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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Captain America snags a kiss from Sharon Carter in the latest Marvel pic, "Captain America: Civil War," but many fans are wishing it was from someone else - specifically, a man....
(Vatican Radio) At the conclusion of his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis prayed for the victims of terrorist attacks that took place in Syria on Monday.“I exhort everyone to pray to the merciful Father, to pray to the Madonna, that [God] might give eternal rest to the victims, and consolation to their families,” the Pope said, “and might convert the hearts of those who sow death and destruction.” He then led the crowd in the Hail Mary More than 160 people were killed in the coordinated attacks on cities of Jableh and Tartus, government strongholds which had remained relatively untouched throughout the civil war, now in its sixth year.Funerals for the victims began on Tuesday in Syria. 
By Carol GlatzVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Holiness doesn't depend onsuperhuman powers, but rather demands a heart filled with courage, hope andgrace that strives for conversion each and every day, Pope Francis said at hismorning Mass.In fact, holiness is reached by taking tiny steps, likebiting your tongue every time there is the urge to gossip or demean somebody,he said May 24 during the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae."Bite your tongue a little. Your tongue will swellup a bit, but your spirit will be holier," the pope said."Holiness is a journey. Holiness cannot be bought,it is not sold" and it is not given away as a reward, he said. It is"walking in God's presence in an irreproachable way."Every person is responsible for striking out on a path ofholiness, he said. "I have to do it, someone else can't do it in my name.I can pray for someone else to be a saint, but he has to take that path, notme."The holiness Christians must strive for is an"everyday" task often carried...
Istanbul, Turkey, May 24, 2016 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing a global summit on humanitarian aid, Pope Francis offered encouragement and a reminder – don’t ever forget that each suffering person you encounter has a name.“(T)here must be no family without a home, no refugee without a welcome, no person without dignity, no young man or woman without a future, no elderly person without a dignified old age,” the Pope said.“‘Leaving no one behind’ and ‘doing one’s very best’ demands that we do not give up and that we take responsibility for our decisions and actions regarding the victims themselves,” he said to the World Humanitarian Summit meeting May 23 in Istanbul.“No one loves a concept, no one loves an idea. We love persons. Self-sacrifice, true self-giving, flows from love towards men and women, the children and elderly, peoples and communities… faces, those faces and names which fill our heart...
The Church in Mozambique is this Sunday praying for peace. The country is grappling with real fears of renewed civil war. Mistrust and accusations have been growing between the ruling Frelimo government and the opposition Renamo.The Episcopal Conference of Mozambique has decided to set aside Sunday 22 May, the celebration of the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity as a particular day of national prayers for peace. The Bishops want all donations made on this day to be given to Caritas Mozambique for its humanitarian apostolate. The announcement for the special peace prayers was made recently at the end of a plenary meeting held by the Bishops. More concretely, the Mozambican Bishops want Frelimo and Renamo to put a definitive end to Mozambique’s long-running political and military unrest. They have called on the two rivals to return to the discussion table and involve civil society in the country’s quest for a  “path to peace.”Declaring the day for praye...
Vatican City, May 22, 2016 / 08:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The feast of the Holy Trinity is an invitation for us to commit to enriching our everyday relationships by promoting communion, consolation, and mercy, Pope Francis said during his weekly Sunday Angelus address."Our being created in the image and likeness of God-communion calls us to understand ourselves as beings-in-relation, and to live interpersonal relationships in solidarity and reciprocal love," the Pope told the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square."In this mission, we are sustained by the strength which the Holy Spirit gives us: this cures the flesh of humanity wounded by injustice, oppression, hate, and greed."Pope Francis centered his May 22 Angelus address on the feast of the Holy Trinity, which is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost.Delivering his address from the papal palace to a packed square, the pontiff said the "'Divine Family' is not closed in on itself, but is open, ...
AsunciĆ³n, Paraguay, May 21, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Dozens of teen girls in Paraguay had planned to celebrate their 15th birthday – or Quinceañera – at Florida's Disney World.But the students at the Almenas de Asunción school ultimately called the trip off and decided to visit Rome so that they could attend the Jubilee of Adolescents with Pope Francis.Quinceañera is a commemoration of the transition from childhood to adulthood, when Latin American girls reach 15 years of age. In Paraguay, many families give their daughters a special trip at this age, and these teens dreamed of visiting the amusement park.However, one of the school's teachers read on Aci Prensa about the celebration of the Jubilee of Adolescents in Rome held last month as part of the Year of Mercy.“We saw the opportunity to change the idea for the trip from Disney and we wanted to give them the opportunity to experience a quinceañera trip in a different ...
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Friday urged Italian football (soccer) players to not just be champions in their sport but above all champions in their lives, by displaying key moral values such as brotherhood, mutual respect, understanding and forgiveness. His remarks came during an audience at the Vatican with top representatives of Italy’s Seria A Football League as well as players from the Juventus and AC Milan teams. The two Seria A teams play each other at the weekend in the final of the Italian cup (Coppa Italia) in Rome’s Olympic Stadium.A keen football fan himself, Pope Francis reminded the players, that as role models for many fans, especially the young, their behaviour should always reflect “the authentic values of sport.” He said the success of a team depends on a fusion of human and moral virtues such as “harmony, loyalty, friendship, dialogue and solidarity.” By being a witness of those moral virtues, he continued, you can em...
The Diocese of Hong Kong has launched a new minibus service as another public transport option, as  part of an initiative during the current Jubilee Year of Mercy.  The 20 decorated minibuses run 10 routes on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories. The buses are for public use and they charge a standard fee.  The minibuses are painted with the images of Mother Teresa, St. John Paul II and Pope Francis.  "In the second half of the jubilee year, we will bring the merciful message to society through these minibuses," Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing of Hong Kong said May 14.  Bishop Ha said the minibuses are a sign that: "We still have to give a helping hand to those who are in need in our daily life and introduce the merciful God to them." (Source: UCAN)
Angola’s Bishop of Namibe Diocese, Dionysius Hisilinapo has denounced the forced evictions of indigenous communities from their rural ancestral lands by unidentified developers and business persons.Voicing the Church’s concern about the involuntary taking-over of ancestral land belonging to poor rural communities, the Bishop expressed alarm at the growing frequency.In the province of Cunene, for example, the land grabbing process is often accompanied by physical violence on hapless villagers. This is according to Isaiah Sipangeli a resident of the village of Curoca (Kuroka), one of the affected regions. Local residents see what is happening as a new form of colonisation.Father Jacinto Pio Wakussanga, a local Catholic priest and a civil society activist with the organisation, Association for Building Communities (ACC) in Huila province also condemned the incidents as unjust given the powerlessness nature of the affected communities.In response, Angola’s local gove...
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