUGE, La. (CNS) -- The line of destruction caused by historic flooding in southern Louisiana stretches for 25 miles, and according to Red Cross officials, it is the worst natural disaster in the United States since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Nun-athlete, 86, featured in Nike spot
SPOKANE, Wash. (CNS) -- With every Olympics, summer or winter, the 24/7 coverage usually includes stories about the oldest athlete in history to compete in this sport or that sport -- and "oldest" usually means 31, 35 or perhaps early 40s.
Monday, August 22, 2016
In Puerto Rico, mistrust fuels more public doubt than urgency on Zika
SAN GERMAN, Puerto Rico (CNS) -- Mistrust of local government and federal agencies has caused doubt among Puerto Ricans about reports the Zika epidemic poses a grave situation to the island.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Violence in Milwaukee unrest 'a self-inflicted wound,' says archbishop
MILWAUKEE (CNS) -- Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee called the violence that broke out in the city as part of protests over the fatal police shooting of an African-American man "a self-inflicted wound."
Saturday, August 20, 2016
National security, foreign policy worries a factor in 2016 election
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) -- Not since the aftermath of 9/11 has America's national security and foreign policy seemed to resonate so heavily with the electorate during a U.S. presidential election, according to several political scientists.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Protecting pilgrims
LOURDES, France (CNS) -- French police and military officials have launched a special security operation for the country's national pilgrimage to Lourdes, following the killing of a Catholic parish priest in a spate of terrorist attacks.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Archbishop calls Baltimore police report 'sobering and distressing'

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The same day a federal Department of Justice report cataloging systemic abuses by Baltimore's police was issued, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore called that report "sobering and distressing."


Saturday, August 13, 2016
Survey shows candidates' tone, level of incivility a factor for voters
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The 2016 election season carries a high level of perceived incivility underway in the U.S. and as well as rampant online harassment by social media users expressing political viewpoints, according to recent surveys.
Friday, August 12, 2016
Faith, family lighten her load

BALTIMORE — World-class triathlete Katie Hursey Zaferes travels with a custom bicycle and enough workout gear to outfit an entire aerobics class. How does she lighten her load? With liberal doses of faith and family.


Thursday, August 11, 2016
'The victory scream of all refugees'
RIO DE JANEIRO — Glued to the improvised screen set up on the patio of the Caritas house, the refugees yelled and they cried. But most of all, they cheered. They cheered for their two Congolese colleagues, Popole Misenga, 24, and Yolande Mabika, 28, who were competing in judo as part of the United Nations' Refugee Olympic team.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Pakistani church deplores suicide blast at Quetta hospital
NEW DELHI — The Catholic Church in Pakistan has condemned a suicide blast at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, where at least 70 people -- many of them lawyers and journalists -- were killed and more than 120 injured.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Displaced Iraqi Christians weary of waiting

AINKAWA, Iraq (CNS) -- Abu and Um Sabah had to trade a tent anchored in a soft, grassy patch in a park for a roughly hewn, five-story unfinished cement building as they sat out their forced displacement by Islamic State militants for a second year.


Sunday, August 7, 2016
Motivated by family, faith, five-time Olympian hopes for gold in Rio
With his back to the ground, Steven Lopez's shoulder had popped out of its socket once again. In the middle of the bronze medal match of the 2015 Pan American Games, trainers held the three-time Olympic medalist's arm steady, pushing the dislocated arm back into place.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Biden's act called 'counter-witness'
By officiating at a same-sex wedding, Vice President Joe Biden as a prominent Catholic politician has created confusion over church teaching on marriage and "the corresponding moral obligations of Catholics," three U.S. bishops said Aug. 5.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Games begin at Christ's feet
RIO DE JANEIRO  —  High above the city, beneath the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio Cardinal Orani Tempesta blessed the Olympic torch, held by Brazil's former Olympic volleyball player, Maria Isabel Barroso Salgado.
Friday, August 5, 2016
Forgiveness in Rouen

ROUEN, France — During the Aug. 2 funeral Mass for Father Jacques Hamel, killed a week earlier by men claiming allegiance to the Islamic State, Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen stressed the need for forgiveness.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016
U.S. cardinal expresses worry about Trump rhetoric
WASHINGTON — While most U.S. bishops have not publicly addressed comments from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump regarding immigration, a popular U.S. cardinal and adviser to the pope said he is worried about such rhetoric.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Clinton's VP pick, a Catholic, faces criticism for his stand on abortion
WASHINGTON — Only a week after Donald Trump chose as his running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who was raised a Catholic and today is evangelical, Hillary Clinton chose as her vice presidential running mate U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, a practicing Catholic who has never lost an election.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Pope expresses shock over violence in French church
VATICAN CITY — The murder of a priest in northern France, taken hostage with a handful of other faithful during a weekday morning Mass July 26, is another act of "absurd violence" added to too many stories of senseless violence and death, said the Vatican spokesman.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
U.S. church urged to turn attention to racism before fractures widen

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Father Bryan Massingale, a priest of the Milwaukee Archdiocese and well-known theologian, knows what it's like to be watched by police.

