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Christus vivit: knowing how to tell everyone that “God loves you"

One year after the Synod on young people, Catholic youth from around the world engage with "Christus vivit", Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation. We read in one of the paragraphs that one of the problems facing the Church is that some people want to “make it old” it. Scandals and inconsistency drive young people away, but the beauty of the Gospel fascinates them. 25-year-old Cecilia from Argentina says enthusiastically, “young or not, together we can help the Church we dream of to grow”.

Posted on 12 November 2019 | 6:00 am

Ethiopian Catholic Bishops lead prayers for peace

The Ethiopian Catholic Church held prayers for peace in the country recently, on the annual feast of the Holy Saviour, in accordance with the Ethiopian Liturgical Calendar.

Posted on 12 November 2019 | 3:41 am

Bolivian President Evo Morales resigns

Bolivia's President Evo Morales has resigned and there will now be a fresh Presidential Election, following nationwide protests about the results from October, where he won an outright majority.

Posted on 11 November 2019 | 10:51 am

Iraqi Cardinal calls for prayer and fasting

Cardinal Sako asks all Chaldean Catholics to fast and pray for peace as Iraq undergoes new protests and violence.

Posted on 11 November 2019 | 10:23 am

US Bishops meet for Fall General Assembly

The 2019 Meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) opens on Monday.

Posted on 11 November 2019 | 9:49 am

Pope: economics without ethics leads to “throw-away” culture

Pope Francis on Friday met members of the Council for Inclusive Capitalism and urged for the promotion of a more just and humane economy that contributes to the eradication of poverty on the global level.

Posted on 11 November 2019 | 8:48 am

Bolivia’s Bishops call for a peaceful solution to the country's political crisis

The Bishops of Bolivia release a statement in which they call on citizens to refrain from acts of vandalism and violence and urge the National Assembly to forge a peaceful solution that will lead to new elections.

Posted on 11 November 2019 | 8:46 am

Bishops of Chile condemn violence and the looting of churches

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Chile releases a statement calling for an end to the ongoing violence and expressing solidarity with the faithful of the cities in which places of worship have been desecrated.

Posted on 11 November 2019 | 8:46 am

Armistice Day: Remembering bravery and sacrifice

The 11th of November marks Armistice Day which remembers all those who have died for their country during conflicts. It also offers an opportunity to shine the spotlight on military chaplains who provide accompaniment and companionship to their flock.

Posted on 11 November 2019 | 8:27 am

Pope at Angelus: We are called to prepare for Eternal life with our choices

Before the recitation of the Marian prayer, Pope Francis focuses his attention on Sunday’s Gospel reading in which Jesus is provoked by a question by the Sadducees and in turn offers a wonderful teaching on the resurrection of the dead.

Posted on 10 November 2019 | 6:56 am

Pope announces visit to South Sudan

Pope Francis, following the recitation of the Angelus announces a visit to the African nation of South Sudan. He also offers prayers for Bolivia and recalls a new Saint and Blessed for the Church.

Posted on 10 November 2019 | 6:39 am

Crisis deepens in Bolivia

The political crisis in Bolivia is deepening as factions of Police revolt, causing major problems for Bolivia`s President Evo Morales, who`s won a fourth term.

Posted on 10 November 2019 | 6:05 am

Pope at St John Lateran: There is no heart God cannot raise again

Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass on the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica. In his homily, he entrusts three verses from the liturgical readings to the diocesan community, to priests, and to pastoral workers.

Posted on 9 November 2019 | 1:28 pm

World remembers 30th Anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall

Germany and its allies marked the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall, a historic moment in events that ended Communism in eastern Europe. And, it gave hope to devoted Catholics and others who suffered for their faith during decades of Communist dictatorship.

Posted on 9 November 2019 | 11:08 am

Pope: 2019 Ratzinger laureates teach us to engage in active dialogue with cultures

At a ceremony in the Vatican on Saturday, Pope Francis conferred the Ratzinger Prize on Canadian Catholic philosopher Charles Margrave Taylor, and Jesuit priest Father Paul Béré of Burkina Faso, a renowned scholar of Sacred Scripture.

