A Christmas with tears – Pope Francis’ words to Middle East

Vatican City, Dec 23, 2014 / 10:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a Christmas message to Christians of the Middle East, Pope Francis grieved the violence that has ravaged and displaced many of the region's faithful. But the birth of Jesus, he insisted, gives us the ultimate consolation – God has come in the flesh to save us. “I write to you just before Christmas, knowing that for many of you the music of your Christmas hymns will also be accompanied by tears and sighs,” Pope … [Read more...]

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How the Church has helped fight AIDS in Uganda, Malawi

Kampala, Uganda, Dec 23, 2014 / 09:35 am (CNA).- Catholic leaders in Uganda and Malawi have issued largely positive informal progress reports on local Church efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in the African nations. A report from the Uganda Episcopal Conference that was provided to CANAA (Catholic News Agency for Africa) stressed “the contributions that the Catholic Church has made through one of its currently running projects to the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of … [Read more...]

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Don’t give up hope, Cardinal Dolan encourages after NYPD shooting

New York City, N.Y., Dec 22, 2014 / 09:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the violence, darkness and confusion of the world, we can find hope and peace in the promise of Christ, said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York in response to the killing of two police officers. “Never is the hope of the good news of God’s promise and fulfillment erased for a believer, and the more it is tested the stronger it gets,” said Cardinal Dolan in a Dec. 21 homily during Mass at St. … [Read more...]

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Typhoon can’t budge faith of Catholics in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines, Dec 22, 2014 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in the Philippines has stepped up round the clock rehabilitation and relief measures for the  population affected by the country's most recent typhoon, Hagupit, which struck earlier this month. Hagupit, locally known as “Ruby”, ripped through the archipelago’s central belt Dec. 7 with heavy rains and wind that left 21 dead and over 900 injured, besides leaving thousands of people displaced on … [Read more...]

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Bishop Coyne of Indianapolis picked to head Vermont diocese

Burlington, Vt., Dec 22, 2014 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Auxiliary Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Indianapolis has been chosen by Pope Francis to be the next bishop of Burlington, Vermont, announced the Vatican Dec. 22. In a Dec. 22 statement, Bishop Coyne voiced joy and thanked the Holy Father for his trust. He told the people of Burlington: “I come to you ready to commit myself completely to the work of announcing the good news of Jesus Christ: He who is ‘the way, the … [Read more...]

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A Christmas message from Aleppo’s bishop: hope for joy, peace

Aleppo, Syria, Dec 22, 2014 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Christmas approaches, the Melkite Catholic bishop of Aleppo has written a letter to his diocese looking forward to the feast of hope, urging his people to practice charity to the less fortunate, much like in diocese around the world. But Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart's letter also voices profound hope that peace will return to their country in the next year. “Christians all over the world are preparing the beautiful … [Read more...]

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Papuan bishop makes emergency appeal amid severe food shortage

Alotau, Papua New Guinea, Dec 21, 2014 / 01:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic bishop of Alotau, Papua New Guinea, has launched an appeal during a severe food shortage following a cyclone engulfing the Catholic diocese. The Papua New Guinean islands located in the deep South Pacific region north of Australia are a hub for constant typhoons while also sitting on the seismic belt of the infamous “Ring of Fire” plates that cause series of volcanic eruptions and tsunamis that sweep … [Read more...]

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