He said that as a black man there have been times he has been followed by police officers on the campus of Marquette University, where he taught for 12 years, as he walked on campus when he wasn't wearing his priestly garb.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Castile funeral at St. Paul cathedral sign of mercy for family, mourners
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul was filled with mourners July 14 for the funeral of Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black man who was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights July 6.
Friday, July 15, 2016
'Blind violence'
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis condemned the attack on Bastille Day celebrations in France, calling it an act of "blind violence."
Friday, July 15, 2016
Help in a summer of fear
WASHINGTON — The week had been emotionally draining at the predominantly black parish in Oakland, California. Along with the rest of the country, they had felt the weight of two more fatal shootings of black men by police.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
'Deserving of our respect'
DALLAS — In the week since five Dallas area police officers were gunned down, thousands have gathered in churches, parks, plazas, parking lots and a symphony hall to remember the fallen officers, to cry for hope and pray for peace and unity in communities across the country.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Dallas bishop calls for prayers, peace
DALLAS — Five Dallas law enforcement officers were assassinated July 7 as a sniper opened fire in downtown Dallas as hundreds of demonstrators were winding down a march protesting recent fatal officer-involved shootings in other parts of the country.
Friday, July 8, 2016
Mothers, children detained
WASHINGTON — The CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project has identified more than 40 children and mothers who have been arrested in Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids and detained in Dilley or Karnes City, Texas, according to a recent report released by the project.
Saturday, July 2, 2016
Court's Texas abortion ruling criticized
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court, in striking down a Texas abortion law, has put profit above patient safety, says a leader for the U.S. Catholic bishops’ pro-life office.
Monday, June 27, 2016
European disunity?

OXFORD, England — European Catholic leaders expressed concern that the decision by United Kingdom voters to leave the European Union threatened unity across the continent, but they also cautioned the EU bloc to rethink its values and priorities.


Saturday, June 25, 2016
Turn off news and talk to your kids about tragedy, experts say
WASHINGTON — As adults try to process the June 12 massacre at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, they should be aware that children, even if not overly exposed to the news, might have a lot of questions or fears about what happened.
Friday, June 17, 2016
'A sword has pierced heart' of a city
ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando Bishop John G. Noonan urged people of faith "to turn their hearts and souls" to God and pray for the victims, the families and first responders following the worst mass shooting in U.S. history June 12.


Sunday, June 12, 2016
Assisted suicide 'unjust'
LOS ANGELES — With California now allowing doctors to prescribe lethal medications for terminally ill patients who ask for them, "we are crossing a line," said the archbishop of Los Angeles.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Rome conference looks at how jobs, development, ecology are connected
ROME (CNS) — Paying workers a just wage has been "one of the most consistent and central themes of Catholic social teaching" for more than a century, said Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Attack on Nigerian cardinal's car shows need for more security
LAGOS, Nigeria (CNS) — Two bishops from southern Nigeria condemned an attack on a vehicle carrying Abuja Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan and appealed to the government to tackle the issue of growing instability in Edo state.
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Irish bishop calls nun's death in Ecuador quake 'loving sacrifice'
LONDONERRY, Northern Ireland (CNS) — Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry told hundreds of mourners at the funeral of an Irish missionary nun that "a life given in loving sacrifice is never wasted."
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Chaldean patriarch appeals for reconciliation
BAGHDAD (CNS) — Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad urged Iraq's leaders to put an end to the "institutional, economic and security deterioration" in the country.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
'We need to look after each other,' Syrian refugee says
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Omar al-Muqdad has seen both sides of the refugee crisis.

In 2004, he assisted Iraqi refugees in his home country of Syria. And then nearly a decade later, he escaped the civil war in his country by first going to Turkey and then finding a temporary home in 2012 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he was the only Syrian refugee in the state.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Northern Ireland bishops urge voters to ask about abortion, poverty
DUBLIN — Northern Ireland's Catholic bishops urged Massgoers to support candidates opposed to legalizing abortion in elections to the region's power-sharing assembly May 5.
Monday, May 2, 2016
Pope reminds world of suffering in war-torn Ukraine
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis' pleas for humanitarian aid for Ukraine is bringing needed attention to a forgotten war, said Ukrainian Catholic leaders.

