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GENEVA (AP) -- The World Health Organization is convening an emergency committee on Monday to decide if the Zika virus outbreak should be declared an international health emergency....
PARIS (AP) -- France welcomed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday with a long-term car-making agreement and pledges to boost trade now that a diplomatic deal is easing nuclear tensions....
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Like Serena Williams before him, Novak Djokovic moved into another Australian Open championship decider with a relatively untroubled semifinal win....
Denver, Colo., Jan 28, 2016 / 03:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Julia Greeley was a familiar sight on the streets of Denver in the late 1800s and early 1900s.Wearing a floppy hat, oversized shoes, and dabbing her bad eye with a handkerchief, Greeley was often seen pulling her red wagon of goods to deliver to the poor and homeless of the city. She had a particularly special devotion to the Sacred Heart, and would deliver images and information about the icon to firefighters throughout Denver every month.Her charitable work earned her the title of a "one-person St. Vincent de Paul Society" from one writer, and has made her the local model of mercy for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.Born a slave in Hannibal, Missouri sometime between 1833 and 1848, Greeley endured some horrific treatment – once, a whip caught her right eye and destroyed it as a slave master beat Greeley’s mother.One of many slaves freed by Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, Greeley’s work ...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday speaking to the members of the Italian Committee for Bioethics, underlined how the Church supports the efforts of civil society to promote, "the search for truth and goodness on complex human and ethical issues".He told those gathered that the Church had a sensibility to ethical issues adding that “the Church did not claim any special voice in this field." But, what he highlighted was the importance of serving man, all men and women, he said, with special attention and care, from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, who are struggling find the their voice.On this level, he said, “the ecclesial community and civil society meet and are called to cooperate, in accordance with their distinct skills. "Respect for the human person from conception to natural deathThe Pope noted the fact that the Committee "had repeatedly dealt with the respect for the integrity of the human being and the protection of he...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday received the President of the Republic of Togo, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, who later met Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Secretary of State, who was accompanied by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the  Secretary for Relations with States.A communique from the Holy See Press Office called the meeting “cordial” and said the parties took note of the good relations existing between the Holy See and Togo, and the prospects for their further consolidation. The talks then focused on the contribution of Catholics to the development of the country and the integral progress of the Togolese people, especially in the field of education.The communique said they also reviewed a number of challenges affecting the countries of West Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, stressing the need for a common commitment to work towards peace and security in the region.During the meeting, Pope Francis gave the President copies of  the Encyclica...
(Vatican Radio) The biggest difference between African and Filipino Catholics discovered at the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in Cebu, Philippines, is in the way Mass is celebrated. That is the view of  Father Meshack Maine Phenethi - National Delegate from Lesotho, in southern Africa.“The cultural of the Catholic Mass is the same, but the way we celebrate is different,” Fr.  Phenethi said.Listen to the interview by Seàn-Patrick Lovett with Father Meshack Maine Phenethi: “In Africa, we are dancing…the celebration of the Mass, and we take our time. Probably 2-3 hours in one Mass, because we take our time. We dance. We clap hands. That is the [largest] difference that I noticed here,” he told Vatican Radio.Father Phenethi said the celebration of the Mass in the Philippines includes “fully active participation,” but they are not dancing.One thing Father Phenethi would like to see more of during the IEC are pr...
(Vatican Radio) The heart of the Christian is magnanimous because we were born of a loving Father and our arms should be open wide to welcome everyone with generosity – that’s what the Pope said at Thursday morning’s Mass at the Santa Marta guesthouse in the Vatican. Among those attending the Mass was a number of priests who celebrated with the Pope their 50th year of ordination. Listen to this report by Tracey McClure:   The Christian is a witness to the light of God"The mystery of God is light" - says Pope Francis - who comments on the day's Gospel in which Jesus says that the lamp does not come "to be put under a bushel, or under the bed, but to be put on the lampstand to illuminate: ""And this is one of the traits of a Christian who has received the light in Baptism and must give it. That is, the Christian is a witness. Testimony. One of the peculiarities of Christian behavior. A Christian who brings this light...
(Vatican Radio) The 51st International Eucharistic Congress is taking place this week in Cebu, Philippines.The event brings together thousands of people from around the world, to worship together and to celebrate the Eucharist.The head of Vatican Radio’s English Section, Seán Patrick Lovett is in Cebu for the Congress. He said Thursday’s highlight was the address by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who spoke on the topic of “The Eucharist and Culture.” The Cardinal spoke of the need for a kind of “cultural intelligence,” which he defined as “a cultural awareness that allows us to meet people where they are at.”Listen to Seán Patrick Lovett’s report:
 WASHINGTON-National Catholic Schools Week 2016 will be observed in dioceses around the country, January 31-February 6. This year's theme, "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service," focuses on the important faith-building, academic and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education."Catholic schools are a vital aspect of the Church's mission to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and so an important aspect of our own teaching mission," said Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Catholic Education. He noted that Pope Francis reminded Catholic educators at the World Congress held in Rome in November to know the spiritual and corporal works of mercy and to offer them to students in Catholic schools as practical examples of how to live the Gospel. "By teaching the Good News of the Gospel, Catholic educators guide our students to Jesus Christ and his healing mercy," Archbishop ...
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