The Peace Pulpit: The challenge to us today is to be the salt of the earth, to be the light that shines in the darkness. Listen to Bishop Gumbleton's homily.
Just Catholic: There are 900 million hungry people in this world. There is also an overabundance of obesity. Think about that when you fill up your plate.
Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai said the Maronite Catholic church could not remain a bystander as Lebanon neared an "existential crisis."
"We must return to the achievements reached by the Lebanese people when they devised the original national pact," Rai said, referring to the 1943 agreement that laid the foundation of Lebanon as a multiconfessional state. "Coexistence lies in belonging to a civilized project that brings together Muslims and Christians."
Syrians fleeing to neighboring Jordan from the besieged central city of Homs said some people there are starving to death for lack of food.
"People are dying of hunger especially, babies and young children," said Um Mohamed, the mother of four children, who fled with her family to this northern Jordanian town in mid-2013 after her son was hit in the chest with shrapnel from an exploding bomb.
"There is no milk, no basics are available," she said, citing phone conversations with family members stuck in Homs.
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Several key political experts are invited to the Vatican for a one-day meeting Jan. 13 aimed at promoting a cease-fire in Syria, ahead of peace talks slated for Jan. 22.
But for the tragedy in the Philippines, 2013 is ending as a quiet year for humanitarian events, right? Not necessarily.
Latin-rite Patriarch Faoud Twal of Jerusalem told reporters he expected to host Pope Francis on a visit to the Holy Land in May.
Listing "upcoming events for next year," Twal began with "the pope's visit to the Holy Land planned for next May, first in Jordan, then in Israel-Palestine."
Peace in the Middle East, particularly the war in Syria, topped the agenda Monday as Pope Francis welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Mother Agnes Mariam on a speaking tour of the U.S. said she wants all foreign parties out of Syria so reconciliation can be negotiated.