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Service for 20th century martyrs

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Christian representatives from all over the world are expected to join Pope John Paul II in a prayer service today (Sunday) that will commemorate "new martyrs" of the 20th century, but without naming them...

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Cuban boy protest letter

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (CNS): A group of more than 40 south Florida Hispanic priests have signed a letter to US President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno, critical of the government's handling of the seizure of Cuban tug-of-love boy, Elian Gonzalez...

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Land grab fears

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS): The crisis in Zimbabwe, where white-owned farms have been invaded by people demanding land, has raised concerns that a similar situation could arise in neighbouring South Africa...

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Joint message from Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (CNS): In a joint Easter message, the heads of Christian communities in Jerusalem noted the encouraging "manifestations of (Christian) solidarity" which have taken place during the Jubilee Year in the Holy City...

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Vatican’s international role

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Though a religious organisation, the Vatican extends its international diplomatic concern to all people, not just believers, Pope John Paul II said...

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Peace gesture

BELFAST Northern Ireland (CNS): In a Holy Week gesture of reconciliation, a former member of the Irish Republican Army washed the feet of his one-time enemy, a former member of the Ulster Volunteer Force...

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Call to battle organised crime

VATICAN CITY (Zenit): The Vatican has called on the international community to intervene against prostitution and other exploitation of women, children, and illegal immigrants...

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Callo for East Timor refugees’ return

ORLANDO, Florida (CNS): The 100,000 East Timorese refugees residing in Indonesian-controlled western Timor must be allowed to return to their country and not be forced to resettle in other parts of Indonesia, apostolic administrator of Dili, Bishop Carlos Belo said...

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Resignation of Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II has accepted the resignation of prominent 75 year-old Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia of San Cristobal de las Casas in Mexico, and has named the bishop of another diocese in the Mexican state of Chiapas to replace him...

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