Polish bishop says synod members trust Holy Spirit, guidance of pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Members of the Synod of Bishops trust the Holy Spirit and Pope Francis’ guidance in confronting issues facing today’s families, said Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan. “An atmosphere of fear does not exist because we believe in the Holy Spirit. We also believe in the guidance of the Holy Father, who…

Pope Francis lists abortion, unsafe workplaces among ‘attacks on life’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Abortion, abandoning migrants at sea, unsafe working conditions, malnutrition, terrorism and euthanasia are all “attacks on life,” said Pope Francis. In an audience with members of the Italian Science & Life Association May 30, the pope said “life is a gift” and urged more reflection on how people are treated throughout…

Partners in need of prayer

With political unrest and disease taking their toll in Homa Bay and Maracay, central Minnesota Catholics are being asked to pray By Dianne Towalski The Visitor Prayer is a pillar of any global solidarity partnership, and our partners in Maracay, Venezuela and Homa Bay, Kenya need our prayers more than ever. The St. Cloud Mission…

Militants’ actions reinforce urgency of dialogue, religious leaders say

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Amid frequent reports of brutal killings and attacks by Islamic State militants, the director of an Islamic group in the United States strongly believes that people of faith must “collectively denounce” these actions of “stark evil” and “cruel barbarism.” “We have to be clear in our writings, websites, lectures and speeches” that…

Pope urges Muslim leaders to condemn violence done in name of Islam

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM ISTANBUL (CNS) — Pope Francis called on political and religious leaders across the Muslim world to condemn violence done in the name of Islam. The pope said he told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Nov. 28 that “it would be beautiful if all Islamic leaders — whether they be political…

Terrorism in Mideast has reached ‘unimaginable proportions,’ pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Middle East, especially Iraq and Syria, are experiencing “terrorism of previously unimaginable proportions” in which the perpetrators seem to have absolutely no regard for the value of human life, Pope Francis said. “It seems that the awareness of the value of human life has been lost; it seems that the…

Vatican official says U.N. framework is best way to fight terrorism

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) — The U.N.’s framework provides the “only viable way” of dealing with the global nature of modern terrorism “which knows no borders,” the Vatican’s secretary of state told the U.N. General Assembly Sept. 29. “This reality requires a renewed United Nations that undertakes to foster and preserve peace,” said Cardinal Pietro Parolin,…