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Canadian Bishops apologize for ‘grave abuses’ at residential schools

The Catholic Bishops of Canada join their voices in issuing a formal statement of apology to indigenous communities who suffered in “Indian Residential Schools”, with Bishop Poisson emphasizing the importance of an upcoming meeting of First Nations peoples with Pope Francis.

Posted on 25 September 2021 | 11:03 am

Germany: Outgoing Chancellor Merkel’s allies face tough election

Germany's closely-fought election on Sunday will set the direction of the European Union's largest economy following 16 years under Angela Merkel. However, the party of the departing chancellor is scrambling to avoid defeat by its center-left rivals after a rollercoaster campaign.

Posted on 25 September 2021 | 11:01 am

Pope to Focolare-linked bishops: Help realize God’s “dream” of harmony in world

Bishops from various Christian Churches and ecclesial communities who held a meeting organized by the Focolare Movement, were received by Pope Francis on Saturday in the Vatican.

Posted on 25 September 2021 | 6:35 am

Iraqi Archbishop 'concerned' over local impact of Taliban's Afghan takeover

The Archbishop of Erbil expresses his concern over the return of the Taliban in Afghanistan, saying the upcoming withdrawal of remaining US troops from Iraq could have a negative impact on Christians and other minorities in Iraq.

Posted on 25 September 2021 | 5:45 am

Cardinal Nichols: Church rebuilds Europe by answering life's great questions

As the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences holds a golden jubilee celebration in Rome, English Cardinal Vincent Nichols explains the organization's mission and how it can help rebuild Europe's Christian roots.

Posted on 25 September 2021 | 5:31 am

Holy See: Ensuring access to affordable and sustainable energy 'a moral duty'

As the UN hosts a high-level event on energy, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher sends a video message to participants, and says that transition to accessible and clean energy is a duty that richer countries owe to poorer ones.

Posted on 25 September 2021 | 4:21 am

Archbishop Gallagher: Not enough to feed the hungry, long-term resources are needed

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher sends a video message to the United Nations Food System Summit, and assures participants of the Holy See's full collaboration in reaching food equality in the world.

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 1:14 pm

Cardinal Woelki takes time out from archdiocese, retains Pope’s confidence

Having reviewed the results of the apostolic visit to the German archdiocese of Cologne concerning the handling of abuse cases, the Pope accepts Cardinal Woelki’s request to have a break. At the same time, the Holy Father rejected the resignation of two auxiliary bishops of Cologne.

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 12:47 pm

Pope to new Armenian Patriarch: closeness to Syria, Lebanon

In a letter, Pope Francis has granted the “Ecclesiastica Communio” to the new Patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church, who was elected on September 23. The Pope received His Beatitude Raphaël Bedros XXI Minassian of Cilicia in the Vatican on Friday.

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 10:30 am

Germany: Political parties rally supporters ahead of election

As Germans prepare to go to the polls in a national election on Sunday, political parties are using the last two days of this campaign to win over undecided voters.

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 8:50 am

Pope names Special Delegate for the Memores Domini association

Pope Francis has named Archbishop Filippo Santoro of Taranto as his Special Delegate to the Memores Domini Lay Association. Archbishop Santoro will temporarily assume the governance of the association in order to safeguard its charism and preserve its unity.

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 8:42 am

Pope sends condolences on death of Cardinal Urosa Savino

In a telegram, Pope Francis remembers the archbishop emeritus of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, who died late Thursday at the age of 79. The Venezuelan cardinal had been admitted to intensive care at the end of August. Cardinal Savino remained close to the suffering of the Venezuelan population to the very end, inviting political leaders to work together to peacefully resolve the political crisis wracking the country.

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 8:21 am

UN rights office: Myanmar junta's violence amounts to crimes against humanity

The UN rights chief urges the international community to redouble its efforts to restore democracy in Myanmar before it is too late.

Posted on 24 September 2021 | 6:12 am

Pope at Mass for CCEE jubilee: Love alone satisfies the human heart

Pope Francis celebrates Mass with the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe, and encourages bishops to reflect on three words as they celebrate their golden jubilee: reflect, rebuild and see.

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 11:49 am

Armenian Synod elects new Catholicos-Patriarch of Cilicia

The Synod of the Armenian Catholic Church, meeting this week in Rome, has elected Raphaël Bedros XXI Minassian as the 21st Catholicos-Patriarch.

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 10:32 am

Catholic leaders call on US to reassess treatment of migrants

Bishop Mario Dorsonville, the chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Migration; and Sister Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA issue a statement calling on the US government to reassess the treatment of Haitian and other migrants on the border between Mexico and the United States.