Posted on 9 November 2019 | 7:48 am

Pope to Music Congress: Let us become more joyful interpreters of the Gospel

Pope Francis on Saturday receives participants of the Pontifical Council for Culture’s Third International Congress entitled, “Church, Music, Interpreters: A Necessary Dialogue”.

Posted on 9 November 2019 | 6:10 am

Berlin Wall: 3 Popes, 1 Fallen Wall

As the world marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we take a look at what Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis have said about that "border of death". (Photo credits: Livio Senigalliesi, Augusto Bordato)

Posted on 9 November 2019 | 4:47 am

Pope Francis meets with President of the Republic of Lithuania

Pope Francis meets the President of the Republic of Lithuania in audience in the Vatican.

Posted on 9 November 2019 | 3:45 am

Document on Human Fraternity ray of light for Judaism

World Jewish Congress President, Ronald S. Lauder, and Cardinal Miguel Ayuso address a Conference on Human Fraternity: A Reflection for Common Coexistence at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome on Friday morning.

Posted on 8 November 2019 | 12:50 pm

Church helping flood victims in South Sudan

The Church rushes to assist flood-struck people in South Sudan after heavy rains affect East Africa.

Posted on 8 November 2019 | 9:49 am

World Day of the Poor: Clinic open for Rome’s poor

The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization releases a press statement ahead of the 3rdWorld Day of the Poor, marked on the 17th of November.

Posted on 8 November 2019 | 9:44 am

Pope urges opportunities for prisoners to reform and reintegrate

Pope Francis on Friday met some 50 participants in an international conference on the Catholic Church’s pastoral care of prisons.

Posted on 8 November 2019 | 9:01 am

Pope to Salvation Army: Humble service speaks louder than words

Pope Francis meets with a delegation from the Salvation Army, and says that holiness is best shown in concrete acts of goodness and solidarity.

Posted on 8 November 2019 | 8:43 am

Bushfire emergency in two Australian States

In Australia’s State of New South Wales, towns were evacuated and hundreds of residents told to flee on Friday as a record number of emergency-level bushfires continue to rage.

Posted on 8 November 2019 | 7:05 am

The Fall of the Wall: "nothing special to report "

A Vatican Radio Archive programme marks the Fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989.

Posted on 8 November 2019 | 5:40 am

Argentina’s bishops urge new leaders to promote integral development

A statement by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Argentina calls on the new government to promote integral development and equal opportunities for the people.

Posted on 7 November 2019 | 10:39 am

Burkina Faso: 37 dead in convoy ambush

37 people are killed and 60 more are injured in a convoy ambush in Burkina Faso

Posted on 7 November 2019 | 10:10 am

Japanese Church releases theme song for Pope’s visit

“Protect All Life” is the theme and logo of the visit of Pope Francis to Japan, 23 to 26 November. Japanese bishops have now released the theme song of the visit.

Posted on 7 November 2019 | 9:10 am

Caritas Europa: migration can - and should - benefit all

A new publication launched by Caritas Europa aims to provide the basis for a more balanced and evidence-based debate on the many issues connected to migration. An interview with Caritas Europa's Policy and Advocacy Director focusses on some of the main findings and reccomendations of the publication.

Posted on 7 November 2019 | 8:54 am

‘Gospel Truth’ for November 10, 2019

Listen to this week's edition of our reflections on the Gospel reading for the thirty second Sunday in ordinary time, where Jesus says, that our God is not a God of the dead , but of the living, for to him all are alive, prepared by the late Jill Bevilacqua.

Posted on 7 November 2019 | 8:26 am

Reflections for the XXXII Sunday

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the thirty second Sunday in ordinary time. He says that the readings invite us to consider the true meaning of the Resurrection in our lives.

