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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Long before he was president of the United States or even governor of California, Ronald Reagan had an army of star-struck movie fans who wrote him letters - and who to their surprise often got a personal reply....
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors reached a milestone that only Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls have achieved in the history of the NBA....
IMAGE: CNS/Paul HaringBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The same mercy and patience that areessential for building a strong family must be shown to those whose familiesare in trouble or have broken up, Pope Francis said in his highly anticipatedpostsynodal apostolic exhortation.The document, "'Amoris Laetitia' (The Joy of Love), on Lovein the Family," released April 8, contains no new rules or norms. However,it encourages careful review of everything related to family ministry and,particularly, much greater attention to the language and attitude used whenexplaining church teaching and ministering to those who do not fully live thatteaching."No family drops down from heaven perfectly formed;families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love," PopeFrancis wrote. People grow in holiness, and the church must be there to givethem a helping hand rather than turn them away because they have not attainedsome degree of perfection.The exhortation was Pope Francis' reflecti...
Vatican City, Apr 8, 2016 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ latest writings on the family include a strong affirmation of the need to welcome children even in difficult circumstances.He praises large families and adopted families, rejects abortion as “horrendous,” reflects on the errors of “gender ideology,” and advises pastoral care for people with same-sex attraction.“Each child has a place in God’s heart from all eternity; once he or she is conceived, the Creator’s eternal dream comes true,” he said in his post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia.“Let us pause to think of the great value of that embryo from the moment of conception. We need to see it with the eyes of God, who always looks beyond mere appearances,” he added.The Pope’s exhortation, released April 8, reflected on the conclusions of the 2015 Synod of Bishops, which examined the role of the family in the contemporary world.Pope Francis sa...
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Vatican City, Apr 8, 2016 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics who have divorced-and-remarried need the fullness of Church teaching. They also need a wise pastoral and community response to their difficulties that can help them grow in the Christian life, Pope Francis said on Friday in his new document on love in the family.“The Church’s pastors, in proposing to the faithful the full ideal of the Gospel and the Church’s teaching, must also help them to treat the weak with compassion, avoiding aggravation or unduly harsh or hasty judgements,” the Pope said in Amoris Laetitia.Pope Francis’ highly anticipated post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the gifts and challenges of family life was published April 8.Titled Amoris Laetitia, or The Joy of Love, the document was presented to journalists in Italian, French, English, German, Spanish and Portuguese. Signed March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph, the release of the document was delayed in order to allow time...
(Vatican Radio)  European Church leaders have called for greater integration of the EU’s 10-12 million  Roma, saying “their inclusion is a necessary indication of our commitment for a shared European identity and the free movement of people, commerce and ideas.”A joint statement issued 8 April by the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and the multidenominational Conference of European Churches (CEC) to mark International Roma Day describes the gypsy or traveler community as “among the most deprived and marginalized people of the continent.”Daily discrimination, persecution of 600 year old community continueThough the Roma have been present in Europe for more than 600 years, the statement says it is “a disgrace to all European countries” that they face “daily discrimination” and “even persecution.”  It also charges that Roma are “often denied access to basic schooling, housing ...
(Vatican Radio) The Pontifical Council Cor Unum has released a press statement concerning the collection for Ukraine announced by Pope Francis:"During the Regina Coeli of Sunday, 3 April, the Holy Father announced an extraordinary initiative in favor of those who are suffering the consequences of violence in Ukraine. To this end it, a collection is expected to be taken in churches in Europe on Sunday, 24 April. The proceeds from the collection will be added to a significant amount of money made available by the Holy Father which will benefit both residents in the affected areas and internally displaced persons. The Pontifical Council Cor Unum is responsible for evaluating and approving the technical management of the funds, according to local projects reviewed by a special committee. By the end of April, a mission to Ukraine by Msgr. Giampietro Dal Toso, the Secretary of Cor Unum, is foreseen." 
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis sent a message offering his support for a conference at the United Nations in New York discussing modern slavery and human trafficking. The conference (on April 7th) was organized by the Santa Marta Group and in his message to the participants the Pope encouraged them to strengthen the bonds of cooperation and communication which are essential for ending the suffering of the victims of those who are trafficked. Please find below the Pope’s message sent to Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Holy See’s permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York:“I extend greetings to you and to all those gathered to discuss the grave issue of modern slavery and human trafficking, which continues to be a scourge throughout the world today. I am grateful to you and the members of the "Santa Marta Group" for your efforts in organizing this conference, and to the Member States and various governmental, civic and religious organiz...
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