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Sainthood cause of 19th century martyrs in India takes major step

French missionaries, Fathers Nicolas Michael Krick and Augustin-Etienne Bourry, were killed 165 years ago in what is Arunachal Pradesh of India today, while on their way to Tibet

Posted on 16 September 2019 | 12:32 pm

Safeguarding must be imbedded into Church life across the globe

The 11th Ordinary Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors concludes in Rome, stressing the need to incorporate the safeguarding of minors into the life of the Church on a global level.

Posted on 16 September 2019 | 11:33 am

Nicaragua Bishops appeal for reconciliation

Nicaragua's Bishops Conference appeals for reconciliation between the Government of President Daniel Ortega and the protesting Opposition, in order to build a better future for each and every citizen. The appeal comes in a statement issued on Sunday, as part of National Independence Day Celebrations.

Posted on 16 September 2019 | 11:05 am

Pope to Italian State Railways: be more appealing, sustainable, inclusive

Pope Francis on 14 September received in audience in the Vatican, some 400 managers and employees of the Italian State Railways.

Posted on 16 September 2019 | 9:19 am

Pope and Malta President discuss migration

Pope Francis receives the President of Malta in audience in the Vatican.

Posted on 16 September 2019 | 9:12 am

Pope to TV journalists: Local news no less important than national news

Pope Francis addresses journalists and technical staff from Italian RAI Television’s local news channel to mark 40 years of its activity. Regional information, he tells them, communicates “the voice of the people”.

Posted on 16 September 2019 | 8:35 am

Fr Michael Czerny, SJ: a new Cardinal for the peripheries

One of those who will receive the red hat on 5 October, is Jesuit priest Fr Michael Czerny. He speaks of his reaction when he heard Pope Francis had chosen to name him a Cardinal, and of the 'providential signs' that accompanied the news.

Posted on 16 September 2019 | 7:41 am

Pope at Mass: Pray for people in government and political leaders

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Monday, for the first time after the summer break, and invites everyone to pray for people in government and political leaders, rather than insulting them.

Posted on 16 September 2019 | 6:55 am

Pope Francis: Do not waste God's gift of peace

Pope Francis sends a message to participants of the 33rd Prayer for Peace Meeting: "Peace with no borders", and urges unity and respect, for all peoples and for our common home.

Posted on 15 September 2019 | 12:04 pm

Namibian Youth Day 2019

Young Nambian Catholics recently had their own national World Youth Day in the town of Rundu. The event brought together hundreds of young people from different parts of this Southern African nation.

Posted on 15 September 2019 | 9:01 am

44 dead bodies found in Mexico well

Authorities confirm that 44 bodies have been found in a well near Mexico's second City of Guadalajara.

Posted on 15 September 2019 | 7:39 am

Pope at Angelus: With God, sin does not have the last word

At the Angelus in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis says that we must never be afraid, as God has “infinite love for us sinners” and that through His forgiveness, evil can be defeated.

Posted on 15 September 2019 | 6:35 am

Pope Francis expresses joy over Russia-Ukraine prisoner exchange

At the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis expresses his joy over the exchange of Russian and Ukrainian prisoners, and prays for lasting peace in eastern Ukraine.

Posted on 15 September 2019 | 6:22 am

Several killed in Spain's record flooding

Authorities say at least five people have died and 3,500 have been evacuated from their homes after flash floods struck south-eastern Spain. Rivers burst their banks in the area, causing massive damage.

Posted on 14 September 2019 | 11:14 am

Patriarch Bartholomew: The gift of the relics is a crucial step

In an exclusive interview, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople speaks of his surprise at Pope Francis' unexpected gift, and says how the key to evangelization is through service. He also mentions the fires in the Amazon, and explains the spiritual and theological reasons why we need to be committed to the environment.

Posted on 14 September 2019 | 8:13 am

Mozambique faces severe levels of food insecurity due extreme climate-related shocks

UNICEF says that with only 42 per cent of the initial appeal funded, up to 2 million people may face severe levels of food insecurity between now and the next harvest in Mozambique.

Posted on 14 September 2019 | 8:03 am

Pope to Eastern Catholic Churches: love heals divisions

Pope Francis on 14 September received in audience some 40 bishop of Oriental Catholic Churches of Europe at the end of their annual meeting in Rome.

