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Some Ukrainian Catholics struggle with when to celebrate Christmas

December 22, 2016 | 5:31 pm | International

By Mariana Karapinka Catholic News Service LVIV, Ukraine (CNS) — Olesia Kuzo of Sacramento, California, prepares the traditional Ukrainian Christmas play called vertep. Her three daughters and children of relatives and friends will take part. Kuzo adapted and remade three different scenarios and conducted the rehearsals. The Ukrainian Christmas play is rather special — there […]

Pope calls Coptic Pope Tawadros to express condolences after Cairo attack

December 12, 2016 | 1:35 pm | International

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis phoned Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria Dec. 12, expressing his prayers and condolences for the previous day’s terrorist attack at the Cairo cathedral that left 25 people dead. “We are united in the blood of our martyrs,” the pope told the […]

‘Tis the season, and Bethlehem businesses hope for a merry one

December 6, 2016 | 5:15 pm | International

By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Even the Christmas decorations seem more cheerful this year in Bethlehem. A new display of Santa’s reindeer and sleigh were about to alight at the main traffic circle on Manger Street, and a big white Christmas tree made of lights perched merrily next to […]

Cardinal: Time to reverse Myanmar’s decline, keep resource wealth

November 17, 2016 | 5:45 pm | International

By Catholic News Service YANGON, Myanmar (CNS) — Yangon Cardinal Charles Bo said it was time to “reverse the trend” of a 60-year decline in Myanmar, designated the “least-developed country” by the World Bank. At the opening of a national conference Nov. 15 aimed at creating a more equitable distribution of wealth in the impoverished […]

Priest hopes Duterte can help bring fellow missionary’s killer to justice

November 3, 2016 | 2:59 pm | International

By Paul Jeffrey Catholic News Service KIDAPAWAN, Philippines (CNS) — Justice is slow in the Philippines, but Father Peter Geremia is running out of patience as he awaits justice for the killers of a fellow priest. Father Geremia is hoping that the country’s new president, Rodrigo Duterte, can cut through the impunity and corruption that […]

Foundation of faith: Religious patch cracks left in wake of disaster

November 3, 2016 | 2:52 pm | International, Vatican

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When the Benedictine monks in Norcia led residents in prayer before the ruins of their medieval city, they showed one way the church steps into action in times of crisis. First responders encouraged the religious, recognizing they could do their job better when the distraught […]

Heavy damage makes assessment tough after Haima slams Philippines

October 20, 2016 | 4:27 pm | International

By Alastair Wanklyn Catholic News Service TOKYO (CNS) — Heavy damage was reported to homes and farm land in the northern Philippines Oct. 20 after the strongest storm in three years struck overnight. Typhoon Haima barreled into northern Cagayan and Isabella provinces, ripping the roofs off homes and flattening crops. Nearly every building in the […]

Australian bishops: Reject ageism, ‘old age will come to us all’

September 16, 2016 | 5:05 pm | International

By Robert Hiini Catholic News Service SYDNEY (CNS) — Australia’s bishops called on individuals, communities and governments to reject rampant ageism and the toxic attitudes that often accompany concepts such as “intergenerational theft.” The bishops link Australia’s treatment of the elderly with Western discomfort around dying and point to the looming threat posed by euthanasia […]

Pope, religious leaders to mark 30th anniversary of 1986 Assisi meeting

September 2, 2016 | 11:46 am | International

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will join dozens of religious leaders — including Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury — and hundreds of their faithful in Assisi Sept. 20 to pray for peace. In addition to holding some private meetings with […]

Indians gather to celebrate birthday of Blessed Teresa, soon-to-be-saint

August 26, 2016 | 4:36 pm | International

By Saadia Azim Catholic News Service KOLKATA, India (CNS) — They came from all around to celebrate the birthday of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity who will be become a saint Sept. 4. Kolkata Archbishop Thomas D’Souza celebrated Mass at the order’s motherhouse Aug. 26 for the woman “who […]