Monthly Archives: August 2016

What the Church in South Sudan is doing amid a humanitarian crisis

Washington D.C., Aug 31, 2016 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid a civil war, a humanitarian crisis, and the threat of mass starvation, the Church in South Sudan is still working to bring Christ to a troubled country.

After meeting with Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro of Juba, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) noted that “the Church plays a key role, as always and everywhere, in the provision of humanitarian aid,” and that “the bishops I met with are just absolutely committed to living out Matthew 25, the vulnerable people and helping people as if they were Christ.”

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Francis welcomes peace deal in Colombia

Vatican City, Aug 31, 2016 / 03:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis expressed his pleasure that peace negotiations between the Colombian government and FARC rebels have been finalized, though he declined to send a representative to help select judges for a truth and justice commission.

The Pope “reiterates his support for the goal of attaining the peace and reconciliation of the entire Colombian people, in light of human rights and Christian values, which are at the heart of Latin American culture,” stated an Aug. 31 communique from the Vatican Secretary of State.

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The US has resettled 10,000 Syrian refugees in the last year

Washington D.C., Aug 31, 2016 / 02:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Obama administration announced Monday that the U.S. had met its goal of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees in fiscal year 2016, religious freedom advocates voiced approval.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom praised the administration, hailing the accomplishment as “an important step, but only a first step, given the severity of the [Syrian] conflict, the implications for regional and international security, and the vulnerably of Syrian civilians who have been subjected to the most appalling mistreatment from both the Assad regime and its opponents, including ISIL.”

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Syrian refugee resettlement a global and UCC issue

By Connie Larkman

As the United States reaches the goal of accepting 10,000 refugees for resettlement in 2016, a United Church of Christ leader notes that “the time for U.S. churches to be very involved in welcoming Syrian refugees is upon us.”

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Openness to grace strengthens human reason, Pope reminds cardiologists

Rome, Italy, Aug 31, 2016 / 11:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church supports the work of studying God’s creation in the human body and encourages the sciences in service to the weak and infirm of society, Pope Francis told cardiologists Wednesday.

“Nature, in all its complexity, and the human mind, are created by God; their richness must be studied by skilled men and women, in the knowledge that the advancement of the philosophical and empirical sciences, as well as professional care in favour of the weakest and most infirm, is a service that is part of God’s plan,” the …read more