Pope, Orthodox leaders listen to cries of refugees, urge help

MYTILENE, Greece (CNS) — Although their speeches were punctuated with policy appeals, Pope Francis and Orthodox leaders focused their visit to the island of Lesbos on the faces, stories and drawings of refugees. Pope Francis, Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and all Greece spent more time April 16 […]

Trip to Greece is humanitarian, not political, Vatican spokesman says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a “humanitarian and ecumenical gesture,” not a political one, Pope Francis was to join Orthodox leaders in personally meeting with hundreds of refugees and migrants stranded in Greece, the Vatican spokesman said. Releasing the detailed schedule for the pope’s trip April 16 to Lesbos, Greece, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican […]

New video looks at meaning of religious freedom, court fight on mandate

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Religious freedom “is foundational to our church and American society,” said Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori in announcing a new video that explores the foundations of church teaching on religious liberty, including the Second Vatican Council document “Dignitatis Humanae.” The archbishop made the comments April 12 as chairman of the U.S. Conference […]

$1.5 million grant boosts study of science, faith in seminaries

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A wave of courses connecting branches of science with Catholic teaching is emerging in seminaries across the country. The goal is to raise “the scientific literacy of clergy,” said Doris Donnelly, retired professor of religion at John Carroll University in suburban Cleveland, who is administering a three-year, $1.5 million grant funding the […]

Pope: ‘There is no saint without a past and there is not sinner without a future’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Without a repentant heart, Christians can risk living out their faith superficially and fail to live out God’s desire for “mercy, not sacrifice,” Pope Francis said. Instead, Jesus’ love for sinners shows that the church is not “a community of perfect people, but disciples on a path who follow the Lord […]

Climate change action is not about taking jobs away, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ call to action on climate change does not want to ruin any business, provoking job losses, but seeks to point humanity in the right direction in protecting the environment for future generations, a Vatican official said. “It’s not about the pope wanting to create joblessness,” Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, […]

Cupich: Pope has ‘intuition about where people live their actual lives’

CHICAGO (CNS) — Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago welcomed the release of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), saying the document might be surprising to some for its insistence on the need for mercy and compassion and its emphasis on the role of conscience. The document is the pope’s reflection […]