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 8:19 am

WHO: Air pollution threat to health and climate

The World Health Organisation (WHO) issues new air quality guidelines calling on its 194 member states to slash the recommended maximum levels for several pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide, both of which are found in fossil fuel emissions.

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 8:13 am

UN: Millions in Yemen ‘a step away from starvation’

The United Nations organized a side event on September 22 on the sidelines of the 76th UN General Assembly, focusing attention on Yemen, the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 7:01 am

Bassi: No sustainable development without intergenerational balance

Vincenzo Bassi, President of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE), reiterates Pope Francis’ concerns about the demographic winter in Italy and Spain, and highlights the need for measures that recognize and promote the role of the family in society.

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 6:03 am

UNICEF: 23 million children under 5 suffer from acute malnutrition

A UNICEF report shows the reality and the effects of the acute malnutrition children and infants around the world are suffering from.

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 5:56 am

Holy See recalls Durban Declaration, condemns racism and intolerance

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher sends a video message to mark the 20th anniversary of the Durban Declaration, which sets out measures to combat racism, intolerance, and xenophobia.

Posted on 23 September 2021 | 4:49 am

Côte d’Ivoire: The National Marian Shrine of Abidjan celebrates its 35th anniversary.

Various commemorative events have been lined up to mark the 35th anniversary of the Marian Shrine. The events will run from Sunday, 24 October 2021, till 6 February 2022.

Posted on 22 September 2021 | 5:13 pm

Holy See commends AIEA’s commitment to a nuclear weapon-free world

On the opening day of the 65th International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Holy See has renewed the Church's call for a nuclear weapons-free world

Posted on 22 September 2021 | 11:55 am

Council of Cardinals meets to discuss next Synod of Bishops

The Holy See Press Office says the Council of Cardinal met online on Monday to speak about the next Synod of Bishops on the topic of synodality.

Posted on 22 September 2021 | 11:26 am

Mexican president proposes initiatives to ease poverty

Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador unveils a new initiative which seeks to root out the desperation of poverty, which leads to undocumented migration.

Posted on 22 September 2021 | 11:14 am

Prof. Wijlens: Church learning to listen to abuse survivors

As a safeguarding conference wraps up in the Polish capital of Warsaw, Prof. Myriam Wijlens expresses hope that the Church is learning to listen to survivors of clerical sexual abuse, but says the next step is for justice to be administered.

Posted on 22 September 2021 | 10:50 am

Cardinal O’Malley: Safeguarding part of pastoral conversion in face of abuse crisis

The President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, highlights the Church’s need for pastoral conversion in her response to the sexual abuse crisis, as a 4-day safeguarding conference concludes in Warsaw, Poland.

Posted on 22 September 2021 | 10:08 am

Church in Poland and protection of minors: from unprepared to informed

Both the Church and society in Poland were unprepared to face the crisis caused by the sexual abuse of minors. Negative reactions prevailed at first. In the last few years, thanks to journalists and clear direction from the Holy See, the Church in Poland has learned how to create an integrated structure for the protection of minors and the support of victims.

Posted on 22 September 2021 | 8:30 am

Australia: Earthquake strikes near Melbourne

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes southeast Australia, causing damage in the city of Melbourne.

Posted on 22 September 2021 | 7:10 am

Pope at Audience: Budapest & Slovakia visit was ‘pilgrimage of prayer, hope’

At his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on last week’s Apostolic Journey to Budapest and Slovakia, calling it a pilgrimage to the roots of prayer and hope.

Posted on 22 September 2021 | 4:17 am

‘Sexual abuse in the Church has deep theological implications’

As a safeguarding conference in Warsaw wraps up its third day of deliberations, Church leaders from across Central and Eastern Europe examine how the suffering caused by clerical sexual abuse impacts the lives of survivors.

Posted on 21 September 2021 | 12:06 pm

German Bishops turn attention to Synod and abuse scandal

The Catholic Bishops of Germany are holding their Fall Plenary Assembly, which focuses on the ongoing Synodal Path and reform in the Church.

Posted on 21 September 2021 | 12:05 pm

Cruz: Survivor’s perspective lends urgency to Church’s fight against sexual abuse

As the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors holds a safeguarding conference in Warsaw, a well-known survivor of clerical sexual abuse urges the Church to deal with the emergency of clerical sexual abuse.

Posted on 21 September 2021 | 10:27 am

Prof. Wiliński: Rights of victims of abuse must be protected

A conference on the safeguarding of minors and vulnerable persons taking place in Warsaw, Poland, highlights the Church’s efforts to to protect its vulnerable members. Prof. Paweł Wiliński reflects on the need to ensure abuse victims’ rights to information, representation, protection and compensation.

