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After years in war zone, burnout rises among those who serve Syrians

February 17, 2017 | 2:33 pm | International

By Jean Ko Din Catholic News Service TORONTO (CNS) — Humanitarian aid workers in Syria and Lebanon are exhausted, said Helene Tremblay-Boyko, who recently traveled to the region. It’s not the kind of exhaustion a person feels at the end of a long day, she said. This exhaustion comes from working in the same desperate […]

U.S., Mexican church leaders criticize Trump’s actions on border security

January 27, 2017 | 2:37 pm | International

By Barb Fraze Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Church leaders in the United States and Mexico acknowledged the need for governments to keep their country secure but said two recent U.S. presidential actions could endanger the lives of immigrants and split border communities. President Donald Trump called for construction of an “impassable physical barrier” […]

Working with Iraqi refugees stretches, strengthens priest’s faith

January 21, 2017 | 9:49 pm | International

By Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service MARKA, Jordan (CNS) — Working with displaced Iraqi Christians has stretched and strengthened the faith of a priest who came to Jordan as a refugee. Father Khalil Jaar said the Iraqi Christians, who escaped the Islamic State invasion for initial sanctuary in Jordan until they find a permanent home, […]

Some Ukrainian Catholics struggle with when to celebrate Christmas

December 22, 2016 | 5:31 pm | International

By Mariana Karapinka Catholic News Service LVIV, Ukraine (CNS) — Olesia Kuzo of Sacramento, California, prepares the traditional Ukrainian Christmas play called vertep. Her three daughters and children of relatives and friends will take part. Kuzo adapted and remade three different scenarios and conducted the rehearsals. The Ukrainian Christmas play is rather special — there […]

Pope calls Coptic Pope Tawadros to express condolences after Cairo attack

December 12, 2016 | 1:35 pm | International

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis phoned Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria Dec. 12, expressing his prayers and condolences for the previous day’s terrorist attack at the Cairo cathedral that left 25 people dead. “We are united in the blood of our martyrs,” the pope told the […]

‘Tis the season, and Bethlehem businesses hope for a merry one

December 6, 2016 | 5:15 pm | International

By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Even the Christmas decorations seem more cheerful this year in Bethlehem. A new display of Santa’s reindeer and sleigh were about to alight at the main traffic circle on Manger Street, and a big white Christmas tree made of lights perched merrily next to […]

Cardinal: Time to reverse Myanmar’s decline, keep resource wealth

November 17, 2016 | 5:45 pm | International

By Catholic News Service YANGON, Myanmar (CNS) — Yangon Cardinal Charles Bo said it was time to “reverse the trend” of a 60-year decline in Myanmar, designated the “least-developed country” by the World Bank. At the opening of a national conference Nov. 15 aimed at creating a more equitable distribution of wealth in the impoverished […]

Priest hopes Duterte can help bring fellow missionary’s killer to justice

November 3, 2016 | 2:59 pm | International

By Paul Jeffrey Catholic News Service KIDAPAWAN, Philippines (CNS) — Justice is slow in the Philippines, but Father Peter Geremia is running out of patience as he awaits justice for the killers of a fellow priest. Father Geremia is hoping that the country’s new president, Rodrigo Duterte, can cut through the impunity and corruption that […]

Foundation of faith: Religious patch cracks left in wake of disaster

November 3, 2016 | 2:52 pm | International, Vatican

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — 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. First responders encouraged the religious, recognizing they could do their job better when the distraught […]

Heavy damage makes assessment tough after Haima slams Philippines

October 20, 2016 | 4:27 pm | International

By Alastair Wanklyn Catholic News Service TOKYO (CNS) — Heavy damage was reported to homes and farm land in the northern Philippines Oct. 20 after the strongest storm in three years struck overnight. Typhoon Haima barreled into northern Cagayan and Isabella provinces, ripping the roofs off homes and flattening crops. Nearly every building in the […]