Growing emergencies fueled by environment, war, say heads of Caritas

MONTREAL (CNS) — Climate change and emergency situations are linked, but global emergencies also can be caused by people, said two leaders of Caritas Internationalis, the umbrella organization for Catholic charitable organizations. Emergencies are on the rise in the world, said Michel Roy, general secretary of Caritas Internationalis, who visited Montreal for a three-day meeting […]

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 […]