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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 […]

Catholics urged to sign petition calling for U.S. declaration of genocide

March 15, 2016 | 12:42 pm | International

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The archbishop who serves as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked U.S. Catholics to sign a pledge calling for an end to the slaughter of Christians and members of other religious minority groups in the Middle East. “Today, the people of God must speak […]

Chinese authorities continue campaign, remove cross from Catholic church

February 26, 2016 | 11:08 am | International

By Catholic News Service BEIJING (CNS) — Chinese authorities are continuing their campaign of removing crosses in Zhejiang province, and one of the latest was taken from a Catholic Church. Government officials removed the cross of Zhuangyuan Church in Yongqiang parish just before dawn Feb. 25, two weeks after Zhejiang’s religious affairs director called for […]

Pope Francis tells Mexican bishops be unified, speak out on tough issues

February 15, 2016 | 10:53 am | International

By David Agren Catholic News Service MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis demanded forceful denunciations of drug violence in Mexico from the country’s bishops, who have preferred timid pronouncements instead of speaking prophetically on a tragedy that has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past 10 years and left another 25,000 Mexicans missing. Speaking […]

Jordan says it cannot continue to bear brunt of Syrian refugee crisis

February 9, 2016 | 4:41 pm | International

By Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service AL-KHALDIYA, Jordan (CNS) — As a donors conference to stem the Syrian refugee crisis opens in London, Syria’s neighbors, which have hosted hundreds of thousands of refugees for the past five years, say they cannot continue to bear the brunt of the burden. King Abdullah II of Jordan, one […]