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CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) -- Apple turned 40 on Friday, and it's a very different company from the audacious startup that Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak launched in a Silicon Valley garage in 1976....
IMAGE: CNSBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With a simple tap, Pope Francis joinedInstagram and quickly set a record for gaining 1 million followers.The launch of the "Franciscus" account March 19,the feast of St. Joseph and the third anniversary of the formal inauguration ofhis papacy, was preceded by huge media coverage. But still, he hit themillion-follower mark in just 12 hours, making his "our fastest growingaccount on Instagram to date," said Stephanie Noon, an Instagram spokeswoman.The pope broke the record held for almost a year by former soccer star DavidBeckham, who took twice as long to gather 1 million followers.Joining Instagram, Pope Francis jumped into a community thattends to be younger and more complimentary than people on Twitter, althoughwith similarly impressive "engagement rates.""Twiplomacy," an annual study conducted by thecommunications firm Burson Marsteller, found Pope Francis -- through his@Pontifex accounts in nine languages -- to be the most influent...
Birmingham, Ala., Apr 1, 2016 / 09:40 am (CNA).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput presides over the Solemn Funeral Mass of Christian Burial for EWTN Foundress, Mother Angelica, live from the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Al.
The Inter-Religious Council of Kenya through the Kenya Inter-Faith Elections Programme (KIEP) has warned against early political campaigns noting that, “this trend portends ill for our nation.”In a press statement sent to CISA, the council expressed disgust that “politicians and aspirants at different levels are creating militias whose sole intent is to visit violence on Kenyans…This must be stopped forthwith,” the statement said.“… We are in constant touch with what is happening on the ground, and we are now concerned about the trend that the current wave of politicking is taking. We, therefore, urge all politicians and their vested interests to cease making elections a matter of life and death for Kenyans,” the statement said.The press release titled Prepare for Kenya’s 2017 General Elections called upon the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to commit to operating transparently and be accountable to Ken...
While the overall population of South Korea rose slightly in 2015, the number of baptisms in the Catholic Church declined, the country’s bishops have said.  According to statistics released by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea March 30, a total of 116,143 Catholics were baptized last year in the country, down 6.9 percent from the previous year,  The Korea Herald reported.   However, statistics showed that South Korea's Catholic population rose slightly by 1.7 percent to about 5.65 million, which accounts for 10.7 percent of the country's total population of 52.67 million last year.  The ratio of Catholics in general has been increasing at a constant rate, maintaining the 10 percent level since 2009.Although the number of baptisms decreased last year, it increased in 2014 for the first time since 2010, apparently affected by Pope Francis' first-ever visit to the country. A total of 124,748 Catholics were baptized in 2014, up 5 ...
Hate material still exists in Pakistani school textbooks and they need to be removed from the country’s education system, Catholic Church officials told a conference in Karachi, March 30.  "The first priority of the education system should be teaching students about humanity, moral and ethical values," said Father Saleh Diego, director for the Justice and Peace Commission in Karachi Archdiocese.  He was addressing church and social workers at the conference organized by the Pakistan Catholic bishops’ National Commission for Justice and Peace, NCJP, and the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research. "Inculcating hatred among innocent children will lead us to massive disasters in future. We have to discourage such discriminatory material in our textbooks that creates division among children belonging to different religions, castes, ethnics, tribes and cultures," said Father Diego.Kashif Aslam, NCJPprogram coordinator said rese...
(Vatican  Radio) This past week a Church in the heart of Rome, that of S. Andrea della Valle, became the location to celebrate the European Apostolic Congress on Mercy. At least for the first two days, that’s to say from the 31st to the 1st of April. And on Sunday 3rd of April, Divine Mercy Sunday, there will be Holy Mass in Saint Peter’s Square presided over by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square.That's eleven years on from the death of John Paul II on the  2nd of April 2005, who as we know was canonised on Divine Mercy Sunday. No surprise given his special devotion to Divine Mercy. To mark the day the Church celebrates the Feast of Divine Mercy Veronica Scarisbrick tells the story linked to this devotion.Listen to a programme focusing on the devotion to Divine Mercy presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick:  It’s a Polish story which takes us to a leafy Kraków suburb by the name of  Lagiewniki. At a time i...
(Vatican Radio) Vatican Weekend for April 3, 2016 features our weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel by the title of 'There's More in the Sunday Gospel than Meets the Eye' presented by Jill Bevilacqua and a bird's eye view of the past week in the Vatican presented by EWTN bureau chief here in Rome, Joan Lewis.A programme presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick:
(Vatican Radio) Vatican Weekend for April 2, 2016 features our weekly report on the general audience of Pope Francis with pilgrims from across the world in Saint Peter’s Square, a programme focusing on the devotion to Divine Mercy which takes us to a  Kraków suburb by the name of  Lagiewniki.This is followed by an Eastertide musical meditation and a scripture scholar's interpretation of the story of 'Bethsheba', one of the ladies from our family tree of faith. The programme ends with our popular 'Latin Lover' sharing his linguistic expertise surrounding the ancient gods of Rome.A programme presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick: 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- World leaders declared progress Friday in securing nuclear materials worldwide but warned of a persistent and harrowing threat: terrorists getting their hands on a nuclear bomb. "It would change our world," President Barack Obama said....
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