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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Migrant children in the government's care were placed in U.S. homes and left vulnerable to human trafficking due to sometimes non-existent screening by the Department of Health and Human Services, according to a congressional report released Thursday....
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Former Mayor Buddy Cianci, the wisecracking political rogue who presided over the revitalization of Providence during two stints in office cut short by criminal charges and a prison sentence for corruption, died Thursday. He was 74....
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IMAGE: CNS photo/courtesy Loyola PressBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Children may say the darnedest things,but when it comes to questions about faith they can make even the most learnedparents and priests pause."These are tough," Pope Francis said whenpresented with questions from 30 children from around the world.Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, who went through thequestions with the pope, said half the time he personally was stumped whenthinking about how he would have responded. But the pope wasn't.The questions, illustrated with the drawings of the childrenaged 6-13, and the pope's answers will be published March 1 as the book"Dear Pope Francis.""What did God do before the world was made?" onechild asked. "Do bad people have a guardian angel, too?" askedanother.In the book, coordinated and published by the U.S.-basedLoyola Press, Pope Francis responds to those and 28 other queries; some of thequestions are theological, others are practical and a few are about the popeperson...
Vatican City, Jan 28, 2016 / 09:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday Pope Francis met briefly with actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio, who recently won an award for his efforts environmental protection at the World Economic Forum.The meeting between the two lasted just 15 minutes, but was enough time for DiCaprio to hand the Pope a book of art from Dutch Renaissance painter Hieronymus Bosch, according to Vatican Radio.Francis' gift to the actor was likely a copy of his encyclical “Laudato Si” and a medal – lately he's been giving one to presidents and heads of state who have come to the Vatican that bears the image of St. Martin cutting his cloak in two for a poor man.In some of the pictures of the encounter, DiCaprio can be seen holding the small box usually containing papal medals, as well as two red books.What the two discussed is unknown, however it’s likely that issues surrounding the environment formed the bulk of the dialogue.DiC...
(Vatican Radio) The plain red cross on a white background, logo of the International Committee of the Red Cross, is a well-known symbol of humanitarian support for civilians caught up in conflicts in countries around the world.Yet ICRC officials have recently been raising the alarm that protection for their personnel is increasingly hard to guarantee. In 2015 alone, 24 Red Cross or Red Crescent staff – and many more volunteers – were killed in countries from Syria to Sudan and from Guinea to Guatemala.Francesco Rocca is President of Italian Red Cross and Vice-President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent. He shared with Luca Attanasio his concerns that, for the first time in the history of modern conflicts, the humanitarian principles of the Geneva Convention are being ignored by both governments and non-state military organisations..Listen: 
(Vatican Radio) Leaders of the Orthodox Church have concluded a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland in preparation for a historic pan-Orthodox Council scheduled to take place later in the year.Listen to this report by Philippa Hitchen:  The meeting, known as a synaxis, took place from January 21st to 28th and was chaired by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, spiritual leader of the Orthodox world. It brought together eleven primates of the autonomous Orthodox churches, with two others – Patriarch John X of Antioch and Metropolitan Sawa of Poland – unable to attend for health reasons and Archbishop Ieronymos of Greece absent for personal reasons. All three leaders were instead represented by officially authorised delegates.Preparations for the so-called Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church have been 40 years in the making, after the agenda was first formulated by the Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference, in Geneva in November 1976. That or...
On Monday, Feb. 25,  the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate reached a milestone in their history ‎‎– the 200 years of their founding.   The story of the OMI begins amidst the ashes of the great upheaval ‎of the French Revolution which has had repercussions worldwide.  It was an era when the Catholic ‎Church in France was devastated and held in contempt and ridicule.   Nevertheless, on Feb. 25, 1816 in ‎Aix-en-Provence in southern France near Marseille, a handful of zealous priests headed by their leader ‎Eugene de Mazenod committed themselves to serving the lost, the least and the last, bringing them the ‎Good News of Jesus.   That group of evangelizers, which later came to be known as the Missionary ‎Oblates of Mary Immaculate, today has some 4,000-members worldwide.  To know about the OMI and ‎their 200 years, we talked to Sri Lankan Oblate Father Shanil Jayawardena,  the director of &...
(Vatican Radio) “It is very likely that Pope Francis will visit the concentration camp at Auschwitz,” during his visit to Kraków, according to Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., the head of the Holy See Press Office. He noted that every Pope who has gone to Kraków has later travelled to the notorious World War II death camp.Father Lombardi was speaking at the offices of Vatican Radio at on Holocaust Memorial Day. Vatican Radio was hosting a presentation of the book, “We were Jews: That was our only crime,” (Eravamo ebrei: Questa era la nostra unica colpa, published by Marsilio Editore) by Ester and Alberto Mieli. In the book, Ester Mieli, a Holocaust survivor, relates to Alberto, her nephew, the terrible experience of her deportation.During the event, Fr Lombardi expressed his deep emotion at the fact that the International Holocaust Day could be experienced at the Vatican, with one of the few living survivors of the concentration camps. He recal...
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