World Catholic News

Local events slated for the Year of Mercy

A worldwide focus on the mercy of God, which Pope Francis called to begin Dec. 8, will include events throughout the year in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

‘Responsibility to protect’ must be part of ‘rule of law,’ says nuncio

The Vatican's nuncio to the United Nations called for a broad definition of the term "rule of law" that includes respect, dignity and justice.

Why the pope is on Twitter but not Facebook

Pope Francis is not joining Facebook despite efforts from Facebook representatives who recently visited the Vatican to argue that the leader of the world’s largest Christian church should have a profile on the world’s largest social network.

Pope says abortion, hunger, environmental damage threaten peace

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said world peace requires the defense of human dignity from violations such as world hunger, human trafficking and abortion.

Pope says only men can be priests, but women must have voice in church

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church is not going to change its position on the inadmissibility of women priests, Pope Francis said, but it does have to stop linking all decision making to ordination and allow women to have a voice in deliberations. In his apostolic exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”), […]

Archbishop urges steps to address ‘ethical challenge’ of climate change

A church-run conference in Poland brought together Catholic leaders, politicians, climate scientists and civil society groups, who called on governments to reduce their reliance on coal, oil and other fossil resources.

Pope prays for peace, full religious freedom for all in Middle East

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After a two-hour private meeting with the patriarchs and major archbishops of the Eastern Catholic churches, Pope Francis prayed for peace and full religious freedom throughout the Middle East.

In Central African Republic, thousands turn to bishop for protection

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- More than 35,000 people are living on the 40-acre diocesan compound in Bossangoa, Central African Republic, seeking protection from rebels who are targeting Christians, said the local bishop.

Vatican, Google team up to bring ancient Christian catacombs to light

Using advanced laser techniques, restorers have uncovered vivid late fourth-century frescoes inside a Roman complex of early Christian tombs depicting Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead and SS. Peter and Paul accompanying Christians into the afterlife. Jesus' face resembles portraits of the Emperor Constantine, who legalized Christian worship exactly 1,700 years ago.

Egyptian university hoping to restart stalled talks with Vatican

CAIRO (CNS) -- Officials at Egypt's Al-Azhar University said they are eagerly awaiting a message from the Vatican that could jump-start their stalled talks. Their dialogue faltered and was eventually suspended altogether by Al-Azhar in 2011 after a series of remarks made by now-retired Pope Benedict XVI.