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(Vatican Radio) The president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, has addressed the 67th World Health Assembly, which is meeting in Geneva 19-24 May.In his remarks, Archbishop Zimowski spoke about “the devastating impact of climate change” reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) Secretariat. “There is overwhelming evidence that human activities have greatly contributed to recent warming of the earth’s surface, and that climate change as well as its consequences will continue into the future.” Citing both Pope, he called for policies that “are
(Vatican Radio) This week the 28 EU nations will elect a new European Parliament with up to 380 million voters choosing 751 deputies to represent them. In a statement issued in the run-up to the elections, the Catholic Bishops of Europe reaffirmed their support for the European project and urged all EU citizens to cast their ballot. But what is at stake in this huge electoral process and why are opinion polls predicting that barely 40 percent of EU citizens will bother to vote? COMECE is the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community and its Secretary- General is
(Vatican Radio) (Vatican Radio) There has been strong condemnation of a twin car bomb attack in the Nigerian city of Jos, in Plateau State which left at least 118 people dead.Cruel and evil and beyond comprehension were just some of the words used to describe the carnage.The blasts happened at a crowded bus terminal and market in the city leaving at least over 100 people dead.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombs, but the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has been waging a sustained bombing campaign in the African nation.President Goodluck Jonathan condemned the attacks
(Vatican Radio) In a series of appeals made at the end of his general audience Wednesday Pope Francis asked people to pray for the victims of devastating floods in the Balkans, for the Catholics in China and for the first ever Burmese native to be declared Blessed:“My thoughts go out again to the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, who have been hard hit by floods, with subsequent loss of life, numerous people displaced and extensive damage. Unfortunately, the situation has worsened, so I invite you to join me in prayer for the victims and all those who are suffering from this
(Vatican Radio) "Play in favour of Life - Denounce Human Trafficking" is the logo of an anti-trafficking campaign launched to accompany the 2014 Soccer World Cup in Brazil. An event that should be a celebration of sports and culture, but could turn out to be a terrible shame and an affront to human dignity.In the words of Sr Carmen Sammut Msola, President of the International Union of Superiors General, there needs to be an awareness of “what happens on the margins of big world events such As the Fifa World Cup and the suffering of those who are trafficked”.The Vatican agrees that the World
(Vatican Radio) “With the gift of knowledge, the Spirit leads us to grasp the value and beauty of people and the realities that surround us, but also their limitations”, said Pope Francis Wednesday as he continued his series of lessons dedicated to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Emer McCarthy reports:The Summer season arrived early in Rome this Wednesday with midday temperatures hitting 28°. Gazing out over the massive crowd, Pope Francis reflected that “the gift of knowledge helps us to avoid falling prey to excessive or incorrect attitudes. The first lies in the risk of considering
In this week's edition of There's More in the Sunday Gospel than Meets the Eye, Jill Bevilacqua and Seàn-Patrick Lovett bring us readings and reflections for the Sixth Sunday of Easter.Listen: Gospel Jn 14: 15-21Jesus said to his disciples:“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept,because it neither sees nor knows him.But you know him, because he remains with you,and will be in you.I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.In a little while
(Vatican Radio) Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, Andrew Bennett, was in the Vatican this week to discuss with Curial officials ways in which the Canadian government and the Holy See can work jointly to promote religious freedom and to address religious persecution worldwide.Ambassador Bennett’s four-day mission at the Vatican ended on Tuesday and included meetings with Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for