Marawi is the gateway to Lanao del Sur, a component province of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Philstar.com/John Unson.

Martyrdom ‘not remote possibility’ for Mindanao Catholics, priest says

Posted by - June 17, 2017

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Martyrdom is “not a remote possibility” for Catholics in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao where a priest and several church staff members were abducted by gunmen last month, a Jesuit priest said. “I hope the hostages will stand for their faith,” said Jesuit Father Tim Ofracio, who is helping advance

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Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, speaks June 14 during the opening of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual spring assembly in Indianapolis. (CNS photo/Sean Gallagher, The Criterion)

Take courage, recognize grace, apostolic nuncio to U.S. tells bishops

Posted by - June 17, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the U.S., called the U.S. Catholic bishops to be missionary disciples through listening and fostering solidarity and a culture of encounter. He encouraged the U.S. bishops to view current challenges as “a time of grace.” “Take courage,” he said, when the “tasks of the new evangelization

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Pope Francis waves as he arrives for his general audience June 14 in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

Prayer, patience are powerful weapons in dark times, pope says

Posted by - June 17, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In good times and in bad, prayer and patience can keep hope alive, Pope Francis said. God is close to those who suffer with patient hope and helps Christians see truly “beautiful moments” in times of darkness, the pope said June 9 in his homily during Mass in the Domus Sanctae

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Panamanian flags are seen after Pope Francis celebrated the World Youth Day closing Mass in 2016 at the Field of Mercy in Krakow, Poland. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Pope, Panama bishops discuss World Youth Day, gender theory

Posted by - June 17, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Preparations for World Youth Day 2018 and the dangers of gender theory on marriage and the family were among the major themes that bishops from Panama discussed with Pope Francis. Describing the nearly two-hour meeting June 8 with the pope as a “wonderful visit among brothers,” Archbishop Jose Domingo Ulloa Mendieta

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World Youth Day pilgrims cheer as Pope Francis speaks during the welcoming ceremony in 2016 at Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland. The October 2018 Synod of Bishops at the Vatican will focus on young people. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Vatican releases online questionnaire for youth

Posted by - June 17, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — To involve young people in preparations for the Synod of Bishops on youth in 2018, the Vatican has released an online questionnaire to better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of 16- to 29-year-olds around the world. The questionnaire — available in English, Spanish, French and Italian — can be found

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Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives for his general audience June 14 in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

Behind hatred, violence is an unloved heart, pope says at audience

Posted by - June 17, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Violence and hatred often are signs that a person is unhappy and feels unloved and unwanted, Pope Francis said. In today’s world, people — especially children and youths — often feel that unless “we are strong, attractive and beautiful, no one will care about us,” the pope said June 14 during

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