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Work to prevent mass migration, Holy See diplomat says during UN discussion

Catholic News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 04:07
Noting that "we have reached the highest number of forcibly displaced persons since World War II," a leading Vatican diplomat told a UN agency that it was time "to reflect upon and ...

Synod of Bishops: October 7 roundup

Catholic News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 03:54
On October 7, at the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, the third and fourth general congregations (sessions) of the synod took place. During ...

Priest and parishioners kidnapped in northern Syria

Catholic News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 17:30
A Catholic priest and some of his parishioners have been abducted from a village in northern Syria, the Fides news service reports. Father Hanna Jallouf, a Franciscan priest serving at ...

Benedict XVI may join in beatification of Paul VI

Catholic News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 17:25
Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI is not expected to take part in this month's Synod of Bishops, but may participate in the beatification of Pope Paul VI on October 19, the Vatican's spokesman ...

Papal commission on abuse moving forward in organizing work, AP reports

Catholic News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 17:22
The commission appointed by Pope Francis to study the Church's handling of sex-abuse complaints has organized its work and proposed new members, the Associated Press reports. The ...

Rochester bishop issues guidelines for celebrating sacraments

Catholic News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 15:40
Bishop Salvatore Matano of Rochester, New York, has issued a set of comprehensive guidelines for the administration of the sacraments, calling for careful attention to the liturgical and ...

Pope calls cardinals to a consistory to discuss Middle East

Catholic News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 15:31
Pope Francis has called the College of Cardinals to a special meeting that will discuss the crisis facing Christians in the Middle East. The October 20 meeting was originally scheduled ...

Caritas International linked to Brazilian group supporting abortion, homosexuality

Catholic News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 15:21
Caritas International, the consortium of Catholic relief agencies, has formed an alliance with a group that supports legal abortion and homosexuality, and is heavily influenced by Marxism, ...

Challenge 'defamilied' security ideas head-on, Vatican official urges

Catholic News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 15:04
Modern society has an unhealthy understanding of family life, which the Church must "confront head-on," the president of the Pontifical Council for the Family told the National Catholic ...

New Jersey pastor relieved after abuse charges surface from long ago

Catholic News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:40
A prominent priest in the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, has left his post after being accused of sexual abuse of a child. The complaint against Msgr. George Trabold involves an ...

1 million in danger of starvation because of war in South Sudan

Catholic News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:36
Political unrest in South Sudan is aggravating a severe food crisis, and could put 1 million people in immediate danger of starvation in the early months of 2015, the Fides news service ...

Avoid harsh language in discussing marriage, Synod fathers suggest

Catholic News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:31
In discussions of marriage, Catholics should avoid harsh expressions that could turn people away from the Church, some bishops have suggested during discussions at this week's meetings of ...

Boko Haram's toll: 185 churches torched, over 195,000 homeless in past 2 months

Catholic News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:20
In the Diocese of Maiduguri, in northern Nigeria, 185 churches have been burned in the past two months and nearly 200,000 driven from their homes because of raids by Boko Haram terrorists, ...

Pope Francis to visit France in 2015

Catholic News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 06:44
Pope Francis will make an apostolic journey to France in 2015, according to an announcement from the Holy See Press Office. Pope Francis has made apostolic journeys to Brazil (July ...

Program announced for November papal trip to Strasbourg

Catholic News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 06:37
The Holy See Press Office has announced the program for Pope Francis's visit to Strasbourg, France, on November 25. Following a two-hour flight from Rome, the Pope will first deliver an ...

Archbishop: Iraq's government has abandoned Christians

Catholic News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 06:14
An Iraqi prelate said that the nation's government is using international humanitarian assistance to assist Muslim refugees in Baghdad but is not helping Christian refugees who have fled ...

Bishops rue Supreme Court action on marriage

Catholic News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 05:04
The chairmen of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage lamented ...

Agenda announced for November USCCB meeting

Catholic News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 04:38
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced the agenda of its fall meeting, which will take place from November 10-13 in Baltimore. The bishops will discuss Catholic ...

Cardinal Burke, Cardinal Wuerl grant interviews on synod

Catholic News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 04:26
Two American cardinals have granted interviews to Vatican Radio on the Synod of Bishops on the family. "One of the biggest challenges" facing families "is the defective catechesis in ...

Synod of Bishops: October 6 roundup

Catholic News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 04:13
On October 6, at the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family: Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, discussed ...
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