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Bishops of Angola and São Tomé dealing with pastoral concerns

The Episcopal Conference of Angola and São Tomé -Conferência Episcopal de Angola e São Tomé (CEAST) has addressed itself to a wide range of pastoral issues during their recent plenary assembly. These include conclusions from the recent Vatican summit on the protection of minors.

Posted on 26 March 2019 | 1:44 pm

Pope Francis: New rules for religious life

Pope Francis changes the Code of Canon Law, to provide for the dismissal 'ipso facto' of religious who are illegitimately absent from their religious house for a full year.

Posted on 26 March 2019 | 12:58 pm

US condemns Russian deployment of military equipment to Venezuela

Venezuela accepting two Russian military planes full of personnel and specialists plus tonnes of technical hardware is being roundly criticized by Washington.

Posted on 26 March 2019 | 11:50 am

Pope urges Rome to its vocation of welcome and integration

Pope Francis visited the headquarters of Rome Municipality at the Capitoline Hill, where he addressed Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi and her officials.

Posted on 26 March 2019 | 10:40 am

Pope at Lateran University: the Gospel and having a healthy perspective

Pope Francis makes a surprise visit to the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, telling the students to always seek the truth, and to be courageous in planning the future.

Posted on 26 March 2019 | 9:41 am

Global interfaith pilgrimage makes stop in Rome

A group of young people from the The Earth Caravan interfaith pilgrimagage come to Rome to pray for peace with Pope Francis.

Posted on 26 March 2019 | 9:10 am

Pope urges people of Rome to be a united community

Pope Francis greets the people of Rome and employees at the Mayor’s office on Rome’s Capitoline Hill.

Posted on 26 March 2019 | 8:57 am

Nigerian Cardinal thanks Pope and calls out politicians

Following a papal appeal on Sunday, Nigerian Cardinal John Onaiyekan says his people are grateful to Pope Francis for his prayers and for highlighting the critical situation in the West African country.

Posted on 25 March 2019 | 11:33 am

Yemen: 4 years of war on children

Save the Children is the largest Aid Organisation in Yemen, attempting to help save the 14 million people at risk of famine, and the 2 million children risking exploitation and abuse in what is being described as “the World’s worst humanitarian crisis”.

Posted on 25 March 2019 | 10:08 am

Loreto: Pope signs Apostolic Exhortation to young people

Pope Francis signs his post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation to young people, entitled “Christ lives”, during his pastoral visit to Loreto on Monday.

Posted on 25 March 2019 | 9:39 am

Brother Peter Tabichi: Kenyan Franciscan is the world’s best teacher

Brother Peter Tabichi, a Franciscan brother and teacher, has walked away with the US$ 1 million Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize Sunday at a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Posted on 25 March 2019 | 8:57 am

Pope in Loreto: Mary’s House a home for youth, families, sick

During a brief pastoral visit to the Italian city of Loreto, Pope Francis calls the House of Mary a home for young people, families, and the sick, where all can find hope in an oasis of silence and piety.

Posted on 25 March 2019 | 7:52 am

Loreto: the Popes and young people

Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to the Sanctuary of Loreto highlights a strong and ancient bond between the Popes and Loreto.

Posted on 25 March 2019 | 6:30 am

Holy Week in the Vatican with the Pope

The Office of the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff releases details of Holy Week 2019 ceremonies presided over by Pope Francis.

Posted on 25 March 2019 | 6:07 am

British PM holds crisis Brexit meeting

Senior Conservative Party figures have urged Theresa May to recognize her political defeats and leave the prime minister’s post. However, there was no indication from Downing Street that the British prime minister was planning to step down.

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 12:53 pm

Pope at Angelus: ‘don’t take advantage of God’s patience’

Pope Francis on Sunday invited the faithful to conversion telling them to trust in God’s mercy but not to abuse it.

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 9:08 am

Pope Francis on pastoral visit to Loreto

Ahead of his Monday pastoral visit to the Italian city of Loreto, Pope Francis asks the faithful gathered at the Sunday Angelus address for prayers.

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 8:15 am

Popes appeals for Nicaragua peace and prays for victims of violence in Nigeria and Mali

After the Angelus prayer on Sunday Pope Francis urged for a peaceful solution to the Nicaragua socio-political crisis, and he said he is praying for the many victims of violence in Nigeria and in Mali.

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 7:40 am

Fr. Toussaint Zoumaldé: The faithful of CAR bid farewell to a much-loved priest

The funeral of the slain Capuchin priest and former Director of Radio Siriri, Fr. Toussaint Zoumaldé, has taken place Friday in the Central African Republic (CAR) town of Bouar amidst scenes of pain but unshakable hope.

Posted on 23 March 2019 | 3:09 pm

Venezuelan bishops condemn arrest of opposition leader's Chief of Staff

The Bishops of Venezuela have condemned the arrest of the opposition leader’s Chief of Staff saying the move violates his fundamental human rights . Marrero's arrest came as the US slapped new sanctions on the country's development bank.

Posted on 23 March 2019 | 12:29 pm

Pope to Catholic-school students: ‘Trust yourselves!’

Pope Francis holds a Q&A session with the students of a Catholic school in Padua, and tells them to find their main point of reference in themselves, with the guidance of their priests, parents, and grandparents.

Posted on 23 March 2019 | 10:27 am

Pope accepts resignation of Chilean Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Chilean Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati and appointed a temporary apostolic administrator to govern the Archdiocese of Santiago.

