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07 Aug 2013 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After more than a week with no word from Jesuit Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, an Italian priest who worked for decades in Syria, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said, “it seems he has been kidnapped by an Islamist group” that is a “local version of Al Qaida,” the terrorist group.  Read more...
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06 Aug 2013 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Francis spoke to journalists about the need for a stronger Catholic pastoral approach to marriage and to divorced people, he made a parenthetical reference to how the Orthodox churches handle the breakup of marriages differently.  Read more...
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30 Jul 2013 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The war in Syria is like a factory churning out nothing but death, destruction and suffering, said Archbishop Mario Zenari, Vatican nuncio to Syria.  Read more...
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18 Jul 2013 – MUQEIBLEH, Israel (CNS) — Every evening, Suhad Shunnara, 32, reads the Bible to her three sons and kneels with them to say the rosary. On Friday, she and her husband, Fuad, 40, send the children to religion class, and on Saturday, after Mass, they all watch a Christian TV channel together.  Read more...
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Summer Camp Elates Palestinian Children (Catholic News Service)
11 Jul 2013 – TUBA, West Bank (CNS) — In this tiny South Hebron Hills encampment of tents and cave dwellings, where camels cling to the sandy hillside and hardy goats scrounge for shoots of brush and desert grasses, it is summer camp time for the children.  Read more...
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11 Jul 2013 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert J. Shaheen, 76, head of the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon since early 2001.  Read more...
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05 Jul 2013 – OXFORD, England (CNS) — Egypt’s Catholic leaders welcomed the military overthrow of the country’s Islamist president and voiced confidence that Christians and Muslims can work together to build a “real democracy.”  Read more...
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02 Jul 2013 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Every bishop is called to be “a servant of communion,” working tirelessly to overcome divisions so that differences become a treasure and not a source of conflict, Pope Francis said.  Read more...


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