Waiting for the Pope: Istanbul refugee center prepares to welcome Francis

Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 28, 2014 / 05:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- People at the refugee center that Pope Francis will visit this coming Sunday are learning to seek a future, the director of the center told CNA Nov. 27. “Pope Francis will come here because we are not a school, we are a refugee center, we are a center of learning that kids can use for the future. And they are searching for the future,” Fr. Andrés Calleja Ruiz emphasized. A Salesian hailing from Madrid, Fr. … [Read more...]

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Chaput: ‘It isn’t possible to be pro-life and simultaneously forget the cries of the poor’

Philadelphia, Pa., Nov 28, 2014 / 04:26 am (CNA/Vatican Insider).- “It isn't possible to be pro-life and simultaneously forget the cries of the poor.” Francis has confirmed his attendance at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next September. The Archbishop of the great US metropolis, Archbishop Charles Chaput, talks to Vatican Insider about the meaning of this visit and about how Francis’ message has been received in the US.   Pope Francis has now … [Read more...]

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Law group: Iran nuclear deal should include Christian pastor’s freedom

Washington D.C., Nov 28, 2014 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Advocates pushing for the U.S. State Department to demand the release of Christen pastor Saeed Abedini – a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran – remained hopeful after Iranian nuclear talks were extended for six months. “I think it’s important to note that Pastor Saeed wasn’t completely abandoned,” said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). “We … [Read more...]

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Chinese regime said to intensify persecution of Christians

Rome, Italy, Nov 27, 2014 / 04:43 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- “We shouldn’t get our hopes up. I don’t see any sign of an immediate improvement in China-Holy See relations.” Thus commented Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, reflecting on a symposium on mainland China held at the the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome. The Nov. 18 event was sponsored by AsiaNews. Now 82, the bishop told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church … [Read more...]

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Pope: don’t be depressed – despite our ugly reality, we have hope

Vatican City, Nov 27, 2014 / 09:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Thursday Pope Francis said that although sin and corruption often seem to win out over good, Jesus gives us a promise of hope which enables us to keep “our heads held high.” “Do not give way to depression: Hope! Reality is ugly: there are many, many cities and people, so many people who are suffering; many wars, so much hatred, so much envy, so much spiritual worldliness and so much corruption. Yes, … [Read more...]

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Islamic State destroys convent in Mosul

Mosul, Iraq, Nov 27, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Local media are reporting that on Monday, Islamic State militants blew up a convent and St. George's parish in Mosul, an Iraqi city captured by the Islamists in June. A resident of Mosul said “that cries of Allahu Akbar ‘God is Great’ rose from many mosques in the city as Islamist militants blew up the church located in one of Mosul’s Arab neighborhoods,” Rudaw, a Kurdish media outlet based in Erbil, … [Read more...]

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Pope’s Philly trip could be a turning point on US marriage front

Rome, Italy, Nov 26, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Legal expert Alan Sears said that the push for marriage redefinition in the U.S. has provided a platform for the issue at large and that Pope Francis' visit in 2015 could mark a shift in the contentious debate. “This could be a turning point in the struggle for marriage,” he told CNA Nov. 26. “The Holy Father has the opportunity to speak in the USA, to step into the middle of this with the message of love, with a … [Read more...]

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