Articles by The Catholic Sun

‘Civilize the market’ for common good, care of creation, pope says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Economic development and growth have never automatically meant a greater gap between the rich and poor, so there is no reason today for people to throw up their hands and simply accept increasing inequality, Pope Francis said. Greater inequality and…


Pope: Common witness of faith can strengthen Catholics, Methodists

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholics and Methodists can strengthen each other through a shared witness of faith, especially through acts of love toward the poor and the marginalized, Pope Francis said. The mutual call to holiness shared by both communities “is necessarily a…



Italian priest kidnapped in Nigeria freed

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Italian Father Maurizio Pallu, who was kidnapped by several gunmen in Nigeria and held captive for nearly a week, was freed Oct. 17. Father Pallu, a 63-year-old missionary affiliated with the Neocatechumenal Way, and a group of pilgrims were…


Pope condemns deadly terrorist attack in Somalia

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis prayed for the victims of a terrorist attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, that left hundreds dead and countless wounded in one of the deadliest attacks in the country’s history. Before concluding his weekly general audience Oct. 18, the…


Faith brings hope even at moment of death, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians can find hope even at the hour of death, which faith teaches is not a closed door but a wide-open passage to a new life with Christ, Pope Francis said. While all men and women are “small and…


Irish folklife expert says Halloween traditions began in Ireland

By Sarah Mac Donald Catholic News Service DUBLIN (CNS) — As the seasonal carving of pumpkins gets underway, an Irish folklife expert said there is evidence that the tradition, which is synonymous with Halloween jack-o-lanterns in the United States, actually began in Ireland. Clodagh Doyle, assistant keeper at the Irish…


Bishops’ migration chairman asks for extension of immigration status

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration said some migrants from Honduras and El Salvador cannot safely return to their home countries in the near future and should have a special immigration permit extended. The U.S. government will consider in early…


Protesters arrested for blocking pipeline work through nuns’ property

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Nearly two dozen people, including a juvenile, were arrested as they blocked workers from starting construction of a short leg of a natural gas pipeline on property owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ congregation in Columbia, Pennsylvania. Singing…


Respect, don’t just tolerate other religions, Vatican officials say

By Matthew Fowler Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Peace and harmony will not result from members of different religions simply tolerating each other; respect and appreciation of customs and cultural diversity is required, top Vatican officials said in a message to the world’s Hindus. “Respect creates space for…