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IMAGE: CNS photo/courtesy CBC News via By ST. PAUL, Alberta (CNS) -- Asfirefighters fought to save Fort McMurray from a wildfire that threatened todestroy the northern Alberta city, a bishop gave thanks that there had been noloss of life.St. Paul Bishop Paul Terrio,whose diocese includes Fort McMurray, also said in a May 4 statement that thecity's St. Paul Church is rumored to have been destroyed in the blaze thatforced the evacuation of the city's entire population the previous day. Therewere no reports of deaths or serious injuries.Bishop Terrio said that with thecommunity still in shock from the damage in Fort McMurray, "Let us give thanksto our Lord and God that, with some 60,000-70,000 people evacuated from thecommunity in a matter of hours, there has been no loss of life.""Really, this in itselfconstitutes a major achievement," the bishop said. "I want to thank and commendall the security and firefighting services, the public authorities butespecially the good people of Fort M...
IMAGE: CNS/L'Osservatore Romano via ReutersBy Junno Arocho EstevesVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A new Vatican magazine will give attention to women'svoices, something that often has been missing in the church despite women's importantrole in announcing the Gospel, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin. "If we do not listen attentively to the voice of womenin the great decisive moments in the life of the church, we would lose"the crucial contribution of the feminine genius in the church, CardinalParolin, Vatican secretaryof state, said at an event May 3 launching the magazine format."Women-Church-World," whichbegan as a monthly insert in the Vatican newspaper, will now feature two newsections: one "focusing on art with women'ssensitivity and power of expression," and the other on the Bible,according to L'Osservatore Romano's website."The renovation comes in response to many women's needto share, reflect and make their voices heard," the newspaper said. The newformat and new sections were introduced ...
Aden, Yemen, May 4, 2016 / 10:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two months after being kidnapped in Yemen, Salesian priest Tom Uzhunnalil remains missing, although a bishop involved in his case remains hopeful about his timely release.“The last words, which are quite reassuring, I received indirectly about ten days ago. I was told that Father Tom is alive, and that his return to freedom could be imminent,” said Bishop Paul Hinder OFM Cap, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.“But since then nothing has happened. We hope and pray for him,” the bishop told Fides New Agency.Fr. Uzhunnalil, an Indian national, was abducted in April, when four gunmen attacked a Missionaries of Charity-run retirement home in Aden, Yemen, killing 16 people, including four Missionary of Charity sisters. The attacks are thought to have been perpetrated by Islamist terrorists, though no group has claimed responsibility for the incident. Both the Islamic State and al-Qaeda have a presence in the ar...
Wednesday afternoon on the outskirts of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa joined the Congolese people in saying farewell to one of her beloved musicians, the legendary King of Congolese Rumba, Papa Wemba.The Archbishop of Kinshasa, Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo led the country in mourning Papa Wemba during a funeral Mass. According to Congolese media, the Cardinal hailed Papa Wemba as a brave musician and a very religious person.“For three days, as one nation, the Congolese population, Africa, and the world have mourned the father of Congolese Rumba," Cardinal Monsengwo is reported to have said in French.  The Bishop of Tshumbe Diocese and President of the Episcopal Conférence Nationale du Congo, Nicolas Djomo Lola described Papa Wemba as “a worthy son of Congo and citizen of the world.”Reports from media in Congo say family members, six Bishops over Catholic fifty priests, senior government officials and diplomats converged at t...
As South Africa marked World Press Freedom Day Wednesday, the country’s communications minister, Faith Muthambi assured South Africans that media freedom in South Africa is not declining. She expressed her government’s commitment to guranteeing a free press and the safety of journalists.“As we mark International Press Freedom Day, we want to proudly inform the world that in our country, we are enjoying a complete free press, where journalists report without fear or favour. There is no journalist who is in jail for doing his or her work and as government, we want to reiterate that we will continue to defend and promote media freedom,” she said.World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference.Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day.It is an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental princ...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's last Republican foe, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, ended his quixotic presidential campaign Wednesday, cementing Trump's remarkable triumph as his party's presumptive nominee and launching him toward a likely fall battle with Hillary Clinton. Some reluctant Republicans began to rally around Trump, but others agonized over their party's future....
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can't be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding....
FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- Sipping filtered city water to show it's again drinkable, President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to ride herd on leaders at all levels of government until every drop of water flowing into homes in Flint, Michigan, is safe to use....
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Sporadic violence persisted in Aleppo on Wednesday as U.S. officials announced an agreement had been reached with Russia to extend Syria's fragile cease-fire to the deeply contested northern city. The Syrian military said the truce would last only 48 hours....
SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) -- On the far side of a desert hilltop in the shadow of the Shiprock Pinnacle, a towering monolith sacred to the Navajo Nation, the stranger ignored the cries of an 11-year-old girl....
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