Pope tells Bosnians to be ‘tenacious’ workers for peace

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jun 6, 2015 / 07:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daytrip to a country still marred by the effects of a recent war, Pope Francis said peace is not something that happens passively, but instead requires passionate action on the part of all. “(Jesus) does not say: ‘Blessed are the preachers of peace,’ since all are capable of proclaiming peace, even in a hypocritical, or indeed duplicitous, manner. No. He says: ‘Blessed are the … [Read more...]

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Minnesota archdiocese to cooperate amid charges of mishandling abuse allegations

Minneapolis, Minn., Jun 5, 2015 / 05:35 pm (CNA).- The Minneapolis-St. Paul archdiocese has pledged cooperation amid charges of mishandling allegations against a former priest of sexual misconduct involving children. “We deeply regret the abuse that was suffered by the victims of Curtis Wehmeyer and are grieved for all victims of sexual abuse,” Bishop Andrew Cozzens, an auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese, said June 5. “We all share the same goal: to provide safe … [Read more...]

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‘Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo’ highlight pain of loss in Bosnian War

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jun 5, 2015 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When Pope Francis visits Bosnia and Herzegovina tomorrow, he will be visiting a country still devastated by the three-year Bosnian War that took place in the early 1990s. An estimated 100,000 people were killed in the conflict. Twenty years later, reminders of the violence are everywhere – even the route that Pope Francis will take from the Sarajevo international airport to the presidential palace is known as … [Read more...]

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Justice, peace and equality: Sarajevo’s hopes for papal visit

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jun 5, 2015 / 04:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit to Sarajevo could be an opportunity to advance peace, equality, and justice for Bosnia and Herzegovina, despite a declining Catholic population whose refugees have still not returned home. “It is time for world leaders to make a just peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Cardinal Vinko Puljic of Sarajevo told CNA April 7. “I do not expect a miracle from the Pope’s visit. … [Read more...]

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For St. John’s University, affordable tuition is a Catholic cause

New York City, N.Y., Jun 5, 2015 / 11:23 am (CNA).- Aiming to reduce the financial burden of a college education, the New York-based St. John’s University has enacted a tuition freeze for the 2015-2016 school year, along with other efforts to keep costs low for students. “Addressing the rising cost of higher education must be a priority, particularly in view of St. John’s mission as a Catholic and Vincentian University that is committed to providing students with an … [Read more...]

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Pope to Peruvian pro-lifers: ‘Keep shaking things up’

Lima, Peru, Jun 5, 2015 / 06:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Upon seeing pictures from the 2015 March for Life in Lima, Peru, Pope Francis had a message for the faithful of the South American country: “keep shaking things up.” The Holy Father offered these words of encouragement to Peruvian Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, after the June 3 General Audience at the Vatican, according to a statement by the Archdiocese of Lima. The cardinal was in Rome to participate in meetings of the Holy … [Read more...]

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Twenty years after war, Bosnians working to reclaim first victim: trust

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jun 5, 2015 / 06:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A key Muslim figure in Bosnia said that “mutual trust” was the first victim of the country’s recent war – and is something each of their four main religious populations are still working to regain. In a June 4 interview with CNA, Ifet Mustafic stressed that “during (the) war, many bad things were done, and were even done from people with religious affiliations…now people are talking … [Read more...]

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