Will Cardinal Tagle be the next president of international Caritas?

Vatican City, May 5, 2015 / 06:02 pm (CNA).- Two sources who work in Vatican charities told CNA on Tuesday that Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila will likely be elected next week as head of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of worldwide Catholic charities. Caritas is due to elect a new president and a secretary general during its 20th general assembly, being held May 12-17 in Rome. The assembly is to include a Mass with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica on its opening … [Read more...]

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Ahead of National Police Week, DC cardinal honors fallen officers

Washington D.C., May 5, 2015 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington called on Tuesday for gratitude to be given to the law enforcement officials who are protecting the order of communities nationwide. “Enormous gratitude” is owed to police such as the late Officer Brian Moore of the New York Police Department, the cardinal said in his May 5 homily. “By all accounts he [Moore] was killed simply because he was a police officer.” Moore was … [Read more...]

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Facing uncertain future, Iraqi refugees sacrifice for education

Erbil, Iraq, May 5, 2015 / 04:35 pm (CNA).- Less than a mile away from the local coffee shops, fancy restaurants, and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, some 60,000 displaced Iraqi Christians are taking refuge, tucked away in the mostly Christian neighborhood of Ankawa. Having fled the violence of the Islamic State, some 150 Christian families have begun to settle into their new surroundings, which typically take the form of tents and shipment … [Read more...]

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For Catholics in West Baltimore, the only answer to violence is community

Baltimore, Md., May 5, 2015 / 04:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After unrest erupted in Baltimore following the death of 25 year-old Freddie Gray, Catholics stepped up to restore their communities and pray for peace and justice in their neighborhoods. “The community, to me, is not those people that come in and sell drugs. It’s the people that come out and volunteer to help clean up,” volunteer Ray Kelly told CNA. Kelly is a member of the parish council at St. Peter Claver Church … [Read more...]

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Pope to Lutherans: In Christian unity, don’t be afraid of the tough issues

Vatican City, May 5, 2015 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians in pursuit of unity should not be afraid to broach potential areas of disagreement such as marriage, family, and sexuality, Pope Francis said in a meeting with the head of Sweden's Lutheran church. “All Catholic faithful” are invited “to take up, recognize the signs of the times, the way of unity for overcoming divisions among Christians,” the pontiff said during the private audience with Lutheran … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: A Bishop of Rome with a heart for Argentina

Vatican City, May 5, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vicar of Christ to the entire world, yet still a son of his homeland: Pope Francis continues to be attentive to Argentina, as shown by the news that the Vatican may open its fileson the country's military dictatorship, as well as the possible advancement of the cause of beatification of an Argentine entrepreneur. That the Vatican would open its files on Argentina’s military dictatorships was revealed a week ago by Msgr. … [Read more...]

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Shooting over Muhammad cartoon event draws prayers from Dallas bishop

Dallas, Texas, May 4, 2015 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The attempted attack of two gunmen on a Texas venue hosting an event about cartoons depicting Islam’s prophet Muhammad has drawn a prayerful response from Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas. “I am saddened by what occurred Sunday evening in Garland,” Bishop Farrell said May 4. “I pray for all those involved and offer a special prayer of thanksgiving for our law enforcement officers who put themselves in harm’s … [Read more...]

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