Japanese bishops mobilize relief efforts to help earthquake victims

Fukuoka, Japan, Apr 18, 2016 / 02:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Japan's Catholic bishops are coordinating efforts to help the thousands of people affected by the two earthquakes which struck the city of Kumamoto on the southwestern island of Kyushu last week.A 7.3 magnitude quake hit Kumamoto, nearly 70 miles south of Fukuoka, on April 16, following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on April 14. At leat 41 persons were killed, and thousands wounded. Some 180,000 have been rendered homeless, according … [Read more...]

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Pope: Jesus is the only door to eternal life

Vatican City, Apr 18, 2016 / 10:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking at morning Mass at the Santa Marta residence, Pope Francis on Monday urged the faithful to seek salvation through anyone but Jesus alone, because he is the only way into heaven.  “The Lord thus clearly says: you cannot enter eternal life by any entryway that is not the door – that is not Jesus,” the Pope said during his April 18 homily, according to Vatican Radio's translation. “He is the door of … [Read more...]

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Pope meets Central African Republic’s new president

Vatican City, Apr 18, 2016 / 07:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Monday met with the Central African Republic's newly-installed president, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, who was elected to office a few months after the pontiff's visit to the country late last year.The “warm welcome” offered to the Pope during his visit to the CAR in November was among the topics discussed during the meeting, according to a statement released by the Holy See press … [Read more...]

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Pray and act to help refugees–what Pope Francis and Orthodox leaders said at Lesbos

Lesbos, Greece, Apr 17, 2016 / 05:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Forced migration affects millions of people and is “a crisis of humanity.” That is what Pope Francis and two leading Greek Orthodox churchmen have said in a joint declaration signed on the Greek island of Lesbos.“Europe today faces one of its most serious humanitarian crises since the end of the Second World War,” the declaration said.Pope Francis, the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, and … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis sends his greetings to Benedict XVI on his 89th birthday

Vatican City, Apr 17, 2016 / 02:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated his 89th birthday on Saturday, and received special greetings from Pope Francis.“I would like to remind you that today is the 89th birthday of Pope Benedict XVI. Pray for him,” Pope Francis said aboard the papal plane April 16.Francis traveled to meet refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos the same day. He also issued a message wishing his birthday greetings“The Holy Father … [Read more...]

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Trans rights over women’s rights? What’s at stake in the bathroom bills

Denver, Colo., Apr 17, 2016 / 02:02 pm (CNA).- Few can forget the media furor over Caitlyn Jenner's cover story in Vanity Fair last year.Formerly known as Bruce, Jenner's public transformation from a decorated male athlete into a glam female persona dominated headlines left and right.Amid scores of adulation for Jenner's bravery – including a coveted ESPN award – one opinion piece in the New York Times broke rank and drew a decent amount of ire.Rather than laud … [Read more...]

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Pope: ‘I saw much suffering’ at Lesbos refugee camp

Vatican City, Apr 17, 2016 / 06:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday reflected on the great suffering he had witnessed at the refugee camp in Lesbos, remembering especially the children he encountered, as well as the husband of a Christian woman who was martyred by terrorists.“I saw much suffering,” the Pope said during his April 17 Regina Caeli address from the Apostolic palace, one day after his visit to the Greek island.“To the refugees and the Greek people, I … [Read more...]

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