High court’s ruling prompts bishops’ pastoral plan for family, marriage

BALTIMORE (CNS) — As a way to move forward in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage this year, U.S. bishops are planning to develop a pastoral plan for marriage and family life. The pastoral plan, according to Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Laity,…

World’s Catholic leaders condemn terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic leaders around the world condemned terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, offering prayers and condolences. “The time has come for the world to stand united against terrorism and to confront the reasons of terrorism, such as feelings of oppression, hatred, bad education and fanaticism, with no double standards,” said the Jerusalem-based…

Nothing can justify terrorist attacks, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — “This is not human,” Pope Francis said after a night of terror in Paris left more than 120 people dead and more than 200 people injured. As French authorities investigated the almost simultaneous attacks Nov. 13 on at least six different sites — inside a concert hall, outside a soccer stadium,…

Cardinal: Catholic identity is caring witness, not defensive ideology

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Strong Catholic identity for Catholic schools and educational institutes depends on fostering proactive, creative and charitable witnesses of God’s love and Gospel values, not defending abstract ideologies, said the head of the Congregation for Catholic Education. Catholic identity must recognize the major mission of evangelization is “salvation and not conflict,” said…

If airstrikes against Islamic State end, what is Canada’s Mideast role?

MONTREAL (CNS) — For two major Catholic agencies based in Canada, the Liberal government’s decision to stop airstrikes against Islamic State positions in the Middle East begs the question: How must Canada act in that region? Shortly after his Oct. 19 election, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his intention of pulling out of the…

Some believe Keystone pipeline through country’s midsection is not dead yet

WASHINGTON (CNS) — President Barack Obama may have denied the permit for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to carry tar sands oil from Alberta in western Canada to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries, but Nebraskans Susan and Jim Dunavan aren’t so sure the $8-billion project is dead yet. TransCanada, the Calgary, Alberta-based company building the…

Catholics to U.N. summit: Warmer temperatures are just part of the problem

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Yeb Sano, former climate change commissioner for Philippines, is so concerned about global warming that he and other Catholic pilgrims are walking 900 miles from Rome to Paris for the U.N. climate change conference. It’s time, Sano believes, for world leaders to sign a binding agreement that helps reduce the impact of…

Catholic TV chef has cooked for two popes

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service Lidia Bastianich, even at age 68, is working like crazy. She’s on her fifth public television cooking series, “Lidia’s Kitchen,” and on Dec. 11, she will have a Christmas special on PBS. She has also written 13 books — most of them cookbooks — has a line of commercial…

If people love God, they must care for what he has made, says cardinal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (CNS) — The lead consultant on “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, said that although it’s a document of nearly 40,000 words, its message can be summed up in one sentence. “We cannot love God when we do not appreciate or care for what God has made,” Cardinal Peter Turkson said…