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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Two relatives of an 82-year-old woman who authorities say died after she sat in the same chair for six months have been charged with neglect, according to warrants obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press....
DALLAS (AP) -- A Texas father who was accused of theft after he confiscated his 12-year-old daughter's cellphone over an inappropriate text has been acquitted of the misdemeanor charge....
BOSTON (AP) -- A professional ballroom dancer who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombings says she's training to run this year's race: all 26.2 miles of it....
IMAGE: CNS/Paul HaringBy Carol GlatzVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Let the Year of Mercy be the timeto end all family feuds, to forgive each other and let bygones be bygones, PopeFrancis said."I think about so many brothers and sisters who areestranged from their families; they don't speak to each other," he saidduring his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square Jan. 27."This Year of Mercy is a good occasion to meet upagain, to embrace each other and forgive each other, to leave bad thingsbehind," he said.The pope continued a series of talks dedicated to divinemercy, looking specifically at how God has always been faithful and mercifultoward his people.God never ignored the Israelites' cry of suffering and hesent Moses as a "mediator" on his behalf to free his people and leadthem to salvation, the pope said."We can do this work, too, during this Year ofMercy, of being mediators of mercy with works of mercy" that bring peopletogether, foster unity and offer people comfort and relief, h...
(Vatican Radio) ‘Don’t stand by’ is the theme for the 2016 Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorated every year on January 27th to recall the day that Soviet forces arrived to liberate prisoners at the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.Over 70 years on, events are being organised in countries around the world to honour the victims of the Nazi’s final solution and other genocides which have taken place since then.Philippa Hitchen reports:  Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron announced today that a planned national memorial to Holocaust victims will be built next to the parliament building in central London, while U.S. President Barack Obama marked the day by honoring two Americans and two Poles who risked their lives to protect Jews during the Holocaust.At a meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) last week, the Holy See delegate said Holocaust Remembrance Day “calls for a...
(Vatican Radio) The role of property rights in Christian social thought was the subject of a seminar at Rome’s Pontifical University of Saint Thomas “Angelicum” on Wednesday.During the event, co-sponsored by the Istituto Acton, the International Property Rights Index 2015 was presented.The Index, now in its ninth edition, compares data from 129 countries and ranks them by how well they protect property rights.The Property Rights Alliance, which publishes the volume, has noted the great economic differences between countries with strong property rights and those without: The top quintile on the Index has a GDP twenty times higher than the bottom quintile.The Executive Director of the Property Rights Alliance, Lorenzo Montanari, said the Church has an interest in protecting property rights.“It is an important issue, because the Church considers property rights are a basic human right for everyone,” he told Vatican Radio. “It is not only the right ...
(Vatican Radio) The 51st International Eucharistic Congress is taking place in Cebu in the Philippines. The week long event wraps up on Sunday 31 and sees the participation of Catholic leaders and faithful from across the globe.Although the gathering aims to promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church, it also provides an arena in which many other issues are tackled and reflected upon.Vatican Radio's Seàn-Patrick Lovett is in Cebu and tells us more.Listen to his report:  Tell the truth: until you read the title of this article you weren’t even sure there was such a thing as an International Eucharistic Congress. And no one could blame you if you didn’t know that Cebu was in the Philippines. Just for the record, a Eucharistic Congress is a major church event that takes place once every four years with the aim of focussing attention on spirituality, community, ministry, mission, and a...
(Vatican Radio)  The number two man at the Vatican’s Press Office retires 31 January after working under three Popes.  Deputy Director Fr. Ciro Benedettini is stepping down after twenty years of service to the Holy See.  He will be succeeded by American journalist Greg Burke.In an interview in Italian with Vatican Radio’s Alessandro Gisotti, Fr. Ciro - as he is affectionately known by journalists the world over - reflects on how the world of Vatican communications has changed since he took up his post and shares his feelings about moving on..It is with “a mixture of feelings, some joy and some sadness,” that Fr. Ciro says he will be leaving the Press Office, but those feelings are dominated, he adds, by “joy… because I am grateful to the Lord who gave me the opportunity to work for the Church, in the service of three Popes - and what Popes!”Sharing meals with a saint, keeping Vatican in step with "radical changes"...
In the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Archdiocese of Semarang (Central Java) invited the Pastors of different Protestant churches to an ecumenical celebration that brought together Catholics and Protestants. "At first, it was not easy to bring together Protestant pastors" refers to Fides Father Aloys Budi Purnomo, head of the Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs in the Archdiocese of Semarang. "In the Church of Christ the King in Ungaran, Semarang, the Pastors of various Christian denominations accepted our effort to work for peaceful harmony among Christians of various denominations", said the priest. More than 50 Pastors of 20 denominations, from various cities in Java and other islands, attended the vigil for the opening of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.In addition to Christian Pastors and Catholic priests, there were about 1,200 Catholics and Protestants, from children to elderly people. Rev. Markus, president of the Counci...
(Vatican Radio) St. Peter’s Square was transformed on Wednesday into an open-air circus venue, with circus performers from various outfits leaping, flipping and twisting in acrobatic showmanship during the weekly General Audience.Following their performance, Pope Francis said, “I greet the circus performers and I thank them for their very welcome exhibition.” He went on to say, “You are champions of beauty: you make beauty, and beauty is good for the soul.”Enlarging on his greetings in unscripted enthusiasm, Pope Francis added, “Beauty brings us closer to God, but behind this spectacle of beauty, how many hours of training there are! Go forward, keep it up!”
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