Catholic NGO’s Gather for Summit on Climate Change

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By Rocio Lancho Garcia “People and Planet First: the Imperative to Change Course” is the theme chosen for the Conference being held this Thursday and Friday at the Augustinianum in Rome, organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and CIDSE, an international network of 17 Catholic NGO’s for development based primarily in Eu… […]

Pope Francis: Deceased Armenian Patriarch of Cilicia Was Deeply Rooted In Christ

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By Junno Arocho Esteves In a message sent to Bishop Gregoire Ghabroyan, administrator of the Patriarchate of Cilicia of the Armenians, Pope Francis mourned the death of Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, saying that he was “deeply rooted on the Rock that is Christ.” The funeral for the deceased Patriarch was celebrated at the Cathed… […]

Thousands of Christians Flee Syrian City of Hassakè

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By Staff Reporter Thousands of Christians in the Syrian city of Hassakè are fleeing their homes following attacks by the so-called Islamic State on June 25th. According to Fides, nearly 120,000 people have left. Four thousand Christian families were among the first to leave, taking refuge in the nearby city of Qamishli. Among … Read […]

Sea Sunday Message

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By Staff Reporter Here is the message published by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care for Migrants and Itinerant People for “Sea Sunday”, which will be celebrated on July 12, 2015. * * * To transport goods and products around the world, the global economy deeply rely on the maritime industry supported by a […]

Pope in Latin America: Placing Peripheries at the Center

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By Salvatore Cernuzio From the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean, to the Amazon and the Rio de le Plata, going in a few hours from 4,000 meters of altitude down to sea level , and including a wide gamut of languages (Quechua, Aymara, Guarani) and ethnic groups (Indians and Mestizos) — all in just under […]

Why choose celibacy? A gay Catholic speaks out

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Rome, Italy, Jul 1, 2015 / 04:03 am (CNA).- More than 10 years ago, Joseph Prever found himself scouring the internet for anything that might help him: he was gay, Catholic, and confused. Resources were scarce for a man struggling with homosexuality and trying to remain faithful to the Church’s teaching. In the intervening years, […]

Message for Sea Sunday: Church appreciates seafarers

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(Vatican Radio) The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care for Migrants and Itinerant People has issued its Message for Sea Sunday, which is on July 12, 2015. The Message said the Catholic Church would like to express her appreciation to seafarers in general for their fundamental contribution to the international trade. It also made special […]

Holy See: Causes of terrorism must be addressed

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(Vatican Radio) The United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday held a special panel on the effects of terrorism on the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, told the panel the international community has […]

Cardinal Turkson on Laudato si’ and children

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(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Peter Turkson, the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, on Tuesday addressed UNICEF House at the United Nations in New York. He spoke about the new Encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato si’, and how it relates to children. The full text of Cardinal Turkson’s remarks are blow Remarks on […]

Meet Father Salvatore, the young priest whose life moved the Pope

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Trani, Italy, Jul 1, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The life of Father Salvatore Mellone, who died on Monday, was moving to thousands of people. He was to have at least two more years of seminary when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, but by special permission and the blessing of Pope Francis, he […]