Archive of June 17, 2016 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of June 17, 2016

Pan-Orthodox Council still a go – spokesman for Ecumenical Patriarch

Jun 17, 2016 - 06:11 pm .- Despite last-minute defections by representatives of four Orthodox Patriarchates, a spokesman for the Ecumenical Patriarch insists that the Council of the Orthodox Churches will still speak for all of Eastern Orthodoxy and will foster Orthodox unity as well.

What actually makes a marriage invalid?

Jun 17, 2016 - 03:48 pm .- A virtual brouhaha erupted Thursday after Pope Francis said in unscripted remarks that “the great majority” of marriages today are null, due to a “provisional” culture in which people do not understand permanent commitment.

Priests in Rome get a surprise visit from Pope Francis

Jun 17, 2016 - 12:00 pm .- On Friday afternoon Pope Francis visited two communities of priests in Rome as part of his “Mercy Friday” initiative to spend time with various groups each month during the Jubilee of Mercy.

Vatican lends hand in welcoming new group of Syrian refugees to Rome

Jun 17, 2016 - 08:29 am .- Since 2015, when the refugee crisis reached a fever pitch in Europe, five Syrian families fleeing civil war have found refuge in Italy with the help of the Vatican. As of Thursday, nine more people have been added to that list.

Sri Lankan cardinal warns against sketchy 'Sunday Mass' ad

Jun 17, 2016 - 06:02 am .- The Catholic faithful shouldn’t believe a misleading newspaper ad that says Sunday Masses are being held in a hotel room in the city of Colombo, the Archbishop of Colombo has said.

Men on trial for alleged mock crucifixion of teen at work

Jun 17, 2016 - 03:02 am .- A teenager and practicing Catholic in the United Kingdom was reportedly tied to a cross and hung from a wall in a campaign of bullying by four of his older, male co-workers.

Christians in Aleppo offer food to poor Muslims during Ramadan

Jun 17, 2016 - 12:08 am .- Despite the war raging around them, Syriac Orthodox Christians in Aleppo have decided to provide food to poor Muslim families throughout the Islamic month of Ramadan.