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Vatican launches Belgium euthanasia investigation

May 5, 2017 | 1:40 pm | Vatican

By Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — The Vatican is investigating the decision of a group of psychiatric care centers run by a Catholic religious order in Belgium to permit doctors to perform euthanasia of “nonterminal” mentally ill patients on its premises. Brother Rene Stockman, superior general of the Brothers of Charity, […]

Unmask violence posing as holy, pope tells religious leaders in Egypt

May 1, 2017 | 5:08 pm | Vatican

  By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service CAIRO (CNS) — Calling his visit to Egypt a journey of “unity and fraternity,” Pope Francis launched a powerful call to the nation’s religious leaders to expose violence masquerading as holy and condemn religiously inspired hatred as an idolatrous caricature of God. “Peace alone, therefore, is holy, and […]

Why be afraid when God is always showing the way, pope says at audience

April 27, 2017 | 4:30 pm | Vatican

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians always have hope, no matter how bleak, bad or uncertain the journey, because they know God is always by their side, Pope Francis said. In fact, “even crossing parts of the world (that are) wounded, where things are not going well, we are among […]

Pope washes feet of 12 prison inmates at Holy Thursday Mass

April 13, 2017 | 4:22 pm | Vatican

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a gesture of service toward¬† marginalized people, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates, including three women and a man who is converting from Islam to Catholicism. Although in Jesus’ time, washing the feet of one’s guests was performed by slaves, Jesus […]

Top Vatican officials attend child protection seminar

March 24, 2017 | 4:35 pm | Vatican

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — There is absolutely no excuse for not implementing concrete measures to protect minors and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse, said Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston. “Let there be no doubt about it: Pope Francis is thoroughly committed to rooting out the scourge of sex abuse […]

Church leaders: Restoration on Jesus’ tomb signals new cooperation

March 24, 2017 | 4:25 pm | Vatican

By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service JERUSALEM (CNS) — Less than a year after restoration work began, the Edicule — the traditional site of Jesus’ burial and resurrection — was inaugurated in an ecumenical ceremony led by representatives of the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Armenian churches, including Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. The 200-year-old […]

Pope presides over Lenten penance service at Vatican

March 17, 2017 | 5:00 pm | Vatican

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A few hours after urging priests to be generously available for the sacrament of penance, Pope Francis went to confession, then offered the sacrament to seven Catholics. Presiding over the annual Lenten penance service March 17 in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis was one of […]

Pope greets U.S. grass-roots groups, saying they help ‘communities thrive’

February 17, 2017 | 2:31 pm | Vatican

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service MODESTO, Calif. (CNS) — Pope Francis congratulated more than 600 representatives of grass-roots organizations for responding with mercy to society’s hurting people during the opening of the four-day U.S. regional World Meeting of Popular Movements. In a letter to the assembly Feb. 16 read alternately in English and in […]

Respond to violence with Christ’s love, strength, pope tells churches

January 27, 2017 | 3:40 pm | Vatican

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis prayed for an end to the daily violence and brutality waged by fundamentalist extremists in the Middle East. “Your sufferings are our sufferings. I join you in praying for an end to the conflict and for God’s closeness to those who have endured […]

Pope blesses Louisiana anti-trafficking project

January 21, 2017 | 9:45 pm | Vatican

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Francis posed for a photo Jan. 18 with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, it was not a protocol-dictated nicety; it was a recognition of the commitment on the part of the pope and of a coalition of state and private agencies in Louisiana to stop […]