Pope laments recent violence in Syria, renews call for dialogue

Vatican City, May 1, 2016 / 07:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday decried the resurgence of violence in Syria in recent days, especially in Aleppo, and renewed the call to bring about peace through dialogue.“I receive with deep sorrow the tragic news coming from Syria, about the spiral of violence that continues to aggravate the already desperate humanitarian situation of the country,” the pontiff said May 1 after reciting the Regina Caeli address in St. Peter's … [Read more...]

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Facing shortages, Venezuelan bishops want permission to bring in food, medicine

Caracas, Venezuela, May 1, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid Venezuela's grave economic crisis, the country's bishops have urged the government of President Nicolás Maduro to allow the Church to bring in much-needed supplies such as food and medicine.Venezuela is suffering from a triple-digit inflation rate, economic recession, shortages of basic goods, and a power crisis.In their April 27 statement, the Venezuelan bishops warned that never before had the country suffered … [Read more...]

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Intervene in Christian genocide: 400,000 bring plea to UN

New York City, N.Y., Apr 30, 2016 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Advocates delivered hundreds of thousands of signatures to the United Nations on Friday, calling on the body to declare that genocide is occurring against Christians and other religious minorities.“We’re here at the United Nations headquarters to file more than 400,000 signatures from citizens from all over the world asking the Security Council of the United Nations to declare what’s happening right now with ISIS … [Read more...]

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Blood-red Trevi fountain a wake-up call on Christian persecution

Vatican City, Apr 30, 2016 / 02:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Illuminated by the red light that spilled across Rome’s Trevi fountain, voices from persecuted Christian communities across the world shared the stories of friends and loved ones killed for the faith, and urged the world to take greater action in putting the violence to an end.“Let us remember, tonight, the blood of the Christian martyrs, spilled by the violence of men and the sin of the world,” Cardinal Mauro Piacenza … [Read more...]

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Brooklyn’s new auxiliary bishop is returning after years serving in Jamaica

Brooklyn, N.Y., Apr 30, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Brooklyn announced with “thanksgiving to the Almighty God” on Friday that Bishop Neil Tiedemann, C.P., would be returning to his hometown as auxiliary bishop after eight years of service as the Bishop of Mandeville, in central Jamaica.“I am grateful to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for translating Bishop Tiedemann for service in the Diocese of Brooklyn,” Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn said … [Read more...]

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Let yourselves be reconciled with God, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Apr 30, 2016 / 04:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Reconciliation is an essential aspect of God’s mercy, Pope Francis said Saturday, explaining that when we distance ourselves from the Lord through sin, it takes much more than our own effort to get back to him.Referencing St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians, Pope Francis urged all members of the Church April 30 to “let yourselves be reconciled with God.”“The cry of the apostle Paul addressed to the … [Read more...]

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Stories of ISIS victims are emerging, and they’re unbelievably brutal

New York City, N.Y., Apr 29, 2016 / 03:48 pm (CNA).- (Editor's note: This article includes explicit descriptions of violence. Reader discretion is advised.)The stories were graphic, brutal and raw.One account told of a couple whose children had been captured by ISIS militants. When they answered their door one day, they found a plastic bag on their doorstep. It contained the body parts of their daughters and a video of them being raped and tortured.Another recalled a Christian woman … [Read more...]

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