World Youth Day pilgrims not required to pay for Brazil visa

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nov 16, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- Organizers for World Youth Day Rio 2013 said pilgrims and volunteers who have proof of registration in the event will be able to enter Brazil without having to pay for a visa. Expected to draw hundreds of thousands next summer, the global youth event scheduled for July 23-28  in which Pope Benedict XVI is slated to attend. The organizers announced that in order to obtain a free visa, attendees will need to present a form that can … [Read more...]

Conference counters threats to Catholic health care

Vatican City, Nov 16, 2012 / 01:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic health care providers and clergy are meeting in Rome this week to develop responses to the different ethical issues they are facing when they work with secular governments. “The importance of this conference is in showing how much the Church is involved in health care and it highlights the pitfalls and obstacles we have to overcome,” South African Cardinal Wilfred Napier of Durban, told CNA on Nov. 16. “But it … [Read more...]

Conference counters threats to Catholic health care

Vatican City, Nov 16, 2012 / 01:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic health care providers and clergy are meeting in Rome this week to develop responses to the different ethical issues they are facing when they work with secular governments. “The importance of this conference is in showing how much the Church is involved in health care and it highlights the pitfalls and obstacles we have to overcome,” South African Cardinal Wilfred Napier of Durban, told CNA on Nov. 16. “But it … [Read more...]

Mexicans should draw on faith to confront country’s problems

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 16, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- At the end of their annual meeting, Mexico's bishops encouraged Catholics to root their faith in Christ in order to address, with renewed hope, the grave “evils” that affect the country. “Amid the serious evils that oppress our country such as violence, drug trafficking and organized crime, corruption and unemployment, we invite you to look upon this year of grace with great hope,” they said Nov. 15. The … [Read more...]

Pope asks young to heed Jesus’ missonary call

Vatican City, Nov 16, 2012 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In anticipation of next July’s World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Benedict XVI is challenging young Catholics to be courageous missionaries to their peers. “Dear young people, I would ask all of you to hear, in the depths of your heart, Jesus’ call to proclaim his Gospel,” the Pope said in a message issued Nov. 16. Over 4,000 words long, his message meditated on the theme of the next World Youth Day, … [Read more...]

Jerusalem bishop laments new Israeli-Palestinian violence

Jerusalem, Israel, Nov 16, 2012 / 04:09 am (CNA).- Amid renewed military action between Israel and the Gaza Strip, a bishop from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem is lamenting the “vicious circle of violence.” Bishop William Shomali, Vicar of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, told Vatican Radio Nov. 15 that it is presently hard to know who started the violence “because everyone condemns the other.” “What is true is that many victims are falling down. … [Read more...]

Expert finds religious freedom a matter of national security

Washington D.C., Nov 16, 2012 / 03:04 am (CNA).- The protection of religious freedom worldwide is so essential to democracy and prosperity that it should be considered an issue of “national security” to the U.S. government, says a former diplomat. “Religious freedom is buried in the bureaucracy and so people understand this is not a priority for us,” Dr. Tom Farr, senior fellow at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion Peace and World Affairs, said Nov. … [Read more...]


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