News Briefs

News Briefs

To Ignore the Poor is to Despise God, Pope says at General Audience

By Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY – How Christians treat the poor is the clearest demonstration of their relationship with God,...

Maronite Patriarch, Visiting Syria, Urges Christians to hold onto Faith

TARTUS, Syria (CNS) - Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, visiting Syria, urged Christians to hold onto their faith. “Withstand with your faith and values, hold...

Pope condemns ‘blind violence,’ offers prayers after Brussels attacks

      By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis, condemning the "blind violence" of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, offered his prayers to...

Holy Year is a Reminder to Put Mercy Before Judgment

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY  -- On a cloudy, damp morning, Pope Francis’ voice echoed in the atrium of St. Peter’s Basilica:...

Education, Trauma Counseling Key to Helping Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

  ZAHLE, Lebanon (CNS) -- On a rainy spring day, the misery of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees is compounded as they shelter in...

“Be Shepherds Concerned Only for God and Others”

By Cindy Wooden WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Acknowledging the real challenges and burdens the U.S. bishops face in their ministry, Pope Francis shared with them his...

Catholic School Students Learn STEM Fields in a Hands-on way

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (CNS) – Amid a roomful of oohs and aahs, Aubrie Harrington carefully used her scissors to trim away the cornea and...

Pope to Attend Ecumenical Prayer Service, Celebrate Mass in Sweden

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis will attend two ecumenical events and celebrate Mass with Catholics when he visits Sweden October 31, according to...

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Dies; Anti-drug Effort a Signature Cause

LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Nancy Reagan, who became first lady of the United States in January 1981 following husband Ronald Reagan’s victory in the...

Church Supports Indians on Nationwide Strike

  NEW DELHI (CNS) -- The Catholic Church in India supported some 150 million workers on a nationwide strike that shut down factories, banks, traffic...