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(Vatican Radio)  The Holy See’s Permanent Representative to UN offices in Vienna, Msgr. Janusz Urbanczyk, has urged the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe to pay greater attention to discrimination against Europe’s Christians and to work in unison to promote tolerance and the integration of hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants arriving on Europe’s shores.Msgr. Urbanczyk, who also represents the Holy See at the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, offered his observations in a statement 9 June at the 1104th Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council.Below, please find the text of Msgr. Urbanczyk’s statement:Statement re:  Address by Mr. Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe.Mr. Chairman,The ...
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis has decided to set up a committee to oversee the distribution of money to Ukrainians who are affected by the conflict in the east of the nation. The money was collected by Catholic churches across Europe on Sunday 24th April in response to a personal appeal by the Pope. The setting up of the committee came just days before a scheduled visit to Ukraine by the (Vatican) Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.Speaking to journalists, the Director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, said the money would be distributed to all those impacted by Ukraine’s conflict, regardless of their religion or ethnic group.  He said the committee will consist of a President, Jan Sobilo, auxiliary Bishop of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia, and four other members and its mandate will run for one year and will be renewed if deemed necessary. Experts say there are more than 1.7 million displaced people in Ukraine as a result of the con...
(Vatican Radio)  The Vatican on Thursday released the programme for Pope Francis’ 27-31 July visit to Poland for the 31st World Youth Day celebrations. The Pope will depart from Rome's Fiumicino airport at 2 p.m. and will arrive at the John Paul II airport of Balice-Krakow two hours later. After the welcome ceremony he will transfer to the Castle of Wawel, where he will address the civil authorities and diplomatic corps, followed by a courtesy visit to the president of the Republic. The Pope's first day in Poland will conclude with a meeting with bishops in Krakow Cathedral.In the early morning of Thursday 28 July he will visit the Convent of the Sisters of the Presentation on the way to the airport, and at 8.30 a.m. he will transfer by helicopter to Czestochowa where, in the monastery of Jasna Gora, he will pray in the chapel of the Black Virgin before celebrating Holy Mass in the Shrine of Czestochowa on the occasion of the 1,050th anniversary of the bapt...
The world's richest couple, Bill and Melinda Gates, and U.S. President Barack Obama are giving financial backing to global plans to eliminate malaria.The Gateses aim to eradicate malaria by 2040 by doubling funding over the next decade to support the roll out of new products to tackle rising drug resistance to the disease.Their goal of permanently ending transmission of the disease between humans and mosquitoes is more ambitious than the Sustainable Development Goal of ending epidemic levels of malaria by 2030.They are also supporting a push to create the world's first vaccine against a parasite. Here are four of their arguments for pouring money into the ssue:It promises almost a 20-fold return on investment:Eradication could save 11 million lives and unlock $2 trillion in economic benefits by 2040 from a healthy, more productive workforce and health systems that are less burdened by the disease, Gates and the United Nations say. They estimate eradication would cost a fra...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has received in audience the first Resident Ambassador of Malaysia to the Holy See, Tan Sri Bernard Giluk Dompok.During a private audience in the Vatican on Thursday morning, Ambassador Dompok presented his Credentials.The Ambassador is the former minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities in Malaysia and prior to that he was Chief Minister of the State of Sabah. Born in 1949 in what was then British North Borneo, Dompok received his education at the mission schools of St. Michael and La Salle Secondary School before graduating at the University of East London.His appointment as the country’s first resident ambassador to the Holy See was announced on 22 March 2016; however he has been credited with being instrumental in laying the groundwork for the establishment of diplomatic ties with the Vatican in 2011.In a conversation with Vatican Radio’s Linda Bordoni, Ambassador Dompok speaks of the how the establishment of formal ties b...
"The government must take notice of Shia killings. Nobody has the right to force their beliefs upon others," Father Emmanuel Yousaf Mani national director of the Pakistani Catholic bishops’ National Commission for Justice and Peace, told ucanews.com."The state must protect all religious minorities," he said.Father Mani urged the majority Sunni Muslim clerics to highlight the true teachings of Islam and condemn violence in the name of religion.Roadside camps with Shias undertaking a protest hunger strike have been erected in major Pakistani cities since May 11 when paramilitary police opened fire on protesting Shias in Parachinar, a Pakistani city bordering Afghanistan. Four Shia Muslims were killed.Those killings were in addition to nine Shias killed in various sectarian attacks in Pakistan in May.The Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen, a party representing Shia Muslims, claims more than 80,000 community members have been killed in the country since 1986."W...
St. Anthony’s College in Kandy is one of the most prestigious Catholic schools in Sri Lanka.  The ‎government-assisted private school, which has a rich history of over 150 years, belongs to the Order ‎of St. Benedict of the Sylvestrian Congregation (OSB).  Its management is under the Provincial Council of ‎Central Province, one of the nine provinces of Sri Lanka.  Among several eminent personalities that ‎have passed through the portals of St. Anthony's College, are William Gopallawa, the first President ‎of Sri Lanka, and legendary cricket spin bowler, Muttiah Muralitharan. ‎Well to talk about St Anthony's College is Fr. Clement Gnanaprakasam, the Rector of St. ‎Benedict’s College, Kandy, a private school that the Sylvestrian Benedictines started some ten years ‎ago.   Fr. Gnanaprakasam was recently in Rome on a visit, during which he spoke to us about St. ‎Benedict’s as well as St. Anthony&rsq...
The Ethiopian Catholic University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (ECUSTA) is constructing a university campus on a 600,000 sq.m land in Addis Ababa. The University will initially accommodate science faculties such as medicine and different fields of engineering in accordance with the national developmental goals of the Ethiopia.Cardinal Berhaneyesus, C.M., the Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Ababa and Chancellor of ECUSTA recently blessed the completed buildings at the construction site. The Cardinal recalled the role played by the Catholic Church in Ethiopia in founding the first universities and in contributing to the growth of modern education.“The Addis Ababa University and the Holy Family University in Asmara were the first steps taken towards accessing higher education locally, and they were both founded by the Catholic Church, we have been providing quality education to our society for years and now through ECUSTA we will continue to provide the service of quality education...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Claiming her place in history, Hillary Clinton declared victory Tuesday night in her bruising battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the first woman to lead a major American political party and casting herself as the beneficiary of generations who fought for equality....
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on campaign 2016 as California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota vote. (all times Eastern):...
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