Posted on 23 March 2019 | 9:47 am

Pope Francis reaches out to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi

A monetary contribution has been sent on behalf of Pope Francis to the people of southeast Africa suffering the devastating effects of Cyclone Idai.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 11:51 am

SIGNIS stands with Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi

In a message of solidarity released Friday, SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication has expressed solidarity with the people of southern Africa in particular victims of Cyclone Idai which devastated Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 11:39 am

Killings and kidnapping of priests and the religious in Africa

Killings and kidnapping of priests, the religious and other pastoral workers especially in West Africa, seem to be on the increase.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 10:50 am

Pope to Youth Tourism Centre: help others open their eyes to the world

Pope Francis greeted members of the Italian Youth Tourism Centre in the Vatican, inviting them to continue in their quest to help young travelers open their eyes and their hearts to the world.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 10:28 am

Pope: World Water Day urges defense of water access

Pope Francis releases a message to mark World Water Day, and says the misery of those who lack water challenges us to value this indispensable good and fundamental human right.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 8:21 am

Pope grieves for victims of Iraq ferry accident

Pope Francis has expressed sorrow for a ferry accident in Iraq in which scores of people have died, and is praying for the victims.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 8:07 am

Pope: St. Cyril still relevant for Czech and Slovak societies

Pope Francis on March 22 met a delegation of parliamentarians from the Czech Republic and Slovakia on the occasion of the 1150th death anniversary of St. Cyril.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 7:59 am

World Water Day: How to leave no one behind

World Water Day, marked by the United Nations on Friday, March 22nd, is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are without this basic human right. Richard Connor is the Editor in Chief of the UN’s World Water Development Report and talks about the crisis, who is affected, and how we can help.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 7:35 am

Pope to Scholas Occurrentes: young people are the “now” of God

Pope Francis launches the “Programming for Peace” initiative, during a visit to the new Rome office of Scholas Occurrentes.

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 5:32 am

CAFOD appeals for help for victims of Cyclone Idai

CAFOD and Disasters Emergency Committee join forces to reach hundreds of thousands of people affected by Cyclone Idai across Southern Africa. Their appeal for donations comes on the heels of Pope Francis’ cry for help for the affected populations.

Posted on 21 March 2019 | 1:30 pm

‘Gospel Truth’ for March 24, 2019

Listen to this week's edition of our reflections on the Gospel reading for the third Sunday in Lent, where Jesus calls us to repent, prepared by the late Jill Bevilacqua.

Posted on 21 March 2019 | 10:37 am

Pope Francis meets President of Malta

European integration, migration in the Mediterranean region, and inter-religious dialogue were among the issues that Pope Francis discussed with Maltese President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca on Thursday.

Posted on 21 March 2019 | 10:26 am

Pope to Pediatricians : Ensure equal access to healthcare

Pope Francis on Thursday received in audience, members of the Italian Federation of Pediatricians. In prepared remarks, he urged them to commit themselves to an inclusive form of health care that respects the human body.

Posted on 21 March 2019 | 8:38 am

“Vive Cristo, esperanza nuestra” – Pope’s post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation

During his March 25 visit to the Marian shrine of Loreto, Pope Francis will sign the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, “Vive Cristo, esperanza nuestra”, the Spanish for “Christ, our hope, lives”.

Posted on 21 March 2019 | 6:36 am

Reflections for the III Sunday of Lent

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the third Sunday in Lent. He says that the readings invite us to repent of our sins and to renew our lives by producing fruits of love, compassion, forgiveness, and faithful service.

Posted on 21 March 2019 | 5:30 am

Cardinal DiNardo released from hospital

The President of the USCCB, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston is expected to make a full recovery.

Posted on 21 March 2019 | 4:24 am

Card. Yeom: every human life from conception is noble, honourable, dignified

South Korean Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung has reiterated the Church’s pro-life stand against abortion and the death penalty.

Posted on 20 March 2019 | 12:50 pm

US Bishops express their grief over destruction by record flooding

Four people have lost their lives, and millions have been affected by what is being described as historic floods in the US Midwest. The Bishops of the United States assure those affected of their prayers, and urge people to help out.

Posted on 20 March 2019 | 11:42 am

More than 1 million people face hunger as rains fail in Kenya

Assessments conducted by Kenya’s Catholic Church, government and humanitarian agencies and reports from local media indicate that as of this month, March, the food insecure population in that country has reached 1,111,500 people.

Posted on 20 March 2019 | 9:27 am

Holy See: Church is committed to integral ecology of indigenous people

At an international conference in Georgetown University, Washington DC, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York, spoke about the Church’s commitment to the indigenous people.

Posted on 20 March 2019 | 9:20 am

Pope at Audience: God seeks each one of us personally

At the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Our Father, focusing on the third invocation, “Thy will be done”.

Posted on 20 March 2019 | 8:30 am

Pope urges support for victims of Cyclone Idai in southeast Africa

Pope Francis is urging prayers and support for the many victims of Cyclone Idai, which has caused widespread destruction and flooding in the southeast African nations of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.

Posted on 20 March 2019 | 8:19 am

Pope General Audience: English Summary

During the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the "Our Father". The official English-language summary is below:

Posted on 20 March 2019 | 5:35 am

Mozambique death count could top 1,000 – President Nyusi

The number of people killed in a powerful cyclone and flooding in Mozambique has risen above 200, more than doubling the country's death toll from a storm that could rank as one of the worst weather-related disasters in the southern hemisphere.

Posted on 20 March 2019 | 5:03 am

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