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Freezing for world’s best cause

THE polar vortex couldn’t chill the ardour of thousands of participants who demonstrated their determination to continue speaking out against abortion at the annual March for Life and rally on January 22 in Washington. Temperatures went briefly close to zero degrees, but hovered around negative 10 degrees Celsius. At the rally, speakers highlighted the tenacious determination of the crowd – ... Read More »

End of life misunderstood

There is “great misunderstanding” among Catholics and others about the Church’s teachings on whether and when life-sustaining medical treatment can be withdrawn when death is near, according to a leading Catholic bioethicist. Director of bioethics and public policy and a staff ethicist at the National Catholic Bioethics Centre Marie Hilliard said the Philadelphia-based centre conducted about 2000 consultations a year ... Read More »

Bishops seek help for Gaza ‘disaster’

A worker speaks on his phone as he surveys the damage after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip.

Bishops from North America, Europe and Africa called on international leaders to act so people living in the Gaza Strip can have access to basic necessities. “Gaza is a man-made disaster, a shocking scandal, an injustice that cries out to the human community for a resolution,” they said in their January 16 statement. “We call upon political leaders to improve ... Read More »

Afghani villagers aid escape from terrorists

LONE SURVIVOR: Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana, Ben Foster. Directed by Peter Berg. 121 minutes. Yet to be classified Reviewed by John P. McCarthy for Catholic News Service HONOURING the sacrifices made by the men and women of America’s military is the major impetus behind the action movie Lone Survivor. In theory, paying tribute to troops ... Read More »

Mary Poppins hides battle

PL Travers (Emma Thompson) and Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) are poles apart in their opinions in Disney’s Saving Mr Banks.

SAVING MR BANKS: Starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley, Rachel Griffiths, Colin Farrell. Directed by John Lee Hancock. 127 minutes. Rated PG (Mild themes) Reviewed by Joseph McAleer for Catholic News Service FIFTY years after the premiere of the Walt Disney musical Mary Poppins comes Saving Mr Banks, a film about the making of that 1964 classic. Who ... Read More »

Bishop asserts that both sides in South Sudan conflict must forgive and forget

People walk past razor wire at Tomping camp, where thousands of displaced people who fled their homes are sheltered by the United Nations near Juba, South Sudan.

A CATHOLIC bishop says recent violence in South Sudan is the result of a political struggle between people fighting over power and material gain. “This is a political conflict, a power struggle between two movements within the SPLA (South Sudan People’s Liberation Army), that has now turned into a tribal conflict between the Dinka and the Nuer,” Bishop Paride Taban ... Read More »

Pope talks of way to peace

POPE Francis said world peace required the defence of human dignity from violations such as world hunger, human trafficking and abortion. The Pope made his remarks on January 13 in his first annual address to the Vatican diplomatic corps, offering a survey of world conflicts and crises he said were caused by “envy, selfishness, rivalry and the thirst for power ... Read More »

Pope invites priest friend into popemobile

Pope meets old friend

  VATICAN CITY: When Fr Fabian Baez booked his trip to Rome, he didn’t have an appointment to meet with the Pope, so he gave himself ample time in the Eternal City to be able to arrange some way to see him. A week and a half in Rome seemed like plenty of time to meet up with the Pope ... Read More »

Guard faith with ‘spiritual cunning’, says Pope

Three Kings

VATICAN CITY: Christians should go out into the world to follow God but use “holy cunning” to guard against the snares of temptation, Pope Francis said. The Pope made the remarks at a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on January 6 on the feast of the Epiphany, which marks the manifestation of Jesus as saviour to the world. In his ... Read More »

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