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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seawater - increasingly acidic due to global warming - is eating away the limestone framework for the coral reef of the upper Florida Keys, according to a new study. It's something that scientists had expected, but not so soon....
By Paul HaringVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francisreceives countless gifts, but most do not require anything in return. However,at his audience with members of the military April 30, the pope received asmall gift with a tradition -- and obligation -- attached. Auxiliary Bishop F. Richard Spencerof the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services gave the pope a militarychallenge coin with a prayer from St. Francis of Assisi stamped on it.Bishop Spencer, who ministers toU.S. service members in Europe and Asia, explained to the pope -- and then toCatholic News Service -- the tradition of military challenge coins. "Along-standing military tradition is for leaders to 'coin' a person as anoutward sign of appreciation and admiration for their actions and service,"the bishop said.Military challenge coins come with acatch. "The next time the two of you meet after being 'coined,' the personreceiving the coin must show the coin from the original presenter. If they donot have the coin with them, t...
By Junno Arocho EstevesVATICANCITY (CNS) -- Christians distracted from the path set out by Jesus can turninto decrepit "spiritual mummies," Pope Francis said at his morning Mass. Spiritualmummies stray from the path of Christian life by choosing to stand still "not doing evil,but not doing good" either, the pope said May 3 in his homily during Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae."AChristian who doesn'twalk, who doesn't move on the path, is a'non-Christian' Christian. No one knows what he is. He is a bit of a'paganized' Christian; he's there, he's still, but he doesn't go forward inChristian life. The Beatitudes do not flourish in his life; he does not do theworks of mercy; he is still," the pope said. Theday's Gospel reading wasJesus' discourse during the Last Supper in which he tells his disciples that heis "the way, the truth and the life.""Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me willdo the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am goingto the Fath...
Vatican City, May 3, 2016 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his May prayer video Pope Francis issued a global petition that women in all countries would be respected and valued, asking rhetorically if the mere recognition of their role is enough, or if more can be done.“The contribution of women in all areas of human activity is undeniable, beginning with the family. But only to recognize it – is that enough?” the Pope asked in the video, published May 3.“We have done little for women who are in very difficult situations: despised, marginalized, and even reduced to slavery,” he said, stressing that “we must condemn sexual violence against women and remove the barriers that prevent their full integration into social, political and economic life.”The Pope speaks in Spanish as images of women working in various fields, including science, teaching, and medicine flash across the screen. However, women in desperate, marginalized circumstances also a...
(Vatican Radio) May 3rd each year marks World Press Freedom Day (WPFD), highlighting the need for the international right for freedom of expression in the media and the right to knowledge. Recent reports show that there has been a distressing decline in press freedom globally.This year there is a particular focus on the freedom of information as a human right, protection from censorship and surveillance overreach, as well as insuring safety for journalism both on and offline.Andy Smith, a member of the Executive Committee of the National Union of Journalists in UK and Ireland, spoke to Georgia Gogarty, about the significance of World Press Freedom Day and the main issues that journalists are currently facing.Listen: Smith spoke about how WPFD is an “opportunity to mark the importance of the freedom of the press” once a year, 25 years after the Windhoek declaration in Africa. However the situation for free media is worsening, he said.So far this year the International F...
(Vatican Radio) The future of the Church in Europe, especially in light of the migration crisis, was at the top of the agenda as leaders of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences, or CCEE, met with Pope Francis in the Vatican this week. Following that audience, CCEE President, Cardinal Peter Erdo from Hungary, along with the two vice presidents, Italian Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco and Albanian Archbishop Angelo Massafra, gave a press conference on Tuesday to share some of the Pope’s concerns.Listen to Philippa Hitchen's report:  Cardinal Erdo told journalists the Pope had strong words of encouragement for all members of the CCEE as they seek to rediscover and reinforce the Christian roots at the heart of European society. Cardinal Bagnasco stressed the need to form consciences and build a “culture of relationships”, opposing those “economic forces” that seek to manipulate people and promote instead a culture of consumerism and indivi...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Donald Trump took a major step toward sewing up the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a victory in Indiana's primary election, dashing the hopes of rival Ted Cruz and other GOP forces who fear the brash businessman will doom their party in the general election....
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump wins the Republican presidential primary in Indiana, continuing his surge toward clinching the GOP nomination over rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich....
WEST PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) -- Traffic stopped for miles as black hearses left a church and snaked past mobile homes, weathered shops and green fields, leading a procession of mourners in more than 150 vehicles....
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Navy SEAL killed in Iraq has been identified as Charlie Keating IV, the grandson of the late Arizona financier involved in savings and loan scandal....
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