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    Feb 26, 2015

    Texas bishop frames theological call to be 'with the immigrant'

    By Patricia Zapor
    Catholic News Service
    (CNS photos/Tyler Orsburn)

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The faith and social justice considerations of immigration might be viewed theologically with an eye not just toward how migrants change "by being with us," said Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Texas, but also "are we willing to change by being with the immigrant?"

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    Feb 26, 2015

    Homeless man of deep faith given funeral, burial in Vatican City

    By Carol Glatz
    Catholic News Service
    (CNS file photos/Paul Haring)

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A homeless man who faithfully attended Mass at a church inside Vatican City for decades was buried in a Vatican cemetery after it was discovered he had died and was left unidentified in a hospital morgue.

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    Feb 25, 2015

    Grandson's needs prompt Flynn's advocacy for adult-stem cell research

    By Nate Madden
    Catholic News Service
    (CNS photo/courtesy Bachrach)

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A former Boston mayor and U.S. ambassador to the Vatican said his life's work now is being an advocate for the use of adult stem cells in research and treatment of diseases.

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    Feb 25, 2015

    Carmelite draws from life of Elijah for pope, Curia's Lenten retreat


    (CNS photos/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

    By Laura Ieraci, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Lenten journey of conversion requires Christians to rediscover the "deepest truth" about themselves, cast off their masks and take on the courage to live truth,


Jul 2, 2014

Pope offers condolences to families of three Israeli teens found dead


 

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(CNS photo/Abir Sultan, EPA)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis expressed his participation in the "unspeakable suffering" of the families of three kidnapped Israeli teens whose bodies were found June 30 in Hebron, West Bank.

In a statement conveying the pope's condolences, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, called the killings "terrible and dramatic."

"The assassination of innocent people is always an execrable and unacceptable crime and a serious obstacle on the path
toward the peace for which we must tirelessly continue to strive and pray," Father Lombardi said.

"Pope Francis participates in the unspeakable suffering of the families struck by this homicidal violence and the pain of all persons afflicted by the consequences of hatred,"
Father Lombardi said, and he "prays that God might inspire all with thoughts of compassion and peace."

After the boys' bodies were found, Israeli military launched what it described as "precision strikes" on 34 sites in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli Defense Forces said the strikes were in response to 18 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel June 29-30.

(CNS photo/Jim Hollander, EPA)

The three teens were kidnapped in mid-June as they were hitchhiking home from their school in Gush Etzion, a cluster of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, near Bethlehem. Israeli officials accused Hamas, which recently formed a coalition government with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, of being responsible for the abduction.

Abbas condemned the kidnapping, and Palestinian security forces were coordinating with the Israelis to find the kidnappers.

Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali, chancellor of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, had asked anyone with information about the kidnapping of the three teens to come forward and help return the youths to their families. At the same time, June 25, he called on the Israeli army to keep its reaction and its search methods proportionate.

"Kidnapping three Israeli young people is not fair, and is against human rights and human dignity. We are opposed to this; this is not the right way to make peace," he told Catholic News Service. "(But) the reaction of the Israeli army is disproportionate to what happened."

At that point, he said, Israeli army forces had arrested some 600 Palestinians in their search for the youth; others estimated 400 were arrested.