News/World and Nation
Updated: March 3rd, 2015
Assyrian Christians released, but many concerned for those still held
DALE GAVLAK Catholic News Service
Tuesday, 03 March 2015
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) -- Christians in the Middle East welcomed the release of nearly 20 Assyrian Christians abducted by Islamic State militants in northeastern Syria, but expressed concern that more than 200 others remained in captivity. "I can confirm the release of 19 persons (17 men and 2 women) ...
CAROL GLATZ Catholic News Service
Monday, 02 March 2015
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of penance. After a brief explanation of why p...
JONATHAN LUXMOORE Catholic News Service
Sunday, 01 March 2015
WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- Catholic officials in Latvia are trying to stay out of the region's ideological war with neighboring Russia. "Latvia is home to a large Russian population and there are Russian-speakers in the Catholic Church. We're sensitive...
DAVID AGREN Catholic News Service
Saturday, 28 February 2015
SALTILLO, Mexico (CNS) -- A private email from Pope Francis to a personal friend was never meant to offend Mexican sensibilities, the Vatican said in a statement after the message -- which suggested Mexico was synonymous with drugs and violence -- wa...
DENNIS SADOWSKI Catholic News Service
Thursday, 26 February 2015
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic organizations welcomed President Barack Obama's Feb. 24 veto of a bill approving an oil pipeline through the country's midsection, saying that it allows more opportunity to consider moral questions about the environment a...
NATE MADDEN Catholic News Service
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Two-month-old Gabriel Caicedo is one of 78 children who have been saved by a new medical protocol being used to reverse the effects of the RU-486 abortion regimen in its early stag...
ANTO AKKARA Catholic News Service
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
NEW DELHI (CNS) -- A Jesuit priest kidnapped in Afghanistan and held for eight months told reporters "God has saved me," but he said he did not want to discuss details of his captivity. Jesuit Father...
CAROL GLATZ Catholic News Service
Monday, 23 February 2015
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis urged Ukraine's Catholic bishops to focus on the social and human tragedies unfolding in their country and avoid politicizing their role as church leaders. He asked...
CAROL GLATZ Catholic News Service
Sunday, 22 February 2015
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Don't use peer pressure, greed or laziness as an excuse to chase after false gods and become a wildly successful failure, Pope Francis said. Slow down, reflect and choose the pa...
Joette
Saturday, 21 February 2015
LA PATRONA, Mexico (CNS) -- Norma Romero Vasquez watched a freight train roll by her residence on a recent Saturday, and she checked to see if any migrants were perched on top. "There's one," she yel...