Indian migrants in Holy Land walk to Bethlehem for peace

Bethlehem, West Bank, Dec 16, 2014 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 2,000 Indian migrant workers in the Holy Land took part in a brief pilgrimage from Jerusalem to Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity over the weekend as part of their preparations for Christmas. As they walked the five miles between the cities on Dec. 13, the faithful prayed the rosary for the intention of peace in Palestine and Israel. The pilgrimage is held annually by the Indian Chaplaincy in the Holy … [Read more...]

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Final report: Vatican thanks women religious, stresses focus on Christ

Vatican City, Dec 16, 2014 / 09:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has published the results of its apostolic visitation examining the quality of religious communities across the U.S. in a report described as realistic yet encouraging. Voicing thanks to women religious for their service to the Church, the Vatican congregation in charge of religious life also encouraged them to remember to keep Christ at the center of their communities. The congregation asked the women religious to … [Read more...]

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For Archbishop Chaput, Holy Family holds lesson on immigration

Philadelphia, Pa., Dec 16, 2014 / 04:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Faithful Catholics “need to remember that the Holy Family too was once a family of immigrants and refugees,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. He stressed: “we need to treat the undocumented among us with the mercy and justice we expect for ourselves.” Archbishop Chaput’s Dec. 12 statement connected the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt to the … [Read more...]

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At Vienna conference, Holy See renews call for nuclear disarmament

Vienna, Dec 16, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a meeting on the impact of nuclear arms last week, the Holy See complained that institutions have not found the proper solution to address the nuclear arms issue, and praised the gathering as a new hope towards nuclear disarmament. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See's Permanent Observer at the UN office of Geneva, spoke Dec. 9 in Vienna at the Third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. It was the first of … [Read more...]

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Vatican budgets for 2015 to be prepared by springtime

Vatican City, Dec 16, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an effort to improve the Holy See budgeting system, the Secretariat for the Economy has already trained Vatican employees in new budgeting policies, and 2015's budgets are to be released by the spring. All this, according to the latest bulletin released by the economy secretariat. After the issuance of the handbook of financial management policies, the Secretariat for the Economy trained more than 160 staff members in November … [Read more...]

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A long vacancy: Controversial religious freedom diplomat takes helm

Washington D.C., Dec 15, 2014 / 07:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Senate voted 61-36 on Friday to confirm Rabbi David Saperstein as the next U.S. Ambassador at-large for International Religious Freedom. “Those of us who have followed religious freedom issues at home and abroad over the years know how dire the situation is today for many religious communities around the world,” said Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, president of Interfaith Alliance, in response to the confirmation. … [Read more...]

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US asks Vatican to help relocate Guantanamo inmates

Vatican City, Dec 15, 2014 / 04:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Monday, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met briefly with his Vatican counterpart, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to discuss issues of common concern and to seek the Holy See's aid in relocating Guantanamo detainees. Fr. Federico Lombardi, Holy See press officer, explained Dec. 15 that Kerry noted America's commitment to closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, the military prison where 136 persons are still being held by … [Read more...]

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