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Vietnam granted early release from prison to Fr. Nguyen Van Ly who was arrested for promoting political and religious freedoms in the communist nation. Fr. Nguyen Van Ly’s release is seen as a goodwill gesture before U.S. President Barack Obama’s arrival on an official visit late Sunday night. Father Ly is considered to be a  most prominent dissidents in Vietnam.The Catholic Archdiocese of the central city of Hue reported on its webpage that it welcomed the return Friday of 70-year-old Father Nguyen Van Ly from prison. Photos on its website showed a frail Ly being helped off a minibus, kneeling to pay his respects to his senior colleagues, then being led to a room prepared for him at the diocese. He has suffered several health crises while imprisoned.Ly has served several long terms in prison or under house arrest for promoting political and religious freedoms in the communist nation. He has been serving an eight-year prison term since March 2007 after b...
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Latest on the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course (all times local):...
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Ten years after Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro tragically broke down at the start of the Preakness, the owners of the popular colt watched another horse they bred die during a race on a rainy Saturday at Pimlico Race Course....
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Republican state senator who authored the bill that would effectively outlaw abortion in the state said Saturday that he hasn't decided whether he'll try to override the governor's veto....
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- A 35-year-old Dutch man suffering from high-altitude sickness died on his way down from Mount Everest's summit in the first death confirmed this year on the world's highest mountain, an expedition organizer said Saturday. There were unconfirmed media reports that an Australian climber had also died....
Vatican City, May 21, 2016 / 09:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced today that recent articles claiming that Pope emeritus Benedict XVI said that the Third Secret of Fatima was not released in its entirety back in 2000 are “pure inventions” and “absolutely untrue.”The Holy See Press Office released a statement May 21 responding to recent blog posts that, during his time as Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger told someone the Third Secret of Fatima was not completely published.According to one article, Professor Ingo Dollinger was told by Cardinal Ratzinger that the Third Secret of Fatima, released in 2000 during the Jubilee Year by Pope John Paul II, was “incomplete.”“In this regard, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI declares ‘never to have spoken with Professor Dollinger about Fatima’, clearly affirming that the remarks attributed to Professor Dollinger on the matter &lsquo...
(Vatican Radio) Amongst the high profile organizations committed to humanitarian action who are present at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul is the Sovereign Order of Malta, reaffirming its over 900-year old commitment and its present global outreach to those in need.The Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order of Malta Albrecht Boeselager told Vatican Radio’s Linda Bordoni why he believes the World Humanitarian Summit represents a unique and unprecedented opportunity:Listen:  The Grand Chancellor explains that “First: it’s the first time the UN has called for a World Summit dealing with humanitarian issues as the theme of the conference”.Second – he goes on to say the Sovereign Order of Malta is extremely concerned that the respect for humanitarian law and humanitarian principle is declining in many regions of the world and he hopes that the summit will help to remind the signatory States of the Convention (and all other actors) that they...
(Vatican Radio) The Secretary General of NATO says the military alliance wants a meeting with Russia before NATO leaders meet in Warsaw this July amidst the worst east-west standoff since the end of the Cold War. Jens Stoltenberg made the announcement following a two-day meeting of NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. The gathering was overshadowed by Russian anger over NATO's decision to invite Montenegro as its 29th member state and tensions between the United States and Russia over Syria.Listen to Stefan Bos' report: The NATO ministers gathered while the United States rejected a Russian proposal to carry out joint air strikes against Islamist militants in Syria.Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu had urged both nations to target groups who do not observe a US-Russia brokered truce. “We should start joint actions between the Russian air force and the air force of the US-led coalition on May 25 and plan and carry out air strikes on ta...
Vatican City, May 20, 2016 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis issued a binding clarification of a question regarding Canon Law and the establishment of new diocesan Institutes of Consecrated Life on Friday.Specifically, the Holy Father confirmed that a local Ordinary (diocesan bishop) who wishes to establish a new Institute of Consecrated Life within his own diocese under his own authority must first consult with the Holy See before deciding to establish the new Institute.The Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta, told Vatican Radio that the local bishop does not have to obtain permission, per se, but must at least consult with and hear from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life before proceeding.“The bishop is always responsible in his diocese – but he has to evaluate the answer, the opinion, of the Congregation,” Bishop Arrieta told Vatican radio.“After (he...
Washington D.C., May 20, 2016 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- In their annual report on nationwide measures for the protection of minors, the U.S. bishops found extensive diocesan cooperation with recommended standards.“When the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2002, we made a pledge to heal and a promise to protect. These promises remain essential priorities for our Church,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the bishops’ conference.“We remain ever vigilant in the protection of children and the outreach to those most harmed by sexual abuse. The Church cannot become complacent with what has been accomplished. We look for new ways of addressing the issue and showing others a model of protection.”In 2002, in response to the scandal of sexual abuse by clergy dating back decades, the U.S. bishops adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and You...
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