At Vienna conference, Holy See renews call for nuclear disarmament

Vienna, Dec 16, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a meeting on the impact of nuclear arms last week, the Holy See complained that institutions have not found the proper solution to address the nuclear arms issue, and praised the gathering as a new hope towards nuclear disarmament. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See's Permanent Observer at the UN office of Geneva, spoke Dec. 9 in Vienna at the Third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. It was the first of … [Read more...]

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‘Every five minutes, a Christian dies in the Middle East’

Madrid, Spain, Dec 12, 2014 / 04:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Gabriel Nadaf is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Church. He lives in Nazareth and faces death threats for publicizing the state of Christians in the Middle East. Fr. Nadaf has a 24-hour security escort, the highest level of protection offered by Israeli authorities. However, during his recent trip to Spain, he told CNA that he is not afraid and has come “to make the voices of Christians in the East … [Read more...]

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The politics of Pope Francis: An anti-corruption, anti-ideology populism

London, England, Dec 9, 2014 / 10:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Most people “still don’t know how Pope Francis thinks,” says a longtime Catholic observer who believes the Pope’s approach to politics is an ordinary path that rejects both corruption and elite ideological obsessions isolated from real people. “What he hoped for was a government rooted in the values and priorities of ordinary folk,” British author Austen Ivereigh said of the Pope's time as … [Read more...]

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Protect us – One archbishop’s plea as Nigeria elections loom

Rome, Italy, Dec 4, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Nigeria's general elections draw near, the archbishop of the central city of Jos warned candidates not to put political agendas over people's safety and urged more rapid solutions to Boko Haram violence. “This is a time in Nigeria that calls for genuine, authentic patriotism, because the attacks seem to be ongoing and destruction and displacement seem to be becoming a regular phenomenon,” Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama … [Read more...]

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Turkish Muslims ‘deeply appreciated’ papal visit

Istanbul, Turkey, Dec 4, 2014 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' visit to Turkey was highly appreciated by Muslims because of the care and interest he demonstrated for them, and for his acknowledgement that not all Muslims are terrorists, a local scholar has said. “The Turkish people deeply appreciated the Pope’s visit,” Zeynet Cebeci Suvari, a Ph.D. candidate at Bogazici University, told CNA. “The message is clear: 'I care about you and that is why I … [Read more...]

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This 82-year-old cardinal says he’ll face jail for democracy

Rome, Italy, Dec 4, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One of several leaders of Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement to surrender to police after months of pro-democracy protests, Cardinal Joseph Zen has said he is ready to go to jail. “I’m prepared to be jailed, which is the strongest and most sincere proof of the unfairness of the system in Hong Kong,” said Hong Kong's emeritus bishop, according to a translation of a report by the Hong Kong Economic … [Read more...]

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Papal mace points to education’s true purpose, Scottish bishop says

Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec 4, 2014 / 12:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The presentation of a special Papal mace marking the 600th anniversary of Scotland’s oldest university is a reminder of the ultimate purpose of education – to know, love and serve God, said the local bishop. “Western culture’s great endeavour through the universities founded in the Middle Ages was the pursuit of wisdom as defined as ‘fides quaerens intellectum’ or ‘faith seeking … [Read more...]

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