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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple sold more than 51 million iPhones in the first three months of this year - and that's the problem....
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) -- The massive, reeking carcass of a whale rotted Tuesday at a popular California surfing spot, luring dozens of gawkers while authorities decided whether to tow it out to sea or cut it into pieces and load them on trucks....
Search crews on Tuesday found the missing data recorder of the sunken freighter El Faro, which went down in 15,000 feet of water last year after getting caught in Hurricane Joaquin....
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Two years ago, the Australian IOC member John Coates called the preparations for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics "the worst" in recent memory....
By Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Clericalism is a danger to theCatholic Church not only because on a practical level it undermines the role oflaity in society, but because theologically it "tends to diminish andundervalue the baptismal grace" of all believers, whether they are lay orclergy, Pope Francis said."No one is baptized a priest or bishop," the popesaid in a letter to Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation forBishops and president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. Thefundamental consecration of all Christians occurs at baptism and is what unitesall Christians in the call to holiness and witness.In the letter, released at the Vatican April 26, PopeFrancis said he wanted to ensure that a discussion begun with members of thePontifical Commission for Latin America March 4 "does not fall into avoid."The topic of the March discussion, he said, was on thepublic role of the laity in the life of the people of Latin America. In theletter, Pope Francis sa...
New York City, N.Y., Apr 26, 2016 / 04:51 pm (CNA).- This week’s #WeAreN2016 Congress aims to call on the world to stop the persecution of Christians and other minorities. Victims of persecution and leaders from around the world will speak about the need for action in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and elsewhere.“Christians account for 80 percent of persecuted minorities,” the congress website said. “They are victims of the deliberate infliction of conditions of life that are calculated to bring about their physical destruction in whole or in part. They are being murdered, beheaded, crucified, beaten, extorted, abducted, and tortured.”The congress cited other atrocities like enslavement, forcible conversion to Islam, and sexual violence against women and girls.The congress’ events will take place April 28-30 at several New York City venues. The Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations is among the conference sponsors, as is the grou...
Vatican City, Apr 26, 2016 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis issued strong words to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, calling clericalism “one of the greatest distortions” facing the local Church.“(W)e’d do well to recall that the Church is not an elite priests, of consecrated people, of bishops but all of us make up the faithful and Holy People of God,” he said in an April 26 letter, recalling that everyone starts out their life as laity, Vatican Radio reported.His letter was addressed to Cardinal Marc Ouellet, President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America as a follow-up to commission’s recent Plenary Assembly focused on the role of the laity.The Holy Father said that clericalism seems to be the result of “a mistaken way of living out the ecclesiology proposed by the Second Vatican Council,” calling it, “one of the greatest distortions of the Church in Latin America.”Clericalism, he said has p...
Washington D.C., Apr 26, 2016 / 03:46 pm (CNA).- Experts from across the political spectrum are calling for criminal justice reform, as a new White House report shows the human and economic costs of the current justice system.“This is a singular moment in one of the most challenging issues facing our country,” Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s School of Law, said at a Monday press conference introducing the report, “Economic Perspectives on Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System.”“What better way to bring people together than to look at those at the periphery of our society and say, what can we do together to need them?” Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, stated at the press conference.According to a new report from the White House Council of Economic Advisors, the U.S. incarcerates prisoners at a rate of 700 per 100,000 residents, “more than 4 times...
Havana, Cuba, Apr 26, 2016 / 02:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See announced Tuesday that Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Juan de la Caridad García Rodríguez of Camagüey to head the Archdiocese of Havana, Cuba. He will be replacing retiring Cardinal Jaime Ortega Almino.The Archdiocese of Havana expressed in a statement their gratitude for the appointment and announced that the date of the archbishop's possession of his new see will be announced in due time.“Along with our feelings of thanksgiving to God and gratitude to our Holy Father Francis for this appointment, we lift up our prayers to the Lord that he may continue to pour out on Archbishop Juan García, our new Pastor, the gifts of the Spirit, that will help him fulfill this new mission that the pope has entrusted to him,” the Archdiocese of Havana said.The archdiocese noted that the appointment follows “His Holiness Pope Francis' acceptance of Cardinal Jaime Ortega Al...
Vatican City, Apr 26, 2016 / 05:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday the Vatican announced that Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Rice of St. Louis has been tapped by Pope Francis to take charge of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese.It is an appointment that moved Bishop Rice, who said in an April 26 press release that “I am humbled by the confidence of the Holy Father and I am grateful for his support in appointing me the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.”He extended to Pope Francis “the prayers and love” of Springfield-Cape Girardeau’s clergy, religious and laity, and voiced his excitement to work alongside his fellow priests in “spreading the beauty of our Catholic Faith in the spirit of the New Evangelization” in his new role.Bishop Rice said he leaves Archdiocese of St. Louis, headed by Archbishop Robert Carlson, with “a grateful heart” after having spent 29 years there as a priest and nine as an auxili...
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