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General Audiences with the presence of the faithful to resume on May 12

Beginning on Wednesday, 12 May, Pope Francis’ General Audiences will be open once again to in-person participation of the faithful.

Posted on 7 May 2021 | 4:41 am

Council of Cardinals reflects on life of Church in pandemic

The Council of Cardinals discuss the impact of the Covid-19 crisis around the world, and the Church's response to it, during a virtual meeting held on Thursday afternoon. The also continue talks on the upcoming Apostolic Constitution which will focus on the organisation of the Roman Curia.

Posted on 6 May 2021 | 1:43 pm

New Swiss Guards swear their oath at Vatican ceremony

The Pontifical Swiss Guard welcome 34 new recruits to their ranks, and recall their 500-years-plus of history in service to the Pope.

Posted on 6 May 2021 | 12:34 pm

155 million faced acute food insecurity in 2020

The worst-affected countries last year were Burkina Faso, South Sudan and Yemen. Outside Africa, Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria and Haiti featured were among the 10 worst food crises last year.

Posted on 6 May 2021 | 10:55 am

Pope Francis meets with President of Swiss Confederation

At a private audience on Thursday morning, Pope Francis welcomed the President of the Swiss Confederation, Guy Parmelin, where both expressed appreciation for the good relations and the desire to continue working together on international issues.

Posted on 6 May 2021 | 8:50 am

Pope Francis greets new Swiss Guard recruits

Pope Francis on Thursday receives 34 new members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, ahead of their swearing-in ceremony, telling them that the qualities of courtesy and helpfulness in their work “are a beautiful testimony and a sign of the Church's welcome.”

Posted on 6 May 2021 | 8:22 am

Pope’s closeness to India as it struggles against Covid-19

Pope Francis has sent a message to Cardinal Oswald Gracias expressing his closeness with the people severely hit by record infections and deaths.

Posted on 6 May 2021 | 8:06 am

Pope: "A strong memory guarantees a secure future"

Pope Francis expresses closeness to the Bishops of Argentina as they pray the Rosary for the health of the Argentine people and for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic. He also urges them to remember all that Our Lady has done in the country, as a strong memory guarantees a secure future.

Posted on 6 May 2021 | 6:32 am

Pope calls for joint efforts on path towards an ever wider "we"

Pope Francis highlights the importance of inclusiveness and fraternity in his 2021 Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, stressing that an ever wider “we” will help renew the human family, build a future of justice and peace, and ensure that no one is left behind.

Posted on 6 May 2021 | 5:46 am

Cardinal Parolin to Swiss Guard: Welcome call to mission

Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrates Holy Mass for the Swiss Guard on the day new recruits take their oath of loyalty to Pope Francis and his successors.

Posted on 6 May 2021 | 3:17 am

UNICEF says Covid-19 hitting children hard in South Asia

The UN’s children fund says the first wave of Covid-19 cost the lives of 228,000 children and 11,000 mothers in the region.

Posted on 5 May 2021 | 10:47 am

Archbishop of Tuam welcomes inclusion of Knock Shrine in prayer marathon

The Archbishop of Tuam in Ireland, Michael Neary, welcomes Pope Francis’ invitation to the International Shrine at Knock to join in May’s marathon prayer initiative for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Posted on 5 May 2021 | 10:08 am

Timor-Leste Church helps rebuild homes after floods

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Timor has joined the government’s rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts following the destruction caused by cyclonic rains a month ago.

Posted on 5 May 2021 | 8:14 am

US Bishops welcome revised refugee admission cap

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has welcomed the Biden administration's decision to raise the refugee admission cap from 15,000 to 62,500 during the fiscal year.

Posted on 5 May 2021 | 8:10 am

Pontifical Mission Societies gear up for 200th anniversary celebrations

The Pontifical Mission Societies begin preparations to mark the 200th anniversary of their foundation, which takes place on 3 May 2022.

Posted on 5 May 2021 | 5:27 am

Pope at Audience: Contemplative prayer ‘a guide along path of love’

At the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis focuses his catechesis on contemplative prayer, and says contemplation helps guide us in following Jesus along the path of love.

Posted on 5 May 2021 | 3:34 am

India: Ranchi Church offers free lunch to relatives of Covid-19 patients

The Catholic Church in Ranchi has tried reaching out to those hit by the pandemic and its adverse effect on the economy.

Posted on 4 May 2021 | 12:04 pm

Shrines around the world link up for recitation of the Rosary

Join the daily live broadcast of the recitation of the Holy Rosary in link-ups with Marian shrines around the world, as part of the May marathon of prayer called by Pope Francis.

