Vatican diplomacy focuses on humanitarian intervention in Iraq

Vatican City, Aug 13, 2014 / 05:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State has pushed Vatican diplomacy to add strong calls for international humanitarian intervention to its prayers for the situation. The past week has seen the appointment of a papal enjoy to Iraq, a strongly worded open letter from the Vatican's dicastery for interrreligious dialogue, and an urgent appeal from Pope Francis himself to the … [Read more...]

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En route to Korea, Pope prays for journalists killed in Gaza

Aboard the papal plane, Aug 13, 2014 / 12:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Aboard the papal flight to South Korea today, Pope Francis led an impromptu moment of silence to pray for a photojournalist who was killed in Gaza, and thanked journalists for their work. Simone Camilli, a 35-year-old Italian working for the Associated Press, and his freelance Palestinian translator, Ali Shehda Abu Afash, died Aug. 13 along with four Gazan bomb disposal offficers who were trying to dismantle an Israeli … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis urges United Nations to intervene in Iraq

Vatican City, Aug 13, 2014 / 10:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis wrote United Nations general secretary Ban Ki-moon, asking him to act to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway in Iraq. The letter, received by Ban Aug. 13, is the latest of the Pope’s interventions to stop the plight of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq. In it, Pope Francis writes that he has been following “the dramatic events of these past few days in Northern Iraq” with … [Read more...]

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Vatican official calls for military protection of Iraqi Christians

Vatican City, Aug 13, 2014 / 08:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See's permanent observer to the United Nations on Saturday urged the international community to provide humanitarian assistance and military and political protection for Christians persecuted by the Islamic State. “We hope the voice that is surging from different Christian and religious communities, from moderate Muslims, from people of good will around the world, may find the response of concrete humanitarian … [Read more...]

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Vatican newspaper remembers Robin Williams

Vatican City, Aug 12, 2014 / 12:18 pm (CNA).- L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, published a brief Aug. 12 article on the death of Robin Williams, calling the comedian and actor an “unforgettable clown with a heart of gold.” The beloved actor was found dead Aug. 11 in his northern California home. According to the local coroner's office, the probable cause of death was suicide by asphyxiation. Williams had recently been battling “severe depression,” … [Read more...]

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Do not fear the call of Jesus, Pope says in radio interview

Vatican City, Aug 12, 2014 / 10:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a 20-minute live interview on an Argentinean radio station on Aug. 8, Pope Francis encouraged young people to fearlessly answer God’s call to selfless love through a vocation. “Each person has a role, each person has a job to do, a vocation,” the Pope said. “Pray that God sends workers to the harvest, that he sends shepherds.” “Young people who feel the call of Jesus should not be afraid,” … [Read more...]

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Do not fear the call of Jesus, Pope says in radio interview

Vatican City, Aug 12, 2014 / 10:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a 20-minute live interview on an Argentinean radio station on Aug. 8, Pope Francis encouraged young people to fearlessly answer God’s call to selfless love through a vocation. “Each person has a role, each person has a job to do, a vocation,” the Pope said. “Pray that God sends workers to the harvest, that he sends shepherds.” “Young people who feel the call of Jesus should not be afraid,” … [Read more...]

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