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London, England, May 26, 2016 / 12:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic bishops of England and Wales are ready to support the government’s proposed prison reforms outlined in Queen Elizabeth II’s speech to Parliament.“The Church has a strong practical contribution to make. Our chaplains work in every prison throughout England and Wales, and are often at the forefront of supporting prisoners in their rehabilitation,” Bishop Richard Moth of Arundel and Brighton said.“This is a remarkable opportunity to place reform and redemption at the heart of our prisons,” he added. “It is only through a properly resourced system focused on genuinely helping people to turn their lives around that we will create a safer and more civilized society.”Bishop Moth is the bishops’ liaison for prisons. He said recent conversations with the Minister for Prisons and his staff have been “extremely helpful.”The bishop’s comments were a res...
(Vatican Radio)The top leader of the European Union, Donald Tusk, has urged the global community to show solidarity towards refugees and says Europe's biggest refugee crisis since World War Two is is a global problem. His remarks came after the Italian navy said at least 5 people died and hundreds of others narrowly escaped drowning after their smugglers’ boat capsized in the southern Mediterranean and Greek police evacuated more refugees from an overcrowded camp near Macedonia. Stefan Bos reports Tusk, the president of the EU's European Council, told reporters at the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Japan that he would seek support and commitment from the seven most developed economies to increasing global assistance for the immediate and long-term needs of refugees.He said he was aware "that because of geography, most of the responsibility regarding the refugee crisis" will be on Europe. "However we would also like the global community to show...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Hispanic voters in Florida, New Mexico and California have waved Mexican flags and bashed Donald Trump piƱatas - clashing with police, at times - to protest the Republican presidential contender's hard line approach to immigration....
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- With a triumphant pile of delegates in hand, Republican Donald Trump on Thursday claimed support from "almost everybody" in his party and turned his attention to his likely Democratic presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton, who is still locked in a divisive primary contest....
Charleston, S.C., May 25, 2016 / 12:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- South Carolina has moved closer to stronger legal restrictions against abortion, with a bill to ban most abortions after 19 weeks, due to evidence that unborn children can feel pain at that point.Bishop Robert Guglielmone of Charleston said the passage of South Carolina’s latest pro-life bill marks “a truly great day… especially for the many children that will be saved by this important life-affirming legislation,” the Charleston diocese’s newspaper The Catholic Miscellany reports.“This act will support not only the moral law but also (the) proven scientific fact that unborn children feel pain by at least 20 weeks of development after fertilization,” he added. “As the Holy Father has said, ‘Let us say “yes” to life, and “no” to death’.” Michael Acquilano, director of the South Carolina Catholic Conference, said that abortions hav...
Washington D.C., May 23, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Evangelical and socially conservative leaders are planning a meeting with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to discuss their concerns and decide on future action.Organizers of the meeting plan to bring together about 400 leaders to meet with the candidate, Time Magazine reports. The organizers include former presidential candidate Ben Carson and Family Research Council president Tony Perkins.“The main thing here is to have a conversation,” Perkins said, adding that the goal of the meeting is to have “an honest conversation so that these leaders know what they need to do.”Carson is the only meeting organizer who endorsed Trump in the Republican primary. He is organizing the meeting in his capacity as the chairman of MyFaithVotes, an organization founded by California lawyer Sealy Yates to mobilize Christian voters.Many of the likely attendees did not support Trump in the Republic...
IDOMENI, Greece (AP) -- Greek authorities sent hundreds of police into the country's largest informal refugee camp Tuesday to support the gradual evacuation of the Idomeni site on the Macedonian border....
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...
(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 UK’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, Baroness Joyce Anelay, was in Rome this weekend to speak to religious men and women caring for survivors of sexual violence in conflict counties around the world.Since 2012 the British government has been spearheading a global initiative to prevent and respond to the problem of rape being used as a weapon of war, for ethnic cleansing or to terrorize local populations. In 2014 a global summit in London brought together politicians, civil society and international organisations to agree on a practical action plan. Last year an international conference gathered faith leaders from different traditions to discuss ways of challenging prejudices, supporting survivors and documenting evidence of crimes committed.During her visit to Rome on Saturday, Baroness Anelay held talks with Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States and with Michel Roy, Secretary...
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