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British baby Charlie Gard dies in hospice care

July 28, 2017 | 6:06 pm | International

By Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — Charlie Gard, the British baby whose legal battle caught the attention of the world, died July 28, just over a week before his first birthday, his family announced. Connie Yates, the baby’s mother, issued a brief statement saying: “Our beautiful little boy has gone, we […]

Pope calls for respecting parents’ wishes to care for dying child

July 3, 2017 | 10:31 am | International

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis called for respecting the wishes of a terminally ill child’s parents to accompany and care for their child “until the end.” Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, said the pope was following “with affection and emotion” the events concerning Charlie Gard, a 10-month-old infant born […]

German bishops regret lawmakers’ vote to legalize same-sex marriage

July 2, 2017 | 5:20 pm | International

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service OXFORD, England (CNS) — Germany’s bishops’ conference expressed regret over a June 30 parliamentary vote to allow same-sex weddings, vowing to defend the “Catholic understanding of marriage.” The vote by lawmakers “abandons the differentiated perception of various forms of partnership in order to stress the value of same-sex partnerships,” […]

Catholic Church supports separate Gorkha homeland in India

June 22, 2017 | 4:32 pm | International

By Catholic News Service NEW DELHI (CNS) — Church leaders have expressed solidarity with ethnic Gorkha people who are on an indefinite strike protesting for a separate homeland in the Darjeeling area of eastern India. Since June 8, Darjeeling district in West Bengal state has witnessed violent clashes between local residents and police. Street protests, […]

Church offers counseling to help students cope with trauma of London fire

June 16, 2017 | 4:51 pm | International

By Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service Church agencies are helping London Catholic school students cope with the trauma of the Grenfell Tower fire, including knowing that some of their fellow students are missing. Children who attended Catholic schools in the shadow of Grenfell Tower are among about 76 people who have yet to be accounted […]

English archbishop offers prayers, sympathy for victims of London attack

June 6, 2017 | 3:08 pm | International

By Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark, the archdiocese that covers London south of the River Thames, where a terrorist attack June 3 claimed 7 lives and injured 48 people, offered prayers for the victims and survivors. “Following the tragic attack on innocent people last Saturday evening […]

Church leaders say EU countries ignore pledges on religious freedom

May 5, 2017 | 1:43 pm | International

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — Church representatives have accused the European Union of ignoring pledges to defend religious freedom, despite commitments set out in special 2013 guidelines. Msgr. Duarte Nuno Queiroz de Barros da Cunha, secretary-general of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences, told Catholic News Service that the Swiss-based […]

Between election rounds, French cardinal deplores ‘democracy gone mad’

April 27, 2017 | 4:22 pm | International

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — France’s Catholic primate has condemned the current presidential campaign as his country’s “worst ever” and urged Christians to help prevent democracy from “losing its sense.” “Left and right rivaled each other and had their radical wings, but there was also a center. Now, left and […]

Nigerian bishop says Boko Haram needs fought in spiritual realm, too

April 13, 2017 | 5:04 pm | International

By Peter Ajayi Dada Catholic News Service LAGOS, Nigeria (CNS) — The Catholic bishop of a diocese at the center of the Boko Haram insurgency said the militants need to be fought on several levels. “The battle against Boko Haram should not be limited to the physical realm, but it needs to be fought in […]

Remember shattered walls of past divisions, pope tells EU leaders

March 24, 2017 | 4:31 pm | International

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Europe must recover the memories and lessons of past tragedies in order to confront the challenges Europeans face today that seek to divide rather than unite humanity, Pope Francis said. While the founding fathers of what is now the European Union worked toward a […]