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Saddam has right to live

VATICAN CITY (CNS): No one should be put to death, not even former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, said Cardinal Paul Poupard, who is president of the pontifical councils for Interreligious Dialogue and for Culture...

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Death penalty ban applauded

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI congratulated Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as she handed him a copy of the law she recently signed outlawing the death penalty in the Philippines...

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Medjugorje’s mystery

On the 25th anniversary of the first reported apparition of Our Lady at Medjugorje, Vatican chief correspondent JOHN THAVIS examines the debate about its authenticity.

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Maronites begin renewal

BEIRUT (CNS): The Maronite Catholic Church's patriarchal synod is a "new Pentecost" for Maronites around the world, said an Australian Maronite bishop and synod participant...

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Refugee detention attacked

VATICAN CITY (CNS): "National security" is not a good enough reason to systematically detain refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants, said Catholic, Jewish and Muslim leaders at a Vatican press conference...

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Radical secularism threatens Europe

PRINCETON, New Jersey (CNS): Contemporary Europe's efforts to eliminate vestiges of Christianity from its culture and its increasingly low birth rates are leading to its demise, according to Catholic author George Weigel...

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Two children is not enough

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Couples who use natural family planning to have only one or two children are criticised for making their marriage "willingly sterile", in a new document from the Pontifical Council for the Family...

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Pope rallies lay movements

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI called on lay movements and communities to bring Christ's saving light to all people and help usher in a new order based on love and justice that can resist the savagery and lust for power sweeping the world...

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