The 2-year-old war has caused thousands of deaths and forced more than 1 million people to seek refuge abroad, the pope said.


Saturday, April 23, 2016
Aid official tells of stories from Syria, urges label of 'genocide'
DUBLIN (CNS) — When the head of communications for an international Catholic charity visited Syria, it was not safe to go to Aleppo. So Sister Annie Demerjian, an Armenian religious sister from the city, traveled to visit him.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Prayer is most important
Speaking from the pulpit at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Monday night, Father Benedict Kiely told those in the pews horrifying stories of modern Christian martyrdom that equal the barbarism of the ancient world. “Christ is being persecuted on a level not seen since the first three centuries of Christian history,” he said.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Dominican nuns keep hope alive in Iraq
IRBIL, Iraq (CNS) — When the Islamic State group rolled across Iraq's Ninevah Plain in 2014, tens of thousands of Christians fled for their lives to Kurdish-controlled areas of the country. They still wait in limbo in crowded camps, facing an undefined future. The only certainty they enjoy is knowing that whatever happens to them, a group of Dominican nuns will be at their side.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Young nun, postulants among hundreds of Ecuador earthquake victims
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Six members of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother, including a young nun from Northern Ireland, are among the dead in the strongest earthquake to strike Ecuador since 1979.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Growing emergencies fueled by environment, war
MONTREAL (CNS) — Climate change and emergency situations are linked, but global emergencies also can be caused by people, said two leaders of Caritas Internationalis, the umbrella organization for Catholic charitable organizations.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Polish bishops press for full abortion ban

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- Poland's Catholic bishops have called for a permanent ban on abortions to mark the anniversary of their country's Christian conversion in A.D. 966. "Each person's life is protected by the Fifth Commandment, do not kill. So the attitude of Catholics is clear and unchanging," the bishops' conference said in a March 30 statement.


Sunday, April 17, 2016
Sanders says his invitation to Vatican wasn't political endorsement
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said attending a Vatican conference on Catholic social teaching did not represent a political endorsement of his run for higher office. Sanders was one of about 35 economists, academics, church leaders and politicians invited to attend a conference April 15-16 dedicated to St. John Paul II's 1991 social encyclical "Centesimus Annus."
Friday, April 15, 2016
New U.S. nuncio appointed
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Christophe Pierre, papal nuncio to Mexico since 2007, to be the new apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Peruvian-based movement distances itself from accused founder
LIMA, Peru (CNS) ­— A Peruvian-based Catholic movement publicly distanced itself from its founder and asked for Vatican intervention in the wake of accusations of sexual, psychological and physical abuse of members.
Friday, April 8, 2016
Catholic leaders reflect on life, work of EWTN founder Mother Angelica
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Mother Angelica "reflected the Gospel commission to go forth and make disciples of all nations" said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. bishops' conference.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Easter attacks in Pakistan
KARACHI, Pakistan (CNS) — The terrorist attack that killed more than 70 people in a Lahore park on Easter was not the first time that Christians in the Islamic country have been targeted, and observers say that, as things stand, it will not be the last time.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Immigrants have been arrested looking for alternatives to Flint water
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Imagine turning on the tap in the morning and seeing something that's "looked like toilet water coming out of your faucet," in the words of one Catholic leader. That's been the reality facing tens of thousands of residents of Flint, Michigan, every day for more than a year.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
'Doing science is an act of worship,' Vatican astronomer says
DRAPER, Utah (CNS) — Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno finds no conflict between the science he pursues in studying meteorites and the Catholic faith he practices every day.
Friday, March 25, 2016
Ministering to veterans 'about reconciliation and healing,' says deacon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) —- As a lieutenant colonel in the Tennessee Army National Guard, Deacon John Krenson was responsible for the well-being of his soldiers in many tense situations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Pro-life women's group prepares for March 23 rally outside Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Meg McDonnell, executive director of Women Speak for Themselves, was on the phone, testing out a chant for a March 23 Supreme Court rally.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Pope condemns 'blind violence,' offers prayers after Brussels attacks
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis, condemning the "blind violence" of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, offered his prayers to the victims, the injured, their families and all those offering assistance in the aftermath of the bombings.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Christians concerned with Israeli restrictions for Holy Week, Easter
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Israeli restrictions on reaching the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for Holy Week and Easter are part of the current Israeli government's policy of making Jerusalem an exclusively Jewish city, said Yusef Daher, secretary-general of the Jerusalem Interchurch Center.
Monday, March 21, 2016
State Department declares genocide
Editor’s note: Daesh is another name for ISIS. For the full transcript of Secretary of State John Kerry's declaration of genocide, go to: http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2016/03/254782.htm
John Kerry: My purpose in appearing before you today is to assert that, in my judgment, Daesh is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yezidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Vatican to undertake ecological initiatives during Easter season
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — During Holy Week and in the Easter season, the Vatican will take part in several initiatives highlighting the importance of ecology and the care for creation.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
In his passion, Jesus reveals the God of mercy, pope says
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Just as the crowds and government officials tried to dodge responsibility for Jesus' fate after he was arrested, so today too many individuals and countries want someone else to care for refugees fleeing violence and migrants seeking a better life, Pope Francis said.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
A drop box for babies
Carmen Kintz, a 2007 graduate of Regis High School in Stayton, is living in Seoul, South Korea and teaching English. Off hours, she volunteers for an overnight shift at a baby drop box.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
John Kerry declares ISIS guilty of genocide
WASHINGTON (CNS) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that atrocities carried out by the Islamic State group against Yezidis, Christians and other minorities were genocide, the first U.S. declaration of genocide since Sudanese actions in Darfur in 2004.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Obama announces Supreme Court nominee
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When President Barack Obama announced Judge Merrick Garland as his Supreme Court nominee in the White House Rose Garden March 16, his praise for the candidate was coupled with an urgent plea that members of the U.S. Senate give Garland a fair chance.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Latino Catholic leader dead at 80
SAN ANTONIO (CNS) -- Father Virgilio Elizondo, a nationally known professor of pastoral and Hispanic theology at the University of Notre Dame and founder of what is today the Mexican American Catholic College in San Antonio, was found dead in his home the afternoon of March 14. He was 80.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Capitalism needs infusion of virtue for the common good, cardinal says
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — By using the tools of capitalism and the market effectively and ethically, the world can reach "full human flourishing and sustainable development," said Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Women meet in Vatican City
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In the heart of Vatican City, dozens of women from around the world gathered to share their stories of faith and activism. A few men were in attendance, but Pope Francis and top members of the Roman Curia were out of town on their Lenten retreat.
Friday, March 11, 2016
Catholic silence on involvement in Middle East called 'massive failure'

