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Vatican City, Apr 27, 2016 / 05:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis said that just because someone is an expert in God’s law and a strict adherent to the rules doesn’t necessarily mean they know how to love and serve others.“It’s not automatic that whoever frequents the House of God and knows his mercy knows how to love their neighbor. It’s not automatic,” the Pope said April 27.“You can know the bible, you can know all the liturgical norms, you can know theology, but ‘to know’ is not automatically ‘to love,’” he said, explaining that “to love has another path, with intelligence, but it has something more.”While knowledge and worship are good, they are false unless they are “translated into service of others,” Francis stressed.“Let us never forget: in front of the suffering of so many people exhausted by hunger, violence, injustice, we cannot remain spectators. To igno...
Beijing, China, Apr 27, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two members of a Chinese church demolition crew have been detained by police after they allegedly bulldozed the wife of a Christian pastor who had attempted to halt the destruction of her church.Bob Fu, president of the NGO China Aid, said that Christianity has become a “major target” in culture and is treated as “a political and security threat to the regime,” he told CNA April 25.“Bulldozing and burying alive Ding Cuimei, a peaceful and devout Christian woman, was a cruel, murderous act,” Fu said in a previous statement from China Aid.“This case is a serious violation of the rights to life, religious freedom and rule of law. The Chinese authorities should immediately hold those murderers accountable and take concrete measures to protect the religious freedom of this house church’s members.”Ding Cumei and her husband Li Jiangong were pushed into a ditch and buried alive b...
(Vatican Radio ) I'm sure you remember Saint John Paul II's invitation to us not to be afraid. Certainly he himself was not afraid to stand up to the trials of life in defense of others, neither as Pope nor as priest back in Poland. To mark two years since his canonisation Veronica Scarisbrick shares with you a programme focusing on his life in Poland under the communist regime which features interviews done at the time of his pontificate. Listen to this programme presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick:  As you'll discover in this archive programme no one ever doubted the courage of Pope John Paul, certainly not his closest advisors. Among them Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze who specifies how .."Pope John Paul II put the Church on the map of the world and in the corridors of those who make policies as perhaps no other pope in our time...you know where he stands on major problems touching church and society...he is not afraid."Some of those...
(Vatican Radio) In light of increasing gang violence and murder in Dublin, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin calls upon the people of the city to form an alliance to fight against hatred and evil.Archbishop Martin issued the statement yesterday after two gun murders occurred within two hours of each other. These are the sixth and seventh deaths on the streets of Dublin this year connected to gangland feuds, organized crime and personal disputes.“Everyone has a responsibility,” he says. “Those who cultivate violence thrive on our silence.  We have to unite to undermine them and their business and not close our eyes to what we know.” Below find the full text of Archbishop Diarmuid’s statement.26th April 2016Pope Francis recently quoted Martin Luther King on the theme of putting an end to violence.  King had said that in the face of senseless violence in the end: “somewhere somebody must have a little sense”.  And then he adds: &...
(Vatican Radio) A number of causes for canonization were advanced on Tuesday, including an Italian diocesan priest. A miracle attributed to Blessed Alfonso Maria Fusco clears the way for his canonization. Another miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable John Sullivan, an Irish Jesuit, was also recognized. The decrees also recognize the martyrdom of several victims of Communism, including the Servants of God Fr José Antón Gómez, OSB, along with three other Benedictine priests, who were killed during the Spanish civil war; and Archbishop Nikollë Vinçenc Prennushi of Durrës (Durazzo), and 37 companions, killed under the Communist regime in Albania between 1945 and 1974. Pope Francis honoured the martyrs of Albania during his visit to that country in 2014. Another country recently visited by the the Holy Father also saw one of its sons advanced along the path toward canonization, as the Congregation re...
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A 2-year-old boy fatally shot his mother from the backseat of the car as she drove along a Milwaukee highway, sheriff's officials said Wednesday, less than two months after a Florida mother was shot and wounded in similar circumstances....
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's Olympic committee on Wednesday unveiled Zika-proof long-sleeved shirts and pants it says will help protect the country's Olympic athletes from the mosquito-borne virus at this year's games in Rio de Janeiro....
IMAGE: CNS/Paul HaringBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- To ignore the suffering of anotherperson is to ignore God, Pope Francis said.And going to church does not automatically make someone lovetheir neighbor, the pope said April 27 as he reflected on the Gospel parable ofthe good Samaritan during his weekly general audience.Christians are called to imitate the good Samaritan,stopping to help the injured, because the good Samaritan is a symbol of Jesus,who bent down to help and to heal all humanity, the pope said.By describing the priest and the Levite who passed bywithout offering help, Pope Francis said, the parable makes it clear that"it is not automatic that one who frequents the house of God and has knownhis mercy knows how to love his neighbor.""You can know the whole Bible, you can know all theliturgical rubrics, you can know all theology, but that knowledge does not makeloving automatic," he said. "Love has another path."Pope Francis insisted there is no such thing as "tr...
(Vatican Radio) The head of the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications, Mgr Dario Viganò spoke about the ongoing reform of the Holy See’s media operations on Wednesday at a seminar for Catholic communicators which is taking place this week at the ‘Holy Cross’ Pontifical University.Beyond simply reforming structures, Mgr Viganò stressed the need to renew the process of bringing the Good News of the Gospel to all people. Every euro spent in this field, he said, must be used to ensure that the Gospel and the teaching of the Pope reaches the hearts of all people. The goal, he said, is not to substitute for local churches but to support those communities that have the greatest needs.Mgr. Viganò spoke of the reform ‘timeline’, which focuses this year on a closer integration of Vatican Radio and the Vatican Television Centre, of which he is the former director. The reform process, he stressed, must go beyond a mere makeover and a...
Caritas in Karachi will plant 5,000 trees as part of the Trees for the Earth campaign said Mansha Noor, executive secretary of the Catholic aid and development agency there. "Our planet Earth will no longer be able to support life if we continue cutting down trees, and we all know about the heat wave disaster that killed more than 2,000 in our city last year," Noor said. The elderly and laborers were the main victims from last summer's deadly heat wave, which also badly affected livestock and agricultural crops in surrounding areas.Caritas is also assisting with the planting of mangrove trees in coastal areas near Karachi.  "With the collaboration of the Sindh Forest Department about 1,000 mangrove plants will likewise be planted to protect the livelihoods of fishing communities," said Noor.Giyan Chand Essrani, Minister for Forestry and Wildlife for the Sindh government, said that the state has donated 2,000 trees to be planted around Karachi as p...
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