People attend the Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption, Aug. 15, at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

Pope entrusts to Mary victims of disasters, conflict, social tension

Posted by - August 18, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a week in which natural disasters, war and racial conflicts dominated the headlines, Pope Francis prayed that Mary would bring peace to a divided world. After reciting the Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption, the pope asked Mary to obtain “for everyone consolation and a future of serenity

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A parrot of a Pakistani fortuneteller holds a fortune letter in Karachi, Pakistan, in this 2003 file photo. (CNS photo/Akhtar Soomro, EPA)

Cling to the Lord, not horoscopes, fortunetellers, pope says

Posted by - August 18, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When passing through the storm of life’s difficult moments, Christians must latch on to Christ and not the false sense of security offered by psychics and soothsayers, Pope Francis said. Speaking to pilgrims before reciting the Angelus Aug. 13, Pope Francis talked about the day’s Gospel passage, which recounts the story

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Lightning strikes near Minot Air Force Base in Minot, North Dakota, Aug. 8. The Pentagon has put all U.S. military installations on alert in the wake of North Korea's threats about using missiles. (CNS photo/U.S. Air Force handout via Reuters)

Just-war tests not met in North Korea situation, ethicists say

Posted by - August 18, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The just-war criteria that would justify armed conflict with North Korea over its nuclear testing and threats to launch missiles have not been met, said ethicists interviewed by Catholic News Service. Those criteria include right intention, last resort and proportionality. “Preventive war in North Korea would be morally unjustifiable,” said Gerard Powers,

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Msgr. James Benavente blesses a boy after Mass at the Church of St. Anthony-St. Victor in Tamuning, Guam, Aug. 13. (CNS photo/Erik De Castro, Reuters)

Catholics on Guam pray for peace amid threats by North Korea

Posted by - August 18, 2017

HAGATNA, Guam (CNS) — The Catholic Church on Guam is urging its members and all people on the island to be prayerful and stay centered in Christ amid threats of missile attacks by North Korea. Coadjutor Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes of Agana asked all priests to promote prayers of peace at all Masses Aug. 13

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People are seen during the Fourth National Eucharistic Congress in Jasikan, Ghana, Aug. 12. This year marks the 60th year of Ghana’s independence. (CNS photo/Damian Avevor)

Nigerian cardinal says pressure to change Communion rules is unfortunate

Posted by - August 18, 2017

JASIKAN, Ghana (CNS) — Pope Francis did not change church teaching on the rules for receiving Communion, but rather assured people who are in difficult situations that the church cares for them and the mercy of God extends to them, a Nigerian cardinal said. Nigerian Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja, speaking at Ghana’s National

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Cardinal John Ribat of Papua New Guinea leaves Mass at De La Salle College in Auckland, New Zealand, Aug. 10. (CNS photo/Michael Otto, NZ Catholic)

Oceania bishops discuss oceans, but also visit homeless, high school

Posted by - August 18, 2017

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (CNS) — Church leaders from Oceania, meeting in New Zealand to discuss protecting the oceans, also served meals to the homeless and met with Pacific Islander high school students. A cardinal from Papua New Guinea, an archbishop from New Caledonia, and four bishops from Australia and New Zealand served meals to people

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Retired Auxiliary Bishop Ignatius C. Wang of San Francisco, right, and Vincentian Father Joseph Lin of St. Agatha Parish in Brooklyn, N.Y., elevate the Eucharist during Mass at the U.S. Catholic China Bureau's 27th biennial national conference Aug. 12 at St. John's University in Jamaica, N.Y. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Biggest challenge for Chinese church? Fostering vocations, speakers say

Posted by - August 18, 2017

JAMAICA, N.Y. (CNS) — Fostering vocations to the priesthood and religious life is the “biggest challenge” for the Catholic Church in China, said Passionist Father Robert E. Carbonneau, executive director of the U.S. Catholic China Bureau. “The whole society is becoming more materialistic,” said Father Carbonneau, adding that “many options” have opened up for young

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Teens in Houston eat lunch July 29 during the Galveston-Houston Archdiocesan Youth Conference. More than 2,600 people attended the July 28-30 event that included speakers, prayer experiences, daily Mass and confession. (CNS photo/James Ramos, Texas Catholic Herald)

‘You are a treasure,’ Texas cardinal tells Catholic youth

Posted by - August 18, 2017

HOUSTON (CNS) — Surrounded by thousands of teens from throughout the Houston region at the 2017 Archdiocesan Youth Conference, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston encouraged the youth to seek holiness in all parts of their lives. Cardinal DiNardo, who is the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, closed the weekend July 30

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Students, parents, and friends posed with Most. Rev. Ryan Jimenez after celebrating the Mass of the Holy Spirit.

ESFDB opens school year with Mass of the Holy Spirit and high expectations

Posted by - August 18, 2017

By Edward C. Maratita, Jr. Eskuelan San Francisco de Borja began the journey of a new academic year 2017-2018 by welcoming returning and new students, and the grace of a greater being into our hearts and community with Mass of the Holy Spirit. A joyful tone filled the air at San Francisco de Borja Church

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Administration, faculty, staff, students, parents, and the Luta community faithful’s gather at the San Francisco de Borja for Prayer of Peace.

ESFDB Sponsored Prayer of Peace

Posted by - August 18, 2017

By Edward C. Maratita, Jr. Eskuelan San Fracisco de Borja embarked on a one day sponsored prayer campaign for peace on Monday, August 14, 2017. The Luta community faithful’s joined the students at the San Francisco de Borja Church for rosary prayer and song to draw attention to more than a hundred thousand lives in

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