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MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Rodrigo Duterte, who was sworn in as the Philippines' 16th president on Thursday, has given himself a colossal campaign promise to fulfill: eradicating crime - especially drug trafficking, smuggling, rapes and murder - in three to six months. That won him a lot of votes, but it also spurred alarm and doubts, including from police officials, who said it was an impossible feat....
Denver, Colo., Jul 1, 2016 / 03:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Maria had been struggling with some depressive and anxious thoughts for a while, although at the time, she didn’t recognize them as such. Probably because she was 14 years old.  When she shared her struggles with someone in her Catholic community, the woman told Maria that she was worried that “the devil was working his ways” in her, and used that to pressure her into going on a week-long retreat out of state.“Sure, retreats are great,” Maria told CNA. “But pretty sure I just needed a therapist at that point in my life. And pretty sure I had already given valid reasons for why I wasn't interested in buying a plane ticket for a retreat.”When Catholics experience spiritual problems, the solutions seem obvious -  talk to a priest, go to confession, pray, seek guidance from a spiritual director. But the line between the spiritual and the psychological can be very blurry, so mu...
By Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Retired Pope Benedict XVI has givenanother interview to the journalist and author Peter Seewald, and a Germanpublisher announced it would be released worldwide Sept. 9.Titled "Letzte Gesprache," (which translates as "lastconversations"), the book includes an in-depth conversation with theretired pope about the background of his resignation in 2013, said the Germanpublisher, Droemer Knaur.Information about an English translation and publisher was not immediatelyavailable.The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, which has therights to an Italian newsstand edition of the book, reported July 1 that PopeBenedict admits to Seewald that he knew of "the presence of a 'gay lobby'in the Vatican composed of four or five people and he says he was able toremove their power."Pope Benedict also says he kept a diary during hispontificate, but he plans to destroy it, even though he knows that historianscould find it valuable, Corriere reported.On its website, ...
Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London, on Thursday ruled himself out of the running to be Britain’s next prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party.During a speech which many had tipped to be his campaign launch, Johnson, who was a key leader in the ‘Brexit’ campaign, said that he didn’t believe that he could provide the leadership or unity needed in Britain.Listen to the report by Georgia Gogarty: Following current Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to step down after Britain sensationally voted to leave the European Union in a referendum last week, the competition for the next Conservative Party Leader is now under way after nominations closed at noon today.Former mayor of London Boris Johnson, today took himself out of the race to be the next prime minister saying that  after much thought and consultation, he was not the right man for the job.Johnson did express however that his role would be to give every possible support to...
Washington D.C., Jun 30, 2016 / 05:36 pm (CNA).- The U.S. government released its annual human trafficking report Thursday, drawing praise but also some criticism for allegedly giving some offending countries a political pass.“When we talk about ‘human trafficking,’ we’re talking about slavery – modern-day slavery that still today claims more than 20 million victims on any given time,” Secretary of State John Kerry stated at the report’s ceremony on June 30.“And all 20 million are people just like everybody here. They have names. They have or had families in many cases,” he continued. “And they are forced to endure a hell – a living hell in modern times that no human being should ever have to experience.”The Trafficking-in-Persons report is an annual update on human trafficking in 188 countries and territories worldwide, published by the U.S. State Department and created with the Trafficking Victims Protection A...
(Vatican Radio) The promotion of human rights for everyone in the context of sports and the Olympic ideal was the theme of Tuesday’s statement by the permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations.Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic delivered the statement to the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council, in which he addressed the role of sports and the Olympics in promoting a “better international environment” that is “more inclusive and open to everyone.”The archbishop also stressed the role of sports in promoting human rights among the international community.In this context, he said the Holy See will be hosting a “Conference On Faith and Sport” later this year.The Rio de Janeiro summer Olympics will run from 5-21 August.Read the full statement below:Statement by His Excellency Archbishop Ivan JurkovicPermanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN and Other International Organizations in Genevaat the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council...
(Vatican Radio)  The Church of Rome was founded on the faith of Saints Peter and Paul , the two Apostles from the Holy Land whose feast day is celebrated 29 June:  that’s what Pope Francis recalled during his midday Angelus address on this Rome holiday.  The entire universal Church, he said, considers the two patron saints of Rome “two pillars and two great lights which shine not only in the Rome sky, but in the hearts of believers of the Orient and the West.”In his catechesis, Pope Francis pointed out that the two apostles were very different: Peter, a humble fisherman and Paul, sophisticated and highly educated.  The courageous decision of the two Near Eastern saints to embark on a difficult and dangerous journey to Rome gave this territory the Christian spiritual and cultural patrimony that has formed its very foundation, the Pope affirmed.Both came to Rome to give witness to the Gospel among people and they sealed their mission of faith an...
Sion, Switzerland, Jun 29, 2016 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After indications of progress toward reconciliation earlier this year, the head of the Society of St. Pius X stated Wednesday that canonical recognition is not what the priestly society primarily seeks.“The Society of Saint Pius X, in the present state of grave necessity which gives it the right and duty to administer spiritual aid to the souls that turn to it, does not seek primarily a canonical recognition,” Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the SSPX, wrote in a June 29 communique.He added that the SSPX “has a right” to canonical recognition “as a Catholic work.”The society “has only one desire,” he said: “faithfully to bring the light of the bi-millennial Tradition which shows the only route to follow in this age of darkness in which the cult of man replaces the worship of God, in society as in the Church.”Bishop Fellay's statement was issued after...
Vatican City, Jun 28, 2016 / 06:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday Benedict XVI gave his second public speech since his final day as Pope, expressing gratitude for a lengthy priesthood and for Pope Francis' “goodness,” which he said moves him deeply.Speaking to Pope Francis and members of the College of Cardinals gathered inside the Vatican’s small Clementine Hall for the 65th anniversary of his priestly ordination, Benedict said the Greek word “Efkaristomen (let us give thanks),” expresses “all that there is to say” for the occasion. “Thank you, thank you everyone! Thank you Holy Father – your goodness, from the first day of your election, every day of my life here moves me interiorly, brings me inwardly more than the Vatican Gardens.”“Your goodness is a place in which I feel protected,” he said, and voiced his hope that Francis would be able to “move forward with all of us on this path of Divine...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The billionaire running for president now seeks to convince millions of Americans to give him money....
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