NEW YORK (CNS) — "The most massive failure of the Catholic community at all levels in the past 20 years has been to address the question of our ongoing involvement in the Middle East," according to San Diego Bishop Robert W. McElroy.


Thursday, March 10, 2016
Catholic schools should do more to help Latino students
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic schools in the United States are falling short in serving the growing number of Latino Catholics, according to a new report released March 7. "The numbers are without a doubt sobering," the report says, pointing out that even with stronger efforts by Catholic leaders and school communities to recruit Hispanic students, "the total enrollment of Hispanic children in Catholic schools remains almost stagnant."
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Report: Catholic schools failing Latino Catholics

ASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic schools in the United States are falling short in serving the growing number of Latino Catholics, according to a new report released March 7. "The numbers are without a doubt sobering," the report says, pointing out that even with stronger efforts by Catholic leaders and school communities to recruit Hispanic students, "the total enrollment of Hispanic children in Catholic schools remains almost stagnant."


Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Outrage at Honduran environmental activist's murder
MEXICO CITY (CNS) — An outspoken environmental activist in Honduras was murdered in her own home, sparking outrage and offering another example of the impunity and violence in the Central American country.
Friday, March 4, 2016
Court hears oral arguments in challenge to Texas abortion restrictions
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in its first abortion case in nine years March 2 in a challenge by Texas abortion clinics to a 2013 state law that requires them to comply with standards of ambulatory surgical centers and their doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Australian abuse scandal

SYDNEY — For a third consecutive day, a top Vatican official gave testimony to an Australian commission about what he knew of the church's reassignment of abusive priests.


Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Antonin Scalia dead at 79
Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott and the U.S. Marshal have announced that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead in his luxury hotel room this morning after he failed to join his friends for breakfast. He had been on a quail hunting trip in Marfa, Texas.
Saturday, February 13, 2016
WATCH: The hidden kingdom
Where the Spice Road and the King’s Highway intersected, linking Rome to India, the Nabataeans built their capital. At its height, 100,000 people lived in the grand but hidden city, now in southern Jordan.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Sisters' billboards bring pope's message to Iowa
DUBUQUE, Iowa (CNS) -- As the eyes of the nation focused on the Iowa caucuses Feb. 1, the 13 congregations of Catholic Sisters of the Upper Mississippi River Valley wanted to capture the attention of participants to call for an end to environmentally destructive policies and practices.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Our long history of U.S. Catholic missions
Though the original 13 British colonies in what is now the U.S. largely had Protestant populations, Catholic missionaries helped shape the economic, political and religious values as other parts of the territory were settled.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Former garbage picker challenges eucharistic congress
CEBU, Philippines (CNS) -- Maria Georgia "Maggie" Cogtas of Cebu told of a childhood without playing, only tough work as a garbage picker at dumpsites, construction sites and on the streets.
Friday, January 29, 2016
Questions of faith, science intersect at astronomy workshop
TUCSON, Ariz. (CNS) -- Every time Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno looks through a telescope at a deep sky object or examines a piece of a 4-billion-year-old meteorite that found its way to Earth, he says he's exploring a mystery that spans both science and faith.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Pope asks mercy, pardon for Christians harming each other
ROME (CNS) -- After walking across the threshold of the Holy Door with an Orthodox metropolitan and an Anglican archbishop, Pope Francis invoked God's mercy upon divided Christians and apologized for times that Catholics may have hurt members of other denominations.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
WATCH: Herod's Dead Sea palace
MUKAWIR, Jordan — Jordan is home to the site where Herod Antipas imprisoned John the Baptist and in a drunken stupor promised the prophet’s head to a dancing girl.
Monday, January 25, 2016
Catholic chaplain last to celebrate Mass on ancient altar
After learning that ISIS finally destroyed St. Elijah’s Monastery, Father Whorton, now stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., told the United Kingdom of Great Britain’s national daily, The Guardian, “Why we treat each other like this is beyond me. Elijah the prophet must be weeping.”
Friday, January 22, 2016
Exorcism films flawed
VATICAN CITY — Movies depicting exorcisms could be an important medium for showing how God always triumphs over evil, but instead, they misrepresent the faith and exaggerate human and satanic powers over God, a leading exorcist wrote in the Vatican newspaper.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
National Park Service honors Jesuit missionary
TUMACACORI, Ariz. (CNS) -- Jesuit Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, an Italian missionary to the American Southwest known as the "Padre on Horseback," was honored Jan. 10 at the Tumacacori National Historical Park with Kino Legacy Day.
Monday, January 11, 2016
Catholic groups support White House executive orders
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When President Barack Obama unveiled a series of executive orders Jan. 5 intended to make a dent in gun violence in the United States, people reacted. And how.
Friday, January 8, 2016
WATCH: Jordan touches on two historic seas
AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan borders a dramatic shore of the Dead Sea, a singular 1,000-foot-deep body of water filling part of the great Jordan Valley rift. Because of that, bathers have the delightful sensation of zero gravity.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
WATCH: Where Moses died
Mount Nebo is the site where Moses is believed to have died. From its summit, with a refreshing breeze, one sees most of the region in a sweep — where Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan, where John the Baptist preached and baptized, where Jesus walked, taught, died and was raised.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Bishops ask us to welcome migrants

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Catholic bishops have declared National Migration Week 2016 will take place January 3-9 with the theme, "A Stranger and You Welcomed Me.” The celebration provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the hardships faced by migrants, including children, refugees, and victims of human trafficking.


Sunday, January 3, 2016
WATCH: Mosaics of Madaba
In 1884, Orthodox missionaries began excavating the site of a sixth century church in order to rebuild. They hit one of the great finds in archeological history.
Friday, December 18, 2015
WATCH: The holy desert
Standing in southern Jordan on a pinnacle overlooking Wadi Rum — Arabic for “Valley of Heights” — it’s possible to grasp the Israelites’ conception of God as a mighty desert warrior.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Carols alive in British pubs
No one knows for sure how long community carols have been sung in the pub at Dungworth's Royal Hotel, but they've been documented since the 19th century and are a staunchly defended local tradition.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Sisters: shrinking numbers, greater diversity

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A new report on U.S. women religious said that religious life is becoming not only more multiethnic but more international as well. The report, "Understanding U.S. Catholic Sisters Today," said that of all women who entered religious life in the past 10 years, only 57 percent were white, while 17 percent were Hispanic, 16 percent were Asian, and 8 percent were black -- including both African-American women and those born in Africa.


Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Climate deal must be transformative
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Heads of state discussing carbon emission limits must create a global and "transformative" agreement built on justice, solidarity and fairness, a papal representative told the U.N. climate conference last week in Paris.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
WATCH: The interfaith champion of Jordan
Father Nabil Haddad helped start the Amman-based Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center in 2003. The aim of the organization, founded with the nation’s Muslim chief justice, is to use religious beliefs as grounds for peace, not war.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Catholics join in calls for change in Paris

PARIS (CNS) -- Hundreds of thousands of people in at least 150 countries around the world demanded action on climate change on the eve of a U.N. conference that aimed to find agreement on greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Monday, November 30, 2015
Bishop disturbed by calls against refugee resettlement

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Seattle Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration, said he was disturbed by calls from federal and state officials for an end to the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S. "These refugees are fleeing terror themselves," he said.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Fight environmental destruction say Ghana bishops

ACCRA, Ghana (CNS) -- Ghana's Catholic bishops called on Ghanaians to fight the indiscriminate destruction of the environment and supported a hands-on project to fight pollution.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015
'We are always open'
BALTIMORE — Church resettlement programs in the United States will continue to aid refugees who are fleeing violence and social ills despite calls that the country's borders should be closed to anyone but Christians.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
World's Catholic leaders condemn attacks
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic leaders around the world condemned terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, offering prayers and condolences.

"There is no place for terrorism in a civilized society," Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Philippine bishops' conference, said Nov. 15. "Causing the death of anyone is a sin against God and a crime against humanity."

Monday, November 16, 2015
Nothing can justify terrorist attacks, pope says
VATICAN CITY — Using God's name to try to justify violence and murder is "blasphemy," Pope Francis said Nov. 15 speaking about the terrorist attacks on Paris.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Wichita bishop brings formal report on war-hero priest to Vatican

VATICAN CITY — A week after the 65th anniversary of Father Emil Kapaun's capture in North Korea, the bishop of Wichita, Kansas, formally presented a report on the Army chaplain's life, virtues and fame of holiness to the Congregation for Saints' Causes.


Monday, November 9, 2015
WATCH: 'Last haven'
“Nothing in Jordan is here without a base of Christianity,” says Daoud Sa'maan, a resident of the largely Christian town of Fuheis.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Mass mob brings worshippers

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Bigger than usual crowds filled the pews for Mass on a recent Sunday at St. Agnes Church when a "Mass Mob" visited Brooklyn's Cobble Hill neighborhood.

Inspired by the idea of a "flash mob," the NYC Mass Mob organizes people through social media to attend Mass at a set date and time at Catholic churches around New York's five boroughs.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015
WATCH: Where Jesus was baptized
AL-MAGHTAS, Jordan — A rustic, brushy depression north of the Dead Sea is more holy than anything at the Vatican. That’s the educated declaration of Rustom Mkhjian and it’s hard to argue with him. Mkhjian helps oversee the site along the Jordan River confirmed by archeologists as the most likely place where John the Baptist brought Jesus into the water.

Friday, October 23, 2015
WATCH:'She cries with us and for us'
ANJARA, Jordan — In the Gilead Mountains of northern Jordan, a statue of Mary cried human blood in 2010. Instead of cashing in on religious tourism, Our Lady of the Visitation Parish has responded with zealous outreach to people on the margins.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Latino Catholics are church's future, but also its present, says prof

NEW YORK — The Hispanic Catholic presence in the United States predates the foundation of Jamestown, Virginia, by a century, a University of Notre Dame professor said at a discussion about Latino Catholicism at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Haitian bishops urge citizens to vote, but warn of false promises

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — As Haiti prepared to go to the polls Oct. 25 in a process whose complexity and proliferation of candidates has created a logistical nightmare for organizers, the bishops' conference urged Haitians to vote, but warned them to beware of false electoral promises and demagoguery.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015
WATCH:'We need more help'
AMMAN, Jordan — While persecuted Syrian Christians are making the news as ISIS advances, Iraqi Christian refugees in Jordan don’t want to be forgotten.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Bishops disappointed assisted suicide measure signed into law
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s bishops expressed disappointment with Gov. Jerry Brown’s Oct. 5 signing of a measure legalizing physician-assisted suicide in the state, saying the law “stands in direct contradiction to providing compassionate, quality care for those facing a terminal illness.”
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
'Shaken to the core' by abortion videos
ST. LOUIS — Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis and the Rev. Matthew Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, said they were shaken and shocked by reports that the body parts of babies were being harvested.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Archbishop calls on medical pros to heal culture
PHILADELPHIA — Archbishop Timothy Broglio, head of the Archdiocese for Military Services, called on Catholic medical professionals last month to uphold their commitment to “the healing of our culture.” 
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Pope's remarks seen as road map for U.N.
UNITED NATIONS — In the warm afterglow of Pope Francis’ Sept 25 address to the General Assembly, veteran United Nations observers drew a starkly candid road map of urgent actions that the world body must take to achieve its security agenda.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Cuban-American finds Havana's increase in poverty unsettling
MIAMI — In just three years between the past two papal visits to Cuba, retired Miami academic Andy Gomez remains disturbed by what he said is an alarming uptick in poverty and urban decay in the island nation’s capital. A retired assistant provost and dean of international studies at the University of Miami, where he also was a senior fellow at the university’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American studies, Gomez, his wife and several hundred South Florida Catholics made a Sept. 18-21 pilgrimage to Havana in support of the pope’s visit to Cuba before his U.S. trip.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Prayers for flood victims

