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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The fedora, the bomber jacket and the consuming quest invite comparisons to Indiana Jones. Blaine Gibson, though, hasn't matched the film hero's triumph in finding the legendary chest containing the stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments....
Vatican City, Sep 24, 2016 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the face of the devil's assaults, we must respond as God would, promoting respect for others and extending love and forgiveness to those who have harmed us, Pope Francis said in a Saturday audience with survivors of the terror attack in Nice, France in July.“When the temptation to turn in on themselves, or to answer hatred with hatred and violence with violence is great, authentic conversion of heart is necessary,” he said Sept. 24. “This is the message that the Gospel of Jesus addressed to all of us.”Pope Francis received the nearly 1,000 survivors of the July 14 attack in Nice in the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican. After his speech he greeted them each one by one.Eighty-six people were killed and over 400 were wounded in the Nice terror attack in July after a Tunisian man, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, intentionally drove a large truck through the crowded seafront Promenade des Anglais.The crowds...
(Vatican Radio) In the face of widespread global conflicts, Pope’ Francis’ visit to the Swedish cities of Lund and Malmö for a joint commemoration of the Reformation will be “a sign of hope” to a divided and suffering world. That's the view of Rev, Martin Junge, General Secretary of the World Lutheran Federation, who took part in the World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi earlier this week.On October 31st, the Pope and leaders of the Lutheran World Federation will preside together at a prayer service in Lund cathedral, asking forgiveness for past conflicts and giving thanks for the last 50 years of ecumenical dialogue.They will then lead a celebration with young people in Malmö arena, focusing on a commitment to common witness and highlighting cooperation on justice, peace and environmental protection between Caritas Internationalis and the World Service network of the Lutheran World Federation.Rev. Martin Junge believes these events offer Ca...
Denver, Colo., Sep 23, 2016 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- It’s a common sight in at a city intersection. A man or a woman holds a cardboard sign: “Homeless, Hungry. Please Give. Anything Helps.”Most motorists, stopped at the light and eager to move on, just ignore the person.But what should you to do before the light changes?The Denver-based urban ministry Christ in the City offers some advice.“Ask the person’s name,” said the group’s tip sheet. “One of our friends on the street told us he went four months without hearing his own name. Ask the person’s name and remember it.”Those with a regular commute should remember that name and say hello the next time.“You’ll be amazed how his or her face will light up that you remembered.”“To love is to know and be known,” Christ in the City said. “And so, the chronically homeless become unknown, they become separated, not just from society but from t...
Phoenix, Ariz., Sep 23, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has not changed Catholic practice on Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. Rather, his goal is to help welcome them to the Church, Phoenix’s Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted has said.The Pope gives “special attention to those who walk on the edge of despair” because of personal failures, family problems, and “the complex and contradictory situations in which they find themselves now,” Bishop Olmsted said in his Sept. 18 column for The Catholic Sun.The bishop considered Pope Francis' 2016 apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia,” especially as it concerns couples in irregular situations like the divorced and remarried.The exhortation does not advocate the reception of Holy Communion for those who are divorced and remarried, he said.“Pope Francis specifically calls those in this situation ‘to seek the grace of conversion’,” the Phoenix bishop sai...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a message marking the fortieth anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Quilmes in Argentina.“I know that you are preparing enthusiastically for this anniversary,  and I join you in thanksgiving to God for the gifts received from His divine goodness,” – Pope Francis wrote to Bishop Carlos José Tissera – “He has remained faithful, giving you shepherds, from the first bishop, Jorge Novak, to this day; many priests and consecrated persons have given their lives to make Christ present among you. This fills me with joy.”Pope Francis said he urged the people of the Diocese to be attentive to the Lord “passing before them,” and to help Him present in those who are “oppressed, exploited, disillusioned, sick, or suffering because of any other needs.”Pope Francis also sent a message to the Diocese of San Carlos de Bariloche to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the foun...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis contrasted the anxiety that comes from the Holy Spirit and the anxiety that comes from a dirty conscience. During his homily during the daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, he also spoke about vanity, which “masks” life, making it look like something it is not. Listen to Christopher Wells' report:  Two forms of anxietyThe Gospel of the day describes King Herod (Antipas) as being perplexed or anxious because, having had John the Baptist killed, he now felt threatened by Jesus. He was worried just as his father, Herod the Great, was troubled after the visit of the Magi. There can be two different kinds of anxiety in the soul, Pope Francis said, a “good” anxiety, which “the Holy Spirit gives us” and which “makes the soul restless to do good things”; and a “bad” anxiety, “that which is born from a dirty conscience.” The two Herods tried to resolve their anxiety by killing,...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis urged the faithful to be as merciful as the Lord, because – he said – that is the best way to be “a sign, a channel, a witness of His love”.He was speaking on Wednesday morning during the weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square.Reflecting on the reading from the Gospel of Luke on being merciful, “just as your Father is merciful”, Pope Francis said that is not a mere slogan, but a commitment for life.That reading he also said, is where the motto of the Holy Year of Mercy comes from. And pointing out that Jesus’ call to humanity to be as merciful as the Father can appear daunting, he said Jesus is not referring to “quantity” because of course it would be impossible for us to tend towards God’s absolute perfection, he is just asking us to try and be like Him: full of love, compassion and mercy.Pope Francis also quoted from the passage which says “Stop judging and you will n...
IMAGE: CNS photo/Remo Casilli, ReutersBy Carol GlatzVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- God wants people to be merciful,which means forgiving others and giving freely with love, Pope Francis said."We don't have the power to condemn our brother whomakes a mistake, we are not above him. Rather we have a duty to return him tothe dignity of a son of the father and to accompany him on his path ofconversion," the pope said Sept. 21 at his weekly general audience.In his talk, the pope focused on a reading from theGospel of Luke (6:36-38) in which Jesus tells the disciples to stop judgingothers and be merciful just as God is.The motto for the Year of Mercy, "Merciful Like theFather," comes from this biblical verse, the pope said. But more than a pithy catchphrase, the motto is alifelong commitment to give to others the love one has received -- withoutmerit -- from God, he said. It is a call to reflect upon all that God does forhumanity so as to be inspired "to be like him, full of love, compassionand me...
ESTERO, Fla. (AP) -- Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of giving "aid and comfort" to Islamic terrorists Monday, declaring his anti-Muslim rhetoric helps the Islamic State group and other militants such as ISIS recruit new fighters....
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