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NEW YORK (AP) -- Rising drug and alcohol overdoses, suicides, and disease from chronic alcoholism - labeled "deaths of despair" by one expert - are cutting the lives of white Americans short by nearly a half a year on average....
Vatican City, Jun 3, 2016 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Thirteen-year-old Veronica Cantero Burroni fulfilled a dream on Wednesday, when she got to see Pope Francis, who offered her a warm embrace at the end of his general audience.Veronica, who turns 14 this month, lives in the Argentine city of Campana and gets around in a wheel chair due to a neurological disease. However, this has not stopped her from becoming a writer and publishing five books.One of them is entitled “The Thief of Shadows.”  On May 30 in Naples, it was awarded the “2016 Elsa Morante Award for young people,” one of the most prestigious literary honors in Italy.Speaking to the Argentine daily La Nación, Veronica said she told the Pope “that I loved him a lot. And he told me that they had told him that I was very good at writing and asked me to pray for him. And through his embrace, I realized that he loved me a lot.”Niña argentina que escribe desde los 7 años, reg...
(Vatican Radio) There are a great many hymns written in honour of the Sacred Heart. These hymns make a strong appeal to the emotions. One reason perhaps why the devotion grew so fast was that it counteracted an overemphasis on rationalistic religion. Monsignor Philip Whitmore...Listen to a musical meditation presented by Monsignor Philip Whitmore and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick:
(Vatican Radio) A Vatican summit of legal experts from around the world opens on Friday to discuss ways of combatting human trafficking and organised crime. The two day meeting has been organised by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and is scheduled to include an audience with Pope Francis and the signing of a final declaration.Over a hundred judges, magistrates, prosecutors, and representatives of legal organizations from some 20 different countries are sharing best practices from their experience of working to fight trafficking, slave labour and the trade in human organs. In particular they are exploring how they can better incorporate humanitarian values into their legal systems, how to enhance judges’ appreciation of the needs of survivors and how money confiscated from the traffickers can be directed towards their victims.Among those addressing the opening session of the meeting is Ambassador Susan Coppedge, the new U.S. Ambassador at Large for Monitoring and Combating...
During the recent release of The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection and the National Review Board's 2015 Annual Report on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter was mistakenly named as an eparchy and as non-compliant. Bishop Steven J. Lopes was ordained the Ordinariate's first bishop in February 2016. The Ordinariate did not participate in the 2015 audit due to its new ecclesiastical structure in the United States. In collaboration with StoneBridge Business Partners, the Ordinariate will participate in a data collection for the 2016 audit, with a scheduled onsite visit for the 2017 audit. The information in the report was gathered between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. The report on the response of the Catholic Church in the United States to clergy sexual abuse includes an annual survey conducted by Georgetown University's Center for Ap...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump says the federal judge presiding over a lawsuit brought by former Trump University students has an "absolute conflict" in handling the case because he is "of Mexican heritage."...
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The Latest on incidents of migrant boats sinking in the Mediterranean Sea (all times local):...
PARIS (AP) -- The swollen Seine River kept rising Friday, spilling out across its banks and some streets in Paris as curators at the Louvre scrambled to protect a huge trove of art from the museum's priceless collection from the flooding....
Denver, Colo., Jun 3, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA).- By now, everyone's probably seen the ads on YouTube touting the “romantic comedy of the year.” A young, shapely woman in a red dress, and a handsome man – in a wheelchair?The short clips are brilliant, and the intrigue is palpable. Could it be? A mainstream, box-office hit that portrays a person with disabilities as a desirable partner?The answer is both a yes, and a horrifying no.While everyone can handle death as a tragic but compelling end of a good romance, it's a bit different when a character – despite being happy in love – chooses to kill himself.But this is the premise of “Me before You,” originally a best-selling book in the U.K. before it was made into a film with breakout stars Emelia Clarke and Sam Claflin.When a cautious small town girl takes a caretaker job for a moody business mogul paralyzed in a recent accident, their unlikely relationship becomes a friendship that eventu...
(Vatican Radio) Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Germany to protest against the German Parliament's decision to declare the massacre of Armenians during World War I a "genocide". The vote heightens German-Turkish tensions amid an ongoing refugee crisis.   Listen to Stefan Bos' report: "An example of ignorance and disrespect". That was how Turkey described the decision by German legislators to overwhelmingly adopt a resolution Thursday declaring the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 a genocide.Armenians say up to 1.5 million of their mainly Christian people died in the atrocities of 1915. Turkey says the toll was much lower and rejects the term "genocide".Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said the resolution would seriously affect relations with Germany, and that the government would consider further measures in response to the vote. "I have recently consulted the prime minister and we have agreed on...
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