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Senior Anglican leaders support assisted suicide as Lords debate nears

Lord Carey of Clifton, England, who served as Anglican archbishop of Canterbury 1991-2002, preaches during a service of Christian unity in the Anglican cathedral in Chester Jan. 19. Lord Carey said he would dissent from the Church of EnglandÕs teaching against assisted suicide and vote for a bill scheduled to be debated in the British Parliament. (CNS photo/Simon Caldwell)

By Simon Caldwell
Catholic News Service 

MANCHESTER — Senior Anglican leaders have voiced their support for assisted suicide just days before a crucial debate on the subject in the British Parliament. Continue reading

Women bishops approved by Church of England vote; move seen as ecumenical snag

Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury gestures during his enthronement ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral March 21, 2013. (CNS photo/Gareth Fuller, pool via Reuters)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — The General Synod of the Church of England voted July 14 to authorize the ordination of women as bishops and approved motions pledging to respect and work with people who believe that, theologically, the vote was a mistake.

Before the vote, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, told the synod that “to pass this legislation is to commit ourselves to an adventure in faith and hope. Like all adventures, it carries dangers … uncertainties and for success will require integrity and courage.” Continue reading

CNS Blog: World Cup becomes ‘The Pope Cup’

Memes concerning Sunday's World Cup final and its connection to the recent Pontiffs are popping up all over cyberspace. (CNS Photo/CT graphic)

From CNS Blog

VATICAN CITY — The curiously apt World Cup final match between Argentina and Germany (plus a slowish news day) means Twitter is aflitter with funny memes and hashtags for #PopeCupSunday.


Posted July 10, 2014

Pope Francis meets sex abuse victims
Pope Francis meets abuse victims

Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican July 6. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — Asking for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that “despicable actions” caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been “camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained.” Continue reading

Kenyan bishops blame corruption, ethnic tensions for insecurity

By Francis Njuguna
Catholic News Service 

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s Catholic bishops blamed “inherent corruption” and ethnic tensions for the country’s recent insecurity.

A June 25 statement signed by the country’s 26 bishops said the “situation has been aggravated further by the rising political temperatures on both sides of the political divide, which are tending toward negative ethnicity.” Continue reading

Pope lightens his summer schedule, as he did in 2013

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 18. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis‘ schedule for summer 2014 is almost an exact duplicate of the schedule he kept in 2013, except he will be making an August trip to South Korea for Asian Youth Day. Last year, he traveled to Brazil in July for World Youth Day. Continue reading

Pope to fathers: Teach your children well, always be by their side

A father poses with his sons inside a church in Oregon. The Catholic Telegraph Staff wishes all dads a Happy Father's Day. (CNS Photo)

(Editor’s Note: This Catholic News Service report was originally released on March 19, 2014. With Fathers’ Day this weekend, the story has been reposted for your enjoyment.)

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — On the feast of St. Joseph, patron saint of the universal church and Jesus’ earthly father, Pope Francis urged all dads in the world to stick by their children’s side, teaching them, guiding them and loving them. Continue reading

In unusual step, Mexican priest accused of abuse faces criminal charges

By David Agren
Catholic News Service 

MEXICO CITY — A priest in north central Mexico has been stripped of his position by the Vatican and faces criminal charges in connection with alleged sexual abuse of a teenage boy.

The case marks the first time the Catholic Church in Mexico has turned a priest in to authorities. Continue reading

Pope to meet with sex abuse victims, confirms investigation of Bertone

Pope Francis arrives to meet priests, men and women religious and seminarians in the Church of All Nations at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem May 26. (CNS PHOTO)

By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service 

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM TEL AVIV — Pope Francis will meet with a group of sex abuse victims for the first time in June, he told reporters May 26.

During a wide-ranging inflight news conference on his return to Rome from the Holy Land, the pope also confirmed reports the Vatican is investigating charges its former secretary of state misappropriated 15 million euro from the Vatican bank. And he announced he plans to visit the Philippines and Sri Lanka in January. Continue reading

Pope says his Holy Land trip will be ‘strictly religious’

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — Asking prayers for his May 24-26 trip to the Holy Land, Pope Francis said his visit to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories would be “strictly religious.” Continue reading