Cardinal Tagle, the first Caritas Internationalis president from Asia

Vatican City, May 14, 2015 / 01:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Luis Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, is the new president of Caritas Internationalis. The general assembly of the umbrella organization of Catholic charities elected the Filipino cardinal with 91 votes out of 133.   “Thank you for your trust. I am limited in my capacities, but with all of you, with the love that Jesus has poured into our hearts and in the name of all the poor people in the world, I accept this … [Read more...]

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Philadelphia archbishop voices ‘deep sadness’, prays for train derailment victims

Philadelphia, Pa., May 14, 2015 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia reacted Wednesday to the deadly train derailment in his city with sadness and prayers. “In the wake of this disaster, I urge all people of good will to join me in extending prayerful condolences to those mourning the sudden loss of a loved one and in asking the Lord to bring healing to all those suffering physical and emotional anguish in the wake of this incident,” Archbishop … [Read more...]

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When detention denies dignity: bishops offer look inside US migrant, refugee policy

Washington D.C., May 14, 2015 / 03:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “Please help us, please pray for us.” These were the words of detained migrants and refugees at a Karnes, Texas facility who spoke Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio and his visiting delegation of religious leaders last year. “As the archbishop said Mass under a tent in the compound, the fear and trepidation on the faces of the mothers were clear,” said a new report’s account of the 2014 … [Read more...]

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US House overcomes initial setback to pass 20-week abortion ban

Washington D.C., May 13, 2015 / 06:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two years after abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of committing three first-degree murders at his abortion clinic, the House passed a bill Wednesday that effectively bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. “This bill is about protecting pain-capable babies and their mothers from the tragedy … of late-term abortion-on-demand," Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), the bill's sponsor, stated May 13 to reporters … [Read more...]

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Cyprus archbishop, Caritas presidential prospect: caring for creation means putting people first

Rome, Italy, May 13, 2015 / 05:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Maronite Archbishop Joseph Soueif of Cyprus, one of two candidates to be the next president of Caritas International, has said that caring for creation means putting the human being first. “The motto of this conference is ‘One human family, care for creation.’ One human family means all of us, diverse cultures and societies, we are one,” the archbishop told CNA May 13. “This is the purpose of this … [Read more...]

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Iraqi Christians have lost everything – except their faith, nun tells Congress

Washington D.C., May 13, 2015 / 03:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Having lost their homes, their heritage and their sense of dignity, Iraqi Christians victimized by the Islamic State feel abandoned by earthly powers, but their faith in God has only grown, an Iraqi nun told members of Congress May 13. The faith of homeless Iraqi Christians is “increasing more and more,” Sister Diana Momeka, O.P., told the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee. Many of the displaced lived in devastating … [Read more...]

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Vatican and ‘State of Palestine’ agree to treaty safeguarding religious liberty

Vatican City, May 13, 2015 / 02:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See and the State of Palestine have agreed on the text of a treaty regarding the life and activity of the Church in Palestine, which is expected to be signed soon by both parties. Much attention has been given to the fact that in its May 13 announcement, the Holy See referred to its agreement with “the State of Palestine” rather than the Palestinian Liberation Authority, or some other title.It is hoped that the … [Read more...]

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