Vatican envoy speaks at UN about extremists' recruitment of young followers
Broken families, failed expectations, and alienation are factors in pushing young people into violent extremism, the Vatican’s delegate said in an address to the UN. “The family is the first educator of children,” said Archbishop Bernardito Auza. “If states really want to reach young people before they are exposed to extremist ideologies, they should render appropriate assistance to parents...in the performance of their child-rearing responsibilities.”
Leader, son, friend: Cardinal George remembered through the eyes of his superior
A strong leader, yet humble. Approachable, yet not preoccupied with a desire to be liked. A high-ranking prelate and intellectual powerhouse, yet a friend to the poor who embraced the sufferings in his own life. The late Cardinal Francis George of Chicago might seem a man of contrasts, but his life was one of different virtues lived in harmony, said his superior in the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
Keep faith growing, Pope encourages bishops from Namibia, Lesotho
Pope Francis spoke of the “flourishing Christian faith” in Lesotho and Namibia, as he met on April 24 with bishops from those African countries. In his message to the bishops, who were concluding their ad limina visits, the Pope spoke of the great accomplishments of the Church in Namibia and Lesotho, including the schools, clinics, and hospitals under Catholic administration. “I encourage you to continue supporting and nurturing these great blessings, even when resources are sparse,” he said; “for the Lord promises that he will not fail to bless us.”
In jungle clinic, U.S. students learn tropical medicine -- and help poor
The indigenous families living in this South American jungle village came early to see the American doctors running a free health clinic. They paddled dugout canoes for miles on the placid waters of the Wakapoa Creek, gave their names and sat on wooden benches to wait for what may be their only doctor's appointment in a year. Nylon hammocks and silky mosquito nets in which the doctors slept hung on the walls around them.
'48 Hours,' 'NY Med' among 20 Christopher Award winners
The newsmagazine "48 Hours" and the documentary series "NY Med" are among 20 Christopher Awards winners announced April 21 by the Christophers, which is rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition of service to God and humanity. The awards, to be conferred at a May 13 ceremony in New York, are presented to writers, producers, directors, authors and illustrators whose work affirms the highest values of the human spirit.
Spanish film brings story of 'Three Rebel Monks' to life
“Three Rebel Monks” tells the story of Saint Robert of Molesmes, Saint Albéric, and Saint Stephen Harding, who overcame the challenges of monasteries that resisted their efforts. The film is an adaptation of the book with the same title written by M. Raymond. The film director, Aleix Forcada, said that he began with a short university project and ended up with a thorough production. The film was shot at the medieval monastery of Santa Maria de Huerta in Soria, Spain, where there is currently a Cistercian community.