Trade agreements should promote human dignity, bishops say

Washington D.C., Jan 21, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Commenting on a proposed trade agreement, the U.S. bishops have said such agreements should defend human dignity, protect the environment and public heath, and promote “justice and peace.” “We encourage you to join us in promoting these values and to evaluate any trade deal in light of them,” Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami and Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines said in a Jan. 16 letter to the leading members … [Read more...]

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Holy Land Christians prepare for Church unity week

Jerusalem, Israel, Jan 21, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians of varying Churches and ecclesial communities in Palestine and Israel will gather for ecumenical prayer services at the churches of various communities. The Holy Land observes a novena for Christian unity from Jan. 25-Feb. 2, following the traditional octave held Jan. 18-25. The theme of this year's week of prayer for Christian unity is “has Christ been divided”, St. Paul's affirmation of unity in … [Read more...]

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Vatican commission completes Medjugorje investigation

Vatican City, Jan 20, 2014 / 03:28 pm (CNA).- The Holy See has announced that the commission charged with investigating the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje has completed its task, and will be submitting its findings to the Vatican's doctrine office. Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed Jan. 18 that the international commission investigating the supposed apparitions had held its final meeting the prior day, and will submit its final report to the Congregation for the … [Read more...]

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DC concert to share message of Bl. John XXIII, John Paul II

Washington D.C., Jan 20, 2014 / 12:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An upcoming concert in Washington, D.C., will celebrate the lives and canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, highlighting their efforts to promote unity, cooperation and peace. “This concert is going to be unique,” said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C., at a Jan. 16 press conference. “It will stand in its own right because what it is saying is 'look at the fruit of the lives of these … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis visits Roman parish serving homeless, poor

Rome, Italy, Jan 20, 2014 / 12:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis, the Bishop of Rome, made a pastoral visit to one of his parishes Sunday, choosing one situated in an area filled with migrants, refugees, homeless persons, and itinerants. During his Jan. 19 visit to Sacred Heart of Jesus at the Praetorian Barracks, Pope Francis said Mass in the evening and met with members of the parish, including the homeless who live near Rome’s large Termini train station. While located in … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: accept the surprises of God

Vatican City, Jan 20, 2014 / 07:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on the theme of Christian freedom, observing that it comes from our docility and willingness to accept the “newness” and the “surprises of God.” “The Word of God is alive and so comes and says what he wants to say: not what I expect it to say, or what I hope it says,” stated the Pope in his Jan. 20 daily Mass, adding that it is a “free” word that … [Read more...]

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MLK’s witness continues to push for justice ‘rooted in love’

Birmingham, Ala., Jan 20, 2014 / 06:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The example of Martin Luther King, Jr., calls Americans today to renew their commitment to justice and charity, reflected the head of the Knights of Peter Claver ahead of the annual holiday recognizing the civil rights leader. “We must illustrate and express ever more evidently the familial bond we share in Faith. Just as people often remember King as a drum major for justice, we must view ourselves as drum majors for justice … [Read more...]

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