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Ukrainian Catholics fear ‘new oppression’ after Russian takeover

OXFORD, England (CNS) -- A Ukrainian Catholic priest in Crimea said church members are alarmed and frightened by the Russian military occupation and fear their communities might be outlawed again if Russian rule becomes permanent.

Economic woes, violence leave Venezuelan charities short of food, meds

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CNS) -- Deep economic problems and violent demonstrations in Venezuela have left Catholic charities struggling to supply food and medical supplies amid an increase in demand for services, said a top Catholic aid official.

Cardinal calls to maintain, yet reinterpret, doctrine to help families

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In its approach to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, the Catholic Church needs to find a middle ground that does not destroy or abandon doctrine, but offers a "renewed" interpretation of church teaching in order to help those whose marriages have failed, Cardinal Walter Kasper said.

Catholic officials: Release of kidnapped nuns was answer to prayers

BEIRUIT (CNS) --The release of at least 12 Greek Orthodox nuns who were abducted in Syria in December was an answer to prayers, said regional Catholic officials.

In Argentina, pope’s impact has moved beyond spiritual realm

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (CNS) -- Maria Delamonica spoke somewhat sourly of the state of affairs in Argentina, where the economy is teetering and politics are polarized. But her voice brightened when the topic turned to Pope Francis and the changes in the country since he was unexpectedly elected one year ago.

Pope says religious must be witnesses to Gospel even in use of money

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The world doesn't need a lesson in "theoretical poverty" from Catholic priests, brothers and nuns, but it needs a living example of how to be careful with money, live simply and share with others, Pope Francis said.

One can’t dialogue with Satan, pope says; the Bible is the best defense

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When temptation comes your way, don't try to "dialogue" or argue with the devil, Pope Francis said, but seek refuge and strength in the words of the Bible.

Pope names cardinals, lay experts to new Council for the Economy

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis appointed an international group of eight cardinals -- including U.S. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston -- and seven lay experts in the fields of business, management and finance to be the first members of the Vatican's new Council for the Economy.

On first Friday of Lent, pope speaks on nature of true fasting

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis criticized those who practice fasting as a mere ritual, rather than as a sacrifice representative of a religion of love.

The pope said what about civil unions?

He actually didn’t say he favored civil unions for homosexual persons. He just spoke in generalities about the topic in Italian, according to an English language spokesman.