Posted on 4 May 2021 | 11:57 am

Covid-19: India passes 20 million cases amid oxygen shortage

Coronavirus cases in India surge past the 20 million mark, while hospitals continue to face a shortage in oxygen supplies.

Posted on 4 May 2021 | 11:51 am

Archbishop Neary leads virtual pilgrimage to Ireland's Knock Shrine

As the Irish Archdiocese of Tuam celebrates its Diocesan pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Archbishop Michael Neary recalls the importance of community in the life of every Christian.

Posted on 4 May 2021 | 11:13 am

Pope’s May prayer intention: ‘For the world of finance’

Pope Francis releases his prayer intention for the month of May 2021, and calls for regulators to limit speculation in financial markets and protect ordinary people.

Posted on 4 May 2021 | 10:00 am

Pope to celebrate Mass for Rome's Myanmar Catholics on May 16

The Pope’s gesture follows several appeals for dialogue and peace in Myanmar, which has been in turmoil since the 1 February military coup that ousted the country's elected government.

Posted on 4 May 2021 | 9:57 am

Pope pens preface to book on Rosario Angelo Livatino

Pope Francis writes the preface to a book on Servant of God, Rosario Angelo Livatino, an Italian judge killed “in hatred of the faith” in 1990 by gunmen linked to the Sicilian Mafia. Rosario Livatino will be beatified on Sunday, 9 May.

Posted on 4 May 2021 | 8:53 am

US Church to recall seafarers with special Day of Prayer

On the occasion of the National Maritime Day to be held on 22 May, the Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate a special Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea.

Posted on 4 May 2021 | 8:45 am

South Sudan: From a hospital bed, Bishop-elect calls for new beginnings

The Bishop-elect of Rumbek Diocese in South Sudan says he is praying for the people in his diocese to join him in building a Church according to the teaching of Jesus.

Posted on 4 May 2021 | 6:47 am

Burkina Faso: Deadly attack leaves dozens dead

A deadly attack in Burkina Faso’s Komandjari province has left several dozens dead and many injured after armed men attacked Kodyel village.

Posted on 4 May 2021 | 5:08 am

50 years of EU - Holy See relations: A Church for each State

The "Iter Europaeum" initiative aims to celebrate 50 years of relations between the Holy See and the European Union. Ambassador Alexandra Valkenburg-Roelofs explains the concept of this "European walkway of Churches in Rome".

Posted on 4 May 2021 | 4:01 am

Brazil: Laudato si' and Ciranda highlight family farming in Maranhão

The Center for Rural Innovation and Agroecological Development (Ciranda), offers theoretical and technical training in agroecology to 70 families in the city of Açailândia as an economic alternative to the region's mining and agrobusiness chain, which is located right in the middle of the "Estrada de Ferro Carajás" (EFC) railroad. According to coordinator Xoán Couto, the Brazilian project is inspired by Laudato si' because it follows the same path that unites faith and science in "response to the needs of communities, also taking into consideration traditional knowledge."

Posted on 4 May 2021 | 3:23 am

Global press freedom restricted over past year

As World Press Freedom Day is celebrated on 3 May, the situation for journalists continues to worsen, with greater restrictions, censorship and abuse. Pope Francis marked the occasion with a tweet urging reporters to "build and strengthen the common good."

Posted on 3 May 2021 | 10:53 am

Vatican Museums reopen to public after 3rd closure

The third reopening of the Vatican’s museums on May 3, has Covid-19 health protocols in place. A new feature honours Dante Alighieri, the great Renaissance poet of Italy.

Posted on 3 May 2021 | 10:11 am

Mozambique: Bishops promote hope for Cabo Delgado.

Mozambique’s Catholic Bishops have urged their compatriots to embrace love, unity and solidarity with the people of Cabo Delgado Province affected by violence at the hands of jihadists.

Posted on 3 May 2021 | 8:49 am

Pope Francis meets with Iraq’s Minister of Foreign Affairs

Pope Francis received in audience Iraqi Foreign Affairs Minister, Fuad Hussein, on Monday in the Vatican.

Posted on 3 May 2021 | 7:27 am

Pope: Blessed Devasahayam Pillai, six others to be named saints

At a Consistory on Monday, Pope Francis confirms the vote of the Cardinals to proceed with the canonization of seven Blesseds, with the date of the forthcoming canonizations to be announced in due course.

Posted on 3 May 2021 | 7:23 am

Pope Francis to open Italian demographics conference

The Vatican announces that Pope Francis will open a meeting on the demographic crisis facing Italy and other nations, entitled “General States of Birth”.

