News Briefs

News Briefs

Mother Teresa Upheld as the Human Face of Eternal Hope at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) – Saint Teresa of Kolkata was described as the human face of eternal hope who embodied the founding principles of the...

Catholic bishops pledge to help South Africa solve education inequalities

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) -- South African church leaders urged university students who won a government commitment to a tuition freeze in 2016...

Catholic, Lutheran Leaders Shaken by Reports of Harvesting of Body Parts from Abortions

  ST. LOUIS (CNS) -- Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis and the Rev. Matthew C. Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, said...

A Brotherly Embrace Brings Pope and Russian Patriarch Together

HAVANA (CNS) -- At long last, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow embraced, kissing each other three times. "Finally," the pope...

Head of Italian Bishops says new law Equates Marriage, Civil Unions

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – In recognizing civil unions of heterosexual and homosexual couples, the Italian government has equated those unions to marriage, said the...

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...

Pope to Preside over Jubilee Year Celebrations

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As the Year of Mercy continues, Pope Francis is preparing jubilee celebrations with teenagers, deacons and “those in need of...

Archbishop Flores of San Antonio, First Hispanic Bishop in U.S., Dies

SAN ANTONIO (CNS) – Retired Archbishop Patrick F. Flores, 87, the first Mexican-American bishop in the United States, died of pneumonia and congestive heart...

Hunger is a ‘Scandal’ a ‘Sin’ in a World of Plenty, Pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Hunger is a "true scandal" that threatens the life and dignity of millions of people while tons of food go...

Prayers of the faithful, not clergy, can make miracles happen

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The prayers of the faithful, not the pope, bishops, priests or nuns, have the power to make miracles happen in...