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Risen Christ calls all to follow him on path to life, pope says

By Cindy Wooden and Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Jesus is the risen shepherd who takes upon his shoulders “our brothers and sisters crushed by evil in all its varied forms,” Pope Francis said before giving his solemn Easter blessing. With tens of thousands of…


Syracuse company crafts candles used around the world

By Katherine Long, Editor   The church is dark and the congregation watches, keeping vigil, awaiting the resurrection of the Lord. Then, a single flame illuminates the darkness: the paschal candle, “the symbol of the light of Christ, rising in glory, scattering the darkness of our hearts and minds” (United…


Love Jesus in all who suffer, pope says on Palm Sunday

By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Jesus does not ask that people only contemplate his image, but that they also recognize and love him concretely in all people who suffer like he did, Pope Francis said. Jesus is “present in our many brothers and sisters who today…


USCCB president responds to explosions at Coptic churches

  Released by the USCCB April 9: WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in response to explosions on Palm Sunday at two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt that have killed at least 40 and injured at least 100:…


Saving lives must be first concern of immigration policy, pope says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The defense of the life, dignity and human rights of migrants and refugees must come before any other question when enacting migration policies, Pope Francis said. “The defense of human beings knows no limits,” the pope said in an interview…


Conference aims to give young people a voice ahead of synod, WYD

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — Preparing for the 2018 Synod of Bishops on youths and the celebration of World Youth Day 2019 in Panama, the Catholic Church needs to examine how it speaks to young people, several of them told a Vatican meeting. The church…


Catholic leaders in Syria criticize U.S. missile strikes

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Two prominent Catholic leaders in Syria criticized the U.S. missile strikes against their nation, wondering why they occurred before investigations into the origins of chemical attacks reported April 4. But U.S. President Donald Trump said Syrian President Bashar Assad “launched a horrible chemical…


Pope horrified by ‘unacceptable massacre’ in Syria

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis strongly condemned a shocking chemical attack in Syria that left some 70 people, including at least 10 children, dead. “We are horrified by the latest events in Syria. I strongly deplore the unacceptable massacre that took place…


Vatican welcomes three new refugee families from Syria

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The first three refugee families from Syria welcomed by the Vatican left their temporary homes to start their new lives in Italy, and three new families took their places in Vatican apartments. The papal Almoner’s Office, which helps coordinate…


Vatican releases itinerary for papal trip to Egypt

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will meet with the leader of one of the world’s leading Sunni Muslim institutions, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church and representatives of the Catholic Church on a two-day trip to Cairo. The pope is scheduled to…