Vatican cardinal: peace among religions possible in Middle East

Vatican City, Aug 30, 2013 / 12:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The cardinal who heads the Vatican’s interreligious dialogue department said that religious differences in the Middle East do not necessitate violence.“This is the place where the three monotheistic religions meet, and they have the possibility to build up society,” Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran told CNA on Aug. 29. “The problem is when religion becomes politics.”Cardinal Tauran was secretary of the … [Read more...]

Pope and Jordanian king urge dialogue to end Syrian violence

Vatican City, Aug 29, 2013 / 05:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan on Thursday morning, giving special attention to the Syrian conflict at a time when Western countries are considering military action.Their Aug. 29 meeting reaffirmed the importance of dialogue and negotiation between all groups in Syrian society, L’Osservatore Romano reports. The meeting concluded that with the international community’s support, this dialogue … [Read more...]

Spanish religious sister remembered for devotion to immigrants

Barcelona, Spain, Aug 29, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Franciscan Sister Teresa Losada, known in Spain as “the nun of the immigrants,” died Aug. 25 at the age of 70 in the town of San Vicente dels Horts after a long battle with cancer.Mayor Oriol Junqueras of San Vicente dels Horts was among the hundreds who attended her funeral Mass. He said Sister Teresa’s life and work were “filled with values, wisdom, generosity and humility.”The town of San Vicente … [Read more...]

Rural children, families inspired by Thai diocesan program

Si Racha, Thailand, Aug 29, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In Thailand, the Diocese of Chanthaburi is reaching out to rural residents through a human development program offering assistance to families and children of all religions.“Kids need to be inspired to aspire, and especially rural kids, because unlike city kids they lack exposure and facilities,” Father Giuseppe Ekapop Phonmoon, director of the Chanthaburi diocese's office of Diocesan Social Action, told CNA.On … [Read more...]

‘Month of Martyrs’ in Korea draws praise from Pope Francis

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 29, 2013 / 10:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent a message today to South Korea praising the country's decision to proclaim September as the “Month of Martyrs.”“The Holy Father was pleased to learn that the Archdiocese of Seoul has proclaimed the month of Sept. 2013 the 'Month of Martyrs' in commemoration of those who laid down their lives for the Gospel in Korea,” read an Aug. 29 statement from the Vatican.“His … [Read more...]

Pope Francis tells Augustinian order to be ‘restless’ in love

Vatican City, Aug 29, 2013 / 09:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis asked members of the Order of Saint Augustine gathered in Rome for the opening Mass of their meeting to be restless in continuing to seek the well-being of other people. “Restlessness is also love, always seeking the good of others, of loved ones, with that intensity that also leads to tears,” Pope Francis said at the Basilica of Saint Augustine. “The restlessness of love always encourages us to reach … [Read more...]

Charity 5K takes on new meaning as family preps for adoption

Washington D.C., Aug 29, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The organizer of a charitable run to raise funds for orphans in China says the event has special meaning this year as her family is in the midst of adopting a child of their own. “God has really opened a lot of doors and moved the process forward for us. The run has been a big blessing for us and even for our kids,” Katie Murphy, founder of the Run for the Little Flowers Virtual 5K, told CNA Aug. 27. When she organized … [Read more...]


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