In Pakistan, 13 sentenced over lynching of Christian couple

Lahore, Pakistan, Nov 30, 2016 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Five men in Pakistan's Punjab province were sentenced to death last week for their leading role in the November 2014 murder of a Christian couple. Another eight were given two years in prison for their participation in the lynching.Judge Chaudhry Muhammad Azam of Lahore's Anti-Terrorism Court handed down the sentences Nov. 23. The guilty have also been fined 200,000 Pakistani rupees (about $1,900).On Nov. 4, 2014, Shahzad … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis meets Martin Scorsese, director of ‘Silence,’ at Vatican

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2016 / 08:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis added world famous director Martin Scorsese to the list of Hollywood stars he has welcomed for a private meeting in the Vatican, following an official Rome preview of Scorsese’s new film “Silence.”Based on a Japanese historical fiction novel recounting Christian persecution in Japan during the 17th century, “Silence” will hit theaters in December and recounts the story of two Jesuit … [Read more...]

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Humanitarian needs going unmet in Iraq, Catholic leaders tell Congress

Washington D.C., Nov 30, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Given new and expanded humanitarian crises in Iraq and elsewhere, Congress should respond generously to a request to approve additional aid funding, the U.S. bishops and Catholic Relief Services leaders have said in a letter.“As we have already learned in Iraq, individuals, communities, and countries divided by war face significant challenges amidst their suffering. They must rebuild their communities, and establish inclusive … [Read more...]

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We have to pray for both the living and the dead, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2016 / 05:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his last set of catechesis on mercy, Pope Francis focused on the works of praying for the living and the dead, as well as burying the dead, insisting that since we are all part of one family in Christ, we must remember to pray constantly pray for one another.When we say “I believe in the communion of Saints” while reciting the Nicene Creed, “it’s a mystery that expresses the beauty of the mercy that Jesus … [Read more...]

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Vatican foundation exploring pros, cons of new technologies

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Alongside the various technological advances booming throughout the world, the digital age has also brought with it questions as to exactly what effect these new technologies are having on the global market, particularly when it comes to jobs.Pope Francis himself has brought up both the benefits as well as the concerns of technology on several occasions, including in his 2015 environmental encyclical, Laudato si'.Weighing these pros … [Read more...]

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Vatican foundation exploring pros, cons of new technologies

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Alongside the various technological advances booming throughout the world, the digital age has also brought with it questions as to exactly what effect these new technologies are having on the global market, particularly when it comes to jobs.Pope Francis himself has brought up both the benefits as well as the concerns of technology on several occasions, including in his 2015 environmental encyclical, Laudato si'.Weighing these pros … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis offers prayer, condolences after Colombia plane crash

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2016 / 02:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After a plane crash in Colombia claimed the lives of 71 people, including the majority of Brazil’s up and coming Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team, Pope Francis has offered his prayer and solidarity for the victims and their families.“Deeply distressed to learn of the sad news of the serious plane accident which has caused many victims,” Pope Francis “raises his prayers for the eternal rest of the … [Read more...]

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