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Bishop Robert Guglielmone of Charleston asked for prayers for the families of those killed as well as for those whose homes were destroyed in what officials called a 1,000-year storm that brought extreme rains that deluged South Carolina.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Chinese nuns say orders face challenges

KONSTANCIN-JEZIORNA, Poland — Catholic female religious orders have expanded rapidly in China over the past decade, but are now facing restrictions and a decrease in vocations, said religious sisters from various parts of China.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Philadelphia couple joins family synod as marriage experts

PHILADELPHIA — Cathy and Tony Witczak of St. Isaac Jogues Parish, in Wayne, Pennsylvania, were taken by surprise when they were notified Pope Francis had invited them to participate as observers at the Synod of Bishops on the family meeting in Rome through Oct. 26.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015
In Missouri, critics call report on Planned Parenthood 'incomplete'

ST. LOUIS — Several critics have called the Missouri attorney general's new report on Planned Parenthood in St. Louis incomplete, saying it raises questions about how state law holds the abortion provider accountable for its handling of human remains from abortions.


Monday, October 5, 2015
'Listen to Holy Spirit'

VATICAN CITY — The world Synod of Bishops on the family is not a parliament where participants will negotiate or lobby, Pope Francis said, but it must be a place of prayer where bishops speak with courage and open themselves to "God who always surprises us."


Monday, October 5, 2015
World Meeting of Families kicks off

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- Known as the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia will be "the city of family love" and the "world capital of families" during the four-day World Meeting of Families, said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family. The largest-ever World Meeting of Families opened in Philadelphia Sept. 22. More than 17,500 participants from more than 100 countries registered for the four-day congress, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia.


Friday, September 25, 2015
Syria: 'No one can pretend not to know'

VATICAN CITY — Millions of Iraqis and Syrians are facing poverty and even death, neighboring countries are bearing more than their fair share of the burden of helping refugees, arms dealers are getting richer and the international community seems helpless, Pope Francis said.


Thursday, September 17, 2015
Pope Francis names new bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese

KANSAS CITY, MO — Pope Francis has appointed a new leader of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese, permanently replacing a bishop convicted of failing to report child sex abuse.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Dignity of people immigrating to U.S. focus of Philadelphia conference

PHILADELPHIA — Everywhere you turn today, the topics of immigration, the migration crisis in Europe and who is running for U.S. president seem to dominate the national news.


Thursday, September 10, 2015
Abortion absolution: Year of Mercy rule already in effect in most places in U.S.
BALTIMORE  — Pope Francis’ Sept. 1 announcement that priests worldwide will be able to absolve women for the sin of abortion will have little effect on pastoral practices in the United States and Canada, where most priests already have such authority in the sacrament of reconciliation.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Migrant crisis

LONDON — 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 cardinal.


Thursday, September 3, 2015
New Mexico bishops laud court decision barring assisted suicide
SANTA FE, N.M. — The Catholic bishops of New Mexico in a joint statement welcomed a ruling by the state's Court of Appeals that reversed a lower court's approval of physician-assisted suicide.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Catholic agencies decry administration's response on detention ruling

WASHINGTON — The Catholic Legal Immigration Network and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas decried the Obama administration's effort to have a judge set aside her orders for the release of families being held in immigration detention centers.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Pope Francis to speak from lectern Lincoln used for Gettysburg Address

PHILADELPHIA — As lecterns go, it is strictly utilitarian, a simple walnut stand with none of the ornamentation commonly found in mid-19th-century furnishings.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Teens say Steubenville conference inspires them, bolsters their faith

JAMAICA, N.Y. — The first Steubenville Youth Conference to be held in New York drew 1,800 teenagers from around the country Aug. 7-9 to St. John's University in Jamaica in the New York borough of Queens.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Forgiveness at heart of healing after Ferguson violence, says archbishop

ST. LOUIS — Forgiveness. Such a simple word, a mere 11 letters but it's at the heart of the Catholic faith, along with love, peace and justice.


