News Briefs

News Briefs

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...

Serra’s legacy complicated by practices, conflicts of his time

By Nancy Wiechec and Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif.  -- People with ties to the California mission system see the canonization of its founder...

Pope, Meeting Iraqi Leader, Urges Work for Reconciliation

  By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY -- Meeting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Pope Francis expressed his hopes that Iraq and other war-torn countries...

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...

Dominican Nuns Keep Hope Alive Among Displaced in Northern Iraq

  By Paul Jeffrey Catholic News Service IRBIL, Iraq (CNS) -- When the Islamic State group rolled across Iraq's Ninevah Plain in 2014, tens of thousands...

South Carolina Bishop asks for Prayers, Support for Families Affected by Floods

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (CNS) -- Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone of Charleston asked for prayers for the families of those killed as well as for those...

Families must do more than just talk about vocations, speakers say

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- If more people are going to answer the call to religious life, it will take more than words to attract their...

Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Opens to Support Islamic American Communities

WASHINGTON (CNS) – An emerging Catholic dialogue with Muslims aims to show public support for Islamic American communities. The dialogue stems from concerns expressed...

Spiritual Writings of Canada’s First Bishop Available in English

QUEBEC CITY (CNS) – It took three centuries, but the writings of Canada’s first bishop are now available in English. The book, “The Spiritual...

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...