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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former "Saved by the Bell" star Dustin Diamond says his time behind bars on disorderly conduct and concealed-weapon convictions isn't like "what you see on TV."...
By Junno Arocho EstevesVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Whilethe international community should continue working for peace in war-torncountries, it also mustwork to help migrants escaping violence and persecution as well as those caringfor them, Pope Francis said. In a speech May 19 to six newambassadors to the Holy See, the pope said that while fears of terrorism andchanging a nation'sculture cannot be dismissed lightly, the concerns must "be addressed in an intelligent andcreative way so that the rights and needs of all are respected andupheld.""We must not allowmisunderstanding and fear to weaken our resolve. Rather, we are called to builda culture of dialogue, one which enables us to view others as valid dialoguepartners, to respect the foreigner, the immigrant and people from differentcultures as worthy to be listened to," the pope said. The presence of theambassadors, representing Estonia, Malawi, Seychelles, Thailand, Namibia andZambia, is areminder of the importance of remaining unite...
Vatican City, May 19, 2016 / 09:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An official meeting between Pope Francis and Imam Ahmed al Tayyeb will take place Monday at the Vatican, signaling a new step in Catholic-Muslim relations.“An audience between the Pope and the Great Imam of al Azhar is being prepared for Monday,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi told journalists May 19.He said the schedule for the visit “still has to be defined,” but confirmed that the meeting will take place Monday, April 23.The Imam of al Azhar, currently Ahmed al Tayyeb, is considered by some Muslims to be the highest authority in Sunni Islam and oversees Egypt’s al-Azhar Mosque and the prestigious al-Azhar University attached to it.Founded in the Fatimid dynasty in the late 10th century together with the adjoining mosque, the University is one of the most renowned study centers for the legal principals of Sunni Islam.According to Fr. Lombardi, the Egyptian university is also considered t...
Vatican City, May 19, 2016 / 07:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As six new ambassadors to the Holy See presented Pope Francis with their credentials, the pontiff stressed that as representatives of their people, they must be the voice of those suffering tragedies such as violence and forced migration.“For those suffering the tragedy of violence and forced migration, we must be resolute in making their plight known to the world community,” the Pope told a group of six new ambassadors to the Holy See, who presented him with their credentials May 19.He said that as diplomats, their efforts to advocate on behalf of those forced to leave their homes involuntarily is essential, so that “as they lack the strength or ability to cry out, their voice may be heard in our own.”The path of diplomacy helps to both “amplify and convey this cry” by pursuing effective solutions to the complex, underlying causes of the modern conflicts, he said.In particular, this applies ...
(Vatican Radio) After reaching an agreement with all the Christian denominations, the British charity, the Halo Trust, has embarked on a project to clear mines and unexploded ordinance from one of the most sacred Christian sites in the world, where Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan. The one square kilometer site that contains 7 churches and monasteries has been a no-go area for almost 50 years after thousands of mines and booby traps were laid during the 1967 war. The Chief Executive of the Halo Trust, Major General James Cowan, spoke to Susy Hodges about this landmark project.Listen to the interview with James Cowan of the Halo Trust:   HUGE SYMBOLISMCowan says the Halo Trust is “very excited” about this important and hugely symbolic project to clear thousands of mines and unexploded ordinance from Jesus’ baptism site along the western bank of the River Jordan. He explained how access to this sacred site, known as Qasr Al-Yahud, with its 7 churche...
Caritas Pakistan renders financial help to victims including four who are Muslims of Easter Sunday terrorist attack.A Caritas program was established after the suicide attack in a public park that killed more than 70 people. Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw of Lahore joined Caritas Pakistan in distributing checks to victims of the attack, which targeted a children's play area in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore on March 27."It was a very painful incident, families celebrating a joyful occasion were targeted," said Archbishop Shaw at Lahore's Sacred Heart Cathedral, May 18 while addressing 19 families, including four who are Muslim, affected by the attack. "Our help won't heal wounds but at least you can buy some medicine with it," said the bishop.The checks — worth 40,000 rupees each — were part of the Lahore blast victims support program, which was launched by Caritas Pakistan Lahore in April.The attack death toll climbed to 78 on May 15...
Dr. Elisa von Joeden-Forgey is an Assistant Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Stockton University in New Jersey, United States.  Also the First Vice President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, she has done specific studies in the use of sexual violence as a weapon of genocide.   Dr. Joeden-Forgey was invited to address a special event at the United Nations headquarters in New York on April 28, organized by Archbishop Bernadito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations.  The event, co-sponsored by +Libres, CitizenGo and In Defence of Christians, had as its theme, “Defending religious freedom and other human rights: stopping mass atrocities against Christians and other believers.”   Dr. Joeden-Forgey specifically addressed the discussion on Christian and Yazidi women and girls as sexual victims of crimes against humanity.    According to her, sexual vi...
(Vatican Radio) More than 1000 young people in Scotland will soon receive the Pope Benedict XVI Caritas Award 2016 at an awards ceremony in Glasgow.Listen:  The award encourages and promotes the ongoing faith journey of young people. Pupils in their final year of secondary school are able to enroll, and members of parish communities can nominate young people in areas where Catholic schools do not exist.The participants are asked to use their faith learning as a starting point for further faith reflection, which should lead to actions that show their faith witness. They are supported in deciding how best to develop their God-given talents in a way that witnesses to God’s love.While many of the participants in the past have been active members of their schools, parishes and dioceses before enrolling, many more have responded to God’s call to ‘love thy neighbor’ precisely because they have signed up for the scheme. Michael McGrath is the Director of the S...
TORONTO (AP) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized before the Canadian Parliament for a third time Thursday, saying he expects better behavior of himself after elbowing a female lawmaker in the chest and grabbing another lawmaker....
CAIRO (AP) -- An EgyptAir jetliner en route from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard swerved wildly in flight and crashed in the Mediterranean Sea early Thursday, authorities said. Egyptian and Russian officials said it may have been brought down by terrorists....
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