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IMAGE: CNS photo/Roman Pilipey, EPA By Michael Sainsbury BANGKOK (CNS) — Although China and the Vatican signed a provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops in September, persecution of Chinese Catholics continues. Some believe there is considerable pushback against the Vatican-China deal from inside China’s United Front Work Department, the

IMAGE: CNS photo/United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy Trudy Isenberg By Mark Pattison WASHINGTON (CNS) — Jews worldwide will remember the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht. In a direct German translation, it means "Crystal Night," but it is more commonly thought of as "Night of Broken Glass," as Nazis and their

IMAGE: CNS photo/Mike Nelson, EPA By LOS ANGELES (CNS) — After a shooting spree late Nov. 7 at a country-music bar in Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles from the heart of Los Angeles, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles asked people to "pray hard" for the victims and their

IMAGE: CNS photo/Vatican Media By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The sin of grumbling and complaining is often triggered by a desire to avoid being challenged or upset by seeing Christ’s unexpected mercy at work, Pope Francis said. The way Christ gave witness was "something new for that era,"

IMAGE: CNS photo/Mark Blinch, Reuters By Dennis Sadowski WASHINGTON (CNS) — Leaders and fundraisers at Catholic organizations are cautiously monitoring the level of donations and gifts as the end-of-the-year giving season approaches, hoping that the clergy sexual abuse scandal won’t negatively affect their bottom line. While most of the professionals

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul Haring By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Life is for loving, not amassing possessions, Pope Francis said. In fact, the true meaning and purpose of wealth is to use it to lovingly serve others and promote human dignity, he said Nov. 7 during his weekly general

IMAGE: CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn By Mark Pattison WASHINGTON (CNS) — What could have been another senseless murder in a society with too many of them already was transformed into restorative justice for the killer and healing for the victim’s parents. Kate Grosmaire and her husband, Andy, then in deacon formation,

IMAGE: CNS photo/Bob Roller By Dennis Sadowski WASHINGTON (CNS) — The National Review Board chairman called for changes to the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" to "make it a less ambiguous document" because despite nearly every diocese meeting its standards in third-party audits, some bishops are

IMAGE: CNS/Reuters By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The world will not have peace without people having mutual trust and respecting each other’s word, the Vatican said as it announced Pope Francis’ 2019 World Peace Day message would focus on "good politics." "Good politics is at the service of

IMAGE: CNS photo/Leah Millis, Reuters By Zoey Maraist ARLINGTON, Va. (CNS) — When describing life-altering decisions and brave moments of selflessness, former Army Staff Sgt. and Medal of Honor recipient Ronald Shurer speaks succinctly and matter-of-factly, as if his actions were the most natural thing in the world. Why did