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Hurricane response

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (Zenit): Pope Benedict XVI is sending a special envoy to express concrete solidarity with the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged the US Gulf Coast...

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Threat to Christianity

LONDON (CNS/Zenit): A Chaldean Catholic leader said Christianity may begin to disappear from Iraq if the country's new constitution is based on Shariah, or Islamic law...

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Thousands at slain Taize founder’s funeral

TAIZE, France (CNS): About 10,000 Christians of various denominations travelled to the Church of the Reconciliation in the village of Taize, in the eastern Burgundy region of France, for the August 23 funeral of Br Roger Schutz, the renowned ecumenical leader...

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Call for a holy ‘revolution’

COLOGNE (CNS): In back-to-back encounters with more than 1 million young people from around the world, Pope Benedict XVI urged them to discover the transforming power of the faith and join the "true revolution" of personal holiness...

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Need to engage youth

COLOGNE (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI urged bishops in his German homeland to tap into the "enormous potential energy" of World Youth Day in order to face a series of dramatic pastoral challenges...

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Hospital in abortion row

LONDON (CNS): A British cardinal has ordered an inquiry into claims that doctors working out of a Catholic hospital are referring women for abortions and prescribing the morning after pill...

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Sisters deny abuse claims

CALCUTTA (CNS): The Missionaries of Charity have denied allegations that they abused residents at a home for children in India...

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Pope’s brother in hospital

ROME (CNS): Doctors at Rome's Gemelli Hospital gave Pope Benedict XVI's older brother, Msgr Georg Ratzinger, a pacemaker on August 3 after he was hospitalised with an irregular heartbeat...

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