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A city smolders: No choice but to keep investing

August 21, 2014 | 4:15 pm | Commentary

In the days since the fatal shooting by police of Michael Brown in Ferguson, images in the media have been riveting and heartbreaking. There have been confrontations with police, destruction and looting of stores. And then there are those glimpses of fire, the raging fire. (By Father Art Cavitt, executive director of the St. Charles […]

800,000 watch as pope moves 124 Korean martyrs closer to sainthood

August 21, 2014 | 4:04 pm | Featured Article #4

By Simone Orendain Catholic News Service SEOUL, South Korea (CNS) — Pope Francis placed 124 Korean martyrs on the last step toward sainthood in a beatification Mass Aug. 16 that brought elation to the 800,000 people in attendance. The sun was searing as Bishop Francis Ahn Myong-ok of Masan, president of the commission for the […]

Pope talks airstrikes in Iraq, his health, possible U.S. visit

August 21, 2014 | 4:03 pm | Lead Story #3

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service 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 Islamic State militants in northeastern Iraq, but he declined to endorse U.S. military airstrikes against the militants and said such humanitarian interventions […]

Detroit’s ‘Mass mob’ movement beyond organizers’ ‘wildest expectations’

August 21, 2014 | 3:55 pm | Featured Article #3

By Mike Stechschulte Catholic News Service DETROIT (CNS) — Thom Mann believes Catholics in the Detroit metro area have always wanted to see Detroit’s beautiful, historic inner-city churches filled again — many have even wanted to visit themselves — but just needed “a little push” to do so. But what started as a little push […]

Faith, prayer sources of strength for slain U.S. journalist, his family

August 21, 2014 | 3:54 pm | Featured Article #1

By Catholic News Service ROCHESTER, N.H. (CNS) — In April 2013, the parents of slain U.S. journalist James Foley attended a prayer vigil at Marquette University in Milwaukee to pray for their son, who at that time had disappeared in Syria. Before Diane and John Foley had confirmation that spring that their son was missing, […]

Former sex slave says she still feels impact of meeting with pope

August 21, 2014 | 3:53 pm | Featured Article #2

By Simone Orendain Catholic News Service SEOUL, South Korea (CNS) — A day after Pope Francis left South Korea, a former sex slave who spent a few minutes with the pontiff said she still felt the impact of their meeting. In an interview with Catholic News Service, Kim Bok-dong, 88, said through an interpreter she […]

Catholic, Orthodox patriarchs visit Irbil to support displaced Iraqis

August 21, 2014 | 3:52 pm | International

By Doreen Abi Raad Catholic News Service BEIRUT (CNS) — A delegation of Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs visited Irbil, Iraq, to show their support and solidarity with the more than 100,000 Christians and minorities displaced in the country by the advance of Islamist militants. Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, patriarch of the Maronite Catholics, said the […]

Pope thanks people for prayers for his family after deadly crash

August 21, 2014 | 3:50 pm | Vatican

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis, in mourning for the deaths of his nephew’s wife and two small children, thanked people at his weekly general audience Aug. 20 for their prayers. After each of the priests who translate the pope’s words offered him condolences for the tragedy that struck […]

Pope’s 2015 World Peace Day message will focus on human trafficking

August 21, 2014 | 3:47 pm | Spiritual

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Human trafficking destroys the lives of millions of children, women and men each year, making it a real threat to peace, the Vatican said as it announced Pope Francis’ 2015 World Peace Day message would focus on the phenomenon. “Slaves no more, but brothers and […]

At Mass, archbishop outlines steps to ‘dismantle systemic racism’

August 21, 2014 | 3:46 pm | National

By Dave Luecking Catholic News Service ST. LOUIS (CNS) — With the strife and violence continuing in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s shooting death by a police officer in Ferguson, more than 500 St. Louis Catholics gathered for a votive Mass for peace and justice Aug. 20 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Brown, […]