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(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis in Saturday appointed a Hong Kong bishop to the diocese of Macau, a former Portuguese colony, now a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China.  Auxiliary Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang of Hong Kong, a former British dependency, now a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China, is the new bishop of Macau.  Bishop Sang takes over from Bishop José Lai Hung-seng, who has stepped down.   A native of Macau, Bishop Lai has been heading Macau Diocese since June 30, 2003.  Bishop Stephen Lee  who was born in Hong Kong on 10 November 1956, speaks English and Spanish besides Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese.‎In 1951, Communist China, which is officially an atheist state, ‎expelled foreign missionaries, severed diplomatic relations with the ‎Vatican and by 1957 set up its own church - the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association - in defiance of ‎the Rome-based Catholic Church headed by the Pope.  Howev...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis is urging us to take up the challenge of receiving and integrating, in the best possible way, the growing numbers of migrants and refugees arriving on our shores and across our borders.In his message, entitled “Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy” for this year's World Day of Migrants and Refugees which recurs on January 17, the Pope notes that migration is growing worldwide as the victims of violence and poverty increasingly flee their homelands in search of a better life.“Today – he says – more than in the past, the Gospel of mercy troubles our consciences, prevents us from taking the suffering of others for granted” and asks us to respond with charity and with practical solutions that respect the human dignity of each person.The Pope also points out that integration offers the possibility of mutual enrichment and that hospitality grows from both giving and receiving.Tom Smol...
(Vatican Radio)  Prosecutors say at least 55 people have been detained and several were injured following violent protests in Azerbaijan. The unrest was triggered by soaring food prices in the energy-rich Caspian Sea nation.Listen to Stefan Bos' report: At least one person was treated in hospital and several others were injured as police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators who blocked streets in the city of Siyazan, near the Caspian Sea coast, about 100 kilometers north of the capital, Baku.The Prosecutor General's office said that policemen were among those injured and that two police vehicles were damaged in the violence. Authorities have accused what they called "religious extremists" and the opposition Popular Front and Musavat parties of provoking the riots.National currency plummetsMusavat rejected the accusations, saying the protest was triggered by price hikes following a sharp devaluation of the national currency of as mu...
 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...
VIENNA (AP) -- The latest developments as Iran and world powers prepare to implement a landmark deal reached last year to curb Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions (all times local)....
VIENNA (AP) -- Iran will release four detained Americans in exchange for seven Iranians held or charged in the United States, U.S. and Iranian officials said Saturday in a diplomatic breakthrough announced as implementation of a landmark nuclear deal appeared imminent. A fifth American detained in Iran, a student, was released in a move unrelated to the swap, U.S. officials said....
VIENNA (AP) -- The U.N. atomic agency announced Saturday that Iran has met all of its obligations under a landmark nuclear deal with six world powers....
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- The Al-Qaida fighters who stormed a popular hangout in Burkina Faso's capital at dinnertime came with a mission to kill as many people as possible, firing at people as they moved to a nearby hotel and setting the cafe ablaze, survivors and officials said Saturday. When the gunfire stopped after a more than 12-hour siege, at least 28 people had been slain in an unprecedented attack on this West African country long spared the jihadist violence ex...
HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) -- A retiree who lives across the street from a Hawaii beach said she heard two booms that were loud enough to shake her house on the night two Marine Corps helicopters crashed off the island of Oahu....
JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) -- In a swipe at the his party's front-runners, Republican White House hopeful Marco Rubio charged Saturday that anger alone isn't enough to qualify someone to be president....
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