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BOSTON (AP) -- Nearly six decades after 46 people died when the Andrea Doria sank to the sea floor following a violent collision with another ocean liner south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, explorers are preparing to do what 16 people have lost their lives attempting: get a good look at the wreckage....
BEIJING (AP) -- The subject of the photo looks out from behind bars, with newspapers arranged in front of him to prove what day it is. This "proof of life" shot is not a scene from a kidnapping but an effort by the Taipei Zoo to debunk rumors that a prized panda recently died....
Vatican City, May 18, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a powerful speech Tuesday at the opening of the Italian bishops' general assembly, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa decried the civil unions bill passed in the nation's parliament last week, emphasizing that Pope Francis himself always advocates for the natural family.The president of the Italian bishops' conference peppered his May 17 speech with several lengthy quotes from the Roman Pontiff, and lamented that the Pope's affirmations of the family are so often ignored in the mainstream.The annual gathering of the Italian bishops is taking place May 16-19 on the topic of “renewal of the clergy.” Pope Francis had begun the assembly with a brief speech on the priesthood on Monday, followed by a closed door question-and-answer session with the bishops.Second to the meeting with the Pope, Cardinal Bagnasco's address will set the tone for the bishops' plenary, and his address focused on the ci...
(Vatican Radio) “Today, the day of Saint John Paul II’s birth, I cordially greet all the Polish persons here present.”Pope Francis marked the 18 May birthday of St John Paul II at this week’s general audience, greeting in particular a group of Polish nationals, including Polish president Andrzej Duda, with soldiers and others who had taken part in a memorial Mass for the fallen held at the Polish cemetery of Montecasino. The Pope also had words for those gathered in Torun for the consecration of the shrine of the “Blessed Virgin Mary, Star of the New Evangelization and St John Paul II.”“These important events are for you an invitation to pray for peace, for the Church in Poland, and for the prosperity of your homeland.”
(Vatican Radio) During this week’s general audience, Pope Francis extended a special greeting to a group of children from Ukraine, who had been brought to the Vatican by the international initiative Children for peace all over the world.Listen to Ann Schneible’s report: “I greet with special affection the children of Ukraine, orphans and refugees as a result of the armed conflict which still continues in the East of the country,” the Pope told the 80 children who were in St. Peter’s Square for the occasion.“For the intercession of Mary Most Holy, I renew my prayer that we may strive for enduring peace, in order that it may relieve the so exhausted population, and offer a serene future for new generations.”The Children for peace all over the world project aims to promote peace in the world – with a particular emphasis on Ukraine – through the use of maps which are then decorated with paper “world peace” doves, on whi...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says that to ignore the poor is to despise God and that the Lord’s mercy for us is tightly connected to our own mercy for others.Speaking on Wednesday morning at the weekly General Audience in St. Peter's Square the Pope also decried the inequality and contradictions in the world as he reflected on the parable of the rich man and Lazarus.He noted that the lives of these two people seem to run on parallel tracks; their living conditions are opposite and totally non-communicating: the rich man’s front door is always closed to the poor man who hopes to eat some leftovers from the rich man's table. Every day the rich man – who wears luxurious clothes while Lazarus is covered with sores – fares sumptuously while Lazarus is starving. This scene, the Pope said, reminds us of the harsh words of the Son of man during the final last judgment: “I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis invoked Saint Francis of Paola during his weekly General Audience on Wednesday. The Holy Father greeted devotees of the saint, who are marking the sixth centenary of his birth.Saint Francis of Paula was born in Calabria in 1416, and as a young man entered the Franciscan Order. Seeking a more austere spirituality, he later founded the Hermits of Saint Francis of Assisi, which was afterward renamed the Minim friars.After greeting the saint’s devotees, the Holy Father called on young people to “learn from Saint Francis of Paola that humility is a strength, not a weakness.”
(Vatican Radio) Later this week, The Sutton Chorale, a South London-based choir consisting of Christians from different denominations, will be performing at various locations around Rome and Florence.Under the baton of their director, Martin French, they will perform a repertoire of English sacred choral music in some of Rome’s great churches, including at Mass in St Peter’s Basilica, and a special ecumenical celebration of Evening Prayer to bid farewell to Her Majesty’s outgoing Ambassador to the Holy See, H.E. Nigel Baker, in the Oratorio di San Francesco Saverio del Caravita. However, their most poignant performance will be a concert of sacred music which will be held in the historic basilica of Sant’Eustachio on 29 May at 19.30, only a stone’s throw from the historic Pantheon.Few tourists to the basilica realize that it is not only a sanctuary of prayer, but also one of faith and charity-in-practise. At 1pm every day (except Sundays), the nav...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States sees evidence that hackers, possibly working for foreign governments, are snooping on the presidential candidates, the nation's intelligence chief said Wednesday. Government officials are working with the campaigns to tighten security as the race for the White House intensifies....
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian soldiers have found one of the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from Chibok, making her the first freed from the Islamic extremists since the mass kidnapping more than two years ago. Her uncle describes her as pregnant and traumatized but otherwise fine....
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