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Heavy damage makes assessment tough after Haima slams Philippines

October 20, 2016 | 4:27 pm | International

By Alastair Wanklyn Catholic News Service TOKYO (CNS) — Heavy damage was reported to homes and farm land in the northern Philippines Oct. 20 after the strongest storm in three years struck overnight. Typhoon Haima barreled into northern Cagayan and Isabella provinces, ripping the roofs off homes and flattening crops. Nearly every building in the […]

Australian bishops: Reject ageism, ‘old age will come to us all’

September 16, 2016 | 5:05 pm | International

By Robert Hiini Catholic News Service SYDNEY (CNS) — Australia’s bishops called on individuals, communities and governments to reject rampant ageism and the toxic attitudes that often accompany concepts such as “intergenerational theft.” The bishops link Australia’s treatment of the elderly with Western discomfort around dying and point to the looming threat posed by euthanasia […]

Pope, religious leaders to mark 30th anniversary of 1986 Assisi meeting

September 2, 2016 | 11:46 am | International

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will join dozens of religious leaders — including Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury — and hundreds of their faithful in Assisi Sept. 20 to pray for peace. In addition to holding some private meetings with […]

Indians gather to celebrate birthday of Blessed Teresa, soon-to-be-saint

August 26, 2016 | 4:36 pm | International

By Saadia Azim Catholic News Service KOLKATA, India (CNS) — They came from all around to celebrate the birthday of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity who will be become a saint Sept. 4. Kolkata Archbishop Thomas D’Souza celebrated Mass at the order’s motherhouse Aug. 26 for the woman “who […]

Pope leads rosary for Italy earthquake victims

August 24, 2016 | 12:51 pm | International

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Hearing the mayor of Amatrice in central Italy say his town no longer exists and knowing there were children who died Aug. 24 in the earthquakes that struck the region, Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience into a prayer service. Beginning the audience in […]

Pakistan jail opens chapel for Christian prisoners

August 19, 2016 | 1:25 pm | International

By Catholic News Service KARACHI, Pakistan (CNS) — A chapel for Christian inmates has opened at Landhi Jail in this southern Pakistani city. Christian social activists and jail authorities jointly inaugurated the chapel Aug. 5, which was built with the help of a nongovernmental organization. About 100 of the 4,500 inmates in the jail are […]

Muslim-on-Muslim violence highlighted in new State Department report

August 12, 2016 | 3:37 pm | International

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — While in past years the wave of Muslim violence against Christians has been prominent in the U.S. State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom, the latest report, released Aug. 10, focuses on Muslim violence against other Muslims. Although Boko Haram in Nigeria and other terrorist […]

At Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue, cardinal blesses Olympic torch

August 5, 2016 | 1:27 pm | International

By Lise Alves Catholic News Service RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) — High above the city, beneath the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio Cardinal Orani Tempesta blessed the Olympic torch, held by Brazil’s former Olympic volleyball player, Maria Isabel Barroso Salgado. “This is the moment for us to surpass our difficulties and work together as […]

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 […]