Pope Francis hears officials’ input on reforming Vatican bureaucracy

Sept. 13, 2013, edition Catholic News Service  Pope Francis met with Vatican officials Sept. 10 to hear their questions and suggestions about his ongoing reform of the Vatican bureaucracy. The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said the meeting lasted nearly three hours and, except for a brief greeting by the pope, was devoted to…

Congolese bishop puts hopes on international pressure

Sept. 13, 2013, edition By Francis Njuguna Catholic News Service A bishop from eastern Congo said people in the area continue to suffer from an ongoing government-rebel conflict, and he hoped pressure from the international community would help relieve the situation. Bishop Willy Ngumbi Ngengele of Kindu, Congo, told Catholic News Service in Nairobi that…

You can help me try to bring peace to Nairobi slums

‘Blessed are the peacemakers’ Sept. 13, 2013, edition By James K. Kimeu In July 2012, armed with a St. John’s University undergraduate degree in political science, a St. Cloud State University master’s degree in social responsibility (Justice) and a Minnesotan accent, I joined Caritas Nairobi — the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi, Kenya, in their peace…

9/11 in stained glass

Sept. 13, 2013, edition The twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center following the Sept. 11 attack in 2001 are depicted in a stained glass window at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in the New Dorp Beach section of Staten Island, N.Y. This year marks the 12th anniversary of the attacks that claimed the…

‘Just war’ in attacking Syria?

Some see cloudy answers, some see clear ones Sept. 13, 2013, edition By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service Even with “just war theory” as a guide, the answers remain murky to moral and ethical questions about whether a military strike is the appropriate response to what U.S. officials believe was a chemical attack against Syrian…

Praying for peace in Syria, Pope Francis calls selfishness the cause of war

Sept. 13, 2013, edition Catholic News Service Leading a crowd in prayer for peace in Syria, Pope Francis said that war is ultimately caused by selfishness, which can be overcome only though expressions of fraternity and never with violence. “Leave behind the self-interest that hardens your heart, overcome the indifference that makes your heart insensitive…

Campus ministry ready to help college-bound youth make faith connection

August 30, 2013, edition By Laura Dodson Catholic News Service As students arrive on campuses around the country this fall to embark on their college career, many also will experience adult independence for the first time. Thanks to the Newman Connection, a website assisting students to unite with Catholic campus ministries at more than 2,000 college and university campuses, students can transition…

Utah parish vandalized for the fourth time in two years

August 30, 2013, edition By Christine Young Catholic News Service Vandals kicked in the basement door of the rectory to break into Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Magna, Utah, for the second time this year, smashing statues and glass doors and spraying a fire extinguisher throughout the chapel. The intruders left behind blood stains,…

Bishop Pates: U.S. should help Egyptians end violence

August 30, 2013, edition By Catholic News Service The United States should work with the international community to help Egyptians end violence, restore the rule of law and build an inclusive democracy in their country, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace. In an Aug. 23 letter to Secretary…