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Vatican’s Commission for Covid-19: More spending on healthcare, less on weapons

The Vatican's Commission for Covid-19 highlights the importance of re-thinking healthcare systems and channeling financial efforts into aid rather than weapons, especially as the world tackles coronavirus.

Posted on 7 July 2020 | 5:10 pm

Lourdes: Cardinal Parolin to celebrate Mass on 15 August

The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, will travel to Lourdes on August 15, 2020, to preside over Holy Mass for the Feast of the Assumption.

Posted on 7 July 2020 | 11:25 am

Where is your brother? From Lampedusa to Covid: the challenge of fraternity

Seven years after his visit to the island of Lampedusa, Pope Francis’s appeal to us to feel and see each other as brothers and sisters is even more urgent. As we prepare for the post-pandemic era, there is no way to save ourselves alone: brotherhood is the only way to build the future.

Posted on 7 July 2020 | 10:18 am

WHO says plague outbreak not high risk

The World Health Organisation said on Tuesday that an apparent outbreak of bubonic plague in China is being "well managed" and is not considered to represent a high risk. The statement comes after Russia announced it had stepped up patrols to stop people hunting wild animals near its border with China and Mongolia.

Posted on 7 July 2020 | 8:50 am

Philippine religious orders urge 'stay order' on controversial anti-terror law

President Rodrigo Duterte on July 3 signed the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, which local and international rights and civil society groups fear could be used to target critics and dissenters.

Posted on 7 July 2020 | 7:43 am

Vatican Museum: Beauty that Unites! 56

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 7 July 2020 | 7:43 am

Interfaith Forum calls for protection of human rights amid Covid-19

The Geneva Interfaith Forum appeals for the protection of human rights amid the twin crises of Covid-19 and climate change.

Posted on 7 July 2020 | 7:39 am

Dominican Republic's President-Elect promises to enact change

Luis Arbinader, the President Elect of the Dominican Republic, will bring two important assets to the top job.

Posted on 7 July 2020 | 6:18 am

COVID-19 financial strain shuts down Ivory Coast’s Radio Nationale Catholique

COVID-19 has taken a toll on the financial sustainability of Ivory Coast’s Radio Nationale Catholique forcing Church authorities to temporarily close the radio station.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 6:01 pm

Archbishop Naumann: Women are the second victims of abortion

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, the chairman of the USCCB’s Committee for Pro-Life Activities, says in addition to the life of the unborn, the health and welfare of mothers is vitally important.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 1:35 pm

Damascus priest: ‘Don’t forget the suffering population of Syria'

Fr Bahjat Karakach, guardian of the Franciscan Convent in the Bab Thouma area of Damascus, appeals for help for a population on its knees.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 11:31 am

Bishops call for an end to corporate abuse

Over 110 Bishops from all over the world appeal for an end to corporate abuse by multinational companies, calling for legislation that binds both nationally and internationally.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 10:10 am

Covid-19: Indian Catholic hospital shut after 12 nuns are infected

The local administration of Dibrugarh district, in Assam state, has sealed the VG (Vincenza Gerosa) Hospital, which has been serving the poor of the region for 5 decades.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 9:50 am

Cardinal Ravasi recalls Ennio Morricone as a man of faith

The President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, shares his memories of Oscar-winning Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who died on Monday in Rome at the age of 91.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 9:01 am

Remembering Ennio Morricone and his sense of the Sacred

The Oscar-winning composer, Ennio Morricone, whose music defined the atmosphere and success of hundreds of films of all genres, has died in Rome, aged 91. Lesser known are his production of Sacred Music and his admiration for Pope Francis.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 8:15 am

Australia to close border between New South Wales and Victoria

Australia will close the border between the states of New South Wales and Victoria beginning on Wednesday, disrupting movement between Melbourne and Sydney, the nation’s two largest cities.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 7:23 am

Covid-19: Camillian priest appeals for better-equipped hospitals in Burkina Faso

Burkinabe Priest, Fr. Modeste Ouedraogo calls for well-trained staff and better-equipped hospitals in the fight against Covid-19 in the West-African country.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 7:19 am

