Anti-human trafficking effort launched ahead of World Cup

Rome, Italy, May 20, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. embassy to the Holy See has partnered with women religious in a new anti-human trafficking campaign being launched ahead of July's World Cup in Brazil. “Combating this scourge is an important goal of both the United States and the Catholic Church,” U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Ken Hackett stated in comments read aloud by the embassy’s public affairs officer Antoinette Hurtado during a May 20 press … [Read more...]

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Follow Christ, Pope Francis tells the bishops of Italy

Vatican City, May 20, 2014 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his address Monday at the opening of the Italian bishops’ general assembly – the first time a Pope has delivered the inaugural lecture – Pope Francis reflected on the nature of episcopal ministry. The Bishop of Rome and Primate of Italy began his May 19 talk at the Vatican’s Synod Hall by reflecting on Christ’s exhortation to St. Peter, the first Bishop of Rome, to “follow me,” saying, … [Read more...]

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Ordination stats show need for greater Latino representation

Washington D.C., May 20, 2014 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A survey of men to be ordained in the U.S. in 2014 shows a slightly younger ordination class, though the U.S. bishops still hope to increase the number of priests and specifically Hispanic priests. “The number of new priests remains steady and the quality of the new priests is stellar. They have a solid educational background to minister in the contemporary U.S. Church,” Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, chair of the U.S. … [Read more...]

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Catholic religious in South Sudan plead for peace

Juba, South Sudan, May 20, 2014 / 12:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic religious congregations of South Sudan have urged their countrymen to reject violence, calling on the country’s leaders to honor the terms of a recent peace agreement. “We say ‘No!’ to all kind of violence or whatever action that degrades human life and its dignity,” the religious congregations’ leaders said in a May 15 message. “Too much blood has been shed in this land. Too … [Read more...]

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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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