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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday pressed Vietnam to allow greater freedoms for its citizens, arguing that better human rights would improve the communist country's economy, stability and regional power....
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Even as Iraq slowly claws back territory from the Islamic State group, faith in the government is crumbling among many, particularly the country's Shiites, angered by political disarray and the continual pounding of the capital, Baghdad, by militants' bombings....
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Live video feeds from cameras across Hartford, Connecticut, light up a wall of flat-screen monitors in a high-tech room at the city's old police department, while computers take in data from license plate readers and a gunshot detection system....
IMAGE: NS photo/Simon CaldwellBy Simon CaldwellLIVERPOOL, England (CNS) -- Myanmar'sfirst cardinal has thanked the Christians of the West for helping to bringdemocracy to his country.Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon said theCatholic Church was "at the forefront" of supporting the people ofMyanmar, formerly Burma, during a dictatorship that lasted half a century.Preaching at a May 22 Mass inthe Metropolitan Cathedral ofChrist the King, Liverpool, he declared: "Today, we are free.""The world community refusedto accept the oppression ... and spoke against that," Cardinal Bo said."The church as a communityrefused to allow the oppression of Christians and others in Burma," hesaid. "Every church, including the U.K. church, was at the forefront ofsupporting us."The cardinal told thecongregation that Catholics "are united by a special bond of community. Itis this sense of community which has helped many Christians around the world tosurvive hardship and emerge stronger."My heart is fille...
By Carol GlatzVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Holiness doesn't depend onsuperhuman powers, but rather demands a heart filled with courage, hope andgrace that strives for conversion each and every day, Pope Francis said at hismorning Mass.In fact, holiness is reached by taking tiny steps, likebiting your tongue every time there is the urge to gossip or demean somebody,he said May 24 during the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae."Bite your tongue a little. Your tongue will swellup a bit, but your spirit will be holier," the pope said."Holiness is a journey. Holiness cannot be bought,it is not sold" and it is not given away as a reward, he said. It is"walking in God's presence in an irreproachable way."Every person is responsible for striking out on a path ofholiness, he said. "I have to do it, someone else can't do it in my name.I can pray for someone else to be a saint, but he has to take that path, notme."The holiness Christians must strive for is an"everyday" task often carried...
The Bishops of Ivory Coast have called for the release of political prisoners still being held following the violent post-election conflict of 2010-2011 that claimed the lives of over 3000 persons within a space of five months. The release of political prisoners is seen as an important step in uniting and achieving genuine reconciliation in a country that is still very politically and ethnically polarised.Tens of thousands of Catholics in Ivory Coast gathered Sunday at the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro for the national pilgrimage celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis on 8 December. The Bishops want the nation to start a new chapter founded on reconciliation.Some of the pilgrims to Yamoussoukro started arriving at the Basilica, a day earlier. They came from literally all parts of the country. Together they sang songs, celebrated the Eucharist, listened to spiritual talks and prayed as one.The Bishop of Katiola, Ignace Bessi Dogbo, speaking ...
(Vatican Radio)  The Holy See’s former envoy to the United Nations, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, said on Tuesday we need to ask why so many people globally are suffering because of forced displacement, adding we must “try to sensitize” public opinion about this “totally unacceptable number of people” who are the victims of humanitarian emergencies.  Archbishop Tomasi’s remarks came whilst attending the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul as part of the Holy See’s delegation to the meeting. He was interviewed by our correspondent there, Linda Bordoni.Listen to the interview with Archbishop Silvano Tomasi:  Archbishop Tomasi lamented what he called the “excessive and extraordinary explosion of violence in different corners of the world” and said we need to ask ourselves why so many millions of people are suffering because of forced displacement.  According to the United Nations, there are currently...
The possibility of having the body of the Slovak nun, Sr. Veronika Theresia Racková who died at Nairobi hospital last Friday, 20 May back to South Sudan for burial in the course of the week is being considered.Sr. Veronika, 58, is a member of the Missionary Congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS).She succumbed to gun wounds when the ambulance she was driving from Harvest Hospital in Yei (South Sudan) was shot at several times by a “suspected group of soldiers ” on night patrol.The  SSpS Communication office published a message titled “Solemn Requiem Mass for Sr. Veronika” and stated, “Due to the complexity and legal implications of the situation, we cannot, at the moment, confirm the place and date of the funeral.”On Monday, 23 May, a member of the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD), SSpS’s male counterpart congregation in Kenya, told CANAA that plans are underway to airlift the body of Sr. Veronika back to her last ...
(Vatican Radio) One of the main goals at the heart of the first ever UN World Humanitarian Summit that has just wrapped up in Istanbul is to reaffirm the principles at the heart of humanitarian action: humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence.These principles are also at the heart of the mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta invited by the United Nations to participate in the consultations that gave life to the Summit and then to participate in the Summit itself.Albrecht Boeselager, Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order of Malta, has been working for over a year with the preparatory committees of the Summit. In Istanbul he has been present at many of the Summit meetings and roundtables with a series of concrete commitments including the continuation of provision of first aid to migrants on board the Italian Naval ships in the Mediterranean and using its diplomatic network to provide support in implementing humanitarian aid and to promote dialogue.Speaking to Vatican...
The Holy Father accepted the resignation of Msgr. Vincente M. Navarra from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Bacolod (Philippines)  and appointed Msgr. Patricio A. Buzon SDB, the new Bishop of the said diocese,  transferring him from the diocese of Kabankalan,  .  Bishop Patricio Buzon, SDB, was born March 14, 1950, in Cebu City, central Philippines, where he finished elementary education at the Asilo de la Milagrosa school. He entered the Don Bosco Academy High School in San Fernando, Pampanga, and later the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila where he got his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Education, majoring in Electricity. He completed his Bachelor of Sacred Theology in the same university.His first religious profession in the Salesian order was on June 29, 1967, and his perpetual profession was on May 24, 1973. A year after his priestly ordination on Dec. 8, 1976, he became the spiritual moderator of Don Bosco Missionary Seminary in ...
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