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In Philippines, spirituality includes warfare against forces of darkness

January 9, 2015 | 6:42 pm | International

In Philippines, spirituality includes warfare against forces of darkness By Simone Orendain Catholic News Service MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — In the months leading up to Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines Jan. 15-19, church leaders emphasized “spiritual preparation,” such as a special prayer for the pope at the end of each Mass and a reminder […]

Israeli president cites Pope Francis in address to Christian leaders

January 2, 2015 | 5:01 pm | International

By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service JERUSALEM (CNS) — In his first public address to Christian religious leaders, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said he was particularly encouraged “by the strong and clear voice of Pope Francis that the corruption of the spiritual position is a desecration of God’s name.” During the traditional presidential holiday reception […]

Pope says all religious leaders must condemn Islamic State

December 23, 2014 | 3:23 pm | International

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis deplored the “abuses and inhuman acts” of Islamic State militants, and called on all religious leaders to condemn them “unanimously and unambiguously.” He also said he hoped to travel to the Middle East to comfort persecuted Christians there. The pope’s words appeared […]

Agencies prepare response as powerful typhoon takes aim on Philippines

December 4, 2014 | 5:30 pm | International

By Simone Orendain Catholic News Service MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Catholic and other humanitarian agencies prepared for another potentially devastating storm in the central Philippines as Typhoon Hagupit continued to gain strength and approached the same region devastated 13 months ago. The government Dec. 4 ordered mandatory evacuations of flood-prone and coastal communities, including portions […]

Pope condemns attack on Jerusalem synagogue, urges end to violence

November 20, 2014 | 4:49 pm | International

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis condemned the “unacceptable episodes of violence” in Jerusalem, episodes that “do not spare even places of worship,” after an attack in a synagogue left four worshippers, a policeman and the two attackers dead. At the end of his general audience Nov. 19, the […]

New Pew survey shows Latin Americans leaving Catholicism

November 14, 2014 | 4:13 pm | International

By David Agren Catholic News Service MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Increasing numbers of Catholics in Latin America are abandoning the church in favor of evangelical congregations or nonreligious life, according to a new survey, making Pope Francis’ calls for renewed evangelization efforts in the region ever more urgent. The Pew Research Center survey of 30,000 […]

Muslim-Catholic dialogue on Iranian weapons focuses on arms policies

November 2, 2014 | 7:34 pm | International

By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Seven months after a delegation of U.S. bishops quietly met with Iranian religious leaders, their efforts appear to be on track to continue a dialogue on nuclear weapons and the role faith leaders may have in influencing arms policies. At an Oct. 29 program on the […]

Iraqi priests sanctioned for seeking asylum without superiors’ consent

October 23, 2014 | 4:32 pm | International

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Twelve Chaldean religious men and priests living in the United States, Canada, Australia and Sweden have been suspended from exercising their priestly ministry for not receiving permission from their superiors before emigrating from Iraq. At least three of those suspended had been serving the Chaldean […]

Syrian refugees’ reactions mixed to airstrikes against Islamic State

September 26, 2014 | 4:51 pm | International

By Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Ask Syrian refugees sheltering in neighboring Jordan about the advent of U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State militants in their homeland, and the reactions will be mixed. Some welcome the surprise military intervention, saying it could lead to ending the nearly 4-year-old war in Syria and […]

Ukrainian bishops tell West not to be accomplices in ‘sin of murder’

September 12, 2014 | 12:44 pm | International

By Catholic News Service LVIV, Ukraine (CNS) — Ukraine’s Catholic bishops have warned their country is now “flowing in blood,” and urged Western governments not to become “accomplices in the sin of murder” by failing to support it. “This peaceful sovereign nation has been subjected to a direct military intervention by a northern neighbor — […]