Holy Land bishops urge Christian-Muslim unity against extremism

Jerusalem, Israel, Apr 5, 2014 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy Land’s bishops have said that Christians and Muslims need to unite against extremism, stressing that people of all beliefs are at risk. “Christians and Muslims need to stand together against the new forces of extremism and destruction,” the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land said in an April 2 statement posted on the website of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. “All Christians and … [Read more...]

Work on others’ behalf, Pope tells politicians

Vatican City, Apr 5, 2014 / 01:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with a group of Italian mayors and other political leaders Saturday morning, encouraging them to live among the people and to act on behalf of everyone’s wellbeing. “The mayor, in the midst of people. One doesn’t understand a mayor who would not be there, because he is a mediator, a mediator in the midst of the needs of the people,” Pope Francis said to the president and 120 members of the National … [Read more...]

Pope Francis prays for kidnapped priests, nun

Vatican City, Apr 5, 2014 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is remembering in his prayers two Italian priests and a Canadian religious sister who were kidnapped in Cameroon Friday night. Vatican Radio reports that Pope Francis “hopes for a rapid and positive solution to the affair.” He “remains in constant contact with the nunciature.” The two priests and religious sister were kidnapped by armed persons around midnight on April 4. The identity of the … [Read more...]

Brazil’s bishops take responsibility for backing junta

Brasilia, Brazil, Apr 5, 2014 / 07:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Brazil's bishops' conference has issued a declaration acknowledging that some of its members supported the authoritarian military dictatorship that ruled the country from 1964 to 1985. “For New Times, with Freedom and Democracy,” issued April 1, says some of the nation's bishops backed the junta with “the intention of combatting communism.” The document, unprecedented among Latin American … [Read more...]