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BEIJING (AP) -- A powerful tornado and hailstorm struck the outskirts of an eastern Chinese city on Thursday, killing at least 78 people and destroying buildings, smashing trees and flipping vehicles on their roofs....
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Remember the Jetsons' robot maid, Rosie? Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers think her future real-life incarnations can learn a thing or two from Steve Carell and other sitcom stars....
By Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he would travel toArmenia June 24-26 topromote closer bonds with the Armenian Orthodox church, honor the Armenianpeople's steadfast faith in the face of tragedy and support them in theirefforts to build a peaceful future.In a video message transmitted June 22 on Armenian television,the pope said he admires the Armenian people but also shares their pain overthe difficult moments of the country's history and its people.In more than 1,700 years as an officially Christian nation,he said, "you have found in the cross of Christ and in your genius thestrength always to rise again even from the sufferings that were among the mostterrible that history recalls." The remarks were an obvious reference towhat is widely known as the Armenian Genocide when 1.5 million Armenians were killedby Ottoman Turks in 1915-18.However, he said, "we must not allow painful memoriesto take possession of our hearts. Even in the face of repeated assaults ofe...
IMAGE: CNS photo/Graham Lacdao, Chapter of St Paul'sBy Dale GavlakLONDON (CNS)-- As Europe held its breath on whether Britain would vote to remain or exitthe European Union, the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, reported that numbersfleeing war and persecution have soared four times over the past decade, to 24 peopleper minute or more than 65 million people forcibly displaced worldwide.Concernsover immigration might tip the so-called Brexit vote, but a June 19 liturgy broughthome the precarious plight of the displaced and how Christians respond to it.Astark, weather-beaten cross stood at the center of the ornate 17th-century baroqueSt. Paul's Anglican Cathedral in the English capital. It was carved by Italiancarpenter Francesco Tuccio from pieces of a boat wrecked Oct. 11, 2013, off thecoast of Lampedusa, Italy. More than 300 Eritrean and Somali refugees drownedwhile attempting to reach Europe that day, but the inhabitants of Lampedusahelped to save the lives of 155 others. Aftermeeting s...
(Vatican Radio) The Director of the Vatican Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, said the Holy See has no direct information on the declarations attributed to the auxiliary bishop of Shanghai. Father Lombardi  was responding to requests for information from various journalists following remarks attributed to Bishop Taddeo Ma Daqin where, writing in his blog, he praised the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association for its “irreplaceable role” in the development of the Church in China. Bishop Ma Daqin has spent four years under house arrest for quitting the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association and the Chinese authorities also forbade him from exercising his episcopal ministry.  Please see below a translation into English of Father Lombardi’s remarks:In response to requests for information from various journalists, I am able to say the following:1) With regard to the recent declarations attributed to Msgr. Taddeo Ma Daqin, auxiliarybishop of Shangh...
The disabled children, abandoned by their parents and the orphans welcomed at the Don Bosco Institute of Da Ming, on June 19 celebrated Father’s Day, celebrating the priests who take care of them and consider them their fathers.  Father's Day is celebrated in China every third Sunday of June.The priests of the diocesan seminary community of the Sacred Heart give spiritual assistance to the nuns who run the Institute and host the children. The children wanted to celebrate the priests on Father's Day and sent flowers made with their hands to other priests who were not present, who in turn take care of them.The Don Bosco Institute in Da Ming was born in 1984 when Sister Wu Yong Bo, of the Congregation of the Mother of God, at the time eighty, welcomed a disabled baby girl who was left in front of the church door. From that moment the elderly nun decided to take care of these children.  In October 1994, the Don Bosco Institute was officially opened in a buildin...
(Vatican Radio) A commentator for the “Catholic Voices” association in the UK said it’s not just Britons but Catholic too who are split down the middle on the Brexit issue. James Newman, a newly-qualified doctor based in London and part of the Catholic Voices team was speaking to Susy Hodges. His comments came on the eve of Britain’s historic referendum to decide whether the nation leaves or remains in the European Union. Opinion polls in the immediate run-up to the vote had suggested that the ‘Remain’ and ‘Leave’ camps were running neck and neck, with the result too close to call.Listen to the interview with James Newman of the "Catholic Voices" association:   Asked whether it will be easy to heal the divisions that the referendum campaign laid bare in British society, Newman says he hopes that happen as he believes “reconciliation” will be needed because “there will be a large number of British vote...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Democrats have ended their 25½-hour sit-in on the chamber's floor that they've been staging to demand votes on gun control....
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi commanders are preparing to dislodge Islamic State group fighters from pockets of territory in Fallujah's northern and western neighborhoods where the militants have dug in after largely fleeing their positions in the city center last week....
BALTIMORE (AP) -- A judge explained why he found a police driver not guilty in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man whose neck was broken on the way to the station: He didn't see any evidence of a crime....
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