Posted on 14 September 2019 | 8:03 am

Pope to Italian Prison Police: Punishment does not compromise the right to hope

Pope Francis meets with the Administrative Staff of the Italian Penitentiary Police in audience in the Vatican. To the police he expresses his gratitude, to chaplains and volunteers his encouragement to go forward, and he invites prisoners not to lose courage.

Posted on 14 September 2019 | 7:45 am

Pope to Abramo Community: Be evangelisers, trust in God

Pope Francis meets with members of the Abramo Community, and urges them to be like Abraham, who puts his trust in God, and was able to leave his home for unknown places.

Posted on 14 September 2019 | 6:21 am

Pope Francis in Thailand, Japan - in the footsteps of John Paul II

Pope Francis is dedicating the 32nd apostolic journey of his pontificate to Thailand and Japan, 19 to 26 November., 2019. Pope St. John Paul II visited Japan 38 years ago, and Thailand 35 years ago.

Posted on 13 September 2019 | 12:59 pm

Pope gifts relics to Patriarch Bartholomew in sign of Church unity: Video News

Pope Francis explains his gift given to the Patriarch of Constantinople of a reliquary containing nine fragments of the bones of the Apostle Peter, a portion of those preserved in the Vatican Necropolis.

Posted on 13 September 2019 | 10:53 am

The Holy See and Angola sign agreement

On Friday 13 September 2019, in the Treaty Room (Sala dei Trattati) of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Holy See and the Republic of Angola signed an agreement that defines the legal framework of relations between the Catholic Church and the Angolan State.

Posted on 13 September 2019 | 9:58 am

Pope to Augustinians: show experience of God to world through charity

Pope Francis on 13 September received in audience in the Vatican some 150 members of the General Chapter of the Order of Saint Augustine, or Augustinians.

Posted on 13 September 2019 | 8:59 am

Witness of the “Church of Silence”: a tribute to Czech Jesuit Joseph Koláček

Jesuit Fr Joseph Koláček died this week. He was 90 years old. Between 1971 and 2001, he headed the Czech-language Section of Vatican Radio.

Posted on 13 September 2019 | 7:17 am

Pope Francis explains gift of relics in letter to Ecumenical Patriarch

Pope Francis writes to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople, and explains the motivation behind his gift of a portion of the relics of Saint Peter.

Posted on 13 September 2019 | 7:00 am

Pope Francis and Japan: a wish come true

The Holy See Press Office announcement of the Apostolic Journey to Japan in November is a wish come true for Pope Francis who wanted to visit the country as a missionary when he was a young Jesuit.

Posted on 13 September 2019 | 4:50 am

Pope Francis to visit Thailand and Japan in November

The Holy See Press Office announces Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Thailand and Japan from 19 to 26 November. He will be the second Pope to visit these two Asian countries, after Pope John Paul II.

Posted on 13 September 2019 | 3:06 am

Pope Francis endorses Global Educational Alliance

In a video message, Pope Francis launches a global event that will take place at the Vatican on 14 May 2020 on the theme "Reinventing the Global Educational Alliance".

Posted on 13 September 2019 | 1:45 am

Cardinal Cupich on the need to be effective and authentic in social ministry

The Archbishop of Chicago sets out a series of priorities at the Renovabis Congress in Munich in order to ensure the Church's social and pastoral ministy continues to be effective and authentic in a changing world.

Posted on 12 September 2019 | 12:58 pm

‘Gospel Truth’ for September 15, 2019

Listen to this week's edition of our reflections on the Gospel reading for the twenty-fourth Sunday in ordinary time, where Jesus tells his disciples that there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents, prepared by the late Jill Bevilacqua.

Posted on 12 September 2019 | 10:39 am

Reflections for the XXIV Sunday

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the twenty-fourth Sunday in ordinary time. He says that the readings invite us to believe in a loving, patient, merciful, and forgiving God.

Posted on 12 September 2019 | 10:37 am

Pope to Discalced Augustinians: fidelity to roots and tradition ensures future

Pope Francis received some 200 members of the General Chapter of the Discalced Augustinians in an audience in the Vatican on 12 September.

Posted on 12 September 2019 | 8:32 am

Pope to newly ordained bishops: Be close to God and His people

Pope Francis meets with Bishops ordained in the last year and participating in a course organized by the Congregations for Bishops and for the Eastern Churches.

Posted on 12 September 2019 | 7:35 am

Pope calls for educational alliance to promote care for common home

Pope Francis launches the Global Educational Alliance initiative to shape the future of humanity by forming mature individuals who can overcome division and care for our common home.

