Catholic News Service

Catholic News Service, serving since 1920 as a news agency specializing in reporting religion, is the primary source of national and world news that appears in the U.S. Catholic press.

rss feed

Catholic News Service's Latest Posts

German bishops regret lawmakers’ vote to legalize same-sex marriage

German bishops regret lawmakers’ vote to legalize same-sex marriage

| Jonathan Luxmoore | June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Germany’s bishops’ conference expressed regret over a June 30 parliamentary vote to allow same-sex weddings, vowing to defend the “Catholic understanding of marriage.”

Continue Reading

U.N. must help limit weapons of mass destruction, Vatican diplomat says

U.N. must help limit weapons of mass destruction, Vatican diplomat says

| June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Citing the words of Pope Francis, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations said it is necessary to boost cooperation among nations to end the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, especially among terrorist organizations.

Continue Reading

Poverty, inequality in Latin America at unthinkable levels, pope says

Poverty, inequality in Latin America at unthinkable levels, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | June 30, 2017 | 1 Comment

Latin America’s traditional social values of cooperation and solidarity must prevail over the societal ills that threaten the livelihood of the region’s inhabitants, Pope Francis said.

Continue Reading

Marawi bishop says church can’t negotiate with terrorists who hold priest

Marawi bishop says church can’t negotiate with terrorists who hold priest

| June 29, 2017 | 1 Comment

The Catholic bishop in the southern Philippine city of Marawi dismissed as “ridiculous” proposals to negotiate for the release of a priest held captive by terrorist gunmen.

Continue Reading

Bishop prohibits Catholics in same-sex unions from receiving Communion

Bishop prohibits Catholics in same-sex unions from receiving Communion

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield has issued a decree that people in same-sex marriages should not present themselves for holy Communion nor can they receive the sacrament of anointing of the sick or have a Catholic funeral unless they “have given some signs of repentance.”

Continue Reading

Cardinal Pell, professing innocence, will face charges in Australia

Cardinal Pell, professing innocence, will face charges in Australia

| Cindy Wooden | June 29, 2017 | 11 Comments

Proclaiming his innocence after being charged with sexual abuse, Australian Cardinal George Pell said, “I’m looking forward finally to having my day in court.”

Continue Reading

Life academy offers prayers to parents of terminally ill baby

Life academy offers prayers to parents of terminally ill baby

| Carol Glatz | June 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Pontifical Academy for Life and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales extended prayers for terminally ill baby, Charlie Gard, the medical staff caring for him and the parents who have lost a legal battle to keep him on life-support and seek treatment in the United States.

Continue Reading

Pope tells new cardinals to serve people, tackle sins

Pope tells new cardinals to serve people, tackle sins

| Carol Glatz | June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Cardinals are not called to be “princes” of the church, but to serve the people of God and tackle the sins of the world, Pope Francis told five new cardinals.

Continue Reading

Bishops: Loss of affordable health care under GOP plan ‘simply unacceptable’

Bishops: Loss of affordable health care under GOP plan ‘simply unacceptable’

| Julie Asher | June 27, 2017 | 2 Comments

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, in its analysis of the Senate health care bill, said late June 26 the measure would leave 22 million more people without insurance.

Continue Reading

Bishops, Catholic groups worry about consequences of partial travel ban

Bishops, Catholic groups worry about consequences of partial travel ban

| Rhina Guidos | June 27, 2017 | 1 Comment

The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration said the country’s Catholic bishops are “deeply concerned” about the consequences of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow a partial ban on foreign nationals as it reviews the constitutionality of a wider ban.

Continue Reading

Impact of legalized marijuana needs greater study, Vatican official says

Impact of legalized marijuana needs greater study, Vatican official says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | June 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

While some countries continue to debate the legalization of marijuana, its effects and impact on possible dependency need to be further understood, said the head of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Continue Reading

Supreme Court to hear Colorado baker’s appeal in wedding cake case

Supreme Court to hear Colorado baker’s appeal in wedding cake case

| June 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court said June 26 it will hear arguments next term on whether a Denver baker unlawfully discriminated against a same-sex couple in declining to make them a wedding cake.

Continue Reading