Category Archives: World

Good works are response to, not reason for God’s forgiveness, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians are holy not because of their good works but because they recognize their sins before God and receive his forgiveness, Pope Francis said. In his homily at Mass … Continue reading

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In Holy Land, Franciscan finds peace in prayer, ministering to pilgrims

JERUSALEM (CNS) — On his first pilgrimage to the Holy Land just at the outbreak of the intifada, Franciscan Father Wladyslaw Brzezinski was awed by the quiet contemplation with which a fellow friar was able to pray under a sprawling sabra cactus in the courtyard of the Church of the Visitation. Continue reading

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100 years after Russian revolution, Christianity faces new challenges

By Robert Duncan Catholic News Service MOSCOW (CNS) — A few blocks from Moscow’s Lubyanka Building, which for decades served as the headquarters of the Soviet Union’s KGB security agency, the Russian Orthodox patriarch recently consecrated a church memorializing those … Continue reading

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Venezuelans with HIV make tough choices as medicine becomes scarce

By Cody Weddle Catholic News Service CARACAS, Venezuela (CNS) — Gloria Gallardo, 59, and her granddaughter Diana Diaz, 14, woke before dawn for the two-hour bus ride into Caracas. Although they had made the journey hundreds of times before, this … Continue reading

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Poverty, violence hinder progress for many women, girls, says nuncio

By Catholic News Service UNITED NATIONS (CNS) — Conditions in many parts of the world force women and girls to bear the burden of carrying out everyday chores for their families and communities, keeping many of them from getting even … Continue reading

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Vatican diplomat calls on U.N. to pursue peace in world’s trouble spots

By Catholic News Service UNITED NATIONS (CNS) — A Vatican official called on the world’s governments to strive more actively to prevent wars, protect human dignity and the environment and work toward a nuclear-free world. During an address to the … Continue reading

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Recently settled refugees get help from ‘friendly’ West Virginians

By Colleen Rowan Catholic News Service WHEELING, W.Va. (CNS) — Catholic Charities West Virginia and parish communities in the state have worked to help provide refugees with a fresh start in a new country. Pa Tin, 42, his wife Biak … Continue reading

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