Monthly Archives: January 2017

Cardinal Tobin praises Trump admin on pro-life stance, criticizes on immigration

Vatican City, Jan 31, 2017 / 04:28 pm (CNA).- In the first days of U.S. president Donald Trump’s administration, Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark said he has seen encouragement on pro-life matters, but cause for concern when it comes to refugees.

“I think the fact that the vice president and other White House officials addressed the March for Life last week was very encouraging, and I think it’s a good boost,” the cardinal told CNA in a sit-down interview Jan. 31.

Noting that the massive pro-life march is often ignored by the media, he said “this was I think a …read more



Brooklyn priest apologizes for sharing meme encouraging suicide

Brooklyn, N.Y., Jan 31, 2017 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Parishioners were distressed after a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn posted a meme on Facebook that encouraged Trump opponents to commit suicide.

“Show your hate for Trump. Do it for social justice. #JumpAgainstTrump,” the meme said. It included a cartoon of a man in mid-jump off a skyscraper.

Fr. Philip J. Pizzo, pastor of St. Benedict Joseph Labre Parish, shared the meme on his personal Facebook page Jan. 29.

Parishioners told the New York Post that Fr. Pizzo often shares controversial political memes.

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Archbishop: There's a 'bloodbath' going on in Venezuela

Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 31, 2017 / 02:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When asked by a reporter about the threat of civil war in his country, Archbishop Ubaldo Santana of Maracaibo responded starkly: “there is already a bloodbath of considerable proportions in Venezuela.”

“We’re talking about 30,000 people murdered a year, and if we don’t manage to find peaceful ways to understand each other, that number can increase,” he said in a recent interview.

Archbishop Santana, the former head of the Venezuelan bishops’ conference, made his remarks to the Alpha and Omega news weekly during a visit to Spain, in which he …read more



Demonstrators crowd airports, city streets, condemning Trump clampdown on refugees

By Connie Larkman

President Trump’s order barring people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States caused fear and uncertainty at customs in airports around the country Friday night, and that travel clampdown quickly turned those airports into protest zones in several cities over the weekend.

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More on Trump’s wall: The danger of overreach

I suggested on Friday that President Trump’s 2,000-mile wall could well turn out to be the kind of ill-considered commitment which sends voters back across the aisle in 2020. The risk does not arise from any intrinsic immorality connected with building a wall, but from the likelihood that the wall will backfire in one of five possible ways:

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Pope Francis: Jesus was concerned with people, not popularity

Vatican City, Jan 31, 2017 / 08:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Jesus wasn’t worried about his polling results, Pope Francis said Tuesday – instead, he was concerned with each and every person, seeing everything about them, even those things which were seemingly small or inconsequential.

“Statisticians might have been inclined to publish: ‘Rabbi Jesus’ popularity is falling.’ But he sought something else: he sought people,” the Pope said Jan. 31 during Mass at Casa Santa Marta.

“And the people sought him. The people had their gaze fixed on him, and he had his fixed on them.”

People might be tempted to say, …read more



900 Churches in Nigeria Destroyed by Boko Haram

By Worthy News Staff

(Worthy News) – At least 900 Christian churches have been destroyed at the hands of Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, as part of the Islamic radical group’s campaign to drive out all Christians from the north, the youth wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria reported.

CAN said that the “carnage” being carried out against Christians is “not accidental,” and argued that continued attacks in Southern Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, and Taraba communities show that Boko Haram’s war on followers of Christ, which started in 2009, continues in full force.

“Christians continue to be the main and constant target of …read more



UN Security Council to hold urgent talks on Iran ballistic missile test

By Worthy News Staff

(Worthy News) – The UN Security Council will hold urgent talks Tuesday on Iran’s test-firing of a medium-range missile said capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, diplomats said.

The United States requested the emergency consultations after the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations called for council action.

“In light of Iran’s January 29 launch of a medium-range ballistic missile, the United States has requested urgent consultations of the Security Council,” the US mission said in a statement. [ Source ]

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New Archbishop of Krakow seen as strong conservative, ‘culture warrior’

Writing in Catholic World Report, Filip Mazurczak reports that the newly installed head of the Krakow archdiocese, Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski, is “not a typical ‘Francis bishop’“ but a prelate with a solid reputation for orthodoxy and an outspoken record on social issues.

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