Posted on 3 May 2021 | 7:04 am

Pope to altar servers: “Offer your hands, thoughts and time to Jesus"

Pope Francis sends a message for the 25th National Pilgrimage of the altar servers of Portugal, urging them to “put the enthusiasm of their age into the encounter of Jesus” and to “be original” as they bring forth the gifts and the unique personal talents the Lord has given them.

Posted on 3 May 2021 | 6:23 am

Indigenous Mexican Zapatistas launch symbolic invasion of Spain

Mexico`s Zapatista rebels, famed for their masks and pipes, are planning to launch a symbolic invasion of Spain, to mark the 500th anniversary of the Conquistador incursion into Mexico.

Posted on 2 May 2021 | 9:42 am

Pope sends Easter greetings to Orthodox and Eastern Churches

Pope Francis sends his greetings to our brothers and sisters who celebrate the Solemnity of Easter according to the Julian calendar. He also expresses sorrow for an accident in Israel and recalls the beatification of a doctor in Venezuela who dedicated his life to the poor.

Posted on 2 May 2021 | 7:39 am

Pope Francis asks for prayers for peace in Myanmar

Reminding the faithful that we have entered the Marian month of May and of the daily “Prayer Marathon” initiative, Pope Francis invites everyone to pray for peace and reconciliation in Myanmar.

Posted on 2 May 2021 | 6:51 am

Pope at Regina Coeli: A truly Christian life bears witness to Christ

Pope Francis addresses the faithful on the fifth Sunday of Easter and reflects on how in order to bear witness to Christ, it is necessary to be united with Him and abide in HIm actively,

Posted on 2 May 2021 | 6:09 am

Pope opens Marathon of Prayer with Rosary in Vatican Basilica

Pope Francis inaugurates the Marathon of Prayer for an end to the pandemic on Saturday by leading the faithful in the Holy Rosary from St Peter’s Basilica.

Posted on 1 May 2021 | 2:36 pm

Pope approves 7 new invocations to Litany of St. Joseph

On the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, May 1, the Vatican added 7 new invocations to the Litany of St. Joseph, with the approval of Pope Francis.

Posted on 1 May 2021 | 1:50 pm

Cardinal Tagle: Deacons are called to be living signs of Jesus

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle ordains 24 deacons from 13 countries during Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica

Posted on 1 May 2021 | 9:24 am

Rosary, Eucharistic adoration campaign for Myanmar in May

Cardinal Charles Bo is promoting a prayer initiative for peace, justice, unity and human dignity in Myanmar during the Marian month of May.

Posted on 1 May 2021 | 7:01 am

Deir al-Surian: Saving ancient Christian manuscripts in Egypt

For twenty years now, an Anglo-Egyptian foundation has been working to preserve and restore one of the most prestigious collections of ancient manuscripts, which contain Christian texts of exceptional historical value that were secretly preserved for centuries.

Posted on 1 May 2021 | 4:32 am

Pope sends message as new Cathedral blessed in Madagascar

Pope Francis sends a video message to Madagascar to mark the consecration of the new Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Miandrivazo.

Posted on 1 May 2021 | 3:30 am

Haiti: remaining kidnapped religious freed

The seven remaining kidnapped clergy in Haiti, who were abducted by a street gang, have been freed unharmed.

Posted on 1 May 2021 | 3:27 am

Pope urges Catholic Action to “listen” to the suffering of people

Pope Francis on Friday received some 80 members of the Azione Cattolica Italiana (ACI), or Italian Catholic Action, a popular lay Catholic association that functions under the Italian bishops’ conference.

Posted on 30 April 2021 | 10:30 am

125 Europe-bound children rescued off Libyan coast

The United Nations Children’s Fund highlights the dangerous plight of migrants, including children, attempting to reach Europe via the Mediterranean. This week alone, 125 children were among those rescued at sea off the coast of Libya.

Posted on 30 April 2021 | 10:26 am

Swiss Guard: Swearing in ceremony on 6 May amid Covid restrictions

The Pontifical Swiss Guard confirms the date of 6 May, for the swearing-in of 34 new recruits. It will take place without an audience out of respect for the current rules of protection against Covid-19.

Posted on 30 April 2021 | 8:37 am

Pope allows Cardinals, Bishops to be tried by Vatican tribunals

Pope Francis has issued a new Apostolic Letter “motu proprio,” which modifies the judicial system in Vatican City State. Until now, Cardinals and Bishops could only be tried by the “Corte di Cassazone” (Court of Cassation, the Vatican’s Supreme Court), presided over by a Cardinal. With the new motu proprio, the Pope allows Cardinals and Bishops to be tried by a court of first instance, with the stipulation that cases will still have to be authorised by the Supreme Pontiff.

Posted on 30 April 2021 | 7:28 am

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