MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- When the Islamic State overran the Iraqi
town of Qaraqosh last August, one of the priests there jumped into his
car and joined the exodus of Christians on the road east in the hope of
reaching the safety of Kurdish-controlled territory.
Little did Father Bashar Kthea, a Syriac ...
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (CNS) -- Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, one of four
Marines killed July 16 by a shooter in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was "an
overall awesome guy," said a classmate from the Marine's 1994 graduating
class of Cathedral High School in Springfield.
"He was fun-loving and a joy to be around," said Tim ...
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A good pastor always sees what people are going
through, feels compassion and then nourishes them with God's Word, Pope
Seeing and being moved to pity "have always been associated with Jesus,"
the Good Shepherd, he said July 19 before reciting the Angelus with
visitors gathered ...
KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (CNS) -- Fawzi Abu Jame'a had finally finished
building his family's dream home just eight months before the beginning
of the war between Israel and Hamas, the Islamic party that governs
Gaza. Unable to work because of diabetes, Jame'a had borrowed money from
friends to buy the ...
"Our plan was to complete the first phase of relief work by the end of ...
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (CNS) -- An outpouring of sympathy and prayer washed over Tennessee for the victims of the July 16 shootings that left four Marines and the shooter dead.
Bishop Richard F. Stika of Knoxville, whose diocese includes Chattanooga, encouraged all Catholics and people of faith to participate in a community prayer ...
MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- Bishops across Mexico expressed incredulity with the escape of the country's most notorious inmate and said it showed the complicity of public officials with drug cartels and the depth of corruption in the country.
Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman slipped out of a maximum-security prison -- ...
SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) -- A video released July 14 appears to show a top Planned Parenthood official discussing the sale of parts of aborted babies for research, including discussing ways the abortion procedure can be altered to preserve specifically requested body parts.
The nearly nine-minute edited video -- filmed undercover and produced ...
JERUSALEM (CNS) -- UNESCO declared Bethany Beyond the Jordan, on the eastern side of the Jordan River, as a World Heritage site and the location of Jesus' baptism.
"The decision is logical. The Eastern side is where all the Byzantine antiquities and churches are located," said Franciscan Father Eugenio Alliata, professor of ...
DENVER (CNS) -- The Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious entities are not substantially burdened by procedures set out by the federal government by which they can avoid a requirement to provide contraceptive coverage in health insurance, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled July 14.
In a lengthy ...
The Holy See welcomed Iran's historic nuclear deal and expressed hopes that more future breakthroughs be on the horizon on other issues.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said that "the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program is viewed in a positive light by the Holy See."
"It constitutes an important outcome of ...
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- On exam day, geology students might be handed a
mystery rock to study, scratch and peer at, looking for clues to
identify it and hypothesize about its origins and composition.
On exam day at the Vatican Secret Archives, student-scholars get handed
an obscure medieval manuscript to decipher, transcribe, ...
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM PARAGUAY (CNS) -- Before arriving in the
United States in September, Pope Francis said, he will study American
criticisms of his critiques of the global economy and finance.
"I have heard that some criticisms were made in the United States --
I've heard that -- but I ...
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Vatican magistrates have decided to postpone the
proceedings of a criminal trial against a former Vatican nuncio due to
the defendant's ill health. However, during the trial's opening session July 11, Vatican prosecutors
formally listed all the charges against the laicized former archbishop,
Jozef Wesolowski. Only two ...