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Pope names archbishop to succeed Cardinal Muller at doctrine office

July 2, 2017 | 5:16 pm | Vatican

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Promoting the secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the office of prefect, Pope Francis chose not to ask German Cardinal Gerhard Muller to serve a second five-year term in the post. The Vatican announced July 1 that the pope chose […]

Holiness means being open to God, pope says

June 22, 2017 | 4:33 pm | Vatican

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Being a saint doesn’t require spending long hours in prayer, but rather living life open to God in good times and in bad, Pope Francis said. Christians should live with the “hope of becoming saints” and with the desire that “work, even in sickness […]

Vatican supports new elections to solve Venezuelan crisis

June 16, 2017 | 4:57 pm | Vatican

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Negotiations between government and opposition groups in Venezuela, followed by free and fair elections, are needed to put an end to violence and bring relief to the suffering people, a Vatican official said. In a letter June 13 to six former Latin American heads […]

Pope calls for month of prayer to renew passion for missionary outreach

June 6, 2017 | 3:16 pm | Vatican

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis called for an “extraordinary month of prayer and reflection” to reinvigorate and renew the missionary spirit and action of the Catholic Church. Welcoming a proposal from the pontifical mission societies and the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the pope said the […]

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 […]