Pope to celebrate Mass for 7th anniversary of Lampedusa visit

Pope Francis will celebrate Mass on Wednesday to mark the seventh anniversary of his first papal trip outside Rome, which saw him visit the Italian island of Lampedusa to offer comfort to migrants.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 7:17 am

US Bishop decries destruction of St. Junipero Serra statue

Bishop Jamie Soto criticizes the destruction of the statue of St. Junipero Serra in Sacramento, California, and urges protesters to build up the community, not tear it down.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 6:42 am

Presidential election in Dominican Republic on Sunday

The people of the Dominican Republic head to the polls on Sunday to choose a new president

Posted on 5 July 2020 | 10:56 am

France and other governments pressured over coronavirus response

A French court has launched an inquiry into the alleged mishandling by the outgoing French government of the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement comes while elsewhere in Europe, and the former Soviet Union, tensions also rise over the way leaders deal with the crisis.

Posted on 5 July 2020 | 10:46 am

A magisterium for peace and against hypocrisy

Pope Francis expresses his support for the UN resolution for a global and immediate ceasefire, which would bring relief to people at war and enable them to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

Posted on 5 July 2020 | 8:28 am

Pope at Angelus: ‘the poor are the builders of the new humanity’

Pope Francis reflects on the Gospel reading of the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time noting that the solace that Christ offers to the weary and the oppressed is not merely psychological relief or almsgiving.

Posted on 5 July 2020 | 6:17 am

Pope: Implement global ceasefire effectively and promptly

Pope Francis says he hopes a new UN Security Council resolution calling for a global ceasefire will be implemented "effectively and promptly," in order to provide aid for peoples suffering the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted on 5 July 2020 | 6:13 am

Two Somalian cities struck by bomb attacks

At least four people died in a bomb attack in the Somali city of Baidoa, and a car bomb in the capital, Mogadishu, wounded several police officers.

Posted on 4 July 2020 | 4:38 pm

Cameroon holds first peace talks with main separatist insurgents

Representatives of Cameroon's Government held talks this week with the main leaders of an Anglophone separatist insurgency for the first time since the conflict began in 2017, a separatist leader and two security sources said on Friday.

Posted on 4 July 2020 | 12:15 pm

Pope: cooperatives for clean energy against climate change

In a tweet to mark the International Day of Cooperatives, Saturday, Pope Francis notes that cooperatives across the globe are making a real difference in the fight against climate change.

Posted on 4 July 2020 | 11:20 am

Kashoggi murder case adjourned until November

Twenty Saudi Arabians have been put on trial in Turkey, accused of killing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Posted on 4 July 2020 | 10:13 am

Asian Churches condemn greed, injustice in Myanmar’s mine tragedy

The Catholic Bishops of Asia have vehemently condemned the greed of large mining operators whose negligence and arrogance, they say, caused the “heart-wrenching disaster” at a jade mine in northern Myanmar, which killed more than 170 people.

Posted on 4 July 2020 | 8:44 am

Pope Francis appoints new Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain

Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti has been named as the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain.

Posted on 4 July 2020 | 6:08 am

Philippine diocese creates mental health ‘hopeline’

The Diocese of Kalookan has created a support helpline for those struggling with anxiety and other emotions due to the coronavirus crisis.

Posted on 4 July 2020 | 4:21 am

Caritas Zambia stands with Bishops in calling for withdrawal of Bill No.10

Caritas Zambia has supported the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) in their call for withdrawal of the controversial Constitution Amendment Bill number 10 of 2019 which seeks to amend Zambia’s 2016 Constitution.

Posted on 3 July 2020 | 4:56 pm

Covid-19: Pope Francis continues his gestures of closeness

Pope Francis supports efforts against Covid-19 with a donation to the World Food Programme.

Posted on 3 July 2020 | 9:54 am

France government resigns over coronavirus economic concerns

France is to name a new prime minister later today, on Friday, after Edouard Philippe and his cabinet resigned amid mounting concerns about the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation. His successor will have to overcome growing public discontent with current policies.

