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Belgian euthanasia law scrutinized for failure to report abuses

January 12th, 2018 Posted in International News Tags: ,

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OXFORD, England (CNS) — Catholics in Belgium are concerned the country’s euthanasia law is being abused to kill patients without legal checks and safeguards.

Auxiliary Bishop Jean Kockerols of Mechelen-Brussels said “not just the church’s hierarchy, but doctors and medical professionals as well” were concerned.

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‘Spiritual toolkit’ is cell phone app aimed at boosting vocations

January 10th, 2018 Posted in Featured, International News, Vocations Tags: ,

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Catholic News Service

MANCHESTER, England — The Catholic Church in England and Wales has launched a cellphone app designed to help users deepen their faith and discover their vocations.
The “God Calls” app was commissioned by the National Office for Vocation of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales as a “spiritual toolkit.”The app includes daily prayers and meditations on the Gospel and the lives of the saints, as well as a news section and Twitter feed to connect users to the life of the church.

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Salesian-run school prepares for papal visit to Chile

January 8th, 2018 Posted in Featured, International News Tags: ,

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SANTIAGO, Chile (CNS) — The playground at the Salesian-run school is filled with children in brightly colored swimsuits, laughing and screaming as young Catholic volunteers spray them with water in the 100-degree summer sunshine.

The children range in age from 6 to 12. They are participating in a weeklong summer camp, which helps children from vulnerable backgrounds have fun during their summer vacation and brings them closer to the Catholic Church in preparation for Pope Francis’ Jan. 15-18 visit.

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Bishops in Kazakhstan: No Communion for divorced, remarried Catholics

January 4th, 2018 Posted in International News Tags:

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ROME — In Kazakhstan, “divorced people living with someone else would not dare ask for holy Communion because they know they are living in a situation of sin. It would be blasphemy,” said Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana.

Archbishop Tomash Peta of Astana, Bishop Schneider and retired Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga of Karaganda published a statement on “the immutable truths about sacramental marriage” in late December.

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Religious killed in Algeria will be recognized as martyrs

January 4th, 2018 Posted in International News

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VATICAN CITY — A bishop, seven Trappist monks and 11 other religious men and women killed by extremists in Algeria in the 1990s will soon be recognized as martyrs, the postulator for their causes said.

The decree for their beatification should be published sometime in January, Trappist Father Thomas Georgeon said Jan. 1 in an interview with Mondo e Missione (World and Mission), a monthly magazine and website run by the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions.

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Chile, Peru eager for weeklong visit from pope

January 3rd, 2018 Posted in International News Tags: , ,

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TEMUCO, Chile — Sergio Catalaf’s son was just 3 days old when police arrested the Mapuche Indian leader, accusing him of terrorism. He and 10 other Mapuche leaders spent 14 months in preventive detention before being acquitted in October of setting fire to a farmhouse in which an elderly couple died.

Sitting in his simple wooden house, cradling the child on his lap as a light rain fell outside, Catalaf said he and others have been targeted unjustly because they are defending their people’s right to their ancestral territory.

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‘Most vulnerable’ newborn saved by ‘Angel Cradle’ program

January 3rd, 2018 Posted in International News Tags:

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EDMONTON, Alberta — A safe-haven program called Angel Cradle, operated by Covenant Health, may have saved a newborn baby’s life.

A healthy baby was dropped off at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital in Edmonton within the past six months under the Angel Cradle program that lets parents anonymously leave a baby in a cradle within a doorway.

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Jesuits defend embattled Honduran priest ‘Padre Melo’

January 2nd, 2018 Posted in International News Tags: ,

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MEXICO CITY (CNS) — The Society of Jesus has denounced threats made against an outspoken Honduran Jesuit who has highlighted accusations of widespread irregularities in the Central American country’s recent presidential election.

The Conference of Provincials in Latin America and the Caribbean said in Dec. 30 statement that the social media hostilities against Father Ismael Moreno Coto — better known as “Padre Melo” — were “reminiscent of the death threats which circulated in El Salvador before the murder of Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande,” a Salvadoran Jesuit murdered in 1977. The Jesuits also defended eight other regional activists being threatened.

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Catholic protesters killed and jailed in Congo

January 2nd, 2018 Posted in International News Tags:

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KINSHASA, Congo — Church leaders in Congo expressed shock after security forces fired on Catholic protesters, leaving at least eight dead and 120 people detained.

The Dec. 31 protest against rule by President Joseph Kabila was organized by the Kinshasa archdiocesan lay coordination committee. At least a dozen priests were among those detained.

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Return of Christmas Mass welcomed with joy in Mosul

December 27th, 2017 Posted in International News Tags: ,

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MOSUL, Iraq — Cries of joy and seasonal hymns once again filled St. Paul Cathedral in Mosul as Christmas Mass was celebrated there for the first time in three and a half years, following the northern Iraqi city’s liberation from Islamic State militants.

The Iraqi national anthem opened the Mass as women wailed with emotion. Armored police outside protected the worshippers.

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