World News

Ethnic violence growing in Congo, Jesuit Refugee Service reports

ROME (CNS) — Jesuit Refugee Service has launched an alarm about brutal killings and village burnings by Congolese rebels from different ethnic groups, saying the violence has gone unchecked while peacekeeping forces and the army try to put down a rebellion. In the past three months in the Masisi territory of eastern Congo, civilians “have […]

By the numbers: Consistory to expand variety in College of Cardinals

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Shortly after announcing he was creating six new cardinals, Pope Benedict XVI said he was doing so to show that “the church is a church of all peoples, (and) speaks in all languages.” The six new “princes of the church” hail from six different countries in North America, Latin America, Africa […]

Eastern Catholics explain tradition, value of married priests

ROME (CNS) — In Eastern Christianity — among both Catholics and Orthodox — a dual vocation to marriage and priesthood is seen as a call “to love more” and to broaden the boundaries of what a priest considers to be his family, said Russian Catholic Father Lawrence Cross. Father Cross, a professor at the Australian […]

Catholic religious help South Sudan train badly needed nurses, midwives

WAU, South Sudan (CNS) — Catholics from around the globe are playing a key role in building a health care system in the world’s newest country. It’s a daunting task: Following decades of war, South Sudan is only halfway through its second year of independence. There is little infrastructure. Trained health personnel are few. The […]

Vatican’s guidelines for health care workers due next year

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican was preparing to release an update to its 1995 Charter for Health Care Workers that would include the church’s expanded teachings on bioethics, health coverage and so-called “orphan drugs.” The charter, which provides a thorough summary of the church’s position on affirming the primary, absolute value of life in […]

Bishop links respect for environment to church’s sacramental life

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The link between respecting the environment and the sacramental life of the church is inseparable for one bishop overseeing a diocese that encompasses a collection of small islands in the South Pacific. Bishop Bernard Unabali of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, considers the link so unfaltering that when he baptizes a new member […]

Vatican official hopes fake papal tweets stop once official site opens

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Once the Vatican launches Pope Benedict XVI’s official Twitter feed before the end of the year, it’s hoped all the fake papal tweets will cease and desist, said a Vatican official. There are dozens of unofficial @PopeBenedict handles and usernames in a number of different permutations and languages on Twitter; many […]

Ambassador says tensions did not prevent US-Vatican cooperation

ROME (CNS) — Miguel Diaz, preparing to leave his post as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, acknowledged tensions between the Obama administration and the U.S. Catholic bishops, but said his goal always was to build bridges between the U.S. government and the Vatican. Meeting a small group of reporters Nov. 8, Diaz said he […]

CRS to work with Guatemalan partners after Pacific earthquake

MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Catholic Relief Services will work with its partners in Guatemala and will offer whatever assistance is necessary after a magnitude-7.4 earthquake struck the country, said the agency’s country director. Anne Bousquet told Catholic News Service from Guatemala City that the agency contacted its partners Nov. 7 and would be working in […]

Pope sends $1 million in aid for Syria, cardinal delegate to Lebanon

Pope Benedict XVI appealed for dialogue to end the Syrian conflict, saying: "We have to do everything possible because one day it could be too late."