Slavery is ‘alive and well’ in India, pastor says

Bangalore, India, Jul 15, 2012 / 05:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Even in contemporary culture, India's Dalits or “untouchables” face oppression and persecution akin to slavery, an American pastor involved in humanitarian work said.“Modern day slavery is alive and well in India,” Pastor Matthew Cork told CNA, “and there's something we can do about it.”At 250 million people, the Dalit community makes up nearly one quarter of the country's … [Read more...]

A long, hard road ahead, people of Joplin know they are not alone

Kansas City, Mo., Jul 15, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- As tough as they are, the people of Joplin learned two lessons.First, they can’t rebuild their town alone. Second, they aren’t alone.“Sometimes, we say we don’t know if God is in the miracle business,” said Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean.“Well, look at our city,” she said. “God is still in the miracle business.”Joplin is still a city of vacant lots, one year after the most powerful … [Read more...]

Pope praises saints who showed the ‘centrality of Christ’

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Jul 15, 2012 / 11:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday praised the intellectual legacy of the 13th century Franciscan St. Bonaventure who popularized St. Paul’s belief in the “centrality of Christ” in human history. “All of history is centered on Christ, who guarantees novelty and renewal in every age,” the Pope said in his Sunday Angelus address July 15.“In Jesus, God has spoken and given everything, but … [Read more...]

Nursing patron St. Camillus de Lellis celebrated this week

Denver, Colo., Jul 15, 2012 / 07:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On July 18 the U.S. Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of Saint Camillus de Lellis, who turned from his life as a soldier and gambler to become the founder of an order dedicated to caring for the sick. In some other countries, he is celebrated on the anniversary of his death, July 14.Camillus was born during 1550 in the Abruzzo region of Naples in present-day Italy. His mother died during his infancy, and he lost his father, a … [Read more...]