Among Christian refugees in Kurdistan, ‘no one is angry at God’

Erbil, Iraq, Jan 11, 2015 / 06:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- “Thank you, thank you, thank you:” Suheila, an elderly Christian woman from Mosul was effusive in expressing her gratitude to a group of European visitors. "May God make things easy for you in your lives." Home for Suheila is the Sports Club Center in Ankawa, where more than 200 Christian families from Bakhdida (Qaraqosh) have found shelter in mobile homes: "This is really a big improvement. I'm … [Read more...]

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One family under God: Archbishop Gomez addresses immigration reform

Los Angeles, Calif., Jan 10, 2015 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, if the Church is a family, then the faithful are all brothers and sisters. This familial attitude is especially true when it comes to migration, Archbishop Gomez notes in his Jan. 9 column for Angelus News. “We are all family. And family has to stick together and help one another. If one member of the family is suffering, we are called to help,” the archbishop … [Read more...]

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Haitian welder turned amputee soccer star: ‘It’s the best life’

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2015 / 02:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After losing a leg during Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, Wilfrid Macena became a prosthetic technician and founded an amputee soccer team--and says his life can’t be topped years after the disaster. “The process has really helped me because I was only welding before the earthquake. I never could have believed that I would be a technician making prosthetics and helping the children in Haiti,” Macena told CNA … [Read more...]

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Charity isn’t just helping others – it’s a way of life, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2015 / 08:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told an audience of Haiti earthquake survivors and relief agencies that restoration is only possible when communities unite in charity, tearing down walls of individualism and focusing on others. “Charity is even yet more authentic and more incisive when it is lived in communion,” the Pope told audience attendees Jan. 10. Communion, he said, “shows that charity is not merely about helping others, but is … [Read more...]

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Religious extremism or fruit of nihilism? Vatican newspaper questions terrorism

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2015 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the attack on the French magazine 'Charlie Hebdo’, the Vatican's newspaper has commented  that behind these ‘inhuman acts’ is an undeclared nihilism, which can be glimpsed through the exaltation of suicide and the evident drive to death. “The totalitarian collectivism aim at the destruction of humanity and to its self-annihilation. A dark soul beats from the deep of this ideological hell, … [Read more...]

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For Sri Lanka, Pope’s visit solidifies peace after brutal civil war

Rome, Italy, Jan 9, 2015 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Falling just five years after the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, Pope Francis’ visit to the country is seen as a sign of reconciliation, a message expected to be shown through his gestures more than his words. “We are going to have (Pope Francis) in an atmosphere in which we have finished a war – a civil war for 30 long years – and we are in need of a real process of reconciliation; spiritually, materially, … [Read more...]

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Chilean legislators vote to strip priest of honorary nationality

Santiago, Chile, Jan 9, 2015 / 03:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The House of Representatives in Chile has passed a resolution stripping Father John O'Reilly, of the Legion of Christ of his honorary Chilean nationality by a vote of 96-5 after he was sentenced to four years of house arrest for sexual abuse. The measure will now go before the Chilean Senate for final approval. The Chilean congress grants honorary nationality to individuals through a legislative action, and can use the same … [Read more...]

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