The ‘great secret’ of San Francisco’s AIDS response

San Francisco, Calif., Dec 3, 2015 / 03:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The early days of the AIDS epidemic of San Francisco marked a time of fear, uncertainty and suffering. But amid the anxiety and confusion, those in need of treatment and care found one of their biggest advocates and supporters in the Catholic Church.  “I always think it’s one of the great secrets of San Francisco County that Archbishop Quinn and Catholic Charities reached out very early on in the epidemic … [Read more...]

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What Argentina’s bishops are proposing to drug traffickers

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec 3, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA).- The Argentine bishops' conference issued “a strong call to conversion” to those involved in drug trafficking and dealing, urging them to take advantage of the Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy which begins Dec. 8. “We are especially addressing those who belong to criminal groups, those who look with indifference upon the tragedy their brothers are going through, those who are collaborating by omission or … [Read more...]

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Jihadists arrested for threats against Pope Francis, no specific plot known

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2015 / 05:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Four alleged terrorist sympathizers who made internet threats against Pope Francis have been arrested. While Italian authorities described them as “highly dangerous,” they said they did not appear to be involved in any specific plot. “They were threatening the Pope, celebrating the recent attacks in Paris and threatening the former U.S. ambassador to Kosovo,” said Carmine Esposito, a police chief in the northern … [Read more...]

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San Bernardino bishop offers prayers in wake of mass shooting

San Bernardino, Calif., Dec 2, 2015 / 03:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Gerald R. Barnes of the Diocese of San Bernardino, Calif. requested prayers and offered his own after at least one gunman left more than a dozen dead at a social services facility in the city. “Please join me in praying for all of the victims of this horrific incident and their families,” he said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “For those who lost their lives, we pray for their eternal rest and … [Read more...]

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Make the mercy jubilee a ‘revolution of tenderness’, Pope urges

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2015 / 02:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has granted an interview to the official website for the Jubilee of Mercy, in which he expresses his intention that the year be an occasion to encounter God's tenderness in a world rife with cruelty and atrocities. “The revolution of tenderness is that which, today, we must cultivate as a fruit of this year of mercy: the tenderness of God toward each one of us,” the Pope told the official Jubilee publication … [Read more...]

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Seek mercy, not violence – Denver’s archbishop on Planned Parenthood shooting

Denver, Colo., Dec 2, 2015 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of last week's attack on a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver has rejected all violence in relation to the issue of abortion. “Hearts can change, people can change. Taking the peaceful approach is one that is absolutely critical,” Archbishop Aquila told CNA Dec. 1. This helps people “encounter the God who is love, who is mercy, the God who helps them to come to understand their own dignity as … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to youth: Have you thought about being a missionary?

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2015 / 07:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ recent trip to Africa was the focal point of his general audience today, during which he emphasized the key role that missionaries play on the continent, and asked youth to consider it as an option for their future. “To the youth: think about what you want to do with your life. It's the moment to think and to ask the Lord to make his will known to you,” the Pope said Dec. 2. Recalling the many … [Read more...]

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