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  • Sat, 13 Feb 2016 11:00:00 +0000: Surge in Zika virus rekindles abortion debate in Brazil - Top Catholic News | AmericanCatholic.org

    SAO PAULO (CNS) -- The president of the Brazilian bishops' conference criticized a proposal by the U.N. Human Rights Commission that countries allow abortion in cases in which the mother was infected with the Zika virus.

    "Abortion is not the answer for the Zika virus," Archbishop Sergio da Rocha of Brasilia told ...

  • Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:00:00 +0000: A brotherly embrace brings pope and Russian patriarch together - Top Catholic News | AmericanCatholic.org

    HAVANA (CNS) -- At long last, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow embraced, kissing each other three times.

    "Finally," the pope told the patriarch Feb. 12 as they met in a lounge at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport. "We are brothers," he told the patriarch.

    Amid the clicking of cameras ...

  • Fri, 12 Feb 2016 01:00:00 +0000: Mexican prison riot leaves 52 dead on day before pope arrives - Top Catholic News | AmericanCatholic.org

    MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- A prison riot in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey has claimed 52 lives, offering another example of the problems plaguing Mexico's prison system and casting a pall over the arrival of Pope Francis in the country.

    Nuevo Leon Gov. Jaime Rodriguez Calderon confirmed the death toll Feb. ...

  • Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:00:00 +0000: Pope, meeting Iraqi leader, urges work for reconciliation - Top Catholic News | AmericanCatholic.org

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Meeting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Pope Francis expressed his hopes that Iraq and other war-torn countries would have leaders strong enough to bring once-divided peoples together.

    "I wish for Iraqis and for all of us -- for the whole world -- leaders like this," the pope said ...

  • Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:00:00 +0000: Supreme Court, states give death penalty laws another look - Top Catholic News | AmericanCatholic.org

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The death penalty in the United States is repeatedly getting hit by the pause button -- which doesn't mean it is going away anytime soon, but at the very least it is getting a second look by state legislatures, courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    This year, several states ...

  • Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01:00:00 +0000: Pope-patriarch meeting historic, but substance is key - Top Catholic News | AmericanCatholic.org

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The planned Feb. 12 meeting in Cuba between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church will be a historic event, those involved in ecumenical relations agree, but they contend the proof of the pudding will lie in the content of the joint statement the two ...

  • Tue, 09 Feb 2016 01:00:00 +0000: Priest recalls 'kidnapping' Blessed Teresa - Top Catholic News | AmericanCatholic.org

    PONTIAC, Mich. (CNS) -- There aren't many people who can get away with kidnapping a soon-to-be-saint, but Father Jim Kean managed it.

    Technically, it wasn't kidnapping -- he was following his passenger's orders -- but when the passenger is Blessed Teresa, alarm bells are sure to ring when you suddenly turned down ...

  • Tue, 09 Feb 2016 01:00:00 +0000: Papal commission on sex abuse votes that member take leave - Top Catholic News | AmericanCatholic.org

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The papal commission on child protection voted that one of its members -- a survivor of abuse and victims' advocate -- take a leave of absence and consider other ways to contribute to the advisory body.

    Peter Saunders, founder and chief executive officer of the National Association for ...

  • Mon, 08 Feb 2016 01:00:00 +0000: European bishops welcome EU classification of ISIS 'genocide' - Top Catholic News | AmericanCatholic.org

    MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- A European bishops' commission has welcomed a move by the European Parliament to classify atrocities and religious cleansing by the Islamic State as genocide.

    Father Patrick Daly, general secretary of COMECE, the Commission of the Bishops' Conference of the European Community, said the designation represented progress in halting ...

  • Sun, 07 Feb 2016 01:00:00 +0000: Mission dioceses welcome the stranger, disenfranchised - Top Catholic News | AmericanCatholic.org

    RALEIGH, N.C. (CNS) -- When Aida Sarkisian and her family left their home in Iraq for the U.S., it wasn't because they wanted to. It was because their survival depended on it.

    The refugees received death threats as far back as 2006 in their homeland because of Sarkisian's work as an interpreter ...

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