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Without enough priests, U.S.-based Paulists decide to leave Canada

June 25, 2015 | 7:40 pm | International

By Michael Swan Catholic News Service TORONTO (CNS) — The Paulist Fathers don’t want to leave Toronto, but they say they must. The unusual uptick in vocations after the World War II has worked its way through the system and there are not enough priests left to staff the ambitious little empire of Paulist ministries […]

Archbishop wants G-7, Vatican to do more to ensure Ukraine’s security

June 19, 2015 | 5:05 pm | International

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church expressed concern that the world’s richest countries are failing to honor a 1994 agreement that promised Ukraine security for giving up its Soviet-era nuclear weapons. Ukrainian Catholic Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych said that the so-called G-7, […]

French Catholics want countries to quit buying oil from Islamic State

June 4, 2015 | 5:42 pm | International

  By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service OXFORD, England (CNS) — French Catholics have urged church support for a campaign to stop Western companies from buying oil from Islamic State, in effect funding the mass killing of Christians. “Our brothers and sisters are being massacred, women and children taken into slavery — and while Christians […]

Church workers reach out to quake victims in remote Himalayan villages

May 15, 2015 | 4:14 pm | International

By Anto Akkara Catholic News Service NAMJUNG, Nepal (CNS) — “Sir, because of luck, we all survived. But, we may die of hunger,” Mithuram Pariyar said when a church relief team arrived after a four-hour drive from Kathmandu. “Nobody (relief worker) has set foot here in two weeks,” said Pariyar, summing up the travails of […]

Congo genocide must end; church can help perpetrators, religious say

April 10, 2015 | 5:06 pm | International

By Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — The brutal kidnappings and killings in Congo must stop, and the church can help by reaching out to the “perpetrators and accomplices” of the violence, said members of several religious congregations working in Congo. Hundreds of innocent children and adults have been kidnapped and “butchered” in nighttime raids […]

Holy See calls for international effort to end Boko Haram insurgency

April 2, 2015 | 2:34 pm | International

By Catholic News Service GENEVA (CNS) — The Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations in Geneva called on the international community to assist Nigeria and neighboring countries to rid the region of Boko Haram insurgency. “The Holy See urges an international collaborative effort to address this crisis situation with urgency so as to […]

Aid groups stretched to help 120,000 displaced in southern Philippines

March 27, 2015 | 6:43 pm | International

By Simone Orendain Catholic News Service MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Catholic relief workers and religious communities are aiding thousands of people displaced by military maneuvers designed to root out a Muslim rebel faction on Mindanao. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees said March 20 that more than 120,000 residents fled their homes in towns […]

Vatican official to U.N. council: No one is exempt from climate change

March 6, 2015 | 6:21 pm | International

By Catholic News Service GENEVA (CNS) — No one is exempt from either the impacts of climate change or the moral responsibility to act to address this global concern, a Vatican official told members of the U.N. Human Rights Council. “Our concern for the common good of the planet, and for humanity, urges us to […]

Assyrian Christians released, but many concerned for those still held

March 2, 2015 | 2:44 pm | International

  By Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Christians in the Middle East welcomed the release of nearly 20 Assyrian Christians abducted by Islamic State militants in northeastern Syria, but expressed concern that more than 200 others remained in captivity. “I can confirm the release of 19 persons (17 men and 2 […]

Politician calls for coalition airstrikes to help Syrian Christians

February 27, 2015 | 5:59 pm | International

By Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — A prominent Syrian Christian political leader has called for U.S.-led coalition forces to use airstrikes to aid fellow Christian and Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State militants following reports of flagrant abductions and church burnings in northwest Syria. “There is a need for immediate action similar […]