Posted on 3 July 2020 | 8:25 am

Bishop Barber: Catholic Education best way to hand on faith to next generation

Bishop Michael Barber of Oakland, California, speaks about the dramatic effect the Covid-19 pandemic is having on Catholic Education in the United States.

Posted on 3 July 2020 | 7:41 am

Vatican Financial Information Authority records increased collaboration in annual report

The Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (AIF) releases its annual report and announces a change of its name to the Supervisory and Financial Information Authority (SFIA).

Posted on 3 July 2020 | 7:29 am

Pope: ‘care for the elderly, don’t leave them alone’

Pope Francis calls the parish priest of a community on the periphery of Rome that he visited in 2018 assuring the faithful there of his prayers and urging them not to leave the elderly alone during the summer months.

Posted on 3 July 2020 | 6:27 am

Pope appoints new Bishop of Ndola, Zambia

Pope Francis names Bishop Benjamin Phiri as the Bishop of the Diocese of Ndola, Zambia.

Posted on 3 July 2020 | 6:01 am

Covid-19: Holy See renews Pope’s debt-relief appeal for developing nations

The Holy See relaunches Pope Francis’s appeal for debt relief for nations struggling due to the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Posted on 3 July 2020 | 4:08 am

US Bishop on new federal execution dates: no crime should be punishable by death

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, the chairman of the USCCB's Committee for Domestic Justice and Human Development, expresses his sadness over the decision to resume scheduling executions at the federal level in the United States.

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 1:08 pm

Vatican Council II: A seed that continues to grow

A great grace, a true prophecy for the life of the Church, a new Pentecost: these are some of the expressions used by Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI to describe the most recent Council – a small seed that has become a tree and continues to bear fruit through the working of the Holy Spirit.

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 11:24 am

Pope's prayer intention for July: that families be loved, respected, guided

Pope Francis on Thursday releases a video message accompanying his prayer intention for July, which this month is for families that they be “accompanied with love, respect and guidance."

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 11:01 am

Mexico, US and Canada revamp Free Trade Agreement

Mexico is celebrating the implementation of a revamped Trade Agreement with the United States and Canada, which amends and updates the North American Free Trade Agreement which was signed in 1994.

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 10:23 am

Landslide at Myanmar jade mine kills more than 120 people

At least 123 people have been killed in a landslide in a jade mine in northern Myanmar, Thursday morning.

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 9:46 am

The Church in Scotland: Safeguarding in the Covid era

As Churches in Scotland prepares to reopen for worship, the National Safeguarding Co-ordinator for the Episcopal Conference of Scotland speaks about the challenges ahead amid this pandemic

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 8:54 am

Pope Francis praying for Pope emeritus Benedict XVI in his time of loss

Pope Francis writes a letter to his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, following the death of his brother Georg, assuring him of his spiritual closeness and of his prayers.

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 7:23 am

Archbishop Wenski: US Supreme Court ruling 'a great thing for religious liberty'

The US Bishops' Chairman for Religious Liberty reacts to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of religiously-affiliated schools saying it "underscores the right of people of faith."

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 5:46 am

Cardinal Tong: Key is to maintain unity

In view of the application of the security law in Hong Kong, Cardinal Tong prays that “there will be one flock and one shepherd”.

Posted on 2 July 2020 | 4:01 am

Holy See to US and Israeli : Unilateral actions jeopardize peace in Middle East

The Vatican Secretary of State meets with U.S. and Israeli Ambassadors, expressing the Holy See's concern "regarding possible unilateral actions" and reiterates its position that both Israel and Palestine have the right to exist, and to live in peace within internationally recognized borders.

Posted on 1 July 2020 | 3:46 pm

Catholic Bishops: We cannot remain silent on issues concerning life

Kenya Catholic Bishops have appealed to parliament and legislators of goodwill not to pass the Reproductive Healthcare Bill of 2019 currently before the Senate.

Posted on 1 July 2020 | 12:47 pm

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