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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 […]

In notorious Santiago community, church works to give people options

March 17, 2017 | 4:58 pm | International

By Jane Chambers Catholic News Service SANTIAGO, Chile (CNS) — The residents of La Legua, Santiago’s most notorious community, are never sure when the gunfights will begin. Resident Maria Escalona Devia said as a result, people live in fear. “The battles are between the rival drug gangs that run the area,” she told Catholic News […]

After years in war zone, burnout rises among those who serve Syrians

February 17, 2017 | 2:33 pm | International

By Jean Ko Din Catholic News Service TORONTO (CNS) — Humanitarian aid workers in Syria and Lebanon are exhausted, said Helene Tremblay-Boyko, who recently traveled to the region. It’s not the kind of exhaustion a person feels at the end of a long day, she said. This exhaustion comes from working in the same desperate […]

U.S., Mexican church leaders criticize Trump’s actions on border security

January 27, 2017 | 2:37 pm | International

By Barb Fraze Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Church leaders in the United States and Mexico acknowledged the need for governments to keep their country secure but said two recent U.S. presidential actions could endanger the lives of immigrants and split border communities. President Donald Trump called for construction of an “impassable physical barrier” […]

Working with Iraqi refugees stretches, strengthens priest’s faith

January 21, 2017 | 9:49 pm | International

By Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service MARKA, Jordan (CNS) — Working with displaced Iraqi Christians has stretched and strengthened the faith of a priest who came to Jordan as a refugee. Father Khalil Jaar said the Iraqi Christians, who escaped the Islamic State invasion for initial sanctuary in Jordan until they find a permanent home, […]

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 […]