Nuncio: Military strikes on Syria ‘unjustified’

NEW YORKBy Catholic News Service Military strikes on Syria are unjustified and will create a far larger humanitarian disaster for people already suffering from hunger, displacement and critical lack of medical care, said the Vatican nuncio to the United Nations.

Just war? Answers remain murky

WASHINGTONBy Patricia Zapor Even with just war theory as a guide, the answers remain murky to moral and ethical questions about whether a military strike is the appropriate response to what U.S. officials believe was a chemical attack against Syrian civilians, analysts said.

St. Vincent de Paul names new leader

TACOMABy Terry McGuire Charlie D. Thompson has been named executive director of the Tacoma/Pierce County Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He comes to Tacoma after serving nearly six years as executive director of the Society’s council in South Bend, Ind.

Special Report: Crisis in Syria

On March 15, 2011, the so-called Arab Spring arrived in the Middle Eastern nation of Syria, taking the form of demonstrations calling for the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad. The growth of the demonstrations soon provoked Assad, whose family has been in power since 1971, into deploying the army against…

Pope’s peace appeal urgent for Mideast Catholics

JERUSALEMBy Judith Sudilovsky Pope Francis' appeal to pray for peace in Syria has a particular urgency for Catholics in the region, who say their countries are most likely to suffer the brunt of any attacks on Damascus.

Bishops: Pray for peace Saturday, Sept. 7

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo asked Catholics in the Archdiocese of Seattle Wednesday to “take to heart” Pope Francis’ call for a day of prayer and fasting on Saturday, Sept. 7, for peace in Syria, the Middle East and the world.

Local woman begins lay consecrated life

TOLEDOBy Jennifer Sokol For Renee Fox, the journey to her new vocation began three years ago following the death of her parents and grandparents, for whom she was the caregiver.

Local Briefs - Sept 1, 2013

Photos from (1) Burmese priest visits St. Thomas, Tukwilla and (2) Youth Migrant celebrations in St. Charles, Burlington

Nuns undeterred by Egypt violence

CAIROBy James Martone It was lunchtime at Cairo's Italian Hospital, and some of the nuns who reside there were watching state television's latest announcements on Egypt's "war on terror," the expression used by the country's military and its supporters to describe the nationwide crackdown on Islamists.

Benedictine beer as catalyst for evangelization

VATICAN CITYBy Cindy Wooden Even before retired Pope Benedict XVI set up a pontifical council for new evangelization and convoked a world Synod of Bishops on the theme, a new group of Benedictine monks was using Latin and liturgy to reach out to those whose faith was weak or nonexistent.