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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis expressed his condolences for the victims of the attack that took place in Munich on Friday.In a telegram addressed to Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the Archbishop of Munich, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said Pope Francis “shares in the pain of the survivors and expresses to them his closeness in suffering,” and “entrusts the departed, in prayer, to the mercy of God.”The Pope also thanked emergency service personnel and security forces for “their attentive and generous service.”Cardinal Parolin concluded the telegram with the Pope’s prayer that Christ “the Lord of Life,” might “give comfort and consolation to all.”Here is the full text of the telegram sent to Cardinal Reinhard Marx:His EminenceCardinal Reinhard MarxArchbishop of Munich and FreisingPope Francis has noted with consternation the news of the terrible act of violence which occurred in Munich, in which several ...
(Vatican Radio) In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis focused on Jesus’ teaching on prayer, from the day’s Gospel.When the Apostles asked the Lord to teach them to pray, Jesus responded, “When you pray, say ‘Father…’” This word, “Father,” the Pope said, is the “secret” of the prayer of Jesus – “it is the key that He Himself gives us so that we too can enter into that relationship of confidential dialogue with the Father.”Moving on to the various petitions addressed to God in the Lord’s Prayer, Pope Francis said the first two petitions, “hallowed be Thy Name,” and “Thy kingdom come” are associated with the name “Father.” Jesus’ prayer – and thus Christian prayer – consists first of all in making room for God, allowing Him to act in our lives.St Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer than continues with three more petition...
MUNICH (AP) -- Munich police gave a "cautious all clear" early Saturday morning, more than seven hours after a gunman opened fire in a crowded shopping mall and at a nearby McDonald's killing nine people and wounding at least 10 others in a rampage authorities called an act of terrorism....
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis has written the preface to a new book on Mother Teresa entitled “let us love those who are unloved” that is based on two speeches given by her during a meeting with young people and with religious sisters in Milan in 1973. Founder of the Missionaries of Charity order, Mother Teresa will be proclaimed a saint by Pope Francis on September 4th.  In his preface, the Pope reflected on the five themes of prayer, charity, works of mercy, family and young people.Listen to this report by Susy Hodges:   Pope Francis noted that Mother Teresa always began her day by going to Mass and ended it with the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. In this way, he said, it’s possible to transform our work into prayer. If we enter into the feelings of Jesus we can savour life and give a renewed look to those we meet. Turning next to charity, the Pope explained that this means being close to all those on the peripheries that we meet every ...
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey will be able to extend detention times for suspects and issue decrees without parliamentary approval under a three-month state of emergency approved Thursday by lawmakers following last week's attempted military coup....
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Melania Trump is returning to the Republican National Convention Thursday for the first time since her prime-time speech went viral with charges that she stole parts of it from a speech given by Michelle Obama....
Cleveland, Ohio, Jul 21, 2016 / 04:58 pm (CNA).- As the 2016 Republican National Convention draws to a close, some Catholics are concerned about a perceived lack of priority given to pro-life, marriage, and religious freedom issues in the GOP.“For a party that portrays itself as the party of religious values, the approach they are outlining this week has little connection to the most important moral issues facing this country," said Robert Christian, editor of Millennial magazine and a graduate fellow at the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America.He identified these critical moral issues as: "addressing poverty, defending life, finding policies to strengthen the family, welcoming those fleeing violence, overcoming racial divisions, protecting God’s creation, and supporting human rights and human dignity.”  The 2016 Republican National Convention began on Monday and runs through Thursday, culminating...
St. Paul, Minn., Jul 21, 2016 / 02:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis as its present and past archbishops apologized for failures to protect children from a sexually abusive priest.“We failed to give priority to the safety and wellbeing of the children he hurt over his interests and those of the archdiocese. In particular, we failed to prevent him from sexually abusing children,” Archbishop Bernard Hebda of Saint Paul and Minneapolis said on Wednesday. “Those children, their parents, their family, their parish and others were harmed. We are sorry. I am sorry.”“I know that words alone are not enough. We must do better,” Archbishop Hebda said in a July 20 letter to the faithful of the archdiocese. He added that “far-reaching changes are already underway.”Prosecutors had charged the archdiocese with six criminal counts of failing to protect minors concern...
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish lawmakers are expected Thursday to endorse sweeping new powers for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan allowing him to expand a crackdown in the wake of last week's failed coup....
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a special envoy to South Sudan to urge for an end to violence in the country and to help establish dialogue and trust between the warring parties.Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, travelled to the capital Juba this week to give support to the Archbishop and to meet with the country’s leaders.He carried with him a letter from the Pope for President Salva Kiir and one for Vice President Riek Machar who are historic enemies and represent the different ethnic groups.For almost a year, South Sudan has been trying to emerge from a civil war caused by political rivalry between the Vice President and the President.  Violent clashes across the city have left tens of thousands of people dead since December 2013 and a recent flare-up of fighting has caused more casualties, scores of displaced people and a serious humanitarian crisis.Although a cease-fire is currently in effect in Juba, the threa...
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