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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi special forces entered the center of Fallujah city early Friday, taking over a government complex and a neighborhood that served as a base for the Islamic State group militants after intense fighting, a commander said...
BIRSTALL, England (AP) -- Campaigning in Britain's European Union membership referendum remained suspended Friday as the country absorbed the daylight slaying of lawmaker Jo Cox with shock, and worry that the political fury unleashed by the EU campaign was somehow connected to the killing....
CLEVELAND (AP) -- From the edge of elimination to the brink of history....
London, England, Jun 17, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A teenager and practicing Catholic in the United Kingdom was reportedly tied to a cross and hung from a wall in a campaign of bullying by four of his older, male co-workers.The victim, 19, also allegedly had religious and phallic symbols drawn on his body with permanent marker, was tied to a chair, had deodorant sprayed towards him and ignited and was violently lifted off the ground by his underpants in various alleged incidents, the BBC reports.Four men – Andrew Addison, 30, Joseph Rose, 21, Christopher Jackson, 22, and Alex Puchir, 37 – are on trial in York Crown Court in connection with the bullying and are accused of religiously aggravated assault by beating.According to court proceedings, the incidents occurred while the victim was serving an apprenticeship at the Direct Interior Solutions – a shop-fitting company in Selby, North Yorkshire.“(I felt) ashamed and distraught. I couldn't believe ...
(Vatican Radio) Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias hosted a dinner for the Primates of the Orthodox Church who are presently in Crete ahead of the official opening of the Holy and Great Council of the heads of all the autocephalous Orthodox Churches, scheduled to take place from Sunday until the end of the month.A statement from the Press Office of the Holy and Great Council says that the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I delivered remarks at the dinner in which he highlighted the worldwide attention on the historic meeting. “[The] world is turning its attention with great expectations to the Orthodox Church,” he said, “in order to find support and consolation, because Orthodoxy has managed to preserve, up to today, regardless of the rapid technological and scientific developments, the mystical experience of a personal communion in respect of God.”Please find the full text of the communiqué in its official English version, below...
(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, is on a six day official visit to Ukraine where he will meet with both Church and state officials. On Friday morning he celebrated Holy Mass at the Cathedral church of St Alexander in Kiev and delivered a homily on the theme of the gospel warning “not to store up treasures on earth.”Cardinal Parolin sympathized with the challenge of following this command of the Lord. Many countries of the world, including the Ukraine, must struggle against dishonesty, unfair wealth, theft of community assets, all for the accumulation of individual fortunes. Corruption and the concentration of money in the hands of a few are among the causes that impoverish the people, destroy our freedom, kill the dreams for a better world and the right to life for all.Christians, Cardinal Parolin said, must always fight to ensure that justice is done, but without ever resorting to violence. We are also called to detach from what might be hi...
(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, has delivered a message to the Muslim world on the occasion of the month of Ramadan. In the message, Cardinal Tauran extends best wishes for a spiritually rewarding fast, supported by good deeds. Making a pilgrimage to obtain God’s pardon for both for the living and the dead, he says, is truly a salient practice among believers.Following, please find the full text of the message, delivered in English:PONTIFICAL COUNCILFOR INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUEChristians and Muslims:Beneficiaries and Instruments of Divine MercyMESSAGE FOR THE MONTH OF RAMADANAND ‘ID Al-FITR 1437 H. / 2016 A.D.  Dear Muslim brothers and sisters,1.         The month of Ramadan and ‘Id al-Fitr is an important religious event for Muslims around the world, focused on fasting, prayer and good deeds, and is esteemed by Christians, your f...
The Zimbabwe-German Society was a buzz of activity recently when Pilgrims of the Magis Zimbabwe Network performed songs, dance and celebration of the whole Zimbabwean culture ahead of the Magis 2016 and World Youth Day in Poland. The action-packed concert took place at Harare’s Milton Park.The bright traditional decor surrounding the stage, gazebo and food tables set the tone for the evening, while the fairy lights in the trees brought on the nostalgia of a star-filled African sky.Magis Pahushamwari Concert performances, which are a part of the preparations for the Festival of Nations in Poland, were aptly dubbed “Kwatinobva – where we come from.”Guests who included family and friends were taken on a musical journey through the story of Zimbabwe serenaded by the beautiful traditional instruments of the Mbira and Ngoma as well as the guitar sound.Musical interludes were accompanied by lyrical dance, traditional dance and poetry all choreographed and performe...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis opened the annual Ecclesial Convention of the Rome Diocese on Thursday evening at Rome’s cathedral: the Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. During the course of the inaugural event, the Holy Father responded to questions from several participants, each centered on specific aspects of the over-arching theme of the three-day event: the family and the joy of love.In one response in particular, Pope Francis renewed his criticism of our “provisional” and “throw-away” culture, which has largely become incapable of thinking that any good – even one’s word – could possibly be lasting and worth preserving no matter what the cost.“We too live a culture of the provisional,” said Pope Francis in response to a question from the floor regarding what needs – and what can – be done in order better to ensure the success and flourishing of marriages, and of people in married life within the Chur...
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