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COLORADO SPRING, Colo. (AP) -- Chief lieutenants in the Koch brothers' political network lashed out at the Senate Republican health care bill on Saturday as not conservative enough, becoming a powerful outside critic as GOP leaders try to rally support for their plan among rank-and-file Republicans....
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis addressed the participants in the 33rd General Chapter of the Congregation of the Resurrection on Saturday, during a special audience granted them on Saturday morning in the Consistory Hall of the Apostolic Palace. Below, please find the full text of the Holy Father's remarks, in their official English translation...*************************************Dear Brothers,I am pleased to receive you on the occasion of your General Chapter.  I thank the Superior General for his kind words, and through you, I greet all your confrères present in fifteen countries on four continents.As spiritual sons of Bogdan Janski, the apostle of Polish émigrés in France in the nineteenth century, you were founded in order to testify that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is at the basis of the Christian life, to proclaim the need for personal resurrection, and to support the community in its mission of service to the Kingdom of God.  In clos...
(Vatican Radio) Russia's Foreign Ministry has condemned new U.S. sanctions against Russians involved in the Ukraine conflict saying the move puts at "serious risk" the entire bilateral relationship amid mounting tensions between Washington and Moscow.Listen to Stefan Bos' report: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his American counterpart Rex Tillerson on Thursday that new sanctions imposed by Washington on Russia would damage relations between the two nations, Moscow said.Sanctions target mainly Russian people and companies linked to the conflict in Ukraine, where Russia anneced the Crimean peninsula and allegedly supports pro-Russian seperatists in the east of the country.The Russian Foreign Ministry quoted Lavrov as saying in the phone call that "Actions of this kind, put the entire sphere of Russian-American relations at serious risk."Before the phone call, Lavrov already complained about what he called America's Russophobic obsession.B...
(Vatican Radio) The Holy Father has granted the “Ecclesiastica Communio” in accordance with canon 76 § 2 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches to His Beatitude Youssef Absi, canonically elected as Patriarch of Antioch of the Greek Melkites on 21 June 2017 by the Synod of Bishops of the Patriarchal Church.The following is the text that Pope Francis sent to the new Patriarch of Antioch of the Greek Melkites for the concession of the “Ecclesiastica Communio”:Message of the Holy FatherTo His Beatitude YOUSSEFPatriarch of Antioch of the Greek MelkitesIt is with great joy that I received the letter in which you informed me of your election as Patriarch of Antioch of the Greek Melkites by the Synod of Bishops, requesting the Ecclesiastica Communio.I wish to congratulate you and assure you from now on of my prayer that Christ, Good Shepherd, will support you in the fulfilment of the mission entrusted to you and for the service required of you.The ...
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- Struggling to advance his agenda in Washington, President Donald Trump traveled to the Midwest on Wednesday for a raucous rally with his loyal supporters - the kind of event he relished before winning the White House....
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- Struggling to advance his agenda in Washington, President Donald Trump traveled to the Midwest for a raucous rally with his loyal supporters - the kind of event he relished before winning the White House....
The Catholic bishops of the Philippines are urging their faithful to fight false information and news, especially on the internet and social media, saying it is against charity.  The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) issued a pastoral exhortation on Wednesday saying fake news is “a sin against charity” because it leads the people to wrong decisions.  “Our Catholic faith obliges us to refrain from patronizing, popularizing and supporting identified sources of ‘alternative facts’ or ‘fake news’,” the bishops said in the pastoral exhortation entitled, “Consecrate Them In the Truth.”  “Refuse to be themselves purveyors of fake news and to desist from disseminating this whether on social media or by word of mouth or through any other form of public expression,” they said in the exhortation signed by CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen Dagupan.Freedo...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday met with members of ROACO, (Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches) who have been holding their 90th plenary assembly in Rome this week.The meeting brings Church leaders from countries across the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe together with donor organisations which raise funds for Christians in the Eastern-rite Churches.Listen to Philippa Hitchen's report: The four day meeting has been focused on the difficult situation of Christians in Egypt, Syria, Iraq and the Holy Land, as well as reflecting on the training of priests and seminarians in all the Eastern-rite Churches.In his message to participants, Pope Francis thanked them for their constant work of charity and solidarity over the past half century in support of Latin and Eastern-rite communities under the care of the Vatican’s Congregation for Oriental Churches.Persecution and emigrationThese Churches of the Middle East, as well as in Eastern Europe, he said...
(Vatican Radio) Colombia’s bishops have appealed to the Government and to the National Liberation Army (ELN) to agree on a bilateral ceasefire.The appeal came in a statement, signed by the President of the Colombian Episcopal Conference, Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga and by other bishops including the Archbishop of Cali, Dario de Jesus Monsalve Mejia who heads the Catholic Commission for dialogue with ELN.Listen to the report by Linda Bordoni: “We wish to fuel dialogue until a final agreement is reached between the parties (…) with the aim of ending the armed conflict” the statement reads.The bishops continue pointing out that “happily, Pope Francis’ Apostolic visit is drawing close and this urges all to find common ground, without any exclusions, in order for each party to be able to take the first step.  And they express their support for the ongoing negotiations between the Government and ELN rebels in Quito, Ecuador. &ldq...
IMAGE: CNS photo/Carol GlatzBy Carol GlatzVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With a trip to South Sudan postponed indefinitely, Pope Francis is sending close to a half-million dollarsto help two church-run hospitals, a teacher training center and farmingprojects for families as a way to show the people there his solidarity andsupport.Because a planned trip with Anglican Archbishop JustinWelby of Canterbury couldn't happen this year as hoped, Pope Francis"wants to make tangible the presence and closeness of the church with the sufferingpeople through this initiative 'The Pope for South Sudan,'" Cardinal PeterTurkson told reporters at a Vatican news conference June 21."He fervently hopes to be able to go there as soonas possible on an official visit to the nation; the church does not shut hope outof such an afflicted area," said the cardinal, who is prefect of theVatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.An official visit was meant to draw the world's attentionto a silent tragedy...
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