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Abp Zimowski: Human person must be at the centre of health care

Vatican News - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 10:21
(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
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COMECE Secretary General on why European Parliament elections are important

Vatican News - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 08:53
(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
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Archbishop of Jos appalled latest bomb attack

Vatican News - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 08:08
(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
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Pope: Prayers for flood victims, for China, and for Burma’s first Blessed

Vatican News - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 06:46
(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
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Vatican backs women religious against human trafficking in view of Brazil World Cup

Vatican News - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 06:31
(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
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Pope at Audience: If we destroy Creation, it will destroy us

Vatican News - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 06:14
(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
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Sunday Gospel May 25 2014

Vatican News - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 04:09
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
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Canada seeks to advance religious freedom with Holy See

Vatican News - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 00:45
(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
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Anglicans and Catholics to hold an hour of prayer to support Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land

Vatican News - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 00:45
(Vatican Radio) Anglicans and Catholics in England and Wales will unite in prayer at the very hour that Pope Francis will visit the Christians of Bethlehem on Sunday 25 May between 3pm and 4pm (UK time).In a statement released by the Catholic Communications Network in London, Cardinal Nichols said: “Many of our Catholic parishes will hold an hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament at exactly the time when Pope Francis is meeting the Christian communities in Bethlehem itself. “I do encourage you, please, to use that hour on Sunday 25 May – the hour between 3 o’clock and 4 o’clock in prayer
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When Pope Francis announced his pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Vatican News - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 00:45
(Vatican Radio) On Sunday January 5, 2014 Pope Francis specified how the main purpose of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land from May 24 to 26 was to mark the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and the Head of the Orthodox Church of the time, Patriarch Athenagoras I of Constantinople. A meeting which took place after nine centuries of division between their two churches in January 1964.Veronica Scarisbrick brings you his words on that occasion: Pope Francis goes to the Holy Land also in the footsteps of his immediate predecessors to the See of Peter: Pope John Paul II, now Saint,
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Pope at Mass: Let not your heart be troubled

Vatican News - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 00:45
(Vatican Radio) Those who welcome the Holy Spirit will have a solid and endless peace, unlike those who choose to “superficially” trust in the tranquility offered by money or power. This was Pope Francis’ message at Mass Tuesday morning in Casa Santa Marta. Emer McCarthy reports: The peace offered by things - money , power , vanity – and peace in Person, the Holy Spirit. The first is always in danger of vanishing - Today you are rich and you are somebody, not tomorrow - instead no-one “can take away” the second because it is a "definitive" peace. The Pope’s homily, which centered on
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Anglican-Catholic talks make progress in South Africa

Vatican News - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 00:45
(Vatican Radio) Catholic and Anglican ecumenical experts have concluded a 10 day meeting in Durban, South Africa, making "a great deal of progress" towards an agreed statement on authority in the Church and the ethical decision-making process. The 18 members of the group, known as ARCIC III, also agreed to hold next year’s meeting at a Catholic seminary close to Rome. For the fourth session of their talks, which concluded on May 20th, the group focused on the Church as Communion at local, regional and universal levels, reflecting on the impact of culture and the role of lay people in decision
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Pope sends condolences following Columbia bus tragedy

Vatican News - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 00:45
(Vatican Radio) A telegramme signed by Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin on behalf of the Holy Father has been sent to the Archbishop of Santa Marta in Columbia following a tragic accident in which a bus, in the north of the country caught fire killing the 32 passengers on board, mostly children.The telegramme reads that “Pope Francis, was deeply distressed to learn the sad news of the serious accident in the town of Fundaciòn that caused so many victims including many children.”It goes on to say that the Holy Father offers his spiritual closeness to all those affected by this terrible
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US Embassy to Holy See in anti-trafficking partnership with women religious

Vatican News - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 00:45
(Vatican Radio) The US Embassy to the Holy See is continuing its partnership with the Talitha Kum Campaign - an international network of women religious, who have made the fight to end human trafficking a central focus of their mission. Worldwide, between 12 million and 27 million people live as victims of human traffickers. Women and girls account for roughly three quarters of all victims, more than half of whom are held in a state of sexual servitude, with 36 percent of victims being put to forced labor.At a special conference for journalists at the Press Office of the Holy See on Tuesday
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Canada seeks to advance religious freedom with Holy See

Vatican News - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 13:58
(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
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Canadian bishops urge PM, government to act

Vatican News - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 13:55
(Vatican Radio) In a recent letter sent to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Archbishop Paul-André Durocher urged the Canadian government to act on several issues regarding justice and peace, both in Canada and internationally.“The letter was motivated by some requests the CCCB received to intervene with the government on a number of issues,” Archbishop Durocher told Vatican Radio.The archbishop said the bishops’ conference enjoys a good rapport with the current government and that the letter “is part of an ongoing discussion, an invitation to continue,” he said. “It identifies areas of concern
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Jesuit Superior General announces upcoming General Congregation

Vatican News - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 13:36
(Vatican Radio) The Superior General of the Society of Jesus – the Jesuits – has announced that he will resign in 2016. Father Adolfo Nicolas (pictured, meeting with Pope Francis), the Jesuits’ 30th Superior General, also announced the convocation of the Order’s 36th General Congregation which will elect his successor.
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Pope Francis: 50th anniversary Message to Dialogue Council

Vatican News - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 00:45
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis sent a Message to the President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Council’s founding. A Mass and a special conference were also being held on Monday in the Vatican to mark the occasion. “The institution of the [Dialogue Council’s predecessor department], the Secretariat for non-Christians,” writes Pope Francis in the Message, “represented one of the important decisions, which, with ponderous reflection, the Servant of God Paul VI put into action during the II Vatican
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