Posted on 21 September 2021 | 9:56 am

Protection of minors in the Church in Central & Eastern Europe

Over the past few days, representatives of the Bishops' Conferences from Central and Eastern Europe have gathered in Warsaw to confront the crisis of sexual abuse. Father Adam Żak, a member of the organizing committee, explains the socio-political and cultural situation that has affected the Church’s response in the region.

Posted on 21 September 2021 | 8:30 am

Intl. Day of Peace - UN calls for equitable, sustainable world

The United Nations is marking International Day of Peace on Tuesday, with the UN chief calling for a 24-hour ceasefire and urging all people to choose peace for a better future for humanity.

Posted on 21 September 2021 | 7:42 am

UK faith leaders call for action against climate change ahead of COP26

Scottish and UK religious leaders are calling on governments to take transformational climate action at the upcoming 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.

Posted on 21 September 2021 | 6:54 am

Pope to Slovak Jesuits: Closeness to the people of God frames us

Pope Francis urges Slovak Jesuits in their work to draw closer to God and His people, during his Apostolic Visit to Slovakia. He also notes that the Church is called to move forward in discernment and prayer.

Posted on 21 September 2021 | 6:30 am

Fahr Monastery in Switzerland: ‘Laudato sí’ Garden

The first "Laudato sí" garden in German-speaking Switzerland was opened in the Fahr monastery on 21 May giving life to an idea conceived by Judith Samson, one of the novices. Visitors can now enjoy not only the beautiful garden full of herbs and flowers, but also learn a little more about Pope Francis’ encyclical "Laudato sí'".

Posted on 21 September 2021 | 6:09 am

US Bishops renew calls against public funding of abortion

The Bishops of the United States are again calling on Congress to reject provisions in the Biden Administration's "Build Back Better Act" which would provide public funding for abortion services.

Posted on 21 September 2021 | 4:26 am

Pope: In the Cross, God's mercy embraces every aspect of humanity

In a letter to the head of the Passionist order, Pope Francis says he hopes an International Theological Congress “will contribute to a renewed understanding of contemporary challenges in light of the Wisdom of the Cross.”

Posted on 21 September 2021 | 4:00 am

‘Suffering of clerical abuse survivors offers seeds for more faithful Church’

Church representatives from Central and Eastern Europe wrap up the second day of a safeguarding conference in Warsaw, which seeks to turn the pain endured by survivors of clerical sexual abuse into the seeds of a more faithful Church.

Posted on 20 September 2021 | 11:35 am

Green Pass required for access into Vatican from 1 October

The Governorate of Vatican City State issues a decree stipulating added measures to be taken as part of efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 within Vatican City State.

Posted on 20 September 2021 | 11:03 am

Young Catholics call for more solidarity and fraternity in Europe

Young Catholics call for more solidarity and fraternity in Europe. COMECE President, Cardinal Hollerich, reminds them that they are the future but they are also “Europe now”

Posted on 20 September 2021 | 10:09 am

The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization

Vatican News continues with its inside look at the history, objectives and “mission budgets” of the various Vatican offices assisting the Pope in his pastoral ministry. Featured here is the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization with an interview with the President, Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

Posted on 20 September 2021 | 9:02 am

Cardinal O’Malley: Pope Francis’ Vision of Pastoral Conversion

On Sunday afternoon, Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley, President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, addressed participants in “Our Common Mission of Safeguarding God’s Children”, a regional conference on the protection of minors for Central and Eastern Europe, outlining the pastoral conversion necessary. What follows is an excerpt of his opening remarks.

Posted on 20 September 2021 | 8:30 am

Caritas Switzerland: Fair and climate-friendly food needed

Ahead of a UN Summit on food systems to be held in New York later this week, Caritas Switzerland is calling for the food we eat to be more climate-friendly.

Posted on 20 September 2021 | 8:13 am

UNICEF: Students have lost 1.8 trillion hours of in-person learning to Covid-19

As the UN General Assembly kicks off on September 21 in New York, UNICEF urges governments to reopen schools, saying at least 131 million schoolchildren have lost out on in-person instruction.

Posted on 20 September 2021 | 8:10 am

Church in Slovakia organizes charity collection for the needy in Cuba

The Slovak faithful are encouraged to give generously in a charity collection to be taken up on 26 September for the brothers and sisters in need in Cuba, as part of the fruits of the recently-concluded Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis to Slovakia.

Posted on 20 September 2021 | 6:48 am

Canadian Bishops: Follow conscience in voting

Canada’s bishops are encouraging all Catholics in the country to vote in Monday’s parliamentary elections, calling on them to follow their free and informed conscience.

Posted on 20 September 2021 | 6:41 am

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