Archive of June 21, 2013

Vatican rep at UN stresses family's role in development

Jun 21, 2013 - 05:00 pm .- Family, education and work are central to economic development, the Vatican's representative to the United Nations told an assembly preparing sustainable development goals.

Muslims 'people of good will,' head of Catholic aid group says

Jun 21, 2013 - 03:30 pm .- The head of a papal agency that gives assistance to Christians in the Near East says local Muslims are largely positive towards their Christian neighbors and even appreciative of their presence.

Choose bishops carefully, Pope advises diplomats

Jun 21, 2013 - 02:00 pm .- During a gathering organized for the Year of Faith, Pope Francis asked his ambassadors to be careful in helping to select candidates for the episcopacy, making sure they are men of pastoral hearts.

Pope urges union of faith and charity in Middle East

Jun 21, 2013 - 01:00 pm .- Considering the plight of Christians in Syria and across the Middle East, Pope Francis advised aid agencies for Christians in the region to ground their work in prayer and the sacraments.

Despite protests, archbishop assures safety at World Youth Day

Jun 21, 2013 - 12:45 pm .- The archbishop of Rio de Janeiro has reassured young people planning to attend World Youth Day that the protests occurring in various cities in Brazil will not affect the massive event.

Christian college gets temporary relief from HHS mandate

Jun 21, 2013 - 12:00 pm .- Geneva College in Pennsylvania has been given temporary relief from having to provide emergency contraceptives in its health insurance plans, as required by the federal contraception mandate.

Pope: ‘Do I have a tired heart that only wants a good bank account?’

Jun 21, 2013 - 09:45 am .- We have hearts that are restless and in search of treasure, Pope Francis said in his daily homily at the Vatican's Saint Martha House, and we should seek the treasure of a loving heart.

Italian cardinal urges strong support of Mideast Christians

Jun 21, 2013 - 04:00 am .- At a conference of Muslim and Catholic leaders in Milan, Cardinal Angelo Scola encouraged greater support for persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

Congressman blasts government's 'anemic' response to Christian persecution

Jun 21, 2013 - 02:00 am .- Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has criticized the U.S. government’s “anemic and at times outright baffling” response to the persecution of Christians in the Mid-East, urging the appointment of an envoy to protect religious minorities.

Catholic and Muslim leaders meet for dialogue on secularism

Jun 21, 2013 - 12:00 am .- The members of a foundation seeking to improve Christian and Muslim relations met in Milan this week to discuss the growing problems of global secularism and extremism.

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