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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Within the span of a single hour, Donald Trump gave Republicans wary of his presidential nomination yet another reason to worry - and House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to give them a way out....
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said on Friday that a Christian does not anesthetize or numb pain but lives through it in the hope that God will give us a joy that nobody can take away. That was the key message of the Pope’s homily at his morning Mass celebrated in the Santa Marta residence.Joy and pain of a woman giving birthTaking his inspiration from the day’s reading where Jesus warns his disciples of a coming sadness but says it will be transformed later into a cry of joy, Pope Francis reflected in his homily on how Christians should always maintain their joy and hope, even in the midst of pain. He used  the example of a woman in labour, saying: “She’s in pain because her time has come but when she gives birth to her baby she no longer remembers the suffering.”  She carries on hoping throughout the pain and then she rejoices.“This is (the impact of) what joy and hope together can have on our lives, when we are facing tribulations, wh...
(Vatican Radio) The Pontifical Swiss Guard on Friday began the day of their annual swearing in ceremony by attending a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.New Guards are sworn in on May 6, since on that date in 1527 the Swiss Guard protected Pope Clement VII during the Sack of Rome. During the battle, 147 members of the Guard lost their lives.During his homily, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said “such a heroic death…would not have been possible without faith in the Lord of Life.”“Sustained by this faith in the Risen Jesus and strengthened by the experience of joy that the Lord gives life in fullness, I invite you, dear Guards, to have the courage to be witnesses in the world today, despite the difficulties,” Cardinal Parolin said.“Be witnesses of Christ - even in your own homeland, Switzerland - and in a world that desires light and life but often does not have the courage to accept it, in the midst of your you...
(Vatican Radio) Commemorations for the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation in 2017 must be marked by a spirit of gratitude, of penitence and of hope. That was the message of Cardinal Kurt Koch, head of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, to a Catholic-Lutheran international seminar taking place this week at the Pontifical University of St Anselm here in Rome.The three day conference, which concluded on Friday, was entitled ‘Signs of Forgiveness, Paths of Conversion, Practice of Penance: A Reform that challenges all’. Organised in partnership with the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), the meeting included an ecumenical liturgy at Rome’s Lutheran Church and Vespers with the Benedictine community of St Anselm on the Aventine hill.Sr. Susan Wood from Marquette University in Milwaukee gave the concluding lecture, entitled ‘From Conflict to Communion?’. As well as teaching and writing about theology and ecumenism, she&r...
Pakistani Christians held a protest in front of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday, against the Punjab government's plans to take over the land of four churches in order to build the Orange Line Metro Train project. The demonstrators demanded that the government review its plans, saying they would not give up their holy places.They waved placards, and were holding crosses, while chanting slogans such as: "we won't give an inch of our holy places", and "we want our rights." The Punjab government intends to acquire large portions of Cathedral Church, Naulakha Church, St Andrew's Church and Bohar Wala Church. The Christian community is determined not to let their churches be destroyed, as they are not only holy, but are a part of Lahore's history and have been in place since before the partition.Nasir Saeed, Director of (Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement) CLAAS-UK, which campaigns for the rights of Christians in Pakistan, expressed his ...
IMAGE: CNS photo/SvenHoppe, EPABy BONN,Germany (CNS) -- A German cardinal said names of candidates submitted to theVatican as potential bishops are being vetoed by "unauthorizedpeople" in Rome. "In thename of the law, these unlawful outside influences must be set aside and aproper voice given to those who'll be living with the chosen candidate,"said Cardinal Karl Lehmann of Mainz, who was president of the German bishops'conference from 1987 to 2008."Ifthere really is something against a candidate, then the nuncio or Rome musttalk about it with the cathedral chapter. Rome cannot just reject names withoutany comment," he said.The cardinalmade his criticisms in a German-language book, published by Freiburg-based Herder-Verlag.Extracts were published May 3 by the German Catholic news agency, KNA. Cardinal Lehmann said"unauthorized people" were interfering in episcopal nominations"also today, unfortunately, under the pontificate of Pope Francis." "Inrecent years, the official list of nam...
Vatican City, May 5, 2016 / 01:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is set to receive on Friday the prestigious Charlemagne Prize for his efforts in the unification of Europe, drawing major leaders on the continent such as the King of Spain to the celebration.Founded in 1950, the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen is “the oldest and best-known prize awarded for work done in the service of European unification,” according to the organization’s website.The announcement of Pope Francis’ selection for the 2016 prize was initially made in December 2015. He is the second religious leader to receive the prize, the first being St. John Paul II, who in 2004 was awarded an “extraordinary” version of the prize, while the ordinary version was given to Irish politician Patrick Cox.According to a communique from the Prize Committee when Francis’ nomination was announced, the Pope was selected due to the “message of hope and encouragement&rdqu...
IMAGE: CNS/Paul HaringBy Carol GlatzVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- There is no such thing as a soulthat is lost forever, only people who are waiting to be found, Pope Francissaid.God is not part of humanity's "throwawayculture" and does not shut out the sinner and those most in need, the popesaid May 4 during his weekly general audience.Because of his immense love for everyone, God takes theillogical step of leaving his faithful flock behind in the harsh desert to seek out the one who has gone missing, he told those gathered in St.Peter's Square.The pope reflected on the Gospel parable of the goodshepherd, which, he said, reflects Jesus' concern for sinners and God'scommitment to never give up on anyone.Jesus uses the parable to explain how "his closenessto sinners must not scandalize, but, on the contrary, encourage everyone toseriously reflect on how we live our faith," the pope said.The parable, he said, responds to the doctors of the lawand the Pharisees, who "were proud, arrogant, beli...
Cape Town, South Africa, May 4, 2016 / 06:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic bishops of South Africa have criticized the government for excessive weapons spending given the country’s major social problems. “We insist that, in the absence of discernible external military threat to our country, and in a country which is struggling to recover from high levels of unemployment and extreme poverty, it is ethically irresponsible and unnecessary to spend billions of scarce resources on weapons of war,” said Bishop Abel Gabuza. Bishop Gabuza chairs the Justice and Peace Commission for the South Africa Catholic Bishops’ Conference. In an April 26 statement, he said the arms spending ignored the real problem.“(T)he greatest threat to our national security are economic inequalities and youth unemployment which are themselves fueling violent social protests,” he said.Bishop Gabuza said forms of protests are becoming increasingly violent.“The ...
IMAGE: CNS photo/courtesy CBC News via By ST. PAUL, Alberta (CNS) -- Asfirefighters fought to save Fort McMurray from a wildfire that threatened todestroy the northern Alberta city, a bishop gave thanks that there had been noloss of life.St. Paul Bishop Paul Terrio,whose diocese includes Fort McMurray, also said in a May 4 statement that thecity's St. Paul Church is rumored to have been destroyed in the blaze thatforced the evacuation of the city's entire population the previous day. Therewere no reports of deaths or serious injuries.Bishop Terrio said that with thecommunity still in shock from the damage in Fort McMurray, "Let us give thanksto our Lord and God that, with some 60,000-70,000 people evacuated from thecommunity in a matter of hours, there has been no loss of life.""Really, this in itselfconstitutes a major achievement," the bishop said. "I want to thank and commendall the security and firefighting services, the public authorities butespecially the good people of Fort M...
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