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On 20th anniversary of Rwandan genocide, pope urges reconciliation

April 3, 2014 | 12:52 pm | International

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Just days before Rwanda was to begin a weeklong period of official mourning to mark the 20th anniversary of its genocide, Pope Francis urged the country’s bishops to be resolute in continuing the work of healing and reconciliation. “Twenty years after those tragic events,” when […]

Priest: Ukrainian Catholics flee Crimea to escape threats of arrest

March 28, 2014 | 11:47 am | International

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service OXFORD, England (CNS) — Members of the Ukrainian Catholic Church are fleeing Crimea to escape threats of arrest and property seizures, a priest told Catholic News Service just four days after Russia finalized the region’s annexation. “The situation remains very serious, and we don’t know what will happen — […]

Czech priest wins Templeton Prize for advancing dialogue, understanding

March 14, 2014 | 5:43 pm | International

By Katherine Talalas Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Msgr. Tomas Halik, a Czech priest, has been named the 2014 Templeton Prize winner for his work in promoting interfaith dialogue and understanding throughout the world. The John Templeton Foundation made the announcement March 13 at a news conference in London. John M. Templeton Jr., foundation […]

Ukrainian churches urge peace as war clouds gather over Crimea

February 28, 2014 | 6:47 pm | International

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service OXFORD, England (CNS) — Church leaders in Ukraine appealed for peace in their country’s Crimea peninsula as its government accused Russia of “carrying out an armed invasion.” The pleas came soon after several hundred camouflage-wearing troops without insignia and armed with military-style rifles entered and secured areas of the […]

Belgium passes law to allow euthanasia for small children

February 14, 2014 | 11:29 am | International, Uncategorized

By Catholic News Service BRUSSELS (CNS) — Belgian legislators voted to make their country the world’s first to allow euthanasia for small children, despite vigorous opposition from the Catholic Church and all main religious groups. “We are saddened and fearful for the future after this vote to extend euthanasia to children without any age limit,” […]

Woman who saved dozens wants to stay in Tacloban community she loves

February 13, 2014 | 12:43 pm | International

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service TACLOBAN, Philippines (CNS) — Mention the name of Maria Rosevilla Margate and many of the residents of the community known as Barangay 54A nod approvingly. They know exactly where to find her. People tell stories of her kindness and friendship. Maria and her husband, Emmanuel, have lived in the […]

Poll shows strong support for church teaching in Asia, Africa

February 11, 2014 | 4:20 pm | International

By David Agren MEXICO CITY (CNS) – A poll by Spanish-language broadcaster Univision shows Catholics in Asia and Africa, where the church is growing fastest, expressing strong support for church teachings. The poll of self-identified Catholics in 12 countries showed high approval of Pope Francis, but split on subjects such as abortion, priests being able […]

Surveys: German, Swiss Catholics reject many church teachings on family

February 4, 2014 | 11:27 am | International

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Reports from bishops’ conferences in Germany and Switzerland show a clear divergence between what the church teaches on marriage, sexuality and family life and what Catholics — even those active in parish life — personally believe. The differences are seen “above all when it comes […]

Canadian government sues Catholic groups over residential schools funds

January 29, 2014 | 2:11 pm | International

By Deborah Gyapong Catholic News Service OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) — The federal government is suing Catholic entities involved in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement over $1.5 million in contested funds. Archbishop Gerard Pettipas of Grouard-McLennan, Alberta, who chairs the board of the Corporation of Catholic Entities Party to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement, said […]

Bishops visiting Holy Land call for help for ‘shocking scandal’ in Gaza

January 16, 2014 | 2:48 pm | International

By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service JERUSALEM (CNS) — Bishops from North America, Europe and Africa called on international leaders to act immediately so people living in the Gaza Strip can have access to basic necessities. “Gaza is a man-made disaster, a shocking scandal, an injustice that cries out to the human community for a […]