Monday, August 10, 2015
Symposium looks at scientific evidence of how destructive pornography is

WASHINGTON — The Catholic Church's strong stance against pornography is based on church teaching that the human body should be respected and every person has a God-given dignity. But the fight against pornography is not unique to religious organizations. "This is not a moral issue. We now have science to back this up," said Dawn Hawkins, vice president and executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Pornography is sexualizing nation's children

WASHINGTON — Pornography is sexualizing the innocence of the nation's young children, causing a race to adulthood before the end of childhood. Young girls are being bombarded with photo-shopped images and are buying into unrealistic expectations set before them at an age meant for skinned knees and the Disney Channel.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Revised rules for government's faith-based partners issued for comment

WASHINGTON — Nine federal agencies have issued proposed rules to clarify some aspects of social service partnerships with religious institutions.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Milwaukee Archdiocese reaches $21 million settlement with abuse survivors

MILWAUKEE — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has reached a $21 million settlement with abuse survivors, according to an Aug. 4 announcement.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Advocates applaud court orders to release detained families

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled July 24 that the government's immigrant family detention system violates a settlement agreement dating to 1997 over how juveniles in the custody of the immigration agency are treated.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Wisconsin's new law outlaws non-emergency abortions at or beyond 20 weeks

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker July 20 signed a bill into law that would prohibit all Wisconsin abortions at or beyond the 20-week gestation mark, making an exception only for medical emergencies.


Friday, July 24, 2015
Nuns ask court for protection from complying with HHS mandate, fines

DENVER — In a July 23 filing with the U.S. Supreme Court, the Little Sisters of the Poor have asked the court for relief from being forced to comply with the federal contraceptive mandate or face heavy fines.


Friday, July 24, 2015
Ukraine churches reject constitutional move on same-sex rights

WARSAW, Poland — Ukrainian church leaders condemned plans to permit same-sex partnerships under a series of constitutional reforms.


Friday, July 24, 2015
Vatican welcomes Iran's historic nuclear deal

VATICAN CITY — The Holy See welcomed Iran's historic nuclear deal and expressed hopes that more future breakthroughs be on the horizon on other issues.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Court rules against Little Sisters plea to avoid way to bypass mandate

DENVER — The Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious entities are not substantially burdened by procedures set out by the federal government by which they can avoid a requirement to provide contraceptive coverage in health insurance, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled July 14.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Kenyan bishops say they'll resist pressure to accept same-sex marriage

NAIROBI, Kenya — With U.S. President Barack Obama set to visit Kenya July 24-26, the head of the nation's bishops' conference said the church will resist any pressure to accept same-sex marriages.


Monday, July 13, 2015
Bolivian families, church workers hope pope's prison visit spurs change

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — Fernando Fernande brought toilet paper, soap and food to the Palmasola prison, where his son has been locked up for the past two years.


Thursday, July 9, 2015
California governor says he carried 'Laudato Si' to climate summit

TORONTO — California Gov. Jerry Brown, in Toronto for the Climate Summit of the Americas, said he is traveling with a copy of Pope Francis' environmental encyclical "Laudato Si'" and "going through it carefully."


Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Pope's address to Congress will be broadcast to crowd outside Capitol

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis' address to a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24 will be broadcast live to members of the public on the West Front of the Capitol, House Speaker John Boehner announced July 8.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Papal visit helps dispel idea that Morales wants to destroy church

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — Camillian Father Mateo Bautista Garcia plans to push his palms outward when Pope Francis passes by so the pontiff can read his political protest written with a marker: "10 percent."


Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Five Texas missions, including the Alamo, declared World Heritage Sites

SAN ANTONIO — Five centuries-old Spanish missions in Texas newly declared as World Heritage Sites by a U.N. agency "have helped to shape the face of San Antonio," said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Florida's abortion waiting period goes into effect; judge's stay lifted

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A new Florida law establishing a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion has not gone into effect, after a July 2 ruling lifted the stay on a June 30 injunction that had put the law on hold.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Iowans urged to 'buckle down, get to work' on environmental problems

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Catholic leaders, interfaith leaders, clean energy advocates and others encouraged Iowans to take action in light of Pope Francis' historic encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home."


Tuesday, July 7, 2015


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