International

Skills training such as sewing, education ‘only way out of misery’ for Pakistan’s poor

By Catholic News Service | August 1, 2022 | 1 Comment

WASHINGTON (CNS) – To improve the lives of Pakistanis, many of whom are desperately poor, the Archdiocese of Lahore has ramped up its educational and vocational training efforts. “We evaluated and studied that – through education and then skill training and some other professional training – that is the only … Read More about Skills training such as sewing, education ‘only way out of misery’ for Pakistan’s poor

Long-time youth minister offers suggestions to get teens excited about Mass

By Catholic News Service | August 1, 2022 | 1 Comment

By MARK HART WASHINGTON (CNS) – My cradle Catholic parents instilled in me the importance of going to Mass religiously (no pun intended) but were never able to articulate why we went, answering only “because we are Catholic and that is what good Catholics do”. It wasn’t until a youth … Read More about Long-time youth minister offers suggestions to get teens excited about Mass

Pastor of St Peter’s Basilica: Friar helps tourists become pilgrims

By Catholic News Service | August 1, 2022 | 1 Comment

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – In his small office next to the world’s largest Catholic Church, Conventual Franciscan Father Agnello Stoia spoke about the unique joys and challenges of being the pastor of St Peter’s Basilica. Like most parishes, St Peter’s has actual territorial boundaries: the exterior walls of the basilica … Read More about Pastor of St Peter’s Basilica: Friar helps tourists become pilgrims

Pope says residential-school policy was part of ‘genocide’ plan

By Catholic News Service | August 1, 2022 | 1 Comment

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM CANADA (CNS) – The planned destruction of the families, languages, cultures and traditions of the Indigenous communities of Canada through the residential school system was “genocide”, Pope Francis said. Asked by an Indigenous reporter why he did not use the word “genocide” while in Canada, … Read More about Pope says residential-school policy was part of ‘genocide’ plan

Raising banner, protesters at papal Mass raise questions about ‘Doctrine of Discovery’

By Catholic News Service | July 29, 2022 | 1 Comment

QUEBEC CITY (CNS) – In a brief protest at a papal Mass in Canada, Indigenous women unfurled a banner that said, “Rescind the Doctrine”. The protest on July 28 was a momentary but graphic reminder of how, when representatives of Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities met Pope Francis … Read More about Raising banner, protesters at papal Mass raise questions about ‘Doctrine of Discovery’

Indigenous and Catholic: One can proudly be both, Pope says

By Catholic News Service | July 26, 2022 | 1 Comment

EDMONTON, Alberta (CNS) – While presented as missionary work, the operation of residential schools by Catholics in Canada was actually an attempt to impose European culture on Canada’s Indigenous people, Pope Francis said. “One cannot proclaim God in a way contrary to God himself,” the Pope said on July 25 … Read More about Indigenous and Catholic: One can proudly be both, Pope says