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BOSTON (AP) -- People spotting bald eagles in the skies over the Boston area aren't hallucinating - there really are more of the majestic birds of prey setting up shop in the urban eastern areas of the state....
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican authorities have ordered that actress Kate del Castillo be located and presented for questioning about her encounters with cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman....
IMAGE: CNS photo/Yara Nardi, ReutersBy Cindy WoodenROME (CNS) -- Thousands of people waited hours outside aRome church to glimpse the mortal remains of St. Padre Pio and St. LeopoldMandic, two Capuchins popular as miracle workers and known particularly for thelong hours they would spend hearing confessions.Pope Francis asked the Capuchins to bring the relics of St.Padre Pio and St. Leopold to Rome for the Year of Mercy, particularly the Feb.10 celebration of Ash Wednesday and the commissioning of the official"missionaries of mercy."The hearse carrying Padre Pio's crystal coffin was about 90minutes late getting to Rome's Basilica of St. Lawrence Feb. 3 because pocketsand clusters of faithful repeatedly forced it to slow down as it drove from SanGiovanni Rotondo, 235 miles to the southeast.Posters pasted up all over the center of Rome giving thedetailed schedule for Masses, prayer services and other devotions feature alarge photo of Padre Pio and a smaller photo of St. Leopold.In the...
IMAGE: CNS photo/Chaz MuthBy Chaz MuthBOISE,Idaho (CNS) -- In the 1980s, a wave of migrants from Mexico and other LatinAmerican countries began to settle in Idaho.Theagricultural industry made the state a prime location for these immigrants, whocould work on the farms and ranches, often without having to know too much Englishor provide legal documents to secure employment.Italso presented the statewide Diocese of Boise -- one of the Catholic home missiondioceses in the U.S. -- with a set of challenges.Beforethe big migration, Idaho had a predominantly white population and there waslittle need for Spanish-speaking priests, religious sisters or deacons.Thechurch, schools and government were not prepared for their arrival, said FatherJesus Camacho, parochial vicar of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Boise, who wasordained in his native Mexico in 1975.WhenFather Camacho arrived in Boise in 1981, he was one of only two priests fromMexico in the diocese and there was no Hispanic ministry.He...
Los Angeles, Calif., Feb 4, 2016 / 06:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Efforts to combat social injustice cannot forget that the right to life is foundational, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said at a Hispanic pro-life gathering last week.Pro-life questions are not just one issue among many, the archbishop said, criticizing the effects of a “seamless garment” approach advocated by some Catholics, or what is sometimes called “a consistent ethic of life.” These views mislead people in practice, he said, and result in “a mistaken idea that all issues are morally equivalent.”“So in everything we need to be clear that the root violence in our society is the violence against those who are not yet born and those who are at the end of their lives,” the archbishop said.“If the child in the womb has no right to be born, if the sick and the old have no right to be taken care of – then there is no solid foundation to defend anyone&rsqu...
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Thursday paid a surprise visit to the offices of three dicasteries of the Roman Curia: the Congregation for Oriental Churches and the Pontifical Councils: Cor Unam and for the New Evangelisation. During his visit, the Pope agreed to answer a number of questions put to him by the staff of the three organisations.In an interview afterwards, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Council for promoting the New Evangelisation said they were deeply grateful for this visit by Pope Francis. Archbishop Fisichella said the Pope had given them valuable advice on how best to promote the new evangelization, especially when it comes to the question of pastoral conversion and the catechesis. He also spoke about the important role model of the two saints, Pio of Pietrelcina, better known as Padre Pio, and Leopold Mandic, both of whose relics will be taken in a procession to St. Peter’s Basilica on Friday.   
(Vatican Radio) The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, concluded a visit to Slovenia on Thursday by visiting a reception centre for refugees in Dobova, on the Croatian border, where tens of thousands of immigrants arrived at the height of last autumn’s migration crisis.During his three day visit, the cardinal on Wednesday inaugurated new premises for the Apostolic Nunciature to Slovenia, in the capital Ljubljana and celebrated Mass to mark the close of the Year of Consecrated Life in Ljublijana Cathedral.Speaking at a joint press conference on Tuesday at the start of his visit, Cardinal Parolin and Slovenia’s prime minister Miro Cerar called for a “humane and solidarity-based” resolution to the refugee crisis.During his visit to the reception centre in Dobova, the Vatican Secretary of State met with volunteers and said he was impressed by the “great sense of solidarity” with migrants which must be the starting point for any las...
(Vatican Radio) The European parliament on Thursday passed a resolution that labelled as ‘genocide’ the systematic mass murder of religious minorities by the so-called Islamic State (IS) militant group in Iraq and Syria. Passed overwhelmingly by a show of hands, the resolution urged the international community to take action to protect all religious and minority groups against IS attacks. Lars Adaktusson from Sweden is the member of the European parliament (MEP) who spearheaded this debate and resolution and speaking after it was passed he explained to Susy Hodges why it is so important to classify the atrocities of the IS group as ‘genocide.’ Listen to the interview with the MEP Lars Adaktusson:  A Swedish Christian Democrat and member of the European Peoples’ Party, Adaktusson said passing this resolution was a very important move because by labelling IS’s atrocities as ‘genocide’, it will help the international community...
(Vatican Radio) A new film produced by Sony Pictures is looking to tell the story of the days immediately following the Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.Told through the eyes of the fictional Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a high-ranking officer in the Roman Army tasked by the Prefect of Judaea, Pontius Pilate, with the recovery of the – presumably – stolen remains of the man executed as King of the Jews, Risen follows Clavius and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton) as they attempt to locate the missing body in order to prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.Part detective story, part political thriller, the film explores great themes ranging from the nature of faith to the possibilities and limits of politics to satisfy basic human desires.Vatican Radio’s Chris Altieri attended a closed screening of the film for critics and journalists this week in Rome, and spoke with actor Joseph Fiennes, who portrays the Tribune, Clavius.Click below to hear our report “I think he...
(Vatican Radio)  Officials from more than 70 countries are meeting in London Thursday at a donor’s conference aiming to help Syrians displaced by war and to try to slow the exodus of refugees to Europe.The United Nations and regional countries now hosting millions of Syrian refugees say they need to raise $9 billion in aid this year alone.  The aid is needed for educational and economic projects to assist the some 4.6 million Syrians who have sought refuge in Jordan, Lebanon and other neighboring countries.Fadi Hallisso, co-founder and CEO of the Beirut-based charity, Basmeh Zeitooneh, is attending Thursday’s conference.  He explains how the non-profit organization – a mostly Syrian start-up in its fourth year - has been providing income-generating skills training, psychological support and educational services to some 35,000 refugees and locals across Lebanon. With the help of international funding, Basmeh & Zeitooneh employs 110 refugees full...
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