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IMAGE: CNS photo/Tony Gentile, ReutersBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Catholic Church is not a fancymedical clinic for the rich, but a "field hospital" that -- oftenliterally -- provides the only medical care some people will ever receive, PopeFrancis said."Health is not a consumer good but a universal right,so access to health services cannot be a privilege," the pope said May 7during a meeting with members, volunteers and supporters of Doctors withAfrica, a medical mission begun by the Diocese of Padua, Italy, 65 yearsago.In many parts of the world, especially in Africa, the popesaid, basic health care "is denied -- denied!" -- to too many people."It is not a right for all, but rather still a privilege for a few, forthose who can afford it.""Access to health services, to treatment and topharmaceuticals is still a mirage," Pope Francis told the group, whichincludes dozens of young doctors who volunteer their services in Uganda,Tanzania, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Angola, South...
(Vatican Radio) Russian President Vladimir Putin says his nation wants to help build a new global security system and has indirectly criticized the NATO military alliance at a time of growing East-West tensions. Putin spoke during the annual elaborate Victory Day military parade in Red Square, marking 71th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, as regional correspondent Stefan Bos reports:Listen  Russian fighter jets decorating the skies over Moscow with smoke in the colors of the Russian flag were among a flyover by dozens of military aircraft from helicopters to long-range bombers.The event appeared intended to show Russians and the West that Russia's army is strong, despite economic difficulties and tensions with the West.   On the ground in Red Square the Victory Parade remembering the end of World War Two included an advanced tank and  Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Lunches as well as many marching troops.  President Vladimir Putin...
As Zambians prepare for general elections in August, the Bishop-Director of Caritas Zambia as well as Mongu Diocese Bishop, Evans Chinyemba has called upon authorities in the country to act decisively against political violence and hooliganism perpetrated by youths and party cadres. Bishop Chinyemba made the remarks recently in his Diocese while commenting on the message of Easter and the advent of Pentecost. The Bishop raised the spectre of serious violence during the country’s August general elections if nothing is done to rein-in on political cadres. He wondered why political cadres were being allowed to act with impunity in the country.For Bishop Chinyemba, political cadres especially those of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party now control bus stations, taxi ranks and markets in the cities. He has charged that even the Zambia Police apparently cannot control the cadres.“If we take a serious look at the recent happenings in the political life of the nation, we re...
The Catholic bishops of India have joined political parties, rights activists, women organizations  and ‎others in condemning the rape and brutal murder of a young Dalit law student in southern India’s Kerala ‎state.   The 30-year-old student by the name of Jisha was raped and murdered at her home in ‎Perumbavoor on April 28.  Her intestines were ripped out and she had 30 wounds on her ‎body, including two deep stab wounds on the chest. There has been no significant breakthrough, and ‎the state police are yet to make any arrest in the case.‎The Office for Women of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI), issued a statement ‎condemning the “barbarous and horrific act against a woman.”  It expressed its deep concern for the ‎‎“the life and dignity of women in the country.”  The statement said: “It appears ironical that a woman is ‎taunted, molested and abused at every wa...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent his prayers and assurance of closeness to all those affected by the fire raging in the northern Canadian region of Alberta.A letter sent by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on behalf of the Pope says “the Holy Father is saddened by the destruction and suffering caused by the fires raging in the Fort McMurray area”.Some 100,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in the area that has been devastated by a fire that has destroyed 1,600 buildings.The letter to local bishops said “the Pope is praying for all the displaced people - especially children - who have lost their homes”.An estimate of 20% of Fort McMurray homes have been burnt to the ground in the fire that started on May 1 and spread across 1,000 square kilometers. Schools in the provincial capital Edmonton are arranging for displaced families to send their children to local schools from Monday.On Sunday cooler temperatures and a li...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on North Carolina's LGBT law (all times local):...
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Christie's decision to endorse Donald Trump back in February brought him plenty of derision at the time. But it's bringing rewards now that it's clear he bet on the winner....
FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- With drab olive chairs and worn carpet, the conference room in the low-slung administrative building near the Genesee County wastewater treatment plant isn't fancy, but it showcases one of Jeff Wright's greatest treasures: Permit No. 2009-001....
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled that the extradition of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman can move ahead, Mexico's Judicial Council said Monday. But the country's Foreign Relations Department must still approve it and the defense can appeal....
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) -- A federal security officer charged with killing three people, including his estranged wife, in a shooting rampage in a Maryland suburb of the nation's capital was ordered held without bond on Monday....
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