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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 […]

Catholic justice leaders condemn Europe’s growing racism, nationalism

February 20, 2015 | 1:40 pm | International

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service OXFORD, England (CNS) — Catholic leaders condemned “racism and xenophobia” in Europe and urged religious communities to speak out against a growing “nationalism of exclusion” of the type that preceded both world wars. The Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions called it a “matter of serious concern” that […]

Haitian bishop: Joint effort to rebuild churches helps whole community

February 13, 2015 | 5:32 pm | International

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service JACMEL, Haiti (CNS) — Weekend Masses at the Cathedral of St. James and St. Philip are no more. Since soon after Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake, Mass has been celebrated in a rundown building the Diocese of Jacmel owns adjacent to the 19th-century cathedral. Worshippers gather for liturgies on three […]

Catholic leaders concerned about genetic manipulation

February 6, 2015 | 5:11 pm | International

By Simon Caldwell MANCHESTER, England (CNS) – The British House of Commons voted to legalize a genetic process to fight the transmission of mitochondrial diseases, such as muscular dystrophy. If the legislation is approved in the House of Lords, Britain would become the first country to allow scientists to alter the human germ line in […]

With pope’s encouragement, Salvadoran bishops begin dialogue with gangs

February 2, 2015 | 2:46 pm | International

By Paul Jeffrey Catholic News Service SEATTLE (CNS) — The Catholic bishops of El Salvador announced that, with encouragement from Pope Francis, they have undertaken a process of dialogue with the country’s gangs. Gang members in El Salvador “have a right to be included, to be heard, for they are persons and they have families,” […]

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 […]