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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, […]

Without enough priests, U.S.-based Paulists decide to leave Canada

June 25, 2015 | 7:40 pm | International

By Michael Swan Catholic News Service TORONTO (CNS) — The Paulist Fathers don’t want to leave Toronto, but they say they must. The unusual uptick in vocations after the World War II has worked its way through the system and there are not enough priests left to staff the ambitious little empire of Paulist ministries […]

Archbishop wants G-7, Vatican to do more to ensure Ukraine’s security

June 19, 2015 | 5:05 pm | International

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church expressed concern that the world’s richest countries are failing to honor a 1994 agreement that promised Ukraine security for giving up its Soviet-era nuclear weapons. Ukrainian Catholic Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych said that the so-called G-7, […]

French Catholics want countries to quit buying oil from Islamic State

June 4, 2015 | 5:42 pm | International

  By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service OXFORD, England (CNS) — French Catholics have urged church support for a campaign to stop Western companies from buying oil from Islamic State, in effect funding the mass killing of Christians. “Our brothers and sisters are being massacred, women and children taken into slavery — and while Christians […]

Church workers reach out to quake victims in remote Himalayan villages

May 15, 2015 | 4:14 pm | International

By Anto Akkara Catholic News Service NAMJUNG, Nepal (CNS) — “Sir, because of luck, we all survived. But, we may die of hunger,” Mithuram Pariyar said when a church relief team arrived after a four-hour drive from Kathmandu. “Nobody (relief worker) has set foot here in two weeks,” said Pariyar, summing up the travails of […]

Congo genocide must end; church can help perpetrators, religious say

April 10, 2015 | 5:06 pm | International

By Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — The brutal kidnappings and killings in Congo must stop, and the church can help by reaching out to the “perpetrators and accomplices” of the violence, said members of several religious congregations working in Congo. Hundreds of innocent children and adults have been kidnapped and “butchered” in nighttime raids […]