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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
  • Vatican official says U.N. framework is best way to fight terrorism

    UNITED NATIONS (CNS) -- The U.N.'s framework provides the "only viable way" of dealing with the global nature of modern terrorism "which knows no borders," the Vatican's secretary of state told the U.N. General Assembly Sept. 29.

    "This reality requires a renewed United Nations that undertakes to ...
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    Vatican's secretary of state addresses U.N. General Assembly in New York
  • Pope: Greed, throwaway culture fuel 'hidden euthanasia' of elderly

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis warned against the abandonment and neglect of the elderly, calling it a "hidden euthanasia" rooted in today's "poisonous" culture of disposal and an economic system of greed.

    In the presence of his predecessor, Pope Francis also thanked retired Pope Benedict XVI ...
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    Pope Francis greets people during encounter with elderly in St. Peter's Square at Vatican
  • Vatican says bishop's dismissal not the result of sex abuse

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican denied Pope Francis had dismissed a controversial Paraguayan bishop because of his mishandling of sex abuse accusations, attributing the decision instead to other failings of governance and friction with fellow bishops.

    Meanwhile, the bishop described his dismissal as a case of ...
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    Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano of the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, who was dismissed from post, pictured after interview in Rome
  • Syrian refugees have mixed reactions to airstrikes
    Ask Syrian refugees sheltering in neighboring Jordan about the advent of U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State militants in their homeland, and the reactions will be mixed.    Some welcome the surprise military intervention, saying it could lead to ending the nearly 4-year-old war in Syria and ...
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    U.S. Navy Super Hornets on the way to Syria (CNS photo/DoD handout via EPA)
  • All nations must respond to terrorism, Card. Parolin says
    Addressing the U.N. Security Council Sept. 24, the Vatican's secretary of state said "terrorism represents a fundamental threat to our common humanity" and its escalation requires the response of a "shared commitment" from all nations.    "Nations must come together in order to fulfill our primary ...
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    Five Arab leaders who authorized air strikes met in New York on Thursday. (CNS photo/Spencer Platt, EPA)
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Th&eacute;r&egrave;se of Lisieux: "I prefer the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul." These are the words of Thérèse of the Child Jesus, a Carmelite nun called the "Little Flower," who lived a cloistered life of obscurity in the convent of Lisieux, France. (In French-speaking areas, she is known as Thérèse of Lisieux.) And her preference for hidden sacrifice did indeed convert souls. Few saints of God are more popular than this young nun. Her autobiography, <i>The Story of a Soul</i>, is read and loved throughout the world. Thérèse Martin entered the convent at the age of 15 and died in 1897 at the age of 24. She was canonized in 1925, and two years later she and St. Francis Xavier were declared co-patrons of the missions. 
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