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El Chapo sentenced to life imprisonment

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, once the most powerful drug trafficker in the World, is starting a life sentence plus thirty years, and US Authorities will try to gain 12.6 billion dollars worth of his vast fortune.

Posted on 18 July 2019 | 11:14 am

Vatican: exhumation of Franco ‘internal Spanish matter’

The Vatican says comments made by the ex-Apostolic Nuncio to Spain opposing the exhumation of Francisco Franco expressed his own opinion and do not reflect the Holy See’s official position.

Posted on 18 July 2019 | 10:31 am

All ready for SECAM golden jubilee

All is set for the Catholic Bishops of Africa’s 18th Plenary Assembly and Golden Jubilee under the umbrella association of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM)

Posted on 18 July 2019 | 9:33 am

Japanese bishops apologize to those affected by leprosy

The Catholic Bishops of Japan issue an apology to people affected by Hansen’s disease. Their apology comes on the heels of a similar one by the Japanese Prime Minister.

Posted on 18 July 2019 | 9:23 am

Pope makes appointments in Vatican media

Pope Francis has appointed Matteo Bruni as Director of the Holy See Press Office. Alessandro Gisotti and Sergio Centofanti have been appointed deputy directors of the Editorial Directorate at the Dicastery for Communication.

Posted on 18 July 2019 | 9:01 am

Pope Francis appoints new Bishop for Des Moines, USA

Bishop-elect Fr William Joensen will succeed Bishop Richard Pates, whose resignation from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Des Moines was accepted by the Holy Father.

Posted on 18 July 2019 | 7:11 am

‘Gospel Truth’ for July 21, 2019

Listen to this week's edition of our reflections on the Gospel reading for the sixteenth Sunday in ordinary time, where Jesus tells Martha that being with Him is essential, prepared by the late Jill Bevilacqua.

Posted on 18 July 2019 | 4:48 am

Reflections for the XVI Sunday

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the sixteenth Sunday in ordinary time. He says that the central themes of today’s readings are the importance of hospitality in Christian life and the necessity of listening to God before acting.

Posted on 18 July 2019 | 4:15 am

South Africa Corruption Inquiry signal to Africa and beyond

Former South African President, Jacob Zuma, continues to lay the blame on others and to paint himself as the victim of a conspiracy, as a State Corruption Inquiry goes ahead in Johannesburg. The Director of the Jesuit Institute of South Africa explains why the Inquiry is so important.

Posted on 17 July 2019 | 10:51 am

ACN launches new projects to assist Syrian Christians

Aid to the Church in Need is sponsoring two new projects to assist Christians living in Syria.

Posted on 17 July 2019 | 10:38 am

Holy See: solidarity and good will needed to fight world hunger

In 2018, more than 820 million people did not have enough food, according to the latest UN report on the state of food security and nutrition in the world. Msgr. Fernando Chica Arellano, Holy See's Permanent Observer to the UN food and agriculture organizations in Rome commented on the report.

Posted on 17 July 2019 | 10:28 am

In the name of the son

An interview with Tamara Chikunova, who founded the Association "Mