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Pope Francis' General Audience: English Summary

Pope Francis dedicated his catechesis at the General Audience to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which takes place each year from 18-25 January.

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 4:18 am

U.S. President calls climate activists doom prophets in Davos

United States President Donald Trump has condemned climate change activists as "prophets of doom" and warned that America first would defend its economy. He spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where sustainability and the future of capitalism are central themes. His comments were rebuked by teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg who warned of a Climate Apocalypse without urgent environmental action.

Posted on 21 January 2020 | 11:18 am

Pope to travel to Bari to meet Mediterranean bishops

Pope Francis is to travel to the southern Italian city of Bari in February where he will address a meeting of bishops from countries bordering the Mediterranean and celebrate Holy Mass.

Posted on 21 January 2020 | 9:49 am

Pope to World Economic Forum: human person the centre of integral development

As the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum got under way in Davos, Switzerland, Pope Francis urged the world’s public and private sector leaders of their responsibility for the integral development of all by placing the human person at the very centre of public policy.

Posted on 21 January 2020 | 9:16 am

Pope at Mass: ‘You can’t buy the Lord’s gifts’

Pope Francis celebrates morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta reminding believers that the Lord’s gifts are free and it is not Christian to seek favours in order to grow in ecclesiastical careers.

Posted on 21 January 2020 | 9:02 am

Oxfam's 'Time to Care' report shows global wealth founded on inequality

Oxfam’s annual report reveals that the hidden engine of world economy is driven by the unpaid care work of women and girls.

Posted on 20 January 2020 | 11:39 am

Pope at Mass: Trust in God makes us free

Trusting in the Word of God allows us to overcome idolatry, pride, and excessive self-confidence. In his homily on Monday during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis said that being a “good Christian” means listening to what the Lord says about justice, charity, forgiveness, and mercy.

Posted on 20 January 2020 | 6:41 am

Pope to Simon Wiesenthal Centre: If we lose our memory, we destroy our future

Pope Francis receives a delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, recalling his visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, and condemning antisemitism in every form.

Posted on 20 January 2020 | 6:30 am

Eight Die As Fire Hits Czech Disabled Home

Authorities in the Czech Republic say at least eight people were killed as one of the country's deadliest fires in decades swept through a Czech home for the mentally disabled near the German border. The prime minister visited the site of the blaze, which also injured more than 30 people.

Posted on 19 January 2020 | 11:06 am

Pope appeals for a peaceful solution to the crisis in Libya

Pope Francis during his Sunday Angelus speaks of the crisis in Libya making particular mention of an important summit taking place in Berlin which aims to find a solution to the current situation.

Posted on 19 January 2020 | 10:10 am

Pope at Angelus: 'never cease to be surprised by God's love for us'

On this second Sunday of Ordinary Time, Pope Francis addressed the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus Prayer telling them to start anew their journey of faith.

Posted on 19 January 2020 | 6:42 am

New Caravan of Central American migrants in search of better lives

With the eyes of the US Immigration firmly focused on its borders, Mexico is facing yet another Central American Caravan of migrants seeking a better and more prosperous life on their side of the Continent.

Posted on 18 January 2020 | 11:08 am

Africa needs more female leaders

In many African countries, it is time for elections this year. Sadly, many of the continent’s social “social structures, such as those in politics, religion and culture, sometimes constitute real obstacles in the promotion of female leadership,” says Cote d’Ivoire SMA theologian

Posted on 18 January 2020 | 11:04 am

Libya: thousands of children at risk amidst ongoing conflict

As international powers prepare to meet in Berlin on Sunday to discuss the Libyan crisis, UNICEF publishes details concerning the number of children at risk amidst the violence and chaos of the ongoing conflict.

Posted on 18 January 2020 | 8:30 am

Myanmar Church concerned over China-backed dam

Bishop Raymond Sumlut Gam of Banmaw in Kachin State and Myanmar’s Catholic Church leaders are opposed to the revival of the stalled Myitsone dam project in Kachin state.

Posted on 18 January 2020 | 7:20 am

Pope Francis praises Italian fishers for ridding the sea of plastic

The Pope expresses his appreciation for the voluntary work fishers from the Marche region of Italy are doing to rid the seabed of plastic. He also urges them to hold firm to their Christian values.

Posted on 18 January 2020 | 7:19 am

Care for migrants at heart of 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place from 18 to 25 January. It sees representatives of all Christian denominations gather in the Vatican to pray and reflect on the theme chosen for 2020.

Posted on 18 January 2020 | 5:26 am

Flemish priest killed in South Africa

South African police arrest a suspect in connection with the murder of a Belgian priest in a village west of Johannesburg.

Posted on 17 January 2020 | 11:03 am

Pope receives DRC President, discusses Bilateral Relations

Pope Francis receives the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Vatican and expresses satisfaction for the ratification of the Framework Agreement between the two States.

Posted on 17 January 2020 | 10:35 am

Pope at Mass: essence of life is our relationship with God

The diseases of the soul need to healed and the medicine is to ask for forgiveness. Basing himself on the miracle of the healing of the paralytic by Jesus, Pope Francis made this point in his homily at Mass at the Casa Santa Marta.

Posted on 17 January 2020 | 8:48 am

Sunday of the Word of God: making the Scriptures part of our everyday lives

A press conference in the Vatican details the many aspects of the newly established ‘Sunday of the Word of God’ to be marked on 26 January. Pope Francis will celebrated Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the occasion.

Posted on 17 January 2020 | 8:06 am

Catholic publisher makes material available for Word of God Sunday

Catholic publisher, Bayard, rallies behind Pope Francis’ proclamation of the Word of God Sunday, making both digital and print material accessible

Posted on 17 January 2020 | 8:02 am

Pope to Finnish Ecumenical Delegation: standing together as baptized Christians

Pope Francis receives an ecumenical delegation from Finland, and recalls the importance of hospitality as part of our shared witness of faith in daily life.

Posted on 17 January 2020 | 5:38 am

Bishops call for the release of kidnapped seminarians

The Catholic Bishops of Nigeria are appealing for the release of four major seminarians kidnapped in Kaduna, Nigeria, by unknown gunmen on the night of 8 January.

Posted on 16 January 2020 | 11:52 pm

Pressure on Iran as nuclear deal unravels

The Iranian president Hassan Rouhani says his country is now enriching more uranium than it did before it signed the international nuclear deal.

Posted on 16 January 2020 | 10:57 am

Catholic population of S. Korea grows by 50% in 20 years

A study by the Catholic Church in South Korea shows that the number of Catholics in the past 2 decades has increased by 48.6 per cent, and today accounts for 11.1% of the nation’s population.

Posted on 16 January 2020 | 9:09 am

Yemen: Dengue epidemic kills scores of vulnerable children

Save the Children is sounding the alarm following the deaths in Yemen of around 78 children from dengue-related diseases, and reports of over 52,000 suspected cases.

Posted on 16 January 2020 | 8:47 am

Bishops Co-ordination group call for new political solution in Israel and Palestine

Bishops from across Europe and North America have concluded their visit to the Holy Land, imploring their "governments to help build a new political solution rooted in human dignity for all” in Israel and Palestine.

Posted on 16 January 2020 | 7:21 am

‘Gospel Truth’ for January 19, 2019

Listen to this week's edition of our reflections on the Gospel reading for the second Sunday in ordinary time, where John the Baptist says, ‘I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and remain upon him', prepared by the late Jill Bevilacqua.

Posted on 16 January 2020 | 7:07 am

Pope at Mass: the little prayer that moves God

During the homily at Mass Thursday morning at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis says that Jesus is close to us, “His compassion will take upon itself our problems, our sins, our interior diseases”.

Posted on 16 January 2020 | 6:29 am

Reflections for the II Sunday

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the second Sunday in ordinary time. He says that those who are called gradually accept the identity of the One who calls them.

Posted on 16 January 2020 | 6:05 am

North Macedonia discovers dozens of migrants in truck

Officials say police in North Macedonia have discovered dozens of migrants packed in a truck during a routine investigation. The case comes as many migrants and refugees use the Balkan route to reach the European Union.

Posted on 15 January 2020 | 10:52 am

Cardinal asks President of DR Congo for solutions for North Kivu

President Tshisekedi of DR Congo meets with the Cardinal Archbishop of Kinshasa ahead of his audience with the Pope. Among the things discussed were solutions to ongoing conflicts in the country.

Posted on 15 January 2020 | 10:48 am

Australian Bishops support proposed climate Change Bill

Australia’s Catholic Bishops support a proposed Climate Change Bill that aims to provide a national framework for action in response to climate change emergencies.

Posted on 15 January 2020 | 10:24 am

Philippine Church appeals for solidarity for volcano evacuees

One of the most active volcanoes of the Philippines, Taal Volcano, in the middle of a lake about 70 km south of the capital, Manila, has been spewing smoke and ash since Sunday. The government has ordered about half million people to evacuate from within a 14-km radius of the volcano.

Posted on 15 January 2020 | 8:17 am

Meet Aiku who dreams of becoming a deacon

This is a conversion story. It is also the story of the evangelization of French Guiana. Aikumale Alemin, of Amerinda Wayana ethnicity, is a convert to Catholicism who is training to become a deacon. His spiritual journey is not an easy one, as he lives in a landlocked territory where Catholics are a minority.

Posted on 15 January 2020 | 8:15 am

Christians persecuted in Nigeria amid deafening silence

A Catholic priest in Nigeria releases an appeal for attention and action to the international community as Christians continue to be persecuted and murdered in his country.

Posted on 15 January 2020 | 6:51 am

Pope appoints woman under-secretary in Vatican Secretariat of State

Pope Francis appoints Dr Francesca Di Giovanni as under-secretary in the Section for Relations with States. She will be coordinating the multilateral sector.

Posted on 15 January 2020 | 6:00 am

Pope at Audience: Even if Church is persecuted, it never tires of welcoming

Pope Francis, concluding his catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles tells pilgrims that even if the Church is persecuted and chained, it never tires of welcoming with a motherly heart.

Posted on 15 January 2020 | 5:11 am

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