News Briefs

News Briefs

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...

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...

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...

Catholics, Muslims Urged to Look Inward First in Interreligious Efforts

MUNDELEIN, Ill. (CNS) – Taking on the issue of religious prejudice, the National Muslim and Catholic Dialogue met for the third time at University...

Pope to Celebrate Mass, Welcome Homeless on Pilgrimage to Rome

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis will welcome several thousand homeless and vulnerable people from all over Europe when they make a pilgrimage to...

Pope says human trafficking is an international responsibility

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Police chiefs and bishops are called to work together to assist the victims of human trafficking and help them find...

House OKs Bill Allowing more ways to Protect Religious Freedom Worldwide

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. House May 16 unanimously passed the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act, giving the Obama administration and the U.S....

Indian Couples Frustrated as Missionaries of Charity Stop Adoptions

KOLKATA, India (CNS) – Seventeen-month-old Anirban Mukherjee playfully touches his mother’s face with his fingers at Shishu Bhavan, the Missionaries of Charity children’s home....

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...

Franciscans in Holy Land Sow Peace, Fraternity, Respect, Pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The Franciscans assisting the Christian minority and caring for the churches and shrines in the Holy Land are “ambassadors” of...