Pope speaks on Brexit, Colombian peace accord
Pope Francis touched on the subjects of the Brexit referendum and the Colombian peace agreement during a conversation with reporters who accompanied him on his June 24 flight to Armenia. Acknowledging the British referendum result as "the will of the people," the Pope said that had not closely followed the debate over British withdrawal from the European Union. However, he said that the decision "demands great responsibility on our part, to ensure the well being of the people in the United Kingdom, and the coexistence of the people of the European continent."
Chicago parishes, schools pray for an end to gun violence
George Anderson, age 17. Christian Bandemear, age 16. Tyshawn Lee, age 9. Amari Brown, age 7. These are just four of the over 100 names of children and young people under 20 who have died as a result of gun violence in Chicago since June 2015. The names of all those children and young people were read on the steps of St. Sabina Church June 17 during the parish's end of the school year rally and peace march. Mothers who lost children to gun violence read the names and ages before an estimated crowd of over 1,000.
Faith, tried and true, gives hope for future, pope tells Armenians
In a world "marked by divisions and conflicts, as well as by grave forms of material and spiritual poverty," he said, people expect Christians to provide a witness and example of mutual esteem and close collaboration. All examples of brotherly love and cooperation, despite real differences existing among Christians, the pope said, "radiate light in a dark night and a summons to experience even our differences in an attitude of charity and mutual understanding."
British bishops call for civility after Brexit vote
Responding to the "Brexit" decision, the British Catholic bishops have issued a statement saying that the referendum decision "must be respected whatever our personal views." The statement from the bishops' conference-- signed by Father Christopher Thomas, its general secretary-- referred to the heat generated by the "Brexit" vote, saying that "we should seek to regain the mutual respect and civility, so important in our national conversation."
How a sketchbook led one Chinese woman to the Catholic faith
Yan Xu is an artist from the central China city of Wuhan. What she drew one day would change her life. Confused about her future after resigning from a job in 2003, she found herself at an unlikely place. “At that time, I used to carry a sketchbook and pen with me, and spent all the day time on urban sketching,” she told CNA. “I like to sketch the classical buildings of the city, and this is how I found St. Joseph's Cathedral, which is built downtown.” She said she found the Church to be “magnificent, beautiful.”