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Korean Bishop: North Korea’s threats might aim to increase aid, preserve pride

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- The head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea said North Korea's recent threats of aggression may be an attempt to shore up foreign aid while preserving pride. "It is our presumption that they wish to draw out some financial assistance from abroad without conceding their pride or self-esteem," said Bishop Peter Kang U-Il of Cheju, South Korea. His fellow bishops "feel very sorry" that tension provoked by North Korean threats are making "the whole world very uncomfortable and anxious."

Demographic shifts mean Europe no longer Catholic Church’s center

OXFORD, England (CNS) -- The election of Pope Francis, an Argentine, to lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics confirms what observers have long known: Vast demographic shifts in the Catholic population are reconfiguring the face of the church and shifting the institution's center from its historic European heartland. What that means for the church remains unknown, but Europeans who have long viewed themselves as Catholicism's traditional guardians are likely to find they will have to share that role with others.

God’s love is source of salvation, dignity, hope, pope says at Mass

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- God's love is the source of salvation, true dignity and hope, Pope Francis said in a brief homily at his morning Mass. "It's beautiful to believe in love. This is the truth, the truth of our lives," he said at Mass April 10 in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the Vatican guesthouse where he has been living since his election in March.

Being Christian means acting, loving like Christ, pope says at audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Christian isn’t a person who simply follows some commandments, but is a person who tries to think like Christ, “act like him, love like him,” Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience. (See the text of the pope’s address.) More than 30,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s Square for […]

Canada’s bishops issue ‘call to action’ on environment

OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) -- The Canadian Catholic bishops' justice and peace commission is encouraging reflection and action on recent church teaching on the environment. "Having an overarching vision of God's purpose in creation and the rightful place of human beings in creation allows us to see the interconnectedness between different moral questions," said Bishop Donald Bolen of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a member of the commission.

Bishops offer prayers after death of Britain’s Margaret Thatcher

LIVERPOOL, England (CNS) -- The Catholic bishops of England and Wales offered prayers for the soul of Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister who died at age 87 following a stroke. Baroness Thatcher, who led Britain from 1979 to 1990, died "peacefully" the morning of April 8, according to her family.

Through pope’s embrace, 8-year-old Rhode Island boy touches the world

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CNS) -- By Easter Monday, it would be the shot seen around the world. But a day earlier, Christiana Gondreau could not have imagined that a chance encounter she and her 8-year-old son, Dominic, had with Pope Francis in the middle of St. Peter's Square following his first Easter Mass would touch the hearts of so many around the globe.

Pope says women’s love makes them privileged witnesses of Christ

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Women have a privileged role in the church because of their ability to pass on the faith through love, Pope Francis said.

Safeguarding creation expected to be major theme at WYD in Rio

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When hundreds of thousands of young Catholics gather with Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro in the summer, reflections on safeguarding the environment will be part of the program.

On World Autism Day, remember love and affection, archbishop says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While the medical world makes technological advancements, it must not forget the power of love and affection in helping those with autism and their families, said Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski. “Faced with the problems and difficulties that these children and their parents encounter, the church proposes, with humility, an approach of service […]