International News

Pope at General Audience: What Should We Do With Those People Who Bother Us?

Thursday 17 November 2016

By Zenit
‘We dedicate today’s catechesis to a work of mercy that we all know very well, but perhaps do not put into practice as we should: bearing patiently those who wrong us’, said Pope Francis to the thousands of faithful gathered in a sunny but chilly St. Peter’s Square during this week’s Wednesday general audience.

Pope makes appeal for children’s rights

Thursday 17 November 2016

By Zenit
Pope Francis notes plagues of slavery, child soldiers and abuse, as well as need to promote right to education. As next Sunday, 20 November, is Universal Children’s Day, dedicated to promoting the rights of the child, Pope Francis today launched an appeal ‘to the conscience of all, institutions and families, that children always be protected and their wellbeing safeguarded, so that they never fall prey to forms of slavery, recruitment for armed groups, and maltreatment.’

Gasps, tears as Iraqis return to ISIS-destroyed parish

Tuesday 15 November 2016

By Associated Press, Crux Now
There were gasps, followed by tears at a small church in northern Iraq as a group of Christians returned to their parish Sunday to find that everything had been destroyed, including the statue of the Virgin Mary which Islamic State militants had decapitated before they left. A confession booth turned into a closet, a desecrated tomb, red prayer benches burnt. As Father Thabet Habib recited prayers at the Saint Addai church, the sound of broken glass crunched underneath worshippers’ feet.