World News

Link between power, abuse in Church, examined by conference

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The “most tragic wound” of clerical sexual abuse will not heal without a response from the entire Catholic Church — hierarchy and laity together — said the chief Vatican investigator of abuse cases. “I think that slowly, slowly, slowly we are getting toward a response that is truly ecclesial — it’s […]

Family violence kills more than 80,000 Latin American children yearly

LIMA, Peru (CNS) — Ask Maykon Quispe what kind of violence he sees in his hometown of Huancavelica, in the Peruvian Andes, and he thinks of the markets, where kids his age or younger haul sacks and crates. “A lot of kids want to help out their families by earning a little money, but the […]

New wheels: Renault gives pope 2 all-electric vans

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Thanks to a French automaker and an Italian utility, Pope Benedict XVI now has a pair of all-electric minivans and a series of recharging stations with which to power them. Two custom-made editions of Renault’s Kangoo Maxi Z.E. cars were delivered personally to the pope Sept. 5 at the papal summer […]

Christians must not compromise Christ’s truth, pope says

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) — Marking the feast of the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, Pope Benedict XVI said Christians must not bow to the pressure of the powerful who demand a denial of Christ or of the truth He taught. “The truth is the truth and there is no compromise,” the pope said […]

Patriarch says people need to repent for pollution

ISTANBUL (CNS) — Praying for the protection of the environment includes asking God’s forgiveness for the small or serious ways each individual contributes to pollution, said the Ecumenical Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople. , the Istanbul-based spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox and a longtime promoter of Christian ecology, issued a message on the environment Aug. […]

Residences of Syrian archbishops in Aleppo ransacked

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Fighting in Aleppo, Syria, has not spared the residences of the local Melkite and Maronite Catholic archbishops, according to the Vatican’s Fides news agency. The residence of Melkite Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart was ransacked during clashes Aug. 23. The archbishop and several priests who live in the building had fled a few […]

In Britain, ongoing struggles over laws regulating euthanasia

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — Tony Nicklinson, a man paralyzed from the neck down following a stroke seven years ago, wept before television cameras after he was told that he had lost a two-year legal battle to change the law on euthanasia. Three High Court judges rejected the claim brought by Nicklinson, 58, and another stroke […]

Pope says laypeople share responsibility for Church

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Catholics prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, all Church members need to make a renewed effort to ensure laypeople are aware of their responsibility for the Church and are allowed to exercise it, Pope Benedict XVI said. “Co-responsibility requires a change of mentality, particularly regarding […]

Statistically speaking: Vatican numbers hint at fading faith practice

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The percentage of Catholics practicing their faith is declining almost everywhere around the globe. Almost all bishops report it, but it’s difficult to prove statistically. Each year, the Vatican’s own statisticians compile mountains of data about the number of Catholics, baptisms, priests and religious, weddings and annulments in each diocese and […]

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 […]