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Plea to Protect Afghani Civilians

ROME (CNS): As the US-led bombing of Afghanistan stretched into its second month, some religious leaders and organisations questioned the efficacy of the military campaign while reminding world leaders of the need to provide aid for civilians affected by the war...

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Blessing for New York Fire-fighters

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II blessed a group of New York City fire-fighters and accepted the white helmet of one of their chaplains killed in the rescue effort at the World Trade Centre...

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Fatima Nun’s Book Printed

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican has published a book by Carmelite Sister Lucia dos Santos, the last surviving Fatima visionary, offering her meditations on the appeals contained in the Fatima message...

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Pope-Arafat Peace Plea

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican has appealed for greater international solidarity and political will to deal with "the seemingly unending violence" in Israel and the Palestinian territories...

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Synod Offers a New Beginning

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Calling last month's Synod of Bishops 'almost a new beginning' for the Church, Pope John Paul II urged bishops to courageously promote Church teaching and work for Church unity...

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Church Terror

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II has called the slaying of 16 Christians in a Pakistani church a 'tragic act of intolerance' and sent his condolences to the families of the victims...

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New Racism Focus

WASHINGTON (CNS): A few days after the World Conference Against Racism ended in early September, its agenda of battling racial discrimination and xenophobia took on new significance, believes UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson...

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Green and Global

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Environmental protection needs to go hand-in-hand with globalisation, and corporations should be made to answer for actions that damage human health or the natural environment around the world, a Vatican official said...

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