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OSCEOLA, Iowa (AP) -- Ted Cruz worked to consolidate support from Iowa conservatives Tuesday with the help of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, while rival Donald Trump claimed Cruz was "nervous" with less than a week until voting kicks off in Iowa....
IMAGE: CNS photo/Andrew Medichini, poolBy Carol GlatzVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Meeting with Iranian PresidentHassan Rouhani at the Vatican, Pope Francis told him he had high hopes forpeace.And while Pope Francis usually asks those he meets fortheir prayers, the Shiite cleric pre-empted the pope's request and said, "Iask you to pray for me."President Rouhani, who was in Europe to build politicaland economic ties after Iran's historic nuclear agreement, met with the popeJan. 26 for 40 minutes of private talks with the aid of translators. Thepresident then had a separate meeting with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vaticansecretary of state.The recent international agreement limiting Iran'snuclear program was discussed as well as "the important role Iran iscalled to play with other nations in the region in promoting adequate politicalsolutions to the problems that afflict the Middle East, opposing the spread ofterrorism and arms trafficking," the Vatican said in a written communique.When he conv...
By Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Lent is a time of conversion and atime to deepen one's faith, demonstrating and sharing it through the corporaland spiritual works of mercy, Pope Francis said."Faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meantto help our neighbors in body and spirit," the pope said in his messagefor Lent, which begins Feb. 10 for Latin-rite Catholics.Feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, welcoming strangers,offering instruction, giving comfort -- "on such things will we bejudged," the pope wrote in the message, which was released at the VaticanJan. 26.Particularly during the Year of Mercy, he said, Catholicsare called to recognize their own need for God's mercy, the greatness of God's loveseen in the death and resurrection of Christ and the obligation to assistothers by communicating God's love and mercy through words and deeds."The root of all sin" is thinking that one is god,something often expressed in a total preoccupation for accumulating money and...
Vatican City, Jan 26, 2016 / 09:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday Pope Francis met with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani for the first time, an encounter that focused heavily on human rights, religious freedom, and an end to the spread of terrorism.Originally scheduled to take place in November, Rouhani’s visit was canceled at the last minute due to the Nov. 13, 2015, attacks in Paris. It also follows the lifting of international sanctions against the country after a long-anticipated nuclear agreement was reached in July. The Jan. 26 meeting between Francis the Iranian president took place in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, and lasted 40 minutes.Rouhani was accompanied by a delegation of 12 persons, all of whom were men save an Iranian woman who served as one of two interpreters assisting during the encounter. Rouhani spoke in Farsi, while Pope Francis spoke in Italian.A Vatican communique described the meeting between Francis and Rouhani as cordial, and centered l...
(Vatican Radio) In this Year of Mercy the local Church is continuing to promote initiatives to highlight this Extraordinary event in the life of the Church. Nowhere is that more evident than in the diocese of Salford in the UK.It has decided to have four Holy Doors and is placing much importance on the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.The Bishop of Salford, John Arnold  said that one of the ideas that they have had is a “Mercy bus”, which he explained, “is a bus which will go to the centre of some of the towns in the diocese and take the Church to the people.”Listen to Lydia O’Kane’s interview with the Bishop of Salford, John Arnold  Traditionally the Holy Year has been based in Rome, but Bishop Arnold  said, that the Pope’s call for the year to be celebrated also by the local Church throughout the world, is a wonderful idea.“Although it’s a wonderful idea to have a pilgrimage to Rome, quite frankly a ...
 WASHINGTON-Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on everyone "concerned about the tragedy of abortion" to recommit to a "vision of life and love, a vision that excludes no one" on January 14. His statement marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Cardinal Dolan chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops."Most Americans oppose a policy allowing legal abortion for virtually any reason - though many still do not realize that this is what the Supreme Court gave us," wrote Cardinal Dolan. "Most want to protect unborn children at later stages of pregnancy, to regulate or limit the practice of abortion, and to stop the use of taxpayer dollars for the destruction of unborn children. Yet many who support important goals of the pro-life movement do not identify as 'pro-life,' a fact which should lead us to examine how we present our pro-life vision to others.""Even as Americans rema...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis asked for 'mercy and forgiveness' for the way Christians have behaved towards each other, saying we cannot let the weight of past faults continue to contaminate our relationships. The Pope's words came in his homily at an ecumenical celebration of Vespers on Monday evening in the Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls marking the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. In his prepared remarks, the Holy Father focused on the need for divided Christian communities to walk together in the way of the Lord, in the knowledge that unity is a gift of heaven and in the understanding that all service rendered to the cause of the one Gospel builds up the one true Church and gives glory to the one Lord, Jesus Christ.“While we journey together toward full communion,” said Pope Francis, “we can begin already to develop many forms of cooperation in order to favor the spread of the Gospel – and walking together, we...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis delivered the homily at the closing Vespers of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in the Basilica of St. Paul "Outside the Walls" in Rome on Monday evening. Below, please find Vatican Radio's full English translation of the Holy Father's prepared remarks.*******************************************************“I am the least of the Apostles … because I persecuted the Church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace in me was not without effect.” That’s how the Apostle Paul sums up the significance of his conversion. Coming after his dramatic encounter with the Risen Christ on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus, it is not primarily a moral conversion but rather an transforming experience of the grace of Christ, and at the same time, a call to the new mission of announcing to everyone the Jesus that he previously persecuted by persecuting the disciples of Christ. At that moment, in fact, ...
 WASHINGTON-Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on everyone "concerned about the tragedy of abortion" to recommit to a "vision of life and love, a vision that excludes no one" on January 14. His statement marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Cardinal Dolan chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops."Most Americans oppose a policy allowing legal abortion for virtually any reason - though many still do not realize that this is what the Supreme Court gave us," wrote Cardinal Dolan. "Most want to protect unborn children at later stages of pregnancy, to regulate or limit the practice of abortion, and to stop the use of taxpayer dollars for the destruction of unborn children. Yet many who support important goals of the pro-life movement do not identify as 'pro-life,' a fact which should lead us to examine how we present our pro-life vision to others.""Even as Americans rema...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's capital and its largest city both got walloped by the same near-record blizzard this weekend. But while Washington struggled to recover, New York City was mostly up and running on Monday....
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