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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 […]

Anglican leaders sanction Episcopalians over same-sex marriage

January 15, 2016 | 6:07 pm | International

By Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — Because of the U.S. Episcopal Church’s moves to unilaterally change canon law to allow same-sex marriage, Anglican leaders voted to suspend Episcopalians from positions representing the Anglican Communion and from participating in some Anglican bodies. Primates meeting in Canterbury, England, said that for three years, […]

South Sudan bishop urges peace, says attack on nuns shakes church

January 6, 2016 | 11:52 am | International

By Bronwen Dachs Catholic News Service YAMBIO, South Sudan (CNS) — An attack on religious sisters at a teacher training college in South Sudan has shaken and saddened the church, a church leader said, while urging people of faith to demand the implementation of the latest peace accord to end the civil war. Violence and […]

Few pilgrims, no sales: Mideast situation dampens Bethlehem Christmas

December 18, 2015 | 12:11 pm | International

By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Though the Christmas tree was lit in Nativity Square in the traditional ceremony, and some traditional pre-Christmas parades have taken place, the Christmas spirit this year in Bethlehem has been dampened by the political situation which, since October, has taken the lives of almost […]

Belgian bishops, pros agree: no euthanasia for ‘psychological suffering’

December 14, 2015 | 4:21 pm | International

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service OXFORD, England (CNS) — Belgium’s Catholic bishops welcomed a statement by top medical professors, psychiatrists and ethicists, who rejected a proposal to allow euthanasia for patients facing “psychological suffering.” “We’re always opposed to euthanasia, so we approve and support this initiative,” Jesuit Father Tommy Scholtes, spokesman for the Brussels-based […]

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 […]