Category: National and International

Arab Christians offer reactions to Trump’s speech

DEAD SEA, Jordan  |  Arab Christians voiced hope and concern over U.S. President Donald Trump’s first foreign visit and his speech in Saudi Arabia to the Muslim world, in which he urged a peace-focused Islam as a counter movement to extremism. “I hope that President Trump will remind us that we have to think about… Read more »

Pope, President Trump speak of hopes for peace

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump spent 30 minutes speaking privately in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 24, and as the president left, he told the pope, “I won’t forget what you said.” The atmosphere at the beginning was formal and a bit stiff. However, the mood lightened… Read more »

Pope: Honor the believing, tender Mary, not a ‘plaster statue’

FATIMA, Portugal (CNS) — Mary’s example of believing and following Jesus is what matters most; she cannot be some image “of our own making” who Christians barter with for mercy, Pope Francis said. On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, the pope asked tens of thousands of pilgrims May… Read more »

Mexican bishops call for action on missing persons, mass graves

MEXICO CITY  |  The Mexican bishops’ conference has issued a call for action on the cases of the country’s thousands of missing persons, most of whom disappeared during the country’s decades-long drug war and whose bodies are increasingly being unearthed from mass graves. Many of those graves have been discovered by desperate family members acting… Read more »

Bishops among first signatories to pledge to end death penalty

WASHINGTON  |  Bishops attending a meeting were among the first to sign the National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty at the U.S. bishops’ headquarters building May 9. Each person taking the pledge promises to educate, advocate and pray for an end to capital punishment. “All Christians and people of goodwill are thus called… Read more »

Priest kidnapped in Yemen pleads for help in video message

VATICAN CITY  |  Indian Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was kidnapped in Yemen more than a year ago, in a video message pleaded for the Indian government and the Catholic Church to do more to secure his release. The video was posted on YouTube by the news site Aden Time May 8; the heavily bearded… Read more »

True faith means loving others to the extreme, pope tells Egypt’s Catholics

CAIRO (CNS) — The only kind of fanaticism that is acceptable to God is being fanatical about loving and helping others, Pope Francis said on his final day in Egypt. “True faith,” he told Catholics, “makes us more charitable, more merciful, more honest and more humane. It moves our hearts to love everyone without counting… Read more »

In TED talk, pope urges people to make real connections

VATICAN CITY  |  While searching for a connection today often means looking for Wi-Fi, Pope Francis said real connections between people are the only hope for the future. “How wonderful would it be if the growth of scientific and technological innovation would come along with more equality and social inclusion,” he said in a video… Read more »

New food truck to help stem senior hunger in Diocese of Oakland

Catholic News Service OAKLAND, Calif.  |  A new shiny truck is bringing food to senior citizens in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood and nearby communities. A year in the making, the Mercy Brown Bag Program has expanded, with the truck visiting several locales and offering assistance to seniors faced with the high cost of rent and medication…. Read more »

Sister of Life begins her next adventure with Christ

  WASHINGTON  |  Looking back on the moment she knelt before the altar of the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford, Conn., to profess her perpetual vows as a Sister of Life, Sister Grace Dominic said it didn’t feel like the end of an eight-year path of discernment, through postulancy and novitiate. Rather,… Read more »