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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. lambastes and strong-arms countries that help drug lords and millionaire investors hide their money from tax collectors. Critics say it should look closer to home....
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Country giant Merle Haggard, who rose from poverty and prison to international fame through his songs about outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride in such hits as "Okie From Muskogee" and "Sing Me Back Home," died Wednesday at 79, on his birthday....
Vatican City, Apr 6, 2016 / 11:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When Lizzy Myers was diagnosed with a condition that could result in complete blindness, her parents, Steve and Christine, went to work on a “visual bucket list” for their daughter.Today, Lizzy got to check something off: meeting Pope Francis.The five-year-old, along with her parents and three-year-old sister Michaela, had special seats for the general audience with the Pope on Wednesday, where she was able to meet him in person. She gave him a gift – a piece of meteorite from an observatory she had recently visited – and he gave her a hug and blessed her eyes.“I felt an overwhelming sense of peace” when they met, Christine Myers said at a press conference following the meeting. “Since the beginning of all of this, this is the first time I have felt peace.”As for Lizzy, “She was awestruck. She just stared at him, she had totally big eyes,” Christine said.Lizzy attends a...
Vatican City, Apr 6, 2016 / 11:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- God’s mercy is for everyone, and Jesus Christ is proof, Pope Francis said on Wednesday.“In every moment of his earthly life, Jesus made mercy visible: meeting the crowds, announcing the Gospel, healing the sick, drawing close to the forgotten, pardoning sinners. He showed a love open to all, a love which was fulfilled on the cross,” the Pope said April 6.The Pope spoke in St. Peter’s Square to a crowd gathered for his General Audience. His ongoing catechetical reflections on mercy have begun to focus on how Christ fulfills the promise of God’s mercy.“From the cross, Jesus shows us that no one is excluded from God’s merciful love: ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.' We should, therefore, never fear to acknowledge and confess our sins, for the Sacrament of Reconciliation offers us the forgiveness which flows from the cross and which renews us in his grace.&rdq...
(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Pietro Parolin paid a visit Wednesday to the Paul VI International Scientific Institute for Research on Human Fertility and Infertility (ISI-Paul VI) to inaugurate a new laboratory for the study of human fertility and responsible procreation. The Cardinal Secretary of State also took the time to observe an ultrasound machine donated by Pope Francis to the Institute.The ISI-Paul VI was created in response to the desire of Pope Saint John Paul II for a scientific institute dedicated to research in the field of procreation. It provides a “concrete response” to Paul VI’s call, in Humanae vitae (quoting Gaudium et spes) , for men of science “to elucidate more thoroughly the conditions favourable to a proper regulation of births.” Cardinal Parolin noted that Benedict XVI also praised the Institute as “an eloquent example of that synthesis of truth and love which constitutes the vital centre of Catholic culture.”Finally, ...
(Vatican Radio)  A high ranking leader of Ukraine’s Greek Catholic Church has praised Pope Francis’s appeal to raise funds to aid the people of Ukraine who have suffered two years of ongoing conflict.  Speaking to Vatican Radio, Bishop Borys Gudziak of Paris, head of External Relations for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, said the collection which will be taken up in churches across Europe on Sunday 24 April, “has great material significance, but even more moral significance.” He said the Pope’s decision to appeal for help and for peace in Ukraine is a natural extension of the current Jubilee Year of Mercy and comes on the eve of publication of the papal exhortation wrapping up the Synod on the Family.The tragic affects of ongoing warIn the interview, Bishop Gudziak says, “officially, ten thousand people have been killed” since the conflict erupted between government forces and pro-Russian separatists two years ago. &ldq...
(Vatican Radio) Representatives of the many different Christian communities here in Rome gathered at the Methodist Church at Ponte Sant’Angelo on Wednesday for the dedication of a new Methodist Ecumenical Office. The initiative is aimed at promoting greater understanding of the worldwide communion through education programmes and the welcome it can offer from its location just across the Tiber from St Peter’s Basilica.Leaders of the World Methodist Council have gathered for the dedication and are scheduled to meet with Pope Francis on Thursday. Among them is Irish lay leader Gillian Kingston, vice-president of the World Methodist Council.She talked to Philippa Hitchen about the importance of ecumenical relations at international level, as well as the challenges facing the Methodist Church in Ireland..Listen:  Gillian speaks about ecumenical relations that work on a number of levels and she uses the image of the milking stool - where each of the three legs must fun...
At Wednesday’s general audience, Pope Francis met and blessed the eyes of Lizzy Myers, a five year old girl from Ohio suffering from Usher Syndrome Type II, a rare condition causing the gradual loss of vision and hearing.When Lizzy was first diagnosed, her parents, Steve and Christine Myers, decided to make a “visual bucket list” to help Lizzy see as much of the world as she could before she starts to lose her sight. One of their first visits was to an observatory, where Lizzy could see the moon, stars, and meteors. Once the media picked up this story, Turkish Airlines offered to cover the cost of a trip to anywhere in the world. When they decided on Rome, the Italian charity U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I. invited them to the Vatican for this once in a lifetime opportunity. “I never expected this in a million years when we first started the journey,” Steve Myers said.Upon meeting the Holy Father, Lizzy handed him a small meteorite. He thanked Lizzy, told her p...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with a delegation from the Diocese of Gubbio during his General Audience on Wednesday, to support the annual March for Peace against Hunger taking place on 3 September along the Path of Saint Francis, which goes from Assisi to Gubbio.It is the 30th anniversary of the "Città del Ben...essere!!!" [City of Wellbeing] project, which this year is supporting the 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.The delegation gave Pope Francis a large ceramic torch bearing the image of the Miracle of Saint Francis Taming the Wolf of Gubbio, by the artist Giampietro Rampini.The annual March for Peace Against Hunger is held to give attention to ethical aspects relating to food and hunger, as well as funding scientific research for hunger-related diseases and conditions.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Republican Donald Trump declared it's "great to be home" at a massive rally in the New York City suburbs Wednesday, shrugging off a defeat in Wisconsin a day earlier and instead, predicting victory in his delegate-rich home state....
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