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Cardinal Monsengwo sees church’s pastoral work helping stabilize Congo

MONTREAL (CNS) -- The Catholic Church, through its pastoral work and the promotion of justice, can help bring stability and peace in violence-torn Congo, said a cardinal who once helped guide the country from dictatorship to democracy.

Theologian thinks papal trip to Brazil critical for younger generations

MIAMI (CNS) — Look for strong turnout, robust media interest and unscripted moments when Jorge Mario Bergoglio makes his first trip abroad as Pope Francis when he arrives in Brazil in late July, according to a Brazilian writer and academic. In the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro, final preparations are underway for the 2013 World […]

Former senior Anglican minister named to head Catholic U.K. diocese

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- Pope Francis has appointed the most senior former Anglican in the hierarchy of the Catholic bishops of England and Wales to head the Diocese of East Anglia. Bishop Hopes, 69, served as an Anglican minister for 24 years until he became a Catholic in 1994 following the decision of the General Synod of the Church of England to allow women to be ordained as priests.

Irish missionary says women can foster peace in Nigeria’s conflict

DUBLIN (CNS) — Women can play an important role in bringing peace and stability to violence-wracked northern Nigeria if some of the country’s discriminatory social rituals ended, an Irish missionary sister working in the West African nation said. Sister Kathleen McGarvey, 45, a member of the Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles and a lecturer […]

Pope drops ‘boring’ speech, answers students’ questions instead

One teenage boy told the pope that he was trying hard to believe in God and be faithful, but that he often struggled with doubt. "What can you say to help me and others like me?" he asked the pope. Life's journey "is truly the art of looking at the horizon, reflecting on where I want to go, but also putting up with the fatigue from this journey," the pope said. "Don't be afraid of failure," he insisted. The problem with the journey of life and faith isn't falling; it's not getting back up. "Get right back up, immediately, and keep going," he said.

Vatican says Catholics have obligation to aid, defend refugees

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholic laity have an obligation to root out traces of xenophobia in their hearts and recognize refugees as their brothers and sisters — children of God whose dignity must be protected, said a new Vatican document. “Welcoming Christ in Refugees and Forcibly Displaced Persons,” a document of pastoral guidelines for providing […]

Seduced by worldly things, people cheat on God, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Getting caught up in worldly things is like being an adulterer, cheating on God and his love, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. The only path that will lead people to God is faithfully putting him before everything else with “nuptial love,” the pope said at Mass June 6 in […]

Pope Francis calls careerism a ‘leprosy’ on the priesthood

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Using especially strong language on one of his favorite themes, Pope Francis decried a plague of careerism among priests and urged them to renounce their personal ambitions for service to the church — warning that failure to do so would make them look “ridiculous.” “Careerism is a leprosy, a leprosy,” the […]

Help Syria, pope says; ‘where there is suffering, Christ is present’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians must help the people of Syria because “where there is suffering, Christ is present,” Pope Francis told representatives of Catholic aid agencies working in Syria and with Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. “How much suffering, how much poverty, how much pain; and it’s Jesus who suffers, who is poor, who […]

Pope says ‘throwaway culture’ harms environment and human life

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis blamed widespread degradation of the natural environment and disregard for human life on an increasingly common “throwaway culture” that places no value on the needs of others. “We are living through a moment of crisis,” the pope said June 5. “We see it in the environment, but above all […]