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Pope leads rosary for Italy earthquake victims

August 24, 2016 | 12:51 pm | International

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Hearing the mayor of Amatrice in central Italy say his town no longer exists and knowing there were children who died Aug. 24 in the earthquakes that struck the region, Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience into a prayer service. Beginning the audience in […]

Pakistan jail opens chapel for Christian prisoners

August 19, 2016 | 1:25 pm | International

By Catholic News Service KARACHI, Pakistan (CNS) — A chapel for Christian inmates has opened at Landhi Jail in this southern Pakistani city. Christian social activists and jail authorities jointly inaugurated the chapel Aug. 5, which was built with the help of a nongovernmental organization. About 100 of the 4,500 inmates in the jail are […]

Muslim-on-Muslim violence highlighted in new State Department report

August 12, 2016 | 3:37 pm | International

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — While in past years the wave of Muslim violence against Christians has been prominent in the U.S. State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom, the latest report, released Aug. 10, focuses on Muslim violence against other Muslims. Although Boko Haram in Nigeria and other terrorist […]

At Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue, cardinal blesses Olympic torch

August 5, 2016 | 1:27 pm | International

By Lise Alves Catholic News Service RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) — High above the city, beneath the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio Cardinal Orani Tempesta blessed the Olympic torch, held by Brazil’s former Olympic volleyball player, Maria Isabel Barroso Salgado. “This is the moment for us to surpass our difficulties and work together as […]

Iraqi patriarch calls for tolerance, forgiveness to fight terrorism

July 8, 2016 | 4:20 pm | International

By Catholic News Service BAGHDAD (CNS) — Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako, on the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr, called for tolerance and forgiveness to fight extremism, hatred and terrorism. Speaking at a prayer service July 7 in the Karrada section of Baghdad for the victims of the July 3 bombing that killed more than […]

Duterte sworn in as Philippine president, vows to listen to the people

July 1, 2016 | 3:41 pm | International

By Catholic News Service MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Rodrigo Duterte, a controversial town mayor dubbed “Dirty Harry” and “The Punisher” for his tough stance on crime, was sworn in as the 16th president of the Philippines June 30. Duterte, who won by a landslide in the May elections with 16.6 million votes, promised to “listen […]

New Polish saint calls people to ‘contemplate God’s mercy,’ bishops say

May 27, 2016 | 6:15 pm | International

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — The founder of the first Polish male religious order, who will be canonized in Rome June 5, calls people “to contemplate God’s mercy and proclaim that God’s heart is open to all,” said Poland’s bishops. Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski (1631-1701), founder of the Marians of the […]

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 […]