Category Archives: World

Weapons must be set aside for peace to flourish, pope says

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — For peace to flourish, weapons of war must be set aside, especially nuclear weapons that can obliterate entire cities and countries, Pope Francis said on the 75th anniversary of the … Continue reading

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Vatican says baptisms that used a modified formula are not valid

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Changing the words of the formula for baptism render the sacrament invalid, said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Specifically, a baptism administered with the formula “We baptize … Continue reading

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Lebanon’s Catholic leaders seek help; here’s where you can donate

Updated 8/6  4:30 p.m. By Catholic News Service BEIRUT (CNS) — As Lebanon’s Catholic leaders appealed for help for their country, international and U.S. organizations appealed for donations for Beirut, capital of a country already suffering from a severe economic downturn. … Continue reading

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Pope calls for prayers for Lebanon after deadly explosion in Beirut

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After a massive fire triggered a deadly explosion in Beirut, Pope Francis called for prayers and a united effort to help Lebanon overcome “this serious crisis.” “Let us pray for … Continue reading

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Explosion in Beirut adds suffering to Lebanon’s dire situation

By Dale Gavlak  Catholic News Service AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Hospitals in the Lebanese capital are overwhelmed with those suffering injuries from a massive explosion in Beirut’s port, causing widespread damage the city and rocking the tiny Mediterranean nation already … Continue reading

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Missing Mass: Social isolation keeps elders safe but lonely

By Bronwen Dachs  Catholic News Service In communities around the world, the social isolation that keeps elders safe from the coronavirus but precludes going to church is proving extremely difficult for many. In some remote areas, younger generations are helping … Continue reading

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Bishops from Japan, U.S. call Catholics to work for nuclear disarmament

By Dennis Sadowski  Catholic News Service CLEVELAND (CNS) — The path to true peace requires the world to abolish nuclear weapons, an American bishop and a Japanese archbishop said as the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings at the end … Continue reading

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John Hume, who helped bring peace to Northern Ireland, dies at 83

Updated Aug. 6 By Michael Kelly Catholic News Service DUBLIN (CNS) — Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, Northern Ireland, has hailed political leader John Hume as a “paragon of peace” for his key role in bringing an end to the … Continue reading

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Conversion has personal, social dimensions, Franciscan leader says

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Faith in the reconciling power of the cross and in God’s great desire to forgive human sin is a call to set aside fear and make a commitment to conversion … Continue reading

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Japanese archbishop urges U.S. to witness the Gospel of peace

By Dennis Sadowski  Catholic News Service CLEVELAND (CNS) — As the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of two Japanese cities approaches, the president of the county’s Catholic bishops’ conference called on the United States “as a Christian nation” to … Continue reading

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