Posted on 12 September 2019 | 6:12 am

Committee implementing goals in Document on Human Fraternity meet for first time

Pope Francis receives the members of the Higher Committee working to achieve the goals delineated in the Document on Human Fraternity who met for the first time on Wednesday.

Posted on 11 September 2019 | 12:52 pm

Bahamas: Catholic Church trying to meet basic needs of hurricane survivors

Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau told Vatican News that his archdiocese is trying to meet the immediate needs of the evacuees as well as those who have remained behind in the affected islands after Hurricane Dorian.

Posted on 11 September 2019 | 12:08 pm

Catholic media in Africa working to integrate communication in the life and mission of the Church

Catholic media professionals in Africa have pledged collaboration with the media reform of Pope Francis and say they look forward to new media services from Vatican.

Posted on 11 September 2019 | 11:33 am

Pope creates new ecclesiastical province in East Timor

Pope Francis on Wednesday created the new ecclesiastical province of Dili in East Timor, elevating the Diocese of Dili to the rank of a metropolitan archdiocese.

Posted on 11 September 2019 | 10:55 am

9/11: "The darkest day"

18 years have gone by since the day that left an indelible mark on the world.

Posted on 11 September 2019 | 9:22 am

Pope at General Audience: leaven of Jesus to Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius

Pope Francis reflected on his just-concluded Apostolic Journey to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius, saying as a pilgrim of peace and hope, he tried to bring the leaven of Jesus to the people of the three countries.

Posted on 11 September 2019 | 7:49 am

The strength of a people asking to be confirmed in the faith

Following Pope Francis’ Apostolic Visit to three African nations, the Prefect of the Dicastery for Communication reflects on the mystery of the Church that gathers around the Successor of Peter.

Posted on 11 September 2019 | 7:02 am

Pope Francis’ General Audience: English summary

At the Wednesday General Audience of 11 September, Pope Francis recalled his 4-10 September Apostolic Journey to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. The official English-language summary is below:

Posted on 11 September 2019 | 4:25 am

From a Roma camp to a bakery, Adriana's leap into a new life

Abandoned, rejected, discriminated against, life in a Roma camp, and then an unexpected gift: the freedom to choose to live the life she always wanted. This is the story of Adriana.

Posted on 11 September 2019 | 3:25 am

Pope Francis' in-flight press conference: full text

Press conference on the flight back from his Apostolic Journey in Southern Africa: Pope Francis recalls the joy of the children he met and affirms that the State has the duty to take care of families. He says that xenophobia is “a disease” and asks that people’s identities be preserved from ideological colonization. He speaks of the criticisms he receives and replies to a question on schismatic temptations with: “I pray that schisms do not happen, but I am not afraid of them.”

Posted on 10 September 2019 | 4:25 pm

Pope: we have fewer children because we are too attached to individual well-being

During the in-flight press conference on his way back from three African nations, Pope Francis recalls the joy of the children he met and says the State has the duty to care for families. He says that xenophobia is “a disease” and appeals for the safeguarding of cultural identity in the face of ideological colonization. He reflects on criticism he receives and answers a question regarding the rumours of a possible schism in the Church saying “I pray it will not happen, but I am not afraid.”

Posted on 10 September 2019 | 3:29 pm

Pope thanks Our Lady upon return to Rome from Apostolic Journey

Pope Francis offers a prayer to Mary upon his return to Rome after his Apostolic Journey to Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius.

Posted on 10 September 2019 | 12:58 pm

Pope Francis made us proud to be Mauritians!

Pope Francis’ one day visit to Mauritius saw the entire population come together to welcome their special guest.

Posted on 10 September 2019 | 10:36 am

Pope Francis’ apostolic visit –joy and fihavanana

At the end of Pope Francis’ three-nation visit to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius many have described the Apostolic voyage as one characterised by joy.

Posted on 10 September 2019 | 7:33 am

Holy See urges hesitant states to ratify Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

On International Day against Nuclear Tests, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Holy See Permanent Observer to the UN in New York, urges a total ban on nuclear weapon tests.

Posted on 10 September 2019 | 7:01 am

Google pays homage to “Pakistan’s Mother Teresa” with Doodle

Sr. Ruth Pfau, the German-born Catholic nun of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, who died in 2017, is credited with eradicating leprosy or Hansen’s disease from Pakistan. Google honoured her on her 90th birthday on 10 September.

Posted on 10 September 2019 | 4:19 am



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