Pope warns against superficial peace that rusts and fades away

Vatican City, May 20, 2014 / 07:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned attendees not to place their security in the worldly peace of wealth, vanity or power, but rather in that offered by Jesus, which is the only one that lasts. “Money does not give you a definitive peace. Just think, metal also rusts! What does it mean? A stock market crash and all your money is gone! It is not a secure peace: It is a superficial temporal peace,” the Pope explained in … [Read more...]

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Teenage girl recounts terror, violence of Boko Haram attacks

Washington D.C., May 20, 2014 / 04:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A teenage girl whose family members were murdered by members of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram is sharing her story in hopes that it will spur action against the Nigerian terrorist organization. “I was in shock. I didn’t know what was happening,” 15-year-old Deborah Peters said, growing visibly emotional as she recalled witnessing the murders of her father and brother at the hands of Boko Haram militants two … [Read more...]

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Rabbi relates roots of Pope’s Holy Land visit in their friendship

Rome, Italy, May 20, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Abraham Skorka, an Argentine rabbi who has long been a friend of Pope Francis, has told a Jesuit magazine of the background of their upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land, which will occur May 24-26. “We dreamt of being together in front of the Western Wall of the Temple of Jerusalem and to embrace … and that I would accompany him to Bethlehem, to be on his side in such a meaningful moment for him,” Skorka told Fr. … [Read more...]

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Catholic bishops voice hope for India’s new government

New Delhi, India, May 20, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic bishops in India have said they have nothing to fear from the country's new government following the landside success of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies. “It is true that sometimes small groups of fanatics can give us concern, but the Church will continue in its mission to pray for the new government and contribute to the common good of the nation, supporting democracy, respect for … [Read more...]

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Condolences offered for death of 32 children in Colombian bus fire

Bogotá, Colombia, May 19, 2014 / 05:38 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Ruben Salazar of Bogota, president of the Bishops' Conference of Colombia, offered his prayers and condolences for the families of 32 children who died in a bus that caught fire. “The Church in Colombia is praying for the parents who are mourning the tragic deaths of their children,” Cardinal Salazar said via Twitter. According to Colombian media, the 32 children were returning from a Pentecostal revival meeting on … [Read more...]

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New appointment to CDF shows Vatican’s concern for clergy abuse

Vatican City, May 19, 2014 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ appointment Monday of Archbishop Jose Mollaghan of Rosario as a member of the Vatican’s doctrine office confirms the Holy See’s continuing response to the sexual abuse crisis. On May 19 the Argentine bishop was appointed to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, where he will be responsible for a commission, which is being set up, to examine appeals by clergy accused of “delicta … [Read more...]

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Vatican has strengthened its financial oversight, report shows

Vatican City, May 19, 2014 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Authority for Financial Information’s second annual report presents an increasing number of suspicious transactions reported – a reflection of stronger oversight of Vatican finances. “In 2013 we have taken further decisive steps to foster the legal framework, and, at the same time, to make it work in practice,” said Rene Bruelhart, director of the AIF, at a May 19 presentation of the report at the Holy See … [Read more...]

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