Pope Benedict arrives in Lebanon as ‘pilgrim of peace’

Pope Benedict arrives in Lebanon as ‘pilgrim of peace’ BEIRUT (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Lebanon Sept. 14, saying that he came “as a pilgrim of peace, as a friend of God and as a friend of men.” In his remarks at a welcoming ceremony at Beirut’s airport, Pope Benedict praised Lebanon, with […]

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Pope to young Christians of Middle East: Stay, make peace

BKERKE, Lebanon (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI urged young Christians in the Middle East not to flee violence and economic insecurity through emigration, but to draw strength from their faith and make peace in their troubled region. The pope spoke to some 20,000 young people from several Middle Eastern countries gathered outside the residence of […]

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Earthquake in Costa Rica kills at least 2, damages churches

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CNS) — A strong earthquake struck northwest Costa Rica Sept. 5, killing at least two people, damaging homes and some Catholic churches, setting off a tsunami warning and rattling nerves. The magnitude-7.6 quake, felt throughout parts of Central America, struck at 8:42 a.m. local time near the small city of Nicoya […]

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More we love Jesus, the more we want to pray: pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The more people love Jesus, the more they will want to spend time with him in prayer; and the more they pray, the more they will resemble him, Pope Benedict XVI said. While God always listens to people’s pleas for help and is always ready to respond, “our prayer must first […]

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Forum asks: Can you be a Democrat and be pro-life?

Photo Caption: A woman prays at a Planned Parenthood center in Charlotte, N.C. The presidents of Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America were to speak at the Democratic National Convention. By: By Stephen C. Guilfoyle / Catholic News Service CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CNS) — Buttons were available at the Democrats for Life of America […]

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Cardinal George facing cross of cancer for a second time

Photo Caption: In this Catholic Post file photo, Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago celebrates Mass at a statewide Summit for Catholic School Education in Bloomington. By: By Joyce Duriga, Catholic News Service CHICAGO (CNS) — For the second time in his 75 years, Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago is facing the cross of […]

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At Georgetown, Ryan defended budget as fruit of Catholic teaching

Photo Caption: Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., a Catholic who chairs the House Budget Committee, speaks at Georgetown University in Washington April 26. By: By Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service Editor’s Note — We offer this Catholic News Service story from late April for background and discussion following the Aug. 11 announcement of U.S. Rep. Paul […]

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Bishops urge Congress to fix health law flaws after decision

Photo Caption: People for and against the administration’s health care reform law demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington June 28. By: By Nancy Frazier O’Brien, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 28 decision upholding the health reform law makes it even more urgent for Congress […]

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Lived faith, service, keys to evangelization: synod text

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholics who act like their faith has nothing to do with daily life and a church structure that is more bureaucracy than service are two impediments to the church’s ability to proclaim faith in Jesus, said the working document for the next world Synod of Bishops. “Every one of the church’s […]

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