Pope Francis mourns victims of ‘heinous’ attack on Istanbul airport

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2016 / 04:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of Tuesday’s deadly attack on an Istanbul airport, asking that God would convert the hearts of those who choose violence.“Dear brothers and sister, yesterday in Istanbul there was a heinous terror attack, which has killed and wounded many people. Let us pray for the victims, for their families and for the dear Turkish people,” the Pope said … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis mourns victims of ‘heinous’ attack on Istanbul airport

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2016 / 04:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of Tuesday’s deadly attack on an Istanbul airport, asking that God would convert the hearts of those who choose violence.“Dear brothers and sister, yesterday in Istanbul there was a heinous terror attack, which has killed and wounded many people. Let us pray for the victims, for their families and for the dear Turkish people,” the Pope said … [Read more...]

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Prayer is the ‘way out’ of a closed heart and mind, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2016 / 03:15 am (CNA/Europa Press).- On Wednesday Pope Francis gave 25 new archbishops the pallium, encouraging them to remain strong in prayer, which he said helps in staying open to God’s surprises, rather than closing in on oneself.“Prayer enables grace to open a way out from closure to openness, from fear to courage, from sadness to joy. And we can add: from division to unity,” Pope Francis said June 29, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.He … [Read more...]

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‘An ominous sign’ – Supreme Court refuses to hear Washington pharmacy case

Washington D.C., Jun 29, 2016 / 12:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a conscience rights case raised by pro-life pharmacy owners came with a stark warning from the three dissenting justices who voiced concerns about the future of religious liberty in the U.S.“This case is an ominous sign,” said Justice Samuel Alito. “If this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have … [Read more...]

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He escaped Vietnam on a fishing boat, and now he’s a bishop

Sydney, Australia, Jun 28, 2016 / 03:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the 1970s, a teenager boarded a boat to escape the cruelty of war in his homeland of Vietnam. He landed as a refugee in a foreign land.Now, he has been installed as the fourth Catholic bishop of Australia’s Parramatta diocese.On June 16, Vietnamese native Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, O.F.M. Con. became the new shepherd of the Parramatta diocese.“I have taken many leaps of faith before, including the one that … [Read more...]

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Prayers, rubber boots needed in wake of deadly West Virginia floods

Charleston, S.C., Jun 28, 2016 / 02:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Heavy storms dumped more than nine inches of rain in much of West Virginia last week, with the resulting floods killing at least 25 people and damaging or destroying thousands of homes and businesses.It’s the worst flooding the state has seen in a least three decades. A federal disaster has been declared in three of the hardest hit counties, while a state of emergency has been declared in 44 of the state’s 55 counties due … [Read more...]

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Catholic, Orthodox Churches united by mercy, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 28, 2016 / 11:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic and Orthodox Churches find unity in God's mercy and in the responsibility to spread the Gospel, Pope Francis said Tuesday to a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.“Acknowledging that the experience of God's mercy is the bond uniting us means that we must increasingly make mercy the criterion and measure of our relationship,” the pontiff said during the June 28 audience at the … [Read more...]

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