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(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...
(Vatican Radio) The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheik Ahmed Muhammad Al-Tayyib,  said the time has come for “the representatives of the Divine Religions” to “strongly and in a concrete way” turn humanity towards mercy and peace, "so that humanity can avoid the great crisis we are suffering now.”The Grand Imam was speaking to representatives of Vatican Radio and the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano after his meeting with Pope Francis on Monday.The first impression, which was very strong, is that [Pope Francis] is a man of peace, a man who follows the teaching of Christianity, which is a religion of love and peace," – the Grand Imam said – "and following His Holiness we have seen that he is a man who respects other religions and shows consideration for their followers; he is man who also consecrates his life to serve the poor and the destitute, and who takes responsibility for people in general; he is an asce...
(Vatican Radio) ‘The Gospel of the family, joy for the world’ is the theme for the 9th World Meeting of Families which will take place in Dublin from August 22nd to 26th 2018.The event was presented at a press conference in the Vatican on Tuesday by the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin and by the head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia.Philippa Hitchen reports:  “Remember, Dublin begins today”. Those words were spoken by Pope Francis to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the start of the 2015 Synod on the family, shortly after the venue for the next World Meeting of Families had been announced in Philadelphia.This international gathering may still be more than two years away, but as Archbishop Martin pointed out, it is not an isolated event: rather, it’s an extended process of discernment, encouragement, accompaniment and animation, as well as an important milestone in the application of the Synod’s final do...
(Vatican Radio) The (Vatican) Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said on Tuesday that the world “needs a change of mentality” when responding to humanitarian emergencies and the plight of all those suffering from forced displacement as a result of conflicts or disasters.  He also said the main challenge arising from the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul was “to put into action” the promises made during the meeting. The Cardinal was leading the Holy See’s delegation to the summit and was speaking to our correspondent there, Linda Bordoni.Listen to the interview in English with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Secretary of State: Asked whether he was happy with the outcome so far as the summit, Cardinal Parolin said whilst happy to be there, the main challenge is “to put into action” the promises and plans made during the meeting, warning that it depends on the willingness of leading international players to take con...
(Vatican Radio) With the world experiencing the highest level of humanitarian suffering since the Second World War, organizations and leaders from more than 50 countries have gathered in Istanbul for the second day of the World Humanitarian Summit.Vatican Radio’s Linda Bordoni has attended the Summit over the last two days, and today spoke with Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commissioner for the Budget and Human Resources, who talked about the only concrete commitment signed at the Summit concerning the management of funds intended for humanitarian assistance. Listen:  Georgieva explained that we are living in a world that is “becoming more fragile” and consequently there are increasing numbers of men, women and children who have their “lives devastated by conflict and disasters”. This means that more than ever, resources are needed to help those who are suffering. She says we must ask ourselves, “Why are they in need? Why are emer...
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Bill Cosby was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on sexual assault charges after a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report in which a woman said the comedian gave her three blue pills that put her in a stupor, unable to stop his advances....
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign requested a recanvass in Kentucky's presidential primary Tuesday, where he trails Hillary Clinton by less than one-half of 1 percent of the vote....
NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump holds his first presidential fundraisers this week. The events directly benefit his campaign, but he doesn't see it that way....
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