Venezuelan bishops condemn imposition of socialism

Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 13, 2015 / 01:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Venezuelan bishops conference issued a pastoral exhortation on Monday calling on authorities and citizens alike to an ethical and spiritual renewal in order to come out of the current economic and social crisis facing the nation. The Jan. 12 letter warned that “Marxist socialism is an erroneous path, and therefore should not be instituted.” The bishops began their letter by recalling the events that took place at … [Read more...]

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Farsi Catechism translation offers hope of dialogue in Iran

Rome, Italy, Jan 13, 2015 / 12:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The publication of the Farsi language edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church may foster further interreligious dialogue in Iran, although this will depend on the commitment of local communities, a Vatican official said. Fr. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, stressed Jan. 12 that “time will tell if this translation into Farsi of the Catechism of the Catholic Church … [Read more...]

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Availability and obedience: the intentions of Uruguay’s new cardinal

Montevideo, Uruguay, Jan 13, 2015 / 11:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Daniel Sturla Berhouet of Montevideo, one of the 20 men to be made a cardinal at next month's consistory, has said his response to the appointment is one of both availability and obedience to the Pope. Asked how he plans to respond to the new responsibilities Francis has given him, Archbishop Sturla told CNA Jan 11.: “Above all, a sense of availability and obedience to the Holy Father.” “I have … [Read more...]

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Sri Lankan cardinal credits papal trip for post-election peace

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan 13, 2015 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After tense elections yielded a new president just days before Pope Francis' arrival in Sri Lanka, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said that the “miracle” of a smooth transition is due in large part to the Pope's visit. “Before the elections there was a lot of pressure on the bishops to try and stop the Holy Father, to tell him not to come or to postpone (his visit),” Cardinal Ranjith told CNA Jan. … [Read more...]

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Next Catholic Charities head is sister with a mission of compassion

Washington D.C., Jan 13, 2015 / 07:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Charities USA has named its next president: Sister Donna Markham, O.P., a trained clinical psychologist with a background in nonprofit leadership and a deep commitment to helping the poor. “I am both honored and humbled to engage in this enormously important ministry,” Sr. Markham said Jan. 12. “There can be no greater call than to serve and advocate on behalf of persons who struggle to get by in a world … [Read more...]

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Don’t use religion as a weapon of war, Pope Francis insists

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan 13, 2015 / 06:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an oft-repeated message to interreligious groups, Pope Francis stressed again that believers must unite in condemning violence and insist that religion never be used to justify warfare. “For the sake of peace, religious beliefs must never be allowed to be abused in the cause of violence and war,” the Pope told Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic and Christian leaders during his Jan. 12-15 trip to Sri Lanka. “We must be … [Read more...]

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A warm Sri Lanka welcome – Pope greeted by 40 elephants

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan 13, 2015 / 02:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In all, there were 40 elephants that the Sri Lankan authorities decided to include in Pope Francis’ welcome ceremony upon his first visit to the Asian nation. The elephants came from the Buddhist temples of Colombo, where they were extravagantly dressed up for the occasion and were among the first to greet the Pope when he came out of the open-air Pope Mobile. Elephants have been an important part of the Sri Lankan armory … [Read more...]

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