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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- An agreement will give consumers who bought nearly 600,000 Volkswagen vehicles rigged to cheat on emissions tests the option of having the automaker buy back the cars or fix them, a judge said Thursday....
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Two men who were among 41 people picked up over the weekend from a boat found adrift in the Mediterranean Sea described on Thursday surviving what they say was a shipwreck that might have killed up to 500 people....
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Thursday that transgender people should be able to use whichever bathroom they choose, voicing opposition to part of a far-reaching North Carolina law that critics says is discriminatory....
A year after Freddie Gray's death, and the riots that followed, daily life in Baltimore has largely returned to its old ways....
IMAGE: CNS photo/Tyler OrsburnBy Kurt JensenWASHINGTON(CNS) -- The controversy over the appearance by the head of Planned Parenthoodat Jesuit-run Georgetown University April 20 became the background to astanding ovation.CecileRichards was greeted warmly by more than 400 students, most of them women, atLohrfink Auditorium. In her introduction, Helen Brosnan, a senior and presidentof the Georgetown Lecture Fund, asserted both that "God is pro-choice"and "I believe that I'm a strong Catholic."StudentAmber Athey, a member of Georgetown Right to Life, tweeted, "According tohead of GU lecture fund, hosting an abortion provider is 'in the spirit of aJesuit university.'"Thestudent-run Georgetown Lecture Fund has examined other hot topics this springincluding sponsoring a talk via Skype from Russia by national-securitywhistleblower Edward Snowden and holding a panel discussion on the CatholicChurch's response to sexual abuse with Dominican Father Thomas Doyle, a canonlawyer, an advocate for...
IMAGE: CNS photo/Angelo Carconi, EPABy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Charity is an essential sign ofChristian faith, one that is learned in family relationships and must spreadfrom there, Pope Francis told leaders and volunteers from Italy's diocesanCatholic charities."The cradle and the home" of Catholic charity isthe family, the pope said April 21 during a meeting with about 700 delegates toa convention of diocesan Caritas operations.The same "merciful love" that family members giveand receive must be extended to "accompany, discern and integratesituations of fragility" found outside the family home, he said.Catholic charity must be concrete and local -- somethingfamilies are particularly good at, especially when they work together, the popesaid. But in responding to the needs of the poor and fragile, attention alsoshould be paid to the root causes of the suffering and to legislation thatmakes the problems worse or that could be a solution.Most of all, Pope Francis told the d...
St. Augustine, Fla., Apr 21, 2016 / 06:24 am (CNA).- A Florida priest who went missing last week has been lauded by his diocese as a humble and generous servant after his remains were found in Georgia on April 18.“He always saw the good in people he served reminding them that God created them for greatness with a good and noble purpose for others,” Bishop Felipe J. Estévez of St. Augustine said April 19.  “While his life was taken from us tragically on Sunday, April 10 – the day of his disappearance – it is important that we remember how he lived his life in selfless love for others,” the bishop said.Fr. Rene Wayne Robert, 71, was last seen Sunday, April 10. Parishioners grew concerned when he didn’t show up for a funeral service. Police received a request for a welfare check on April 12. After they failed to locate the priest, a missing persons investigation was launched.The priest’s remains were found April 18 after Steve...
(Vatican Radio)  The South African Catholic Bishops conference (SACBC) launched a special campaign this month called “Taxis against Human Trafficking” to boost awareness among taxi drivers and the general public about the presence of this scourge within the nation. Sister Melanie O’Connor, coordinator of the Church’s Counter-Trafficking in Persons Office, said human trafficking and especially child trafficking is very prevalent in South Africa. She said not only is there the domestic problem of human trafficking but many young people between the ages of 14 and 23 are trafficked into South Africa across its borders from neighbouring countries by individual agents and organized syndicates. The leadership of Consecrated Life in Pretoria also held a three day conference to discuss human trafficking and how to combat it more effectively.
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a message to young Argentinians who are undertaking an expedition to the North Pole to raise awareness about threats to the environment. The young people bringing with them a copy of the Encyclical “Laudato sì: On Care for our Common Home”; as well as an olive branch, the symbol of peace. Promoted by the Criteria Foundation – which promotes commitment to civil society for human security – and the Scholas Occurentes, and international group of schools founded in Argentina at the behest of the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio.The gravity of environmental problemsA Scholas banner is accompanying the young people on their expedition. In his message, the Pope greeted the participants and emphasized that the environmental situation “is grave.” This and similar initiatives, he said, “help raise awareness about environmental degradation, the depletion of natural reserves, pollution...
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