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Vatican City, Apr 15, 2016 / 01:51 pm (CNA).- *Updated April 16, 2016 at 8 am EST with information on Bernie Sanders' meeting with Pope Francis Saturday morning.Attending an event hosted by a Vatican academy, U.S. presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (D-Vt.) provided a long reflection on Catholic social teaching, as he saw it.Sanders spoke Friday at a conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s “Centesimus Annus.” The senator commented:“With the fall of Communism, Pope John Paul II gave a clarion call for human freedom in its truest sense: freedom that defends the dignity of every person and that is always oriented towards the common good.”The April 15-16 conference was sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, which fosters dialogue between scientists, politicians and various experts.At the start of the gathering, Archbishop Sanchez Sorondo, the academy’s chancellor, read a lett...
(Vatican Radio) A senior official of Caritas Internationalis said the Pope’s 6-hour visit to the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday brought to the fore the urgency of tackling the refugee crisis which is a huge moral issue for both the European Union and the world.  Patrick Nicholson, Head of Communications at Caritas Internationalis, said the papal trip and its message also underlined that we can no longer treat people like commodities to be traded between countries. Nicholson who was in Lesbos during the Pope’s visit spoke to Susy Hodges.Listen to the interview with Patrick Nicholson of Caritas Internationalis:  “Shames us all”Nicholson said the papal trip shone the spotlight on the refugee crisis and underlined that the international community really needs to address this issue.  He said Pope Francis’ trip to Lesbos shone the spotlight on some of the more troubling aspects of the recent deal between the EU and Turkey that calls for ...
(Vatican Radio) Vatican Weekend for April 16, 2016 offers a special focus on the visit of Pope Francis to Lesbos on Saturday. This is followed by a report on his weekly general audience with pilgrims from across the world and a feature centred around  Pius XII and Shakespeare.A programme presented and produced by Veroncia Scarisbrick:  
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis returned to Rome on Saturday with 12 Syrian refugees whom he took back with him on the plane at the end of his 6-hour visit to Lesbos. Upon arrival, he made his customary visit to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, praying for a short while before the Marian icon Salus populi Romani.The Greek island of Lesbos is on the frontline in receiving hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants fleeing conflict and poverty and during his visit the Pope implored Europe to treat refugees with dignity.The Pope was accompanied on his trip to Lesbos by the Orthodox leader, the Ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew and the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Athens and all Greece, Ieronymos II. During their visit, the three spiritual leaders signed a joint declaration calling on the international community to make the protection of human lives a priority and to extend temporary asylum to those in need. Earlier they toured the Moria refugee camp where many ...
In John 6, there is a lot of murmuring going on. The disciples murmured among themselves (John 6:60), the Jewish people murmured at Jesus (John 6:41). He told them...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Donald Trump rained fresh criticism on the Republican Party's nomination process Friday, describing the system as "rigged" and warning that millions of disenfranchised Republicans would sit out the general election if he's denied the nomination....
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- As cities across the country honored Jackie Robinson's pioneering baseball career, one also apologized for its racist treatment of Major League Baseball's first black player nearly 70 years ago....
Madrid, Spain, Apr 15, 2016 / 07:44 pm (CNA).- Kiko Argüello, the founder and global head of the Neocatechumenal Way, expressed his support for Pope Francis for his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, with a short analysis of its contents.Amoris Laetitia is the result of the Holy Father's reflections after the Synod of Bishops on the Family, which took place at the Vatican in 2014 and 2015. The exhortation is composed of 9 chapters and has 325 numbered paragraphs. The following is the statement on Amoris Laetitia by the Neocatechmenal Way's international team, composed of Kiko Argüello, Carmen Hernández and Father Mario Pezzi:“-The Holy Father's concern to reach out to the thousands and thousands of Christians, who beset by their social and familial environment have suffered the trauma of a new marriage, is noted.-The Holy Father wants them to not feel like they are excommunicated, he regrets this suffering and wants them to feel loved and prays...
MASHIKI, Japan (AP) -- Two powerful earthquakes a day apart shook southwestern Japan, killing at least 29 people and injuring 1,500, as thousands of army troops and other rescuers on Saturday rushed to save scores of trapped residents before the weather turns bad....
MASHIKI, Japan (AP) -- The Latest on earthquakes in Japan (all times local):...
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