Pope in Kenya: Interreligious dialogue not an option, but a necessity

Nairobi, Kenya, Nov 26, 2015 / 02:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In light of recent terror attacks in Kenya and abroad, Pope Francis began the second day of his trip to Africa stressing the need for interreligious leaders to work together for peace. In a morning meeting on Nov. 26 with interreligious and ecumenical leaders at the apostolic nunciature in Nairobi, Kenya, Pope Francis said while ecumenical relationships can be demanding, they are not optional.“…ecumenical and … [Read more...]

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Pope to Kenyan families: ‘radiate God’s love’

Nairobi, Kenya, Nov 26, 2015 / 12:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Thursday praised Kenya’s traditional family values, particularly their respect for children and the elderly. He also made an appeal for the youth to use these values as a guide to ending discrimination and injustice in the future. “The health of any society depends on the health of its families,” the Pope told Mass attendees at Kenya’s Nairobi University Nov. 26. “Kenyan society has long … [Read more...]

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Asia’s first conference for deaf Catholics shares the mission of evangelization

Bangkok, Thailand, Nov 25, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Last week Thailand hosted the first international Asian conference for deaf Catholics, which explored the pastoral challenges to integrating the deaf into the Church's life. “This conference is a unique gathering of pastors, religious, and laity who dialogue with their unique way of using sign language, sharing their daily life experiences of faith in the conservative cultures of Asia,” Fr. Peter Teerapong Kanpigul, … [Read more...]

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En route to Kenya, Pope Francis confirms Mexico trip

Aboard the papal plane, Nov 25, 2015 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Before his plane landed in Kenya on Wednesday, Pope Francis confirmed to reporters that he would indeed visit Mexico early next year. Valentina Alazraki of Mexico’s Noticieros Televisa confirmed to CNA that Pope Francis told her his trip to Mexico would include four cities, not three. He said his trip will include a visit to the town of Ciudad Juarez on the Mexican-U.S. border. The Holy See Press Office has not … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis in Kenya: no matter what our divisions, we must work for peace

Nairobi, Kenya, Nov 25, 2015 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis began his trip to Africa in Kenya, where he praised the “young and vibrant nation” and encouraged Kenyans to continue working for peace in their country. “Experience shows that violence, conflict and terrorism feed on fear, mistrust, and the despair born of poverty and frustration,” Pope Francis said Nov. 25 during his first public address in Kenya. His arrival in the capital of Nairobi marks the … [Read more...]

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Evangelize through sports? One bishop and marathon veteran explains how

Washington D.C., Nov 25, 2015 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For a veteran runner who’s completed 21 marathons, one bishop sees a deep connection between his Catholic faith and running, and says this connection can even evangelize young people. “For young people, if we want them to aspire to a life of holiness, we have to give them good examples of that,” Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill. told CNA in a Nov. 17 interview. “Somebody has to be a role model not … [Read more...]

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Compassion vs. security: What to do with Syrian refugees?

Washington D.C., Nov 24, 2015 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- As the U.S. plans to increase its intake of Syrian refugees to 10,000 next year, Americans – including Catholics – are trying to balance national security concerns with compassion for the refugees.  “Americans need to understand that responding to a core tenant of our faith to provide a compassion and care to suffering people like Syrian refugees and maintaining national security are not mutually exclusive – … [Read more...]

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