Arriving in Kenya, pope says tolerance, respect are keys to peace

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) — With security concerns looming over his visit, Pope Francis arrived in Kenya Nov. 25 urging tolerance and respect among people of different religions and different ethnic groups. During the less than seven-hour flight, Pope Francis told reporters the only thing he was worried about were the mosquitoes, and after greeting each…

Catholic groups, undeterred by Paris attacks, to attend climate summit

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic organizations advocating to protect the world and its people from the impact of climate change said the terror attacks in Paris had not dissuaded them from attending a major U.N. summit there. “As far as I know, everyone who was planning to go is going. It is such an important issue,…

Day’s granddaughter urges Catholics to speak out against war, injustice

DERWOOD, Md. (CNS) –- Dorothy Day’s granddaughter Martha Hennessy looks a little like her grandmother with her pulled-back white hair, and although she is soft spoken, she likely sounds just like her activist grandmother, too, when talking about helping the poor and promoting peace. Hennessy spoke about such topics and the influence and memories of…

Grinch of Starbucks

The latest Internet outrage in the “war against Christians” is that Starbucks will no longer use a Christmas-themed paper cup. No more “jazzy” Santas, no more snowflakes, no more reindeer — just a plain red, green and white cup. According to Jeffrey Fields, Starbuck’s vice president for design and content, “This year we wanted to…

If miracle approved, Blessed Teresa could be canonized Sept. 4

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican calendar for the Year of Mercy deliberately set aside Sept. 4, 2016, as a possible date for the canonization of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, if her sainthood cause is concluded by then. The canonization would be celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square at the end of a…

In debate on ‘Faithful Citizenship,’ bishops push for more about poverty

BALTIMORE (CNS) — The U.S. bishops adopted a revised version of their quadrennial statement on political responsibility, but not without questions being raised by some bishops who said it should better reflect Catholic social teaching. The questions came from five bishops who said that the document does not adequately address poverty, as Pope Francis has…

Year of Mercy, Christmas, New Year prayers fill pope’s calendar

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ calendar of Masses and prayer services for December and January are a combination of annual Advent and Christmas celebrations and added events for the beginning of the Year of Mercy. In St. Peter’s Basilica Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass and open…

Paris violence won’t alter church outreach to refugees, USCCB head says

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Church resettlement programs in the United States will continue to aid refugees who are fleeing violence and social ills despite calls that the country’s borders should be closed to anyone but Christians. The church’s response is focused on people in need of food, shelter and safety and not their particular faith, Archbishop…

‘Faithful citizenship’ revisions reflect words of Popes Benedict, Francis

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Revisions in the U.S. bishops’ quadrennial document on political responsibility draw on the teachings of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis and take into account developments in U.S. foreign and domestic policy over the past four years. The document, revised by a working group of bishops comprised of the chairmen of several…