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IMAGE: CNS photo/Andrew Medichini, poolBy Carol GlatzVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Meeting with Iranian PresidentHassan Rouhani at the Vatican, Pope Francis told him he had high hopes forpeace.And while Pope Francis usually asks those he meets fortheir prayers, the Shiite cleric pre-empted the pope's request and said, "Iask you to pray for me."President Rouhani, who was in Europe to build politicaland economic ties after Iran's historic nuclear agreement, met with the popeJan. 26 for 40 minutes of private talks with the aid of translators. Thepresident then had a separate meeting with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vaticansecretary of state.The recent international agreement limiting Iran'snuclear program was discussed as well as "the important role Iran iscalled to play with other nations in the region in promoting adequate politicalsolutions to the problems that afflict the Middle East, opposing the spread ofterrorism and arms trafficking," the Vatican said in a written communique.When he conv...
By Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Lent is a time of conversion and atime to deepen one's faith, demonstrating and sharing it through the corporaland spiritual works of mercy, Pope Francis said."Faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meantto help our neighbors in body and spirit," the pope said in his messagefor Lent, which begins Feb. 10 for Latin-rite Catholics.Feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, welcoming strangers,offering instruction, giving comfort -- "on such things will we bejudged," the pope wrote in the message, which was released at the VaticanJan. 26.Particularly during the Year of Mercy, he said, Catholicsare called to recognize their own need for God's mercy, the greatness of God's loveseen in the death and resurrection of Christ and the obligation to assistothers by communicating God's love and mercy through words and deeds."The root of all sin" is thinking that one is god,something often expressed in a total preoccupation for accumulating money and...
Vatican City, Jan 26, 2016 / 09:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday Pope Francis met with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani for the first time, an encounter that focused heavily on human rights, religious freedom, and an end to the spread of terrorism.Originally scheduled to take place in November, Rouhani’s visit was canceled at the last minute due to the Nov. 13, 2015, attacks in Paris. It also follows the lifting of international sanctions against the country after a long-anticipated nuclear agreement was reached in July. The Jan. 26 meeting between Francis the Iranian president took place in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, and lasted 40 minutes.Rouhani was accompanied by a delegation of 12 persons, all of whom were men save an Iranian woman who served as one of two interpreters assisting during the encounter. Rouhani spoke in Farsi, while Pope Francis spoke in Italian.A Vatican communique described the meeting between Francis and Rouhani as cordial, and centered l...
(Vatican Radio) In this Year of Mercy the local Church is continuing to promote initiatives to highlight this Extraordinary event in the life of the Church. Nowhere is that more evident than in the diocese of Salford in the UK.It has decided to have four Holy Doors and is placing much importance on the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.The Bishop of Salford, John Arnold  said that one of the ideas that they have had is a “Mercy bus”, which he explained, “is a bus which will go to the centre of some of the towns in the diocese and take the Church to the people.”Listen to Lydia O’Kane’s interview with the Bishop of Salford, John Arnold  Traditionally the Holy Year has been based in Rome, but Bishop Arnold  said, that the Pope’s call for the year to be celebrated also by the local Church throughout the world, is a wonderful idea.“Although it’s a wonderful idea to have a pilgrimage to Rome, quite frankly a ...
 WASHINGTON-Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on everyone "concerned about the tragedy of abortion" to recommit to a "vision of life and love, a vision that excludes no one" on January 14. His statement marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Cardinal Dolan chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops."Most Americans oppose a policy allowing legal abortion for virtually any reason - though many still do not realize that this is what the Supreme Court gave us," wrote Cardinal Dolan. "Most want to protect unborn children at later stages of pregnancy, to regulate or limit the practice of abortion, and to stop the use of taxpayer dollars for the destruction of unborn children. Yet many who support important goals of the pro-life movement do not identify as 'pro-life,' a fact which should lead us to examine how we present our pro-life vision to others.""Even as Americans rema...
Paul was no slouch in the oration department. His words are like a battle cry! Or at least a scripture reference you'd put at the bottom of your email signature..
Washington D.C., Jan 26, 2016 / 01:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court of the United States on Monday declined to hear a case that overturned North Dakota’s limits on abortion to before a fetal heartbeat can be detected.A state pro-life group expressed its disapproval.“It is disappointing that the United States Supreme Court has once again failed to recognize the human rights of unborn children,” North Dakota Right to Life stated Jan. 25 in response to the Court’s refusal.The refusal left in place July’s ruling by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld a district court decision striking down the abortion law.In 2013, the state’s legislature had passed a general ban on abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, around six weeks of gestation. Under the law, a physician would have to determine there is no fetal heartbeat before performing an abortion.A district court ruled the law unconstitutional and the Eighth Circuit Cour...
 WASHINGTON-Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on everyone "concerned about the tragedy of abortion" to recommit to a "vision of life and love, a vision that excludes no one" on January 14. His statement marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Cardinal Dolan chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops."Most Americans oppose a policy allowing legal abortion for virtually any reason - though many still do not realize that this is what the Supreme Court gave us," wrote Cardinal Dolan. "Most want to protect unborn children at later stages of pregnancy, to regulate or limit the practice of abortion, and to stop the use of taxpayer dollars for the destruction of unborn children. Yet many who support important goals of the pro-life movement do not identify as 'pro-life,' a fact which should lead us to examine how we present our pro-life vision to others.""Even as Americans rema...
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) -- Republican Donald Trump on Tuesday bowed out of the final Republican presidential debate before the leadoff Iowa caucuses, saying Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly is "a lightweight."...
David Daleiden became an anti-abortion activist back in high school in Davis, California, learning tactics from his elders and helping mobilize his peers. In college, he co-wrote an article with a professor depicting self-doubt among some abortion providers....
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