A look at how businesses can help the poor

Washington D.C., Mar 22, 2016 / 12:13 am (CNA).- Businesses can care for both the poor and the created world by making decisions that focus on the human person and not merely profit, said Catholic leaders at a conference on Thursday.Business “must always strive to meet genuine human needs rather than feed a culture of consumerism, a whirlwind, if you want, of needless buying and selling due to the slavery to consumerism,” Cardinal Peter Turkson said at a March 17 conference on … [Read more...]

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How can the Catholic Church help Burma’s transition to democracy?

Yangon, Burma, Mar 21, 2016 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of Burma held a three-day seminar earlier this month to discuss the Church's role in reconciliation as the country transitions to civilian rule after more than 50 years of military government.More than 70 bishops, priests, and religious gathered March 10-12 in Yangon, Burma's largest city, to “examine the role of the Church in nation building.”Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon said in his keynote address … [Read more...]

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In Tulsa’s diocese, no one is turned away from end-of-life care

Rome, Italy, Mar 21, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The latest initiative of the Tulsa, Oklahoma diocese is not only offering practical care for the region's homeless and under-privileged communities – it's bringing a message of hope in the face of death.“Just because you're dying doesn't mean there's no reason to hope,” Bishop Edward James Slattery of Tulsa told journalists March 21 during a visit to Rome.“Just the opposite. Christ has changed … [Read more...]

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Pope prays for victims of Russian plane crash, Istanbul bombing

Vatican City, Mar 21, 2016 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis offered prayers over the weekend for victims of both a plane crash in Russia and a suicide bombing in Istanbul.“His Holiness Pope Francis was saddened to learn of the tragic air accident in Rostov-on-Don and he sends his sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims,” said a telegram from Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.“His Holiness commends the souls of the dead to … [Read more...]

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India’s refusal to grant religious freedom visas a ‘missed opportunity’

Washington D.C., Mar 20, 2016 / 04:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- India is making a mistake in refusing to issue visas to a U.S. international religious freedom organization, said religious liberty advocates and experts specializing in the South Asian country.“This is a missed opportunity for India and for religious freedom. We had hoped to travel there for some time because of the growing concerns about religious freedom in India. We wanted to go there and assess the situation and learn the … [Read more...]

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Humility is the epitome of redemption, Pope says on Palm Sunday

Vatican City, Mar 20, 2016 / 05:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Palm Sunday Pope Francis said the path toward salvation can be summed up by humility and service, and encouraged pilgrims to contemplate Jesus’ shameful Passion and Death throughout Holy Week.“Today’s liturgy teaches us that the Lord has not saved us by his triumphal entry or by means of powerful miracles,” the Pope said March 20.Instead, in the day’s second reading from St. Paul to the Philippians, the … [Read more...]

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Meet the ‘Mother Teresa’ of 14th century Rome

Rome, Italy, Mar 20, 2016 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although she's not as well known outside of Rome, Saint Francesca Romana has been lauded as a woman whose charity and service to the poor rival those of the modern-day, soon-to-be saint Mother Teresa.Saint Francesca Romana, also known as Saint Frances of Rome, is “a saint loved because she was, in 1400, like we consider Mother Teresa of Calcutta today,” Fr. Teodoro Muti told CNA March 9.“She was the saint of the … [Read more...]

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