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Russian Orthodox, Polish Catholic leader sign appeal for reconciliation

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — The head of the Russian Orthodox Church and the president of the Polish Catholic bishops’ conference signed a joint message Aug. 17 urging Poles and Russians to set aside centuries of anger and prejudice and work together to maintain their countries’ Christian identities. The signing of the reconciliation “Message to the […]

Pope encourages prayers for unborn, support for their parents

CZESTOCHOWA, Poland (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI encouraged prayers for the lives of the unborn and asked Polish Catholics to ensure their love for life translates into concrete support for those finding it difficult to welcome a pregnancy. The papal message marked the 25th anniversary of Poland’s “Spiritual Adoption of the Unborn,” a project whose […]

Everything in life calls people to a relationship with God, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Everything that happens in life, whether it first appears good or bad, is a reminder that human beings do not have absolute control over their own destinies but were made to be in a relationship with God, Pope Benedict XVI wrote. “Each thing, each relationship, each joy, like each difficulty, finds […]

Vietnamese authorities replace chapel items with images of Ho Chi Minh

HANOI, Vietnam (CNS) — Government authorities from a district in Vietnam’s Central Highlands forced ethnic villagers to remove Catholic pictures and items from their chapel, and authorities replaced them with images of the late communist leader Ho Chi Minh. A Church source told the Asian Church news agency UCA News that government authorities from Kon […]

Nun says Syrian insurrection worse than Assad’s regime

DUBLIN (CNS) — A Carmelite nun said the armed insurrection in Syria is “producing a totalitarianism that is worse” than that of Bashar Assad’s regime. Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross, superior of the community at the monastery of St. James the Mutilated in Qara, Syria, also appealed to the international community to stop supporting […]

Prayer for France affirms values without polemics, spokesman says

PARIS (CNS) — The French bishops’ “prayer for the nation” reminds Catholics of the social and political implications of Christian values, but it seeks to do so in a way that avoids the polemical tones of “Catholic fundamentalists,” said the spokesman of the bishops’ conference. Msgr. Bernard Podvin, spokesman, said the prayer was part of […]

On Assumption, pope says Mary is with God, listening to prayers

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) — Assumed into heaven, Mary is with God and is ready to listen and respond to cries for help, Pope Benedict XVI said. Joining God in heaven, Mary “does not draw away from us, does not go to an unknown galaxy,” but becomes “even closer to each one of us,” the […]

Vatican assessment discussed behind closed doors at LCWR assembly

ST. LOUIS (CNS) — Security was tight outside the doors of the ballroom at the Millennium Hotel in St. Louis; no one was allowed in without the right color badge. Behind the closed doors women religious representing the majority of U.S. women’s congregations met several times during their Aug. 7-10 annual assembly to discuss their […]

Catholic congress celebrates richness of African spirituality, culture

BETHESDA, Md. (CNS) — Catholics of African descent — as well as all Catholics — are called to understand their faith, have confidence in what they believe and be willing to share the faith with others, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington told participants at the second African National Eucharistic Congress. That’s the response Pope […]

Torrential rains flood Philippine capital; 270,000 flee to safety

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Flooding caused by days of torrential rains forced more than a quarter million people from their homes in parts of the Philippine capital and surrounding provinces. The government said at least 50 percent of metropolitan Manila was under water, displacing an estimated 270,000 people, reported the Asian church news agency UCA […]