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REYHANLI, Turkey (AP) -- Every time 3-year-old Seif wears his new prosthetic legs, the toddler puts up a fight. He has already made peace with walking on his stumps, but there is no dodging his daily rehabilitation session at a prosthetic clinic in southern Turkey....
BANGKOK (AP) -- Animals at Bangkok's zoo are being fed special frozen fruit pops. People are flocking to shopping malls just to soak up the air-conditioning. Authorities are telling people to stay out of the blazing sun to avoid heat stroke....
Vatican City, Apr 27, 2016 / 05:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis said that just because someone is an expert in God’s law and a strict adherent to the rules doesn’t necessarily mean they know how to love and serve others.“It’s not automatic that whoever frequents the House of God and knows his mercy knows how to love their neighbor. It’s not automatic,” the Pope said April 27.“You can know the bible, you can know all the liturgical norms, you can know theology, but ‘to know’ is not automatically ‘to love,’” he said, explaining that “to love has another path, with intelligence, but it has something more.”While knowledge and worship are good, they are false unless they are “translated into service of others,” Francis stressed.“Let us never forget: in front of the suffering of so many people exhausted by hunger, violence, injustice, we cannot remain spectators. To igno...
Beijing, China, Apr 27, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two members of a Chinese church demolition crew have been detained by police after they allegedly bulldozed the wife of a Christian pastor who had attempted to halt the destruction of her church.Bob Fu, president of the NGO China Aid, said that Christianity has become a “major target” in culture and is treated as “a political and security threat to the regime,” he told CNA April 25.“Bulldozing and burying alive Ding Cuimei, a peaceful and devout Christian woman, was a cruel, murderous act,” Fu said in a previous statement from China Aid.“This case is a serious violation of the rights to life, religious freedom and rule of law. The Chinese authorities should immediately hold those murderers accountable and take concrete measures to protect the religious freedom of this house church’s members.”Ding Cumei and her husband Li Jiangong were pushed into a ditch and buried alive b...
(Vatican Radio ) I'm sure you remember Saint John Paul II's invitation to us not to be afraid. Certainly he himself was not afraid to stand up to the trials of life in defense of others, neither as Pope nor as priest back in Poland. To mark two years since his canonisation Veronica Scarisbrick shares with you a programme focusing on his life in Poland under the communist regime which features interviews done at the time of his pontificate. Listen to this programme presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick:  As you'll discover in this archive programme no one ever doubted the courage of Pope John Paul, certainly not his closest advisors. Among them Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze who specifies how .."Pope John Paul II put the Church on the map of the world and in the corridors of those who make policies as perhaps no other pope in our time...you know where he stands on major problems touching church and society...he is not afraid."Some of those...
(Vatican Radio) In light of increasing gang violence and murder in Dublin, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin calls upon the people of the city to form an alliance to fight against hatred and evil.Archbishop Martin issued the statement yesterday after two gun murders occurred within two hours of each other. These are the sixth and seventh deaths on the streets of Dublin this year connected to gangland feuds, organized crime and personal disputes.“Everyone has a responsibility,” he says. “Those who cultivate violence thrive on our silence.  We have to unite to undermine them and their business and not close our eyes to what we know.” Below find the full text of Archbishop Diarmuid’s statement.26th April 2016Pope Francis recently quoted Martin Luther King on the theme of putting an end to violence.  King had said that in the face of senseless violence in the end: “somewhere somebody must have a little sense”.  And then he adds: &...
(Vatican Radio) A number of causes for canonization were advanced on Tuesday, including an Italian diocesan priest. A miracle attributed to Blessed Alfonso Maria Fusco clears the way for his canonization. Another miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable John Sullivan, an Irish Jesuit, was also recognized. The decrees also recognize the martyrdom of several victims of Communism, including the Servants of God Fr José Antón Gómez, OSB, along with three other Benedictine priests, who were killed during the Spanish civil war; and Archbishop Nikollë Vinçenc Prennushi of Durrës (Durazzo), and 37 companions, killed under the Communist regime in Albania between 1945 and 1974. Pope Francis honoured the martyrs of Albania during his visit to that country in 2014. Another country recently visited by the the Holy Father also saw one of its sons advanced along the path toward canonization, as the Congregation re...
(Vatican Radio) This coming Friday, 29 April, is the feast day of one of the Church’s best loved saints, and Doctors of the Church, St Catherine of Siena. Born in 1347 in the Tuscan city of Siena, she was to live only 33 years; but like her Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, in those few brief years, she changed the course of history. Counsellor to Popes and Princes; to a Europe which had been tearing itself apart, she was instrumental in helping to start a process which would usher in a more stable continent. For this reason, she is not only hailed as a Patron Saint of Italy, but also a Co-Patron of Europe itself.Listen here as Deacon Phil Andrews discovers more about St Catherine's enduring legacy in the promotion of mercy, and realized in the practise of faith, hope, and love: However, it is perhaps her spiritual legacy which still affects us in the twenty-first century. The two-fold truth as taught by Jesus to St Catherine was quite simply this: we are created, wounded a...
(Vatican Radio)  The story of the Good Samaritan and its lesson of “love thy neighbour” were at the heart of Pope Francis’ catechesis during the General Audience on Wednesday 27 April.Below, we publish the Holy Father’s message to the English speaking pilgrims present in Saint Peter’s Square:Dear Brothers and Sisters:  In our catechesis for this Holy Year of Mercy, we now turn to the parable of the Good Samaritan.  Jesus had taught the great commandment of love for God and neighbour.  In reply to the question: “Who is my neighbour?”, he recounts the story of the priest and the levite who pass by a man in need at the side of the road.  Their religiosity is ultimately inauthentic, for it does not find expression in service to others.  Love, the Lord tells us, is never abstract or distant; it “sees” and it responds.  The compassion shown by the Samaritan is an image of the infinite mercy of God, ...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's highly anticipated foreign policy speech Wednesday will test whether the Republican presidential front-runner, known for his raucous rallies and eyebrow-raising statements, can present a more presidential persona as he works to unite the GOP establishment behind him....
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