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NEW YORK (AP) -- Kelly Ripa returned to her daytime talk show Tuesday after time off to "gather (her) thoughts" after learning her co-host Michael Strahan was leaving, saying the incident had started a conversation about workplace respect....
IMAGE: CNS photo/Jose Jacome, EPA, ReutersBy QUITO, Ecuador (CNS) -- Catholicagencies are beginning to build temporary shelters for thousands offamilies in Ecuador made homeless by the South American country's worst naturaldisaster in nearly seven decades. As the death toll continues toclimb following a magnitude-7.8 earthquake, which struck near the town of Muisneon the Pacific Coast April 16, officials are assessing the scope of the damageand working to provide humanitarian aid to the estimated 350,000 people whowere affected, including 26,000 who were left without homes. Churchorganizations have been distributing food, drinking water and mattresses, whiletrying to establish contact with small communities that were cut off when roadsand telephone lines were destroyed. "We're now up to 696 deathsand you can tell the psychosocial impact is serious,'' said Thomas Hollywood,director of Catholic Relief Services in South America. "They're trying tofigure out what to do next. But the pop...
IMAGE: CNS photo/Tony Gentile, ReutersBy Junno Arocho EstevesVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Sharing and celebrating the joy offaith with thousands of Catholic teenagers from around the globe was a raremoment that not many people are able to experience, a U.S. teen said. "It was a different atmosphere than what I'm used to,but it's good because it shows that the beauty of the Catholic Church isthere," Emily Sullivan told Catholic News Service April 25. Emily, her brother Ryan and parents Matt and Susan, camefrom North Carolina to participate in the Year of Mercy celebration for young teens April 23-24in Rome. Both siblings, who are preparing to receive the sacrament ofconfirmation, saidthat despite the language barrier, they were able to join in singing andpraying during the April 23 youth rally at Rome's Olympic Stadium."It was awesome; the energy was insane," Emilysaid. "The people knew all the lyrics and they were jamming out. So wecame up with a couple of words that we could sing along. ...
Vatican City, Apr 26, 2016 / 07:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican clarified Tuesday that the recent suspension of an external audit of Vatican finances by Pricewaterhouse Cooper is due to problems surrounding specific clauses in their contract, and is not meant to hinder the ongoing reform of the Curia.“The suspension of auditing activities is not due to considerations linked to the integrity or quality of the work initiated by PwC, let alone the intention of one or more entities of the Holy See to block the reforms in progress,” the Vatican stated in an April 26 communique.It noted that “issues have emerged regarding the meaning and scope of certain clauses of the contract and their methods of implementation,” and stressed that “such elements will undergo the necessary examination.”The decision to suspend the audit, the communique read, was made only after “suitable consultations” took place between the competent entities and expert...
Philadelphia, Pa., Apr 26, 2016 / 06:40 am (CNA).- After Mass at a typical parish, it’s fellowship over coffee and donuts. But for troops stationed in Afghanistan, after Mass it’s cigars smoked down to the nub.Father Stephen McDermott, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and a U.S. Army chaplain who recently was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Afghanistan, just completed a year-long tour of duty in the country. He recalls how after the Sunday evening Mass, about 25 soldiers would gather for a smoky, improptu catechetical session.“We’d just sit around and burn down a cigar, and it was one conversation: ‘Father, what do you think about this or that?’ They would come with their questions, and that was just a golden time of doing that.”He promoted the practice even in small outpost bases when he stayed overnight. “I would post a sign saying, ‘Mass at this time followed by Holy Smokes,’” he said.Mu...
(Vatican Radio)  “The Progress of Regenerative Medicine and its Cultural Impact:”  that’s the theme of an international conference coming up later this week in the Vatican.  The third in a series of Vatican conferences on stem cell research and regenerative medicine, the April 28-30 meeting will gather leading medical and scientific researchers, patients, politicians and policy makers, business leaders and philanthropists for an “open dialogue about the interconnections among cellular research, technology, faith and culture.”Listen to this report by Tracey McClure: Organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture’s Science and Faith office, the conference will focus on medical breakthroughs in the treatment of Cancer and Diabetes in children.  The world’s some 6,000 rare diseases, which account for more than 300 million patients, will also be examined as a “global emergency” in need of a global response. ...
(Vatican Radio) The Holy See Press Office has issued a communiqué with regard to the contract with the auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) which was suspended on April 12.PwC  had been hired by the Holy See to perform an audit of Vatican finances.The communiqué offers the following clarifications:“The suspension of auditing activities is not due to considerations linked to the integrity or quality of the work initiated by PwC, let alone the intention of one or more entities of the Holy See to block the reforms in progress.However, issues have emerged regarding the meaning and scope of certain clauses of the contract and their methods of implementation. Such elements will undergo the necessary examination. The decision to proceed in this way was taken after suitable consultations between the competent bodies and experts in the field.It is hoped that this phase of reflection and study may take place in an atmosphere of serenity and collaboration. The ...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said Tuesday that the clergy should serve lay people and not make use of them and spoke out against clericalism, calling it one of the greatest distortions affecting the Church in Latin America. His comments came in a wide-ranging letter reflecting on the role of the laity that was addressed to Cardinal Marc Ouellet, President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.  The Pope’s letter was a follow-up to the commission’s recent Plenary Assembly whose theme was “the indispensable role of the lay faithful in the public life of Latin American countries.” In his letter, Pope Francis explained that he wished to follow-up the discussions and reflections that emerged during the Plenary Assembly in order to prevent them "from not bearing fruit." He urged the clergy to look closely at the people and lives of the lay faithful and avoid falling into the trap of adopting certain slogans on their behalf that seem w...
(Vatican Radio) To mark the fourth centenary of the death of William Shakespeare Veronica Scarisbrick delves into Vatican Radio archives to find out more about the papacy and Shakespeare.What she discovers are a few quotes on the part of Pius XII, a pope who it seems was a bit of a fan of this great Englishman and sometimes peppered his speeches with Shakespearian quotes.A programme presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick: Beginning in 1946 while speaking of Mother Cabrini. It was the 9th of July and while highlighting how her thoughts flew high when it came to doing good, he quoted from her writings saying: “I feel the world is too small to satisfy my desires". And then added how in reading these words he was reminded of Portia from “The Merchant of Venice” who once said: "My little body is a-weary of this great world". A year later, this time it was the 5th of May and while speaking to delegates of an international postal co...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A coroner's report released Tuesday showed new details of vicious violence in the shooting deaths of eight members of a rural southern Ohio family, finding most victims were shot three to nine times each and some of them were bruised. Meanwhile, the hunt for whoever is responsible continued to expand, with more than 200 law enforcement officials involved....
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