The best thing parents can give their children? Wisdom, Pope says

Vatican City, Feb 4, 2015 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis said the role of parents is to teach their children with patience, gentleness, firmness and encouragement. “Every family needs a father. A father who doesn't boast of having a child be like him, but is glad to learn righteousness and wisdom, which is the only thing that counts in life,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall for his Feb. 4 general … [Read more...]

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Political instability, war, and terrorism know no borders – Vatican official

Monaco, Feb 4, 2015 / 11:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Vatican's Secretary of State addressed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean on Monday regarding the shared challenge of migration, Italy's Red Cross announced it is awarding the people of Lampedusa for their commitment to welcoming African emigrants. Lampedusa is a small Italian island, closer to Tunisia than it is to Sicily. The island is the primary destination for immigrants to Europe who are fleeing conflict and … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis urges end to scandal of ‘fratricidal’ violence in Ukraine

Vatican City, Feb 4, 2015 / 07:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the number of deaths in Ukraine continue to rise amid escalating violence, Pope Francis has called the war “a scandal,” and urged the international community to “make every effort” for peace. “My thoughts turn again to the beloved Ukrainian people. Unfortunately the situation is getting worse (as is) the grave opposition between parties,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s Paul VI … [Read more...]

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Embryos with three parents? The risks are yet to come, critics warn

London, England, Feb 4, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite warnings from religious leaders and scientists, British lawmakers have voted to allow a version of in-vitro fertilization that uses the DNA of three different people to conceive a baby. “Since this is uncharted territory and the children born from this technology would have heritable genetic changes, there are also significant unknown risks to future generations,” Dr. Paul Knoepfler, an associate professor at the … [Read more...]

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Palm Beach bishop recovering from brain surgery

Palm Beach, Fla., Feb 4, 2015 / 02:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito of the Palm Beach Diocese is currently recovering from a seven-hour surgery that successfully removed a benign brain tumor, according to the diocese. “To make a long story short, because of a brief period of vertigo episodes in November, I was sent for a whole series of tests of the inner ear which proved negative. My doctor then sent me for an MRI of the brain just to be safe and rule out any other … [Read more...]

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Inspired by St Don Bosco, Indian Church prepares youth to be tomorrow’s leaders

Miao, India, Feb 4, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the north-easternmost reaches of India, the Diocese of Miao is celebrating the bicentennial of St. John Bosco's birth by continuing his legacy of educating impoverished youth and preparing them for leadership. “We have given a special emphasis to prepare the youth to be leaders for tomorrow, for it is the youth of the nation who can bring a transformation and social change,” Fr. Felix Anthony, the Miao diocese's head … [Read more...]

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Cape Verde, Africa is getting its first cardinal

Praia, Cape Verde, Feb 3, 2015 / 07:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the beginning of the year, Pope Francis announced that among the 20 men he would make cardinal on Feb. 14 is Bishop Arlindo Gomes Furtado of Santiago de Cabo Verde, whose episcopal motto is “Jesus, the Good Shepherd.” Bishop Gomes will be the first cardinal from Cape Verde, a small island nation of Africa located 350 miles off the coast of Senegal, though the Church was formally established there in 1533 by Portuguese … [Read more...]

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