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The Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) is celebrating the golden jubilee of the Bishops’ Lenten Appeals.In a Lenten message commemorating the golden jubilee, the Archbishop of Cape Town and President of the SACBC, Stephen Brislin, said over the last 50 years the Bishops’ Lenten appeal had made an enormous impact on the life of the Church in Southern Africa and on the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.“It is with deep gratitude to God that we celebrate the 50 years of the Bishops’ Lenten Appeal. Undertaken so many years ago by the Bishops, with vision and faith, the annual collections of the Lenten Appeal has made an enormous impact on the life of the Church and the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in Southern Africa… the Lenten Appeal was set up to help those in need and the for the works of the Church in proclaiming the Good News," Archbishop Brislin writes.(Email: engafrica@vatiradio.va)Find below the full...
Washington D.C., Feb 13, 2017 / 01:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- President Donald Trump’s administration will stop fighting in court to implement the Obama administration’s transgender bathroom policy, leading to applause from a religious freedom legal group.  “This is good news for the privacy, safety, and dignity of young students across America,” stated Gary McCaleb, senior counsel with the legal group Alliance Defending Freedom.On Friday, the Trump administration announced that it was dropping the government’s appeal on behalf of the Obama administration’s transgender bathroom guidance. That guidance had directed schools to allow students to use the bathroom or locker room of the gender they currently identify with, not the facilities of their birth or biological sex.In August, the Northern District of Texas federal court placed an injunction on the policy, halting it from going into effect.  In response to the injunction, the Obama admini...
By Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- At a time when the media seem to feeda "vicious cycle of anxiety" and a "spiral of fear,"Christians should respond with honest stories that identify problems and evil,but also inspire real solutions, Pope Francis said."Every new tragedy that occurs in the world's history canalso become a setting for good news, inasmuch as love can find a way to drawnear and to raise up sympathetic hearts, resolute faces and hands ready tobuild anew," the pope wrote in his message for World Communications Day2017.Following a long tradition, the pope's message was releasedJan. 24, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists. TheVatican and most dioceses will mark World Communications Day May 28, the Sundaybefore Pentecost.The pope chose "'Fear not, for I am with you.'Communicating Hope and Trust in Our Time" as the theme for the 2017commemoration.In a letter to directors and editors in chief of a varietyof media outlets, Msgr. Dario Vigano, pref...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Flint's water system no longer has levels of lead exceeding the federal limit, a key finding that Michigan state environmental officials said Tuesday is good news for a city whose 100,000 residents have been grappling with the man-made water crisis....
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Flint's water system no longer has levels of lead exceeding the federal limit, a key finding that Michigan environmental officials said Tuesday was good news for a city whose 100,000 residents have been grappling with the man-made water crisis....
Washington D.C., Jan 20, 2017 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A reported drop in the United States abortion rate by the Guttmacher Institute is good news to pro-life leaders, who nevertheless acknowledge that optimism should be tempered.“The news that there may be fewer abortions taking place in the United States is a great start to the New Year, though we have to take the abortion industry’s claims with a grain of salt,” the acting president of Americans United for Life, Clarke Forsythe, stated.The accuracy of the numbers could have been affected by the lack of a “national reporting requirement” for clinics, he said.Charles Camosy, a theology professor at Fordham University, echoed that claim, saying the numbers were “good news” but cautioning that “a confluence of factors” was behind them.Abortion rates in the U.S. fell to their lowest recorded level since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, the Guttmacher Institute, whic...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday urged the faithful to open their hearts to the Good News of the Saviour’s birth.The Pope was addressing the pilgrims gathered in the Vatican Paul VI Hall for the weekly General Audience.His catechesis on Christian hope focused on these last days of Advent and on how we prepare to receive the message embodied in the nativity.Reflecting on the fact that a catechesis focusing on Christian hope is more than appropriate during the time of Advent, Pope Francis recalled the words of the prophet Isaiah, “the Lord himself will give you a sign: the young woman, pregnant and about to bear a son, shall name him Emmanuel” and also “a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.”He said that the sense of Christmas transpires in both of these verses: “God fulfills his promise by coming in the flesh, (…) and He gives his people a new hope for humanity: eternal life”.&n...
Vatican City, Dec 17, 2016 / 08:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- There’s a Christmas reason to speak always about the poor and about mercy, Pope Francis told a benefit concert Saturday.“At times someone says to me ‘But Father, you always speak about the poor and about mercy.’ Yes, I say. But this is not a malady. It’s simply the way that God had revealed himself,” the Pope said in a Dec. 17 video message.“The fact that Christmas is almost upon us reminds us of the way in which God entered the world: born of the Virgin Mary like all children, wrapped in swaddling clothes, picked up, nursed. Not only him, but his mother and Joseph have had to contend with the fact that there was no room for them in the inn,” the Pope continued.“The good news, the announcement of this birth, is not delivered to the king and princes, but to shepherds…  This is our God: not the wholly other, but totally the neighbor.”His video message was del...
Phoenix, Ariz., Dec 16, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Courage International will team with the Phoenix diocese in the new year to host an event addressing same-sex attraction and other sexual identity issues on the forefront of Church discussion today.“The work of Courage International, helping those with same-sex attraction to build friendships and virtue, and helping the Church to share the Good News of Christ in a challenging area, is essential to our time,” said Bishop Thomas Olmstead of Phoenix, Arizona.“I encourage all who have pastoral responsibilities to join us at the conference in January in Phoenix. It will help you to grow in knowledge and friendship,” the bishop said.This year, the “Truth and Love” conference will center around the theme of “Welcoming and accompanying our brothers and sisters with same-sex attraction or confusion regarding sexual identity.”The event, now in its third year, will offer presentations and ...
Vatican City, Dec 14, 2016 / 04:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Wednesday spoke about the hope that the Child Jesus brings at Christmastime, saying it is our duty to be the messengers that bring his message to the world – a world that is thirsting for goodness.“The message of the Good News entrusted to us is urgent,” he said Dec. 14. “We must also run like the messenger of the mountains, because the world cannot wait, humanity is hungry and thirsty for justice, for truth and for peace.”The Pope spoke during his general audience for the third week of Advent, continuing the series of catechesis he began last week on Christian hope.Focusing on a passage from Book of Isaiah recounting how the messenger was “announcing peace” and “bringing good news,” the Pope said that we are also urged “to wake up, like Jerusalem.”“We are called to become men and women of hope, collaborating in the coming of this kingdom made ...
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