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Church offers counseling to help students cope with trauma of London fire

June 16, 2017 | 4:51 pm | International

By Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service Church agencies are helping London Catholic school students cope with the trauma of the Grenfell Tower fire, including knowing that some of their fellow students are missing. Children who attended Catholic schools in the shadow of Grenfell Tower are among about 76 people who have yet to be accounted […]

English archbishop offers prayers, sympathy for victims of London attack

June 6, 2017 | 3:08 pm | International

By Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark, the archdiocese that covers London south of the River Thames, where a terrorist attack June 3 claimed 7 lives and injured 48 people, offered prayers for the victims and survivors. “Following the tragic attack on innocent people last Saturday evening […]

Church leaders say EU countries ignore pledges on religious freedom

May 5, 2017 | 1:43 pm | International

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — Church representatives have accused the European Union of ignoring pledges to defend religious freedom, despite commitments set out in special 2013 guidelines. Msgr. Duarte Nuno Queiroz de Barros da Cunha, secretary-general of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences, told Catholic News Service that the Swiss-based […]

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, […]