For Pope Francis, human dignity at core of religious dialogue

Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 28, 2014 / 09:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Dialogue between religious leaders and the “shared recognition of the sanctity of each human life” in bringing aid to the suffering were at the core of Pope Francis' Nov. 28 address to Turkey's Department for Religious Affairs, delivered on the first day of his three-day Apostolic Journey to Turkey. “Without this openness to encounter and dialogue, a papal visit would not fully correspond to its … [Read more...]

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A new path for unity – Pope and Patriarch to face world challenges together

Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 28, 2014 / 05:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A common declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew on the issues of ecology and poverty would be natural is foreseeable for the future, a theological advisor of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Costantinople told CNA Nov. 28. “Today, there is no excuse for indifference or inaction. A joint response between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew can prove both powerful and permanent,” said Fr. John … [Read more...]

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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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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’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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The plight of Christians in Turkey, ahead of Pope Francis’ visit

Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 26, 2014 / 04:43 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Since the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003, and especially since the eruption of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Turkey has become the destination—or passage way—for hundreds of thousands of refugees, many of them Christians. Many, too, are young, single people, prepared to take great risks. In early November, a boat carrying illegal migrants from Turkey to Bulgaria capsized just after coming through the … [Read more...]

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The Pope sides with the Gospel, not political ideologies

Aboard the papal plane, Nov 26, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA).- Pope Francis has said he aims to express the social doctrine of the Church, not the views of partisan political philosophies, suggesting it is reductionistic to say otherwise. “I don't know if the Pope is Social Democratic or not,” he told a French reporter during an in-flight conference Tuesday, who had mentioned the ideology popular among socialists in Europe. “I don't dare qualify myself on one side or … [Read more...]

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