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TOKYO (AP) -- A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 knocked over houses in southern Japan on Thursday evening, and police said people may be trapped underneath....
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans have traded the No. 1 overall selection in this month's NFL draft to the Los Angeles Rams for a collection of picks in one of the biggest deals in league history....
IMAGE: CNS photo/Stoyan Nenov, ReutersBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In a "humanitarian and ecumenicalgesture," not a political one, Pope Francis was to join Orthodox leadersin personally meeting with hundreds of refugees and migrants stranded inGreece, the Vatican spokesman said.Releasing the detailed schedule for the pope's trip April 16to Lesbos, Greece, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said thepope and the Orthodox leaders wanted to draw attention to "a situation inwhich many people are suffering" and where a "solution worthy of thehuman person" still must be found.Pope Francis was to make the trip with EcumenicalPatriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Orthodox Archbishop Ieronymos II ofAthens and all Greece.The three were scheduled to visit the Moria refugee camp,which the European Union has designated as a "hotspot" forregistering those seeking asylum in Europe and from where those whoseapplications are denied are sent back to Turkey, which was th...
By Junno Arocho EstevesVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Thecourageous witness of those who have given their life for the Gospel is needed in a world thatis often antagonistic toward its message, Pope Francis said. "We too are living in a time of martyrdom, and inthe midst of a culture so often hostile to the Gospel. I urge you to have thatsame selfless spirit as your predecessors did," he said April 14 during anaudience with seminariansfrom Rome's Pontifical Scots College. Thepope met with the seminarians to mark the 400thanniversary of when the first seminarians in Rome made an oath to Pope Paul Vto return to Scotland and carry out their priestly ministry.The pope was greetedby Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow, who recalled the history of the oathmade in 1616, one year after the martyrdom of St. John Ogilvie, a Scottish Jesuit killed for refusingto deny his faith during the time of the Reformation in Scotland. "Those events fourcenturies ago, the martyrdom of St. John Ogilvie and the s...
By WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Religiousfreedom "is foundational to our church and American society," said BaltimoreArchbishop William E. Lori in announcing a new video that exploresthe foundations of church teaching on religious liberty, including the SecondVatican Council document "Dignitatis Humanae."The archbishop made the commentsApril 12 as chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ad HocCommittee for Religious Liberty, which released the video.Vatican II's 1965 Declaration onReligious Freedom affirmed that the "right to religious freedom has itsfoundation in the very dignity of the human person, as this dignity is knownthrough the revealed word of God and by reason itself."The video also highlights theLittle Sisters of the Poor, who serve the elderly poor in nursing homes acrossthe United States. The Little Sisters, along with other Catholic entities andother faith-based groups, await a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in Zubikv. Burwell, a lawsuit that challenges the ...
(Vatican Radio) “It was fantastic!  Very, very inspiring moment for the seminarians at the Scots College.”These were the words of seminarian Ryan Black after Pope Francis met with members of the Pontifical Scots College, which is marking 400 years since it became a seminary. One year after the martyrdom of St John Ogilvie, the students of the college took the Mission Oath, pledging to return to their homeland as priests.“St. John Ogilvie is really a symbol for the Catholic community in Scotland,” explained Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow after the meeting.Listen to the Vatican Viewpoint featuring Archbishop Philip Tartaglia and seminarian Ryan Black: “He is a symbol of the freedom to be a Catholic and the freedom of the Church, so the Holy Father was absolutely right saying he was a martyr and this is a time when we need to give witness,” Archbishop Taraglia told Vatican Radio.“The world isn’t always so receptive to faith...
(Vatican Radio) On Thursday 14th April, the Sovereign Order of Malta alongside the Embassy of the Czech Republic to the Holy See inaugurated the photographic exhibition “The Devil Within Us”, by Czech photographer Jan Sibik.Particular attention was drawn to the photographs of the Greek Island of Lesbos, which showed migrants arriving from Turkey by boat. Vatican Radio’s Georgia Gogarty spoke with Sibik, in light of Pope Francis’s forthcoming visit to Lesbos on Saturday.Listen: For the last 30 years, Sibik has travelled to the world’s most troubled countries, documenting the plight of innocent people affected by conflict. His powerful yet harrowing images emphasise the global humanitarian crises and the desperate situations these people find themselves in as a result of war and natural disaster.The exhibition, spearheaded by Czech Ambassador to the Holy See, Pavel Vosalik, comes ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit, taking place in Istanbul from 23rd...
Vatican has recognized officially the Indian ‘Jesus Youth Movement’ granting it Juridical approval as ‘International Private Association of the Faithful’Jesus Youth is the first movement in the history of the Catholic Church in India and the second in Asia to receive such a Pontifical approval. The decree of approval will be awarded during a ceremony held in the Vatican on May 20, 2016.A Catholic lay movement that began in Kerala, India in the early 80s has now  spread to 35 countries around the world, with its  presence in all 5 continents.Jesus Youth is an initiative of young people themselves, who, filled with the Holy Spirit try to reach out to other young people. The strength of the movement is its special focus on a life centered on the Lord Jesus Christ: beginning with an experience of God nourished by prayer, the Word of God, the sacraments and fellowship, and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with others.Though not an actual community...
(Vatican Radio) “We believe that there is no ‘just war’. Those words are at  the heart of a statement published on Thursday at the conclusion of an international conference looking at changes in Church practice and teaching on non-violence and peacemaking.Organised jointly by the Catholic peace network, Pax Christi International and the Vatican’s Justice and Peace Council, the three-day encounter brought together some 80 theologians and peace activists from conflict zones around the world.Philippa Hitchen reports:  The statement, presented at a press conference in the Vatican, explores the Gospel message of non-violent activism and asks Pope Francis “to share with the world an encyclical on non-violence and Just Peace.” The appeal calls for non-violent practice and strategies to be developed, promoted and taught in all Church agencies, seminaries, parishes and educational institutes.It also calls on the Church to “no longer use o...
Fr. Cedric Prakash, an Indian Jesuit priest and committed human rights activist, is the Regional ‎Advocacy & Communications Officer of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) for the Middle ‎East & North ‎Africa (MENA) Region, based in Beirut, Lebanon.   Belonging to the Gujarat Jesuit Province of India, ‎Fr. Cedric was until recently directing "Prashant", a Jesuit Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace, ‎which he founded in 2001 in Ahmedabad.   He has been at the forefront on issues related to human ‎rights, justice, peace and other advocacy matters for which he has been honoured both in India and ‎abroad.  Notable among these is the Knighthood of the Legion of Honour, one of France’s highest ‎civilian awards  conferred on him in 2006. ‎Fr. Cedric was recently on a visit to the Jordanian capital Amman in his capacity as the Regional ‎Advocacy & Communications Officer for JRS MENA. ...
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