Posted on 7 November 2019 | 8:08 am

Pope to Jesuit Social Justice and Ecology Congress: Encourage hope

Pope Francis addresses members of the Jesuit Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat meeting in Rome to mark their 50th Anniversary.

Posted on 7 November 2019 | 6:54 am

Pope: Montreal Protocol to protect ozone layer is a “model of international cooperation”

On Thursday, Pope Francis sent a message to the 31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. His message was read by Pietro Parolin, the Cardinal Secretary of State.

Posted on 7 November 2019 | 6:52 am

Christus vivit, the revolutionaries of “forever”

One year after the Synod on young people, Catholic youth from around the world engage with "Christus vivit", Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation. Lorenzo and Claudia, who fell in love during a World Youth Day, today are married and will soon be parents. They say they believe in a love that is stronger today than it was yesterday, but not as strong as it will be tomorrow. They are two of the “revolutionaries” that Pope Francis speaks of in his letter. A couple that believes in a “forever” built on shared faith and on starting again, together.

Posted on 7 November 2019 | 6:00 am

Immigrants built Catholic Church in US – Bishop da Cunha

As the US Bishops make their “ad limina” visit to Rome, Bishop Edgar da Cunha explains that the Church in the US was built by immigrants and will always fight for their rights.

Posted on 7 November 2019 | 5:46 am

Boston Archdiocese opts for transparency to protect minors – Bishop O’Connell

As the first group of US Bishops begin their “ad limina Apostolorum” to Rome, Bishop Mark O’Connell explores how the Archdiocese of Boston is working for the protection of minors.

Posted on 6 November 2019 | 6:42 am

Migrating across Amazonia: Carmen’s story

Thousands of people cross the Amazon rainforest every day, leaving their home behind them in search of a better future. Many of them are from Venezuela. They set their sights on Ecuador, where migration reception policies are among the most liberal in Latin America. This is the story of one of them, Carmen, who left Venezuela with her baby son.

Posted on 6 November 2019 | 6:32 am

Caritas Europa report stresses benefits of migration and development

Caritas Europa launches its Common Home European Report to raise awareness about the positive aspects that migration can have at the global level and its relation with sustainable international cooperation.

Posted on 6 November 2019 | 6:08 am

Pope at Audience: Always build bridges, never aggression

Pope Francis during his weekly General Audience invites the faithful to ask the Holy Spirit, “for the capacity to delicately inculturate the message of faith, placing a contemplative gaze on those who are ignorant of Christ”.

Posted on 6 November 2019 | 5:13 am

Pope Francis' General Audience: English summary

At the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles. The official English-language summary is below:

Posted on 6 November 2019 | 4:19 am

Romania sees massive anti-logging protests after killings

A tense calm has returned to Romania's capital Bucharest and other cities where thousands have protested against illegal logging for the timber trade. The rallies come after several forest rangers were killed while trying to protect one of Europe's oldest forests.

Posted on 5 November 2019 | 12:01 pm

Pope's November prayer intention: For dialogue in Middle East

Pope Francis releases a video message accompanying his prayer intention for November, which is that interreligious dialogue and peace may reign in the Middle East.

Posted on 5 November 2019 | 10:03 am

Bolivian bishops urge for transparency amid alleged electoral fraud

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bolivia is calling on electoral officials to make vote-counting process “transparent”. Their appeal comes as riots continue in the country following alleged fraud in the 20 October presidential election.

Posted on 5 November 2019 | 9:39 am

Mexico: 9 US citizens killed in drug cartel attack

At least 9 US citizens were murdered in Mexico in an attack officials say was carried out by a drug cartel.

Posted on 5 November 2019 | 9:28 am

Pope at Mass: The Lord waits for everyone, good or bad

In his homily at the morning Mass in the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflects on the Gospel of the day, and invites us to ask whether we accept the Lord’s invitation to His feast, or remain closed up in ourselves.

Posted on 5 November 2019 | 6:43 am

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