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Archbishop Sheen close to beatification

Fulton Sheen

THE possible miracle needed for the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen took another step toward papal recognition on June 17 when a panel of theologians met at the Vatican, the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation announced. As a normal part of the sainthood process, the theologians met to consider whether or not the promoters of Archbishop Sheen’s cause demonstrated that the ... Read More »

Pope, Anglican archbishop urge joint action to share God’s love

Anglican meeting

ALTHOUGH they have not yet reached full unity, Roman Catholics and Anglicans continue their dialogue, come together in prayer and work side by side, including on a new project to combat human trafficking around the world. “I thank God that, as disciples sent to heal a wounded world, we stand together with perseverance and determination in opposing this grave evil,” ... Read More »

Focus on prayer, the poor, peace, Pope says

Pope Francis with people

IN a historic square in the centre of Rome, Pope Francis urged Catholics to gather strength in prayer and then set out for the margins of society, bringing the Gospel and material aid to the poor, the elderly, the young and the excluded. “Prayer saves the anonymous city dweller from a temptation that we, too, face: activism that believes everything ... Read More »

Christians from Mosul say they have been targetted for months

Iraqi refugee

THE fall of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, to Islamist militants in early June sent half a million residents scurrying for safety, but Christians from the city say they were targetted long before Iraqi security forces abandoned the major political and economic hub. “We, Christians, have been objects of kidnapping, torture and killing by extremists hoping to extort money from us ... Read More »

Pope says world economic system inevitably leads to war

Pope Francis in crowd

POPE Francis says the world economic system inevitably promotes military conflict as a way to enrich the most powerful nations. He also condemned religious fundamentalism, defended the controversial record of Pope Pius XII and said he did not worry about his personal security because, “at my age I don’t have much to lose”. Pope Francis’ words appeared in a wide-ranging ... Read More »

US priest killed at church

Phoenix prayers

AN attack at a downtown Phoenix church in the United States left one priest dead and another critically wounded. Fr Kenneth Walker, 29, died of a gunshot wound in the June 11 attack, while Fr Joseph Terra, 56, survived the attack and was hospitalised in critical but stable condition, Sgt Steve Martos, of the Phoenix Police Department, said. Both priests ... Read More »

Words can kill: Murder and insults are both rooted in hatred, says Pope

Pope Francis

OVERCOMING conflict requires stopping insults, letting go of hatred and reaching out to enemies, Pope Francis said. Loving one’s neighbour wasn’t easy, he said, and Jesus showed it required realism, empathy and a spirit of fraternity. During his early-morning Mass on June 12 in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives, the Pope focused his homily on the day’s Gospel ... Read More »

Let World Cup be a celebration of solidarity and peace, Pope says

World Cup

AS the World Cup was about to kick off, Pope Francis called on fans and competitors to celebrate the event as an opportunity to promote dialogue, respect and peace. He also warned against all forms of discrimination on the sidelines, in the stands and on the field: “Let no one become isolated and feel excluded! Watch out! ‘No’ to segregation, ... Read More »

Christians among 500,000 fleeing Mosul after Islamist forces seize city

Iraq crisis

CHURCH leaders in northern Iraq struggled to find shelter for Christians who were among hundreds of thousands who fled Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, after Islamist forces took over much of the town, a Chaldean Catholic archbishop said. Christians began fleeing early on June 9, Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona of Mosul told Catholic News Service in an email. “The soldiers ... Read More »

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