Is the situation in Nigeria about to get much worse?

Washington D.C., Jun 12, 2016 / 04:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nigeria is a ticking time bomb, with violence and discrimination threatening to tear the country apart and spread its existing refugee crisis throughout the region, a new report claims.“Nigeria is a country on the verge of fracturing along religious fault lines,” stated a report “Nigeria: Fractured and Forgotten” released by the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative June 8.“What is unfolding in Northern … [Read more...]

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Pope horrified by deadly attack in Orlando

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2016 / 12:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has offered his prayers and compassion for those affected by Saturday night's shooting at a nightclub in Orlando.In a June 12 statement Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Holy See press officer, said the “terrible massacre,” which has left a “dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this … [Read more...]

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Catholic leaders urge prayer after horrific Orlando shooting

Orlando, Fla., Jun 12, 2016 / 10:19 am (CNA).- Following Saturday night's shooting at a nightclub in Orlando that killed 50 people, Catholic leaders from around the U.S. are offering prayers for the victims and their families.“Waking up to the unspeakable violence in Orlando reminds us of how precious human life is,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. Catholic bishops conference, in a statement.“Our prayers are with the victims, their families and all … [Read more...]

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Pope: Disabled persons should be loved, not hidden from society

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2016 / 06:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday, Pope Francis denounced the increasingly prevalent mentality which claims that sick and disabled persons cannot be happy, and should be kept out of sight from society. In reality, he said, true happiness is achieved by our capacity to love.“In an age when care for one’s body has become an obsession and a big business, anything imperfect has to be hidden away, since it threatens the happiness and serenity of the … [Read more...]

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How will the reform of marriage nullity cases proceed in Italy?

Rome, Italy, Jun 12, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With a letter sent Wednesday to the general secretary of the Italian bishops' conference, Pope Francis established a bilateral working group on the reform of the process of investigating marriage nullity.His June 8 letter to Bishop Nunzio Galantino, 67, the Bishop Emeritus of Cassano all'Jonio, stated that the working group is to be chaired by Bishop Galantino, and will be composed of experts from both the Vatican and the Italian … [Read more...]

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Behind Pope Francis’ diplomacy is a small school with a big impact

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The pontificate of Pope Francis has a diplomatic style of its own, and many of his diplomats share a common source: a college and a home for disadvantaged but talented young people on scholarship called the Istitutio Villa Nazareth.The institute’s impact can be seen in the fact that Pope Francis will likely make a private visit there June 18. The news has not been officially confirmed yet, but it has been floated in semi-official … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis calls it – discrimination against the disabled is ‘ugly’

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2016 / 11:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- No single person is more valuable than another, especially when it comes to those with disabilities, Pope Francis said on Saturday,, insisting that these people have a unique richness, and that discriminating against them is “one of the ugliest things” we can do.When asked by a young woman named Serena, 25 and in a wheelchair, why some disabled people aren’t able to receive Communion or go to Mass like other members of … [Read more...]

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