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Brazilian archbishop to visit area where two dams burst, covering town

November 6, 2015 | 5:55 pm | International

By Lise Alves Catholic News Service SAO PAULO (CNS) — Rescuers were still looking for at least 18 people who disappeared in the town of Bento Rodrigues Nov. 6, the day after two dams from a nearby iron ore processing plant gave way. Officials had only confirmed two deaths by that afternoon, but residents and […]

Chinese Catholics told to insist on ‘sinicization’ in meeting with government

October 30, 2015 | 2:40 pm | International

HONG KONG (CNS) — Authorities overseeing religion in China told a group of Catholic bishops and leaders to insist on “sinicization,” in a gathering that took place soon after Beijing concluded closed-door meetings with a Vatican delegation. It comes as Vatican officials publicly confirmed that China and the Holy See were engaged in dialogue, which […]

Volunteers are at front lines of Europe’s response to refugees

October 22, 2015 | 5:16 pm | International

By Paul Jeffrey Catholic News Service HEGYESHALOM, Hungary (CNS) — Along the border between Hungary and Austria, Rosala Holzschuh stands in the midnight darkness as thousands of refugees flow past her on their way toward Western Europe. As a cold wind swirls around her, Holzschuh looks for children with no shoes, and when she spots […]

Indian cardinal: Syro-Malabar church can teach about family-based parish

October 2, 2015 | 1:13 pm | International

By Michael Swan Catholic News Service MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (CNS) — The major archbishop of the Indian-based Syro-Malabar Catholic Church said he believes his church can teach the Synod of Bishops about parishes centered on families. The worldwide Synod of Bishops on the family meets at the Vatican Oct. 4-25. The synod, which will include hundreds […]

Meeting in Jerusalem, European bishops call on nations to support migrants

September 18, 2015 | 4:19 pm | International

By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service JERUSALEM (CNS) — Leaders of the European bishops’ conferences expressed solidarity with people of the Middle East, especially those being forced from their homes, and called on European states to act generously, justly, and respectfully toward the influx of migrants and refugees now reaching their shores. In a statement […]

Discovery of refugee bodies should awaken Europe, says Vienna cardinal

August 28, 2015 | 6:09 pm | International

By Catholic News Service VIENNA (CNS) — Austrian church leaders, reacting to the discovery of dozens of dead refugees on a truck near Vienna, said they hoped it would increase awareness of the plight of migrants. “Such refugee suffering should awaken us, like a bolt from the blue, to the need for more generous attitudes […]

Some say exchange of shots at border not big news in South Korea

August 21, 2015 | 3:00 pm | International

By Simone Orendain Catholic News Service MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Some Catholics in South Korea said the exchange of shots Aug. 20 between North and South Korea along their common border was bigger news outside their country than locally. Maryknoll Sister Jean Maloney has lived in South Korea since the last year of the Korean […]

U.S. Embassy in Cuba reopens, ending 54-year diplomatic break

August 16, 2015 | 2:36 pm | International

By Catholic News Service HAVANA (CNS) — With Havana Harbor’s bright blue waters and a trio of vintage U.S. cars parked along the Malecon framing the scene, Secretary of State John Kerry officially reopened the U.S. Embassy in Cuba Aug. 14, marking the end of more than 54 years of fractured diplomatic relations. Since the […]

In quake-hit Nepal, monsoon hampers relief work

July 16, 2015 | 3:44 pm | International

By Anto Akkara Catholic News Service KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNS) — Despite mobilizing financial support and procuring relief material to reach out to remote areas hit by April’s earthquake, Catholic charities — like others — are facing problems caused by monsoon rains. “Our plan was to complete the first phase of relief work by the end […]

Returning to South America, pope says countries owe debt to their poor

July 6, 2015 | 7:39 pm | International

By Cindy Wooden and Barbara Fraser Catholic News Service QUITO, Ecuador (CNS) — Although still thousands of miles from his birthplace in Argentina, Pope Francis made a homecoming of sorts July 5 when he landed in Ecuador, greeted by cheering crowds and the sights and sounds of South America. After a 12-hour flight from Rome, […]