National / International News

National / International News

Freed Syrian priest says imprisonment was way to carry cross of Jesus

BEIRUT (CNS) — When a man dressed head-to-toe in black entered the room where Father Jacques Mourad was being held by the Islamic State, the Syriac Catholic priest thought his time to become a martyr had come.

Vital healing role seen for faith, spirituality in mental health crises

BALTIMORE (CNS) — From the American Psychiatric Association to the average Catholic in the pew, awareness is growing that the faith community has a role to play in helping those with mental illness and their families.

A family that doesn't eat together is 'hardly a family,' pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A family that chooses to watch TV or play with their smartphones rather than talk at the dinner table is "hardly a family," Pope Francis said.