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JRS, other groups urge Kenya to reconsider closing refugee camps

May 12, 2016 | 2:39 pm | International

By Catholic News Service NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) — Jesuit Refugee Service has urged Kenya to reconsider its plans to close camps that host hundreds of thousands of Somali and South Sudanese refugees. “The directive to close the camps violates the general principle of voluntary repatriation of refugees living in Kenya,” JRS and 10 other humanitarian […]

Catholic official says Zambians shocked by violence

April 22, 2016 | 2:33 pm | International

By Bronwen Dachs Catholic News Service CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) — Zambians are shocked and ashamed of the xenophobic violence in the capital, Lusaka, in which mostly Rwandans’ homes and shops were ransacked, a church official said. “We are totally at a loss trying to explain the reasons behind this violence,” said Father Cleophas […]

Easter attacks in Pakistan not first time Christians targeted

March 29, 2016 | 8:10 pm | International

By Catholic News Service 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. The Asian church news […]

Catholics urged to sign petition calling for U.S. declaration of genocide

March 15, 2016 | 12:42 pm | International

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The archbishop who serves as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked U.S. Catholics to sign a pledge calling for an end to the slaughter of Christians and members of other religious minority groups in the Middle East. “Today, the people of God must speak […]

Chinese authorities continue campaign, remove cross from Catholic church

February 26, 2016 | 11:08 am | International

By Catholic News Service BEIJING (CNS) — Chinese authorities are continuing their campaign of removing crosses in Zhejiang province, and one of the latest was taken from a Catholic Church. Government officials removed the cross of Zhuangyuan Church in Yongqiang parish just before dawn Feb. 25, two weeks after Zhejiang’s religious affairs director called for […]

Pope Francis tells Mexican bishops be unified, speak out on tough issues

February 15, 2016 | 10:53 am | International

By David Agren Catholic News Service MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis demanded forceful denunciations of drug violence in Mexico from the country’s bishops, who have preferred timid pronouncements instead of speaking prophetically on a tragedy that has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past 10 years and left another 25,000 Mexicans missing. Speaking […]

Jordan says it cannot continue to bear brunt of Syrian refugee crisis

February 9, 2016 | 4:41 pm | International

By Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service AL-KHALDIYA, Jordan (CNS) — As a donors conference to stem the Syrian refugee crisis opens in London, Syria’s neighbors, which have hosted hundreds of thousands of refugees for the past five years, say they cannot continue to bear the brunt of the burden. King Abdullah II of Jordan, one […]

Anglican leaders sanction Episcopalians over same-sex marriage

January 15, 2016 | 6:07 pm | International

By Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — Because of the U.S. Episcopal Church’s moves to unilaterally change canon law to allow same-sex marriage, Anglican leaders voted to suspend Episcopalians from positions representing the Anglican Communion and from participating in some Anglican bodies. Primates meeting in Canterbury, England, said that for three years, […]

South Sudan bishop urges peace, says attack on nuns shakes church

January 6, 2016 | 11:52 am | International

By Bronwen Dachs Catholic News Service YAMBIO, South Sudan (CNS) — An attack on religious sisters at a teacher training college in South Sudan has shaken and saddened the church, a church leader said, while urging people of faith to demand the implementation of the latest peace accord to end the civil war. Violence and […]

Few pilgrims, no sales: Mideast situation dampens Bethlehem Christmas

December 18, 2015 | 12:11 pm | International

By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Though the Christmas tree was lit in Nativity Square in the traditional ceremony, and some traditional pre-Christmas parades have taken place, the Christmas spirit this year in Bethlehem has been dampened by the political situation which, since October, has taken the lives of almost […]