Pope condemns abortion as product of ‘throwaway culture’
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In his strongest public words to date on the subject of abortion, Pope Francis affirmed the sacredness of unborn human life and linked its defense to the pursuit of social justice. "In all its phases and at every age, human life is always sacred and always of quality. And not as a matter of faith, but of reason and science!" the pope said Sept. 20 to a gathering of Catholic gynecologists.
Cause for G.K. Chesterton’s sainthood investigated in England
MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — The bishop of Northampton, England, has appointed a priest to investigate the possibility of opening the cause for sainthood of G.K. Chesterton, a British journalist and author of the early 20th century. A statement released Sept. 19 by the diocese in central England said that the decision to investigate the cause […]
Syrian Christians targeted by outsiders, Syriac Catholic leader says
JERUSALEM (CNS) -- Christians in Syria are continuing to be targeted by outside fundamentalist groups who have joined the country's long civil war, and the situation in Syria may become like that in Iraq, where half the Christian population has fled, said the head of the Syriac Catholic Church in Jerusalem.
Pope Francis says focus on morality can obscure Gospel message
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In a lengthy and wide-ranging interview with one of his Jesuit confreres, Pope Francis spoke with characteristic frankness about overemphasizing Catholic teaching on sexual and medical ethics; the reasons for his deliberate and consultative governing style; and his highest priority for the church today.
Pope tells bishops to be humble, stay home, return phone calls
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Don't be on the road all the time, aloof or deaf to people's needs; be simple, loving and always close by, just like a spouse would be for his wife, Pope Francis told new bishops. Bishops are pastors, not princes, so always return people's calls, listen to parishioners, recognize one's limitations and sharpen that sense of humor, he said Sept. 19 to some 120 recently appointed bishops from around the world.
Pope says church should face wayward members like a merciful mother
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said the church should approach its members with the face of a patient, merciful and understanding mother, who always forgives her erring children and never ceases to pray that they resume the path of Christian living.
Poles welcome native son’s sainthood
WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- A larger-than-life model of Blessed John Paul II as a younger man reaches out from the top of the exterior steps that ascend to All Saints Church, Warsaw's largest church.
Pope assures Rome priests that ‘sanctity is stronger than scandals’
ROME (CNS) -- Acting in his capacity as bishop of Rome, Pope Francis offered words of encouragement to his diocesan priests, assuring them that recent and current scandals cannot overcome the church's holiness and urging them to keep their vocations alive through love of God.
Bishops urge all Cubans to live in hope for a better future
HAVANA (CNS) -- In response to the "aspirations, the hopes and the frustrations of the children of God" the bishops of Cuba urged Cubans to embrace a vision for better future for their country.
Priest injured in latest acid attack in Zanzibar
ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (CNS) -- A priest was hospitalized on the island of Zanzibar after acid was thrown at him, police said. The Sept. 13 attack left Father Joseph Mwaganbwa with injuries to his face, chest, thighs and legs, the Associate Press reported.