'The world is at war,' but religions are not, pope says on way to Krakow
Reacting to the murder of Father Jacques Hamel, the Pope said that the killing was part of a pattern of violence. But he insisted that the violence is not inspired by religion. "All religions seek peace," he said. "It is others who want war." Pope Francis said that the world is now caught up in a war over "interests, money, natural resources, and the domination of peoples."
Mass deportation of immigrants would be 'intrinsic evil'-- like abortion-- Texas bishop argues
Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, has argued that American Catholics must not support the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, saying that the policy-- proposed by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump-- would be morally unjustifiable. He explained, “This year, there is a proposal on the table to proceed with mass deportations of undocumented men, women and children. One cannot in conscience countenance a program of mass deportation. It is a brutal proposal. In some instances, particularly dealing with the Central American mothers and children, and deportations into some parts of Mexico, we are dealing with placing them in proximate danger of death.”
French bishops announce day of fasting, prayer after murder of priest
The Catholic bishops of France have designated Friday, July 29, as a day of fasting and prayer in response to the murder of Father Jacques Hamel by Islamic terrorists. "We need peace, we need fraternity, we need to build a society where people love each other, and we will continue this path,” said Msgr. Olivier Ribeadeau Dumas, the secretary-general of the French bishops' conference, in announcing the day of fasting and prayer. “The Catholic Church in France wants that.”
Pope urges Texas young people: ‘Play life to the full!’
Pope Francis has appeared in a video message to the youth of the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, who had gathered at St. Anne Parish in Peñitas. “Play life to the full!” the Pope said. “Today, take life as it comes and do good to others. In the world today, a game is being played out in which there is no room for substitutes: either you’re in the team or you’re out.”
Nun who escaped with her life talks about ISIS attack in France
Sister Danielle, one of the religious who was held hostage by ISIS at a church in France, was able to escape in a moment of inattention by the terrorists and alert the police. However, they were not able to arrive in time to save the life of 84-year-old Father Jacques Hamel. Speaking to RMC Radio, the sister related the incident that led to the death of the first priest at the hands of ISIS in Europe and which left another person severely wounded.