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Pope accepts Cardinal Becciu's resignation

On Thursday, Pope Francis accepts Cardinal Becciu's resingation as Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and to rights connected with the cardinalate.

Posted on 24 September 2020 | 2:38 pm

Caritas Pakistan appeals for help to cope with floods

This year’s heavy monsoon rains have caused severe floods in Pakistan. Some 400 people have died and 392 more have been injured, with immense loss to property. Karachi city has been the hardest hit.

Posted on 24 September 2020 | 11:51 am

Gospel Truth: Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 27 September

In this week's edition of "Gospel Truth”, the late Jill Bevilacqua and Seán-Patrick Lovett bring us readings and reflections from the Gospel of St. Matthew 21:28-32 of the Twentieth-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Posted on 24 September 2020 | 10:57 am

World Maritime Day: “Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet”

World Maritime Day was first observed on March 17, 1978 to mark the date when the Convention on the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) came into force in 1958. It is usually marked on the last Thursday of September.

Posted on 24 September 2020 | 9:20 am

Church leading the way in the protection of minors

Teresa Kettelkamp, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, says, “The Catholic Church is being a leader in the world in protecting children and providing assistance to victims.”

Posted on 24 September 2020 | 9:11 am

‘To collaborate in order to build’ – Responding to the challenge of internal displacement

Ahead of the World Migrant and Refugee Day slated for 27 September, Lorena Margarita Pinilla Rojano shares her experience of fleeing from violence and becoming internally displaced

Posted on 24 September 2020 | 7:02 am

United States: Trump announces executive order to protect babies born alive

Speaking during the annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump announces he intends to sign an executive order to protect all babies born alive, and an increase in funding for neonatal research.

Posted on 24 September 2020 | 5:34 am

24th September: Celebrating Heritage Day in South Africa

Heritage Day in South Africa is an annual public holiday that occurs on 24th September. On this day, South Africans celebrate their Culture and the diversity of beliefs and traditions.

Posted on 24 September 2020 | 4:28 am

Caritas Europa: EU Pact on Asylum and Migration falls short of expectations

Caritas Europa expresses disappointment for the long-awaited EU Pact on Asylum and Migration that it says lacks drastic change.

Posted on 23 September 2020 | 11:21 am

Cardinal Czerny: Displaced persons can be a positive force of change

Ahead of the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees on Sunday, Cardinal Michael Czerny urges greater collaboration for the protection of displaced persons.

Posted on 23 September 2020 | 9:32 am

Pope prays for Covid-struck Cuba 5 years from his visit

During the General Audience Pope Francis recalls his apostolic journey to Cuba 5 years ago and prays for the island that is hard-hit by the pandemic. He also greets Polish pilgrims and lauds their work to safeguard life.

Posted on 23 September 2020 | 7:09 am

US Bishops call for an end to federal executions.

Two US Bishops call on US President Donald Trump and the US Attorney General to stop federal use of the death penalty ahead of another execution this week.

Posted on 23 September 2020 | 7:01 am

The Good Samaritan: Re-affirming the Gospel of Life

The Vatican has published a new letter entitled “Samaritanus bonus” — The Good Samaritan — on caring for those who are approaching the end of their lives. The Letter provides the foundations for an integral and holistic approach to caring for people who are suffering, especially those with critical or terminal illnesses.

Posted on 23 September 2020 | 6:54 am

Kenya’ Sr. Lando to spearhead new national Catholic television

The Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies at Kenya’s Daystar University, Sr. Prof. Agnes Lucy Lando, has been appointed as Co-ordinator and Lead Consultant in assisting the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) to establish a national Catholic TV station.

Posted on 23 September 2020 | 6:12 am

Pope: ‘The only way out of the current crisis is all together'

Speaking during the General Audience in the Vatican, Pope Francis looks to a post-pandemic world and reflects on the principle of subsidiarity, whereby every level of society has a role to play in revitalizing the social fabric.

Posted on 23 September 2020 | 4:43 am

Italians vote "Yes" to downsize Parliament

Italians voted by a wide margin in a referendum to slash the size of the country's parliament by more than a third. The referendum was held alongside several key regional elections taking the pulse of political sentiment in times of Covid-19.

Posted on 22 September 2020 | 12:11 pm

Nobel laureate: pandemic could undo progress in children’s rights

Kailash Satyarthi, India’s leading crusader against child slavery and child trafficking, fears that progress made against the scourges could roll back because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Posted on 22 September 2020 | 10:05 am

The US offers reward for capture of Colombian rebel leader

The US Government is posting a five million dollars reward for information leading to the capture of a National Liberation Army Leader, which is still fighting an insurgency against the Colombian Government, after more than fifty years.

Posted on 22 September 2020 | 9:49 am

Alison Davis: ‘Suffering with Christ is greatest privilege in the world’

Alison Davis lived the ideals proposed in "Samaritanus bonus," the Letter released by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the Catholic perspective for end of life issues and care.

Posted on 22 September 2020 | 9:12 am

Ladaria: Necessary teaching in light of legislation on euthanasia

In an interview with Vatican News, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says the letter “Samaritanus bonus” offers an integral approach to the human person, to suffering and illness, to caring for those in critical and terminal illnesses.

Posted on 22 September 2020 | 6:57 am

Parolin: UN still needed to respond to the hopes of the world’s people

At a virtual high-level meeting on September 21 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the world body, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin reiterated the Holy See’s support for the United Nations.

Posted on 22 September 2020 | 6:08 am

“Euthanasia is a crime against human life, incurable does not mean end of care”

“Samaritanus bonus” (The Good Samaritan), a newly published letter by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, approved by the Pope, reiterates the condemnation of any form of euthanasia and assisted suicide, and advocates support for families and healthcare workers.

Posted on 22 September 2020 | 5:30 am

Taking care of the sick, learning what it means to love

The Church’s teaching on the end of life is re-proposed in “Samaritanus bonus” (Good Samaritan) in pastoral tones: the person is to be taken care of and surrounded with affection until the end.

Posted on 22 September 2020 | 5:30 am

DRC: Bishops’ General Secretary tips parliamentarians on servant leadership

With the Senate and the National Assembly (lower house) resuming sittings, DRC’s National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) General Secretary, Fr. Donatien Nshole, has urged parliamentarians to re-dedicate themselves as servants of the Congolese people.

Posted on 22 September 2020 | 2:43 am

Leaked documents reveal laundering of millions of dollars

Leaked documents suggest that one of the Russian President's closest friends used a prominent British bank to launder millions of dollars and evade Western sanctions. This and other revelations are among a trove of documents obtained by a global network of investigative journalists.

Posted on 21 September 2020 | 2:21 pm

EU and AU leaders urged to put people at heart of peace efforts

Caritas Africa and Caritas Europa urge EU and African leaders to adopt a new framework for EU-Africa relations

Posted on 21 September 2020 | 11:26 am

Canadian Bishops set to hold virtual Plenary Assembly

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Bishops of Canada are meeting virtually for their annual Plenary Assembly.

Posted on 21 September 2020 | 10:41 am

Order of Malta in Beirut: a heartbroken city in an ever-wounded country

As Lebanon continues to register an alarming rise in Covid-19 infections and deaths, a new lockdown would wreak even more poverty and suffering among the stricken population. The President of the Order of Malta in Lebanon says his fellow citizens are sick, hungry and in despair.

Posted on 21 September 2020 | 9:25 am

Caritas Internationalis appeals for end to conflict: Aspire to peace and harmony

As the International Day of Peace is observed across the globe this September 21, Caritas Internationalis calls for an end to war and violence all over the world.

Posted on 21 September 2020 | 7:57 am

Pope: each one is beautiful to God who loves us

Pope Francis on Monday received in the Vatican a group of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), who are being treated at a clinic in St. Polten, Austria. He thanked all for the wonderful work for the youngsters.

Posted on 21 September 2020 | 6:10 am

Caritas Africa and Caritas Europa on the International Day of Peace 2020

On the occasion of the 29th International Day of Peace 2020, Caritas Africa and Caritas Europa call on European and African leaders to adopt a new framework for EU-Africa relations that puts people at the heart of peace and security efforts.

Posted on 21 September 2020 | 6:09 am

Washington reinstating virtually all the U.N. sanctions on Iran

Washington says it is reinstating virtually all the U.N. sanctions on Iran, including an arms embargo.

Posted on 20 September 2020 | 11:49 am

Pope at Angelus: God calls everyone, and calls always

At the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis reflects on the parable of the workers in the vineyard, heard in the day’s Gospel, and elaborates on two ways God acts.

Posted on 20 September 2020 | 6:23 am

Nigerian Bishops against financial inducements for terrorists

Catholic Bishops of the Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province in Nigeria have sounded the alarm against financial inducement for perpetrators of criminal activities in the region.

Posted on 20 September 2020 | 5:20 am

Vatican Museums: Beauty that Unites! 68

Beauty creates communion. It unites onlookers from a distance, uniting past, present and future. Pope Francis has recalled this on a number of occasions. The Church has always translated the universality of the Good News into the language of art. From this premise, this dramatic moment in history characterized by uncertainty and isolation, gives rise to this initiative which is a partnership between the Vatican Museum and Vatican News: Masterpieces from the Vatican Collection accompanied by comments from the words of the Popes.

Posted on 20 September 2020 | 3:05 am

Europe racing to limit second wave of coronavirus infections

Europe is racing to contain rising coronavirus infections amid concerns they could lead to more hospitalizations and deaths. Authorities in several countries have announced new restrictions, including in Spain, where parts of the capital Madrid are subject to lockdown measures to curb a rise in Covid-19.

Posted on 19 September 2020 | 12:57 pm

WFP appeals for support to avert starvation

Addressing the UN Security Council this week, World Food Programme Executive Director, David Beasley, warned that 270 million people are on the brink of starvation because of the coronavirus-induced hunger pandemic.

Posted on 19 September 2020 | 11:30 am

WMOF: Stories of faith and family life

A new book captures the testimonies of some of those involved in the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Dublin

Posted on 19 September 2020 | 9:51 am

Holy See seeks peaceful solution in Belarus

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations, addresses the UN Human Rights Council's urgent debate on the situation of human rights in Belarus which took place on Friday in Geneva.

Posted on 19 September 2020 | 8:31 am

Pope: “pharmaceutical marginality” furthers gap between nations

Pope Francis on Saturday addressed a delegation from Italy’s Fondazione Banco Farmaceutico, which collects and distributes medicines nearing expiration for those in need.

Posted on 19 September 2020 | 6:08 am

Card. Krajewski: Father Malgesini lived ‘no greater love than this’

Cardinal Krajewski represents Pope Francis at Father Roberto Malgesini’s Memorial Mass saying that the path he lived was “the true Gospel in action.”

Posted on 19 September 2020 | 5:09 am

Pont. Commission for the Protection of Minors plenary assesses latest projects

Members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors participated both in person and online during the Commission's plenary meeting held from 16-18 September.

Posted on 18 September 2020 | 1:34 pm

Bangladesh Christians pledge to care for creation

Catholics and other Christian communities in Bangladesh have pledged to join hands in a common effort to protect the environment in order to tackle climate change and natural disasters.

Posted on 18 September 2020 | 11:02 am

UNICEF reports minors face charges for peaceful protests in Belarus

A UNICEF Regional director addresses the UN Human Rights Council’s urgent debate on Belarus, saying excessive use of force has also been used against children.

Posted on 18 September 2020 | 10:43 am

Belarus opposition leader addresses tense UN debate

Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has spoken to the United Nations Human Rights Council despite the Belarussian envoy's efforts to prevent her and other critics from giving speeches. During a turbulent session of the Geneva-based U.N. body, she demanded that the country's authorities end violence against protestors and organize a free and fair presidential election.

Posted on 18 September 2020 | 10:19 am

Vatican: new MoU on the fight against corruption

A Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy and the Auditor General: the two offices will collaborate even more closely to better implement law regarding transparency and the granting of public contracts by the Holy See and the Vatican.

Posted on 18 September 2020 | 10:01 am

Coronavirus: the storm that is toppling the facade

Pope Francis is certain of this and is repeating it to everyone: we will emerge either better or worse after the pandemia. The global crisis requires that the parameters of human co-existence be rethought through the lens of solidarity. On this foundational idea, "Covid19: Building a Healthier Future" has been created in collaboration with the Dicastery for Communication and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, to offer a vision that might lead to the beginning of a new fraternity after the pandemic.

Posted on 18 September 2020 | 8:36 am

Refugees in Greece move to new camp after Moria fire

Police in Greece are moving thousands of refugees to a camp on the island of Lesbos after a fire destroyed the country's largest migrant facility last Tuesday.

Posted on 18 September 2020 | 7:47 am

Sentencing reform in the UK: Bishop’s ‘vision of reform’

Bishop Richard Moth reacts to proposed sentencing reforms in England and Wales released on Wednesday, saying a criminal justice system should be “rooted in hope, forgiveness, and reconciliation.”

Posted on 18 September 2020 | 7:23 am

Angola: Diocese of Lwena needs at least 200 priests to meet pastoral demand

The Diocese of Lwena reckons that it needs at least 200 priests to attend to the current pastoral demands, said the Bishop of the Diocese, Jesús Tirso Blanco, S.D.B.

Posted on 18 September 2020 | 6:41 am

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