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(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....
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Some Mississippians say a new law allowing religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to gay and transgender people is needed protection for Christians who adhere to traditional views of marriage and gender roles....
GENEVA (AP) -- Excessive weight, obesity, aging and population growth drove a nearly four-fold increase in worldwide cases of diabetes over the last quarter-century, affecting 422 million people in 2014, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday....
President Barack Obama scored a victory this week when Pfizer scrapped a $160 billion overseas deal that would have kept a chunk of the drugmaker's profits beyond the U.S. tax man's reach....
New Delhi, India, Apr 6, 2016 / 05:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After rampant rumors spread of the crucifixion of kidnapped priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil, an Indian government official told the nation's bishops on Saturday that the priest is alive and that they are working on ensuring his safe and quick return.Fr. Uzhunnalil, an Indian national, was abducted last month when four gunmen attacked a Missionaries of Charity-run retirement home in Aden, Yemen, killing 16 people, including four Missionary of Charity sisters. The attacks are thought to have been perpetrated by Islamist terrorists, though no group has claimed responsibility for the incident. Both the Islamic State and al-Qaeda have a presence in the area.During Holy Week, several blogs and media outlets reported that Fr. Tom was crucified by Islamic State militants on Good Friday. However, there has been no confirmation of the event by friends, family, or Fr. Uzhunnalil’s Salesian community, and the bishop of the local ...
Inability to foster long-lasting reconciliation has been described as a major challenge in the quest for political stability, sustenance of democracy and lasting peace on the continent of Africa. This assertion was made by Secretaries-General of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) in a communiqué issued at the end of their four-day meeting held recently, in Accra, Ghana.The African Secretaries-General, however, added that the Catholic Church has an indispensable role to play in the finding of solutions to the need to bring about healing and reconciliation on the African continent. The theme of the meeting was, “The Role of the Secretaries General of national and regional (episcopal) conferences in the process of Reconciliation, Good Governance, the Common Good and the Transitions to Democracy in Africa, in the light of the post- Synodal Apostolic Exhortations: Ecclesia in Africa and Africae Munus.”The communiqué, signed...
(Vatican Radio) “From Burma to Rome: A journey into the Catholic Church”, is the faith story of Benedict Rogers, the widely respected British human rights advocate.His new book reveals how his work over many years with the charity, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, brought him into contact with many Catholics around the world - but especially in Burma - who, whilst persecuted for their faith, refused to relinquish it.Inspired by their witness, he sought further insight into the faith and teaching of the Catholic Church, and, encouraged by friends such as Cardinal Bo of Rangoon, and Lord David Alton, discovered for himself that, “a faith worth dying for, might be a faith worth living for”.He talks here to Phil Andrews about those who have influenced him in his journey, and also his hopes for peace and democracy in his beloved Burma.  “From Burma to Rome: A Journey into the Catholic Church”, is published by Gracewing, and is available from Amaz...
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