Cardinal Sandri: No religion can kill in the name of God

(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Leonardo Sandri on Sunday said “no religion can accept to kill God’s children in the Name of the same God.”  He was speaking during a homily at the Chaldean Cathedral of St. Peter in San Diego, California. Cardinal Sandri, the Prefect for the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, is this month visiting…

German bishops mark WWI anniversary, acknowledge churches share guilt

BERLIN (CNS) — As the world marks the 100th anniversary of World War I, Germany’s Catholic bishops urged efforts to overcome “destructive self-interest” and acknowledged the shared guilt of churches for the conflict, which left 16 million dead. “This war began in Europe 100 years ago during these summer months, and its dimensions are still…

Using native languages in prayer, song helps preserve culture

FARGO, N.D. (CNS) — Native American Catholics are being urged to become language “warriors” and to help preserve their culture in liturgy and song. Native language was a key topic at the Tekakwitha Conference held in Fargo July 23-26, and its diversity was evident in 750 attendees representing some 135 different tribes. Beating a native…

US must adapt foreign policy to solve migrant crisis, says bishop

The head of the U.S. bishops’ international justice and peace committee implored Secretary of State John Kerry to utilize U.S. foreign policy to address the “root causes” of child migration from Central America. “The crisis on our borders will not be minimally resolved until drugs and arms flows, harmful trade provisions, and other critical economic…

A strong America is not possible without strong Americans, says Rubio

WASHINGTON (CNS) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said that growing up in a “strong and stable family” has given him an advantage in life because he was “taught certain values that result in success.” “My background is certainly not one of privilege. My parents migrated here, worked service sector jobs,” the junior Republican…

Native American Catholics gather to pray, reflect, recharge their faith

FARGO, N.D. (CNS) — On the 75th anniversary of the Tekakwitha Conference, Native American Catholics came together again to review the past, plan for the future and recharge their faith. More than 750 people from 35 states and representing 135 tribes gathered under the theme “To walk humbly,” a nod to namesake St. Kateri Tekakwitha,…

Hold the sauce: Pope heads to Vatican cafeteria for Friday fish menu

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Taking the chef completely by surprise, Pope Francis unexpectedly showed up to eat with the Vatican’s blue collar workers at their cafeteria in the tiny city-state’s “industrial park.” “He showed up, got his tray, silverware, he stood in line and we served him,” the cafeteria’s chef, Franco Paini, told Vatican Radio…

Archbishop Chaput confirms pope to visit Philadelphia in September 2015

FARGO, N.D. (CNS) — Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in the U.S. next year, even though the Philadelphia Archdiocese still has not received official confirmation from the Vatican. Archbishop Chaput made the announcement July 24 before giving his homily during the…

In neighboring African countries, U.S. bishop sees hope, despite trauma

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) — Among almost a million people displaced from their homes through conflict in the Central African Republic are 9,000 people who have found refuge at a seminary in the capital, Bangui. An “unbelievable number of children” are among these refugees at St. Mark’s Major Seminary, said Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa,…