CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 14 April 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Francis condemned the use of chemical weapons after the deadly April 7 attack by Syrian army warplanes that killed dozens of innocent men, women and children in Douma, Syria.
 
“There is no good and bad war, and nothing, nothing can justify the use...

VATICAN (CNS): After months of investigation, Vatican police arrested Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, a former staff member at the Vatican nunciature in Washington DC, on charges related to the possession and distribution of child pornography.
 
On April 9 the Vatican said that...

MANILA (UCAN): On the eve of Passion Sunday, Agripino Martinez went to bed thinking that all his children were already asleep. He did not know that one of his sons went out in the middle of the night.
 
About midnight, Agripino woke up when he heard the repeated knocking on his...

Euthanasia push robs friends and family of joy says dying mother
SYDNEY (CNS): In March, as 50-year-old former nursing educator Anna Corry, lay dying from an aggressive type of breast cancer, she sent out a request to speak publicly about her opposition to euthanasia. She...

MARYKNOLL (CNS): One hundred years after receiving Vatican approval to begin missionary work in China, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers kicked off a year-long celebration of their centennial by recalling the “original inspiration and holy stubbornness” of the society’s...

MANILA (UCAN): Catholic and Protestant bishops in the Philippines have backed calls from Congress for the government to resume peace negotiations with communist rebels.
 
Prior to Holy Week, 61 members of the Lower House of Congress signed a resolution calling on the president,...

MANILA (UCAN): “He was a secretary of injustice,” Bishop Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon said, in the wake of the resignation of Vitaliano Aguirre II, the justice secretary of the Philippines, which was announced by the president, Rodrigo Duterte, on April 5, amid questions over his job...

MANILA (UCAN): Catholic and Protestant Church groups in the Philippines launched the Anawim Mission Network, which aims to promote political consciousness among the poor, on April 6.
 
The network is the a result of a gathering of Church groups to mark the 500th anniversary of...

MANILA (UCAN): “Let those who have special intentions and petitions come in veneration and prayer,” read a statement from Manila Cathedral as the Archdiocese of Manila became custodian of a precious relic of Pope St. John Paul II—a vial of his blood, as of April 7.
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VATICAN (Agencies): The National Catholic Register reported on April 4 that a recent proposal by the German Bishops Conference to allow some Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Holy Communion under certain conditions is meeting serious resistance in Germany, as well as opposition...