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(Vatican Radio) Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has agreed to a deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin to secure the release of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko who is serving a 22-year jail sentence in Russia. The presidents of Russia and Ukrainia had a telephone conversation over the fate of jailed high-profile prisoners, raising the possibility of a swap. The call came after Ukraine jailed two alleged Russian special forces soldiers for several crimes including terrorism.Listen to Stefan Bos' report: Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov were accused of involvement in Ukraine's conflict with pro-Russian rebels in the east. That's why a court in Kiev sentenced the two Russian citizens to 14 years in prison each on charges of fighting for allegedly waging "an aggressive war" alongside Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.They were also found quilty of committing a terrorist act and using weapons to provoke an armed...
Acts 14: 21-27; Rev 21: 1-5; Jn 13: 31-33, 34-35In the lovely book, Chicken Soup for the Soul, there's a story about a man who came out of his office one Christmas morning and found a little boy from a nearby project looking with great admiration at the man’s new vehicle. The little boy asked, "Does this car belong to you?" And the man said, "Yes. In fact my brother gave it to me for Christmas. I've just gotten it."  With that, the little boy's eyes widened. He said, "You mean to say that somebody gave it to you? And you didn't have to pay anything for it?"  And the man said, "That's right.  My brother gave it to me as a gift." With that the little boy let out a long sigh and said, "Boy, I would really like..."  And the man fully expected the boy to say, "I would like to have a brother like that, who would give me such a beautiful car," but instead the man was amazed when...
Is there any place for Catholics in politics? Can Catholics make a worthwhile contribution to politics? These are some of the questions that a group of 8 Catholic interns have been pondering all year.Listen to John Waters' report: The interns have been taking part in the Catholic Parliamentary Internship scheme, which has been operating since 2003.“The Scheme is run by the Bishops Conference of England and Wales. It runs every year, offering recent graduates the chance to work either for Catholic Members of Parliament or in Parliamentary relations roles for agencies of the Catholic Church such as Cafod or Caritas,” explained Faith Anderson.Anderson has spent her year working for the Caritas agency, being involved in social action within England and Wales and lobbying on behalf of Catholic charities.Meanwhile Tom Burke has been working as a researcher for a Catholic Member of Parliament.“My role is to help my MP make decisions on how he votes.”Illustrati...
(Vatican Radio) 2016 marks the 125th anniversary of Pope Leo XIII’s ground-breaking encyclical, Rerum novarum, which is universally recognized as having begun the tradition of Catholic social teaching in the modern age.Renowned for its moral defense of private property and capital ownership, its equally strong stand against state socialism, and its unambiguous affirmation of the legitimacy of trade unions, as well as the unimpeachable rights of the traditional family, Rerum novarum addressed the demands for freedom and social justice in its time in a way that continues to challenge and inform social discourse a century and a quarter later.The Rome Office of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty has sponsored and organized a major international conference under the title: “Freedom with Justice: Rerum novarum and the New Things of Our Time” to take place Wednesday, April 20th.Acton’s Director of Research, Dr. ...
(Vatican Radio) Hassan Zahida and his wife Nour appear dazed and almost unbelieving they are finally safe. Their two-year-old little boy is happily making mud-cakes and  playing with pebbles – just like any other child in the world.They are one of the three families who boarded the plane in Greece with Pope Francis on Saturday at the end of his visit to Lesbos.Here in Rome they are hosted by the Saint Egidio Community that obtained “humanitarian visas” to allow them to make the journey and that is taking care of logistics and helping them find their feet as their requests for asylum are being processed.Vatican Radio’s Linda Bordoni met them at Saint Egidio premises and asked them to share their feelings as they prepare to hopefully set the foundations for a life of “normality”.Gratitude and appreciation for the gesture and for the stance of Pope Francis – not only for himself but for all refugees – were the first words Hassan ex...
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A week after proclaiming their spring offensive, Taliban militants stormed an Afghan government security agency with a suicide car bomb and gunfire Tuesday, killing 28 people and wounding hundreds in a sign of the insurgency's continued strength - even in the capital....
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro delivered a valedictory speech on Tuesday to the Communist Party he put in power a half-century ago, telling party members he would soon die and exhorting them to help his ideas survive....
NEW YORK (AP) -- A former police officer convicted in the accidental shooting death of an unarmed man in a darkened stairwell was spared prison time Tuesday, and a judge reduced his manslaughter conviction to a lesser charge....
PORTOVIEJO, Ecuador (AP) -- Despite the grief roiling this earthquake-stricken town, Pablo Cordova has something to be thankful for: He can return the coffin his wife had obtained for his funeral....
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The man who may become Brazil's next president is almost as unpopular as the leader facing impeachment now, and stained by scandals of his own....
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