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Churches clash over holy sites

JERUSALEM (CNS): An ecumenical row over holy sites has spilled over into violence involving monks and other religious officials, according to the Franciscan priest in charge of monitoring an agreement among Jerusalem's Christian communities...

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Chile loses cardinal

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II has praised the late Chilean Cardinal Juan Francisco Fresno Larrain of Santiago as "a zealous pastor who, with prudence and pastoral charity, served his people and the Church"...

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Lobbies leading new inquisition

VATICAN CITY (CNS): One of the most difficult diplomatic challenges facing the Catholic Church today comes from powerful cultural, economic and political lobbies in wealthy countries that are hostile because of the Church's position on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, a top Vatican prelate said...

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Dalai Lama joins in peace prayer

MEXICO CITY (CNS): The Dalai Lama joined Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City and other Mexican religious leaders in prayers for world peace while calling for mutual understanding among the world's religions...

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Eucharistic healing

POPE John Paul II said greater Christian devotion to the Eucharist can help heal a world torn by terrorism and racked by poverty...

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Pope beatifies mystic, emperor

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II has beatified the last Hapsburg emperor and the nun whose visions inspired Mel Gibson's film, The Passion of the Christ...

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Iraq war did not make world safer

VATICAN CITY (CNS): A leading Vatican official has told the United Nations that the war in Iraq did not make the world safer and that defeating terrorism would require multilateral co-operation that goes beyond short-term military operations...

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