WASHINGTON (CNS) -- For the first time, federal funding will help pay
for unaccompanied minor immigrants to get legal assistance, including
through Catholic agencies that will receive a little more than half of
$4.2 million in grants for this fiscal year.
An additional $4.8 million will be allocated for the legal program ...
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The highest ranking U.S. bishop at the Vatican
says this month's Synod of Bishops on the family should mark the end of a
high-level debate over whether to make it easier for divorced and
civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion.
"The matter really has to be clarified at ...
HONG KONG (CNS) -- The two cardinals in Hong Kong urged the government
to solve the present political deadlock after police used force to
disperse thousands of unarmed protesters who struggled for full
democracy in the city.
Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong called upon the government to ensure
the personal ...
UNITED NATIONS (CNS) -- The U.N.'s framework provides the "only viable
way" of dealing with the global nature of modern terrorism "which knows
no borders," the Vatican's secretary of state told the U.N. General
Assembly Sept. 29.
"This reality requires a renewed United Nations that undertakes to
foster and preserve peace," said ...
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis warned against the abandonment and
neglect of the elderly, calling it a "hidden euthanasia" rooted in
today's "poisonous" culture of disposal and an economic system of greed.
In the presence of his predecessor, Pope Francis also thanked retired
Pope Benedict XVI for staying to live at ...
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican denied Pope Francis had dismissed a
controversial Paraguayan bishop because of his mishandling of sex abuse
accusations, attributing the decision instead to other failings of
governance and friction with fellow bishops.
Meanwhile, the bishop described his dismissal as a case of "ideological
persecution" because of his ...
Christ Cathedral has a multilayered mission -- and with the rollout of the new design plans that will transform the former Crystal Cathedral into the mother church of the Diocese of Orange, it has taken a big step toward realizing that mission.
DUBLIN (CNS) -- Irish Cardinal Sean Brady had paid tribute to a
controversial Protestant firebrand-turned-peacemaker who once heckled
St. John Paul II as the "antichrist."
The Rev. Ian Paisley, 88, who served as first minister in the
cross-community power-sharing government in Northern Ireland from 2007
to 2008, died Sept. 12 and was ...
JERUSALEM (CNS) -- American bishops were returning to their dioceses
after a nine-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land with a stronger resolve to
advocate for peace and to urge the U.S. government to take a leadership
role in ushering Israelis and Palestinians toward peace, a member of the
"Framed by ...
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in
September 2015 will serve as a forum for debating issues on the agenda
for the world Synod of Bishops at the Vatican the following month, said
the two archbishops responsible for planning the Philadelphia event.
At a Sept. 16 briefing, ...
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Eight Eastern Christian leaders spent 40 minutes
talking to President Barack Obama about the situation of Christians and
other minorities in the Middle East.
"We felt how deeply moved he was by what was happening to the Christians
there," Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, Maronite patriarch, said at a ...
SAN ANTONIO (CNS) -- As William Carmona lay gravely ill in a San Antonio
hospital bed, he repeatedly questioned his classmates from nearby
Assumption Seminary: "Where is Bishop Choby?" "When will he get here?"
And finally: "How many more hours until he ordains me?"
Carmona, a fourth-year theology seminarian who was entering ...
ROME (CNS) -- Just a few steps away from Rome's traffic jams, blaring
sirens and sticky heat, the city's Non-Catholic Cemetery is a garden of
breezes and greenery, of crickets, birdsong, roses and pomegranate
Not surprisingly, it is also a magnet for visitors. There are students
reading under trees by the ...