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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Ammon Bundy and his followers made ample use of social media and videos to summon armed recruits to join their takeover of a wildlife refuge and to declare their readiness to stand their ground. Now federal authorities are using the occupiers' own words against them....
NEW YORK (AP) -- The seventh Republican presidential debate - and the first one without drawing card Donald Trump - was seen by 12.5 million viewers on Fox News Channel....
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Bernie Sanders feels like the hottest candidate in the Democratic race. Thousands flock to his rallies across Iowa, screaming his name as they "feel the Bern."...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy struggled to grow in the October-December quarter as consumer spending, business investment and exports slowed. Yet despite global weakness and shrunken oil and stock prices, many economists expect growth to accelerate on the strength of healthy job gains....
IMAGE: CNS photo/Simone OrendainBy Simone OrendainCEBU, Philippines (CNS) -- MariaGeorgia "Maggie" Cogtas of Cebu told of a childhood without playing,only tough work as a garbage picker at dumpsites, construction sites and on thestreets. Cogtas, 21, also told more than12,000 people at the 51st International Eucharistic Congress about the massive celebrationtwo weeks ago commemorating the child Jesus, who has been venerated in Cebu forhundreds of years. "On our peripheries werechildren scavenging, begging, busy selling cold water, food and candles in theperimeters of our churches," said Cogtas. "As we happily celebratedthe child Jesus, other children needed our attention. What have we done forthem? Or are they also receiving the pathetic and emotionless look I got frompeople back when I was a street child?" Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekanof Abuja, Nigeria, posed a similar question to the delegates."Can we celebrate theEucharist together in the International Eucharistic Congress wi...
Vatican City, Jan 29, 2016 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his July visit to Poland for World Youth Day, it’s probable that Pope Francis will follow in the steps of his two immediate predecessors by traveling to the Nazi death camp Auschwitz, the Vatican spokesman has said.Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, told journalists at the Jan. 27 presentation of the book “We were Jews” by 90-year-old Holocaust survivor Alberto Mieli that a summer visit to Auschwitz for the Pope is “highly probable.”Pope Francis is scheduled to be in Poland for the July 25-31 World Youth Day – the first since the canonization of St. John Paul II in 2014.Auschwitz, the German name for the Polish town Oswiecim where the camp is located, sits roughly 40 miles from Krakow. At least 1.1 million people died in the camp during its years of operation, 1940-1945.The vast majority of prisoners – about 90 percent – who lost their lives at Auschwitz were Jewish men, women, and...
 WASHINGTON-Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on everyone "concerned about the tragedy of abortion" to recommit to a "vision of life and love, a vision that excludes no one" on January 14. His statement marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Cardinal Dolan chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops."Most Americans oppose a policy allowing legal abortion for virtually any reason - though many still do not realize that this is what the Supreme Court gave us," wrote Cardinal Dolan. "Most want to protect unborn children at later stages of pregnancy, to regulate or limit the practice of abortion, and to stop the use of taxpayer dollars for the destruction of unborn children. Yet many who support important goals of the pro-life movement do not identify as 'pro-life,' a fact which should lead us to examine how we present our pro-life vision to others.""Even as Americans rema...
(Vatican Radio) An official for Caritas Internationalis said the tit-for-tat killings seen in Burundi over the past months between supporters and opponents of President Pierre Nkurunziza have created “a complete climate of fear” among the population. The violence began in Burundi last April when President Nkurunzia announced he would seek a third term. Over 400 people have died and around 250,000 have fled abroad and many fear that the nation could be slowly sliding back into another civil war. Patrick Nicholson is the Communications Director for Caritas Internationalis and he spoke to Susy Hodges from the Burundian capital, Bujumbura.Listen to the interview with Patrick Nicholson of Caritas Internationalis:  “There’s fear everywhere”Nicholson said he had spoken to many residents during his visit to Bujumbura and said that in the “contested” areas of the capital “there is a complete climate of fear” with people locking the...
(Vatican Radio) Australia’s ambassador to the Holy See, John McCarthy concluded his time in office on Friday, reflecting on the challenges and achievements of the past three years of service. He presented his credentials to Pope Benedict in the Vatican on November 12th 2012, just three months before the German pontiff announced his surprise resignation.Ambassador McCarthy is a lawyer who was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Gregory the Great in 2006 for services to the Catholic Church and to the wider Australian communityAs he took over as only the second resident Australian representative to the Holy See, the ambassador said he hoped to continue the work of his predecessor, Tim Fischer, especially in areas of peace and religious freedom, human rights and anti-trafficking.On his last day in office, Philippa Hitchen asked him about his achievements and about how he has sought to raise the profile of his country within the Roman Curia…Listen  As a lawy...
(Vatican Radio)  The final days of the Year of Consecrated Life are being marked in the Vatican with a theological symposium on religious life, taking place from 28 Jan to 1 Feb, on the theme Consecrated Life in Communion. A common foundation in the diversity of styles.The event, hosted by the Vatican's Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL), kicked off with a prayer vigil Thursday night (28 Jan) in St. Peter's Basilica. Pope Francis is set to close the Year of Consecrated Life with a Mass on Tuesday, 2 February, the World Day of Consecrated Life.During Thursday night's vigil, Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo, O.F.M., Secretary of the Congregation for Religious (CICLSAL), gave a reflection on the centrality of joy for the consecrated person."The beatitudes," he said, "are, here and now, the path to a full and joyful life. Joy is not a possibility but a responsibility for the consecra...
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