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Chastity is the way to stop abuse

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The best way for the Catholic Church to deal with clerical sex abuse is to ensure that its priests understand and embrace the chaste lifestyle the Church requires of them, Pope John Paul II said...

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Parents place trust in God

WASHINGTON (CNS): Faith in God sustained the parents of a baby who died after undergoing surgery to remove the undeveloped head of a conjoined twin atop her own head, said the medical director of the Dominican Republic hospital where the operation took place...

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Movie penance

DENVER, Colorado (CNS): Jim Caviezel, the actor who plays Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson's new movie, The Passion of the Christ, has told a group of Catholic university students in the United States that picking up the cross in the film was 'like a penance'...

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World must put stop to genocide

NEW YORK (CNS): The Vatican's nuncio to the United Nations, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, has called for the international community to examine why it has failed to prevent the new acts of genocide that have occurred in recent years...

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Negative media trends

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Modern mass media too often encourage negative family trends, uncritically depicting infidelity and giving "positive support" to divorce, abortion and homosexuality, Pope John Paul II said...

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Priestly image

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II said the figure of the modern priest needs to be presented to young people in a more attractive and compelling way...

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Good outlook for ecumenism

VATICAN CITY (CNS): While new tensions have arisen in some of the Catholic Church's dialogues with other Churches and some old sore points have yet to be resolved, 2004 could be a very good year for ecumenism, said Cardinal Walter Kasper...

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Wall disputed

JERUSALEM (CNS): European and North American bishops meeting in the Holy Land from January 12-15, criticised Israel over the construction of a security wall and condemned the Palestinian terrorism that Israel cites as the reason for the wall...

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Child protection audit results

WASHINGTON (CNS): Nearly 90 per cent of US Catholic dioceses were in compliance with the bishops' national policy to protect children and respond to clergy sexual abuse of minors, according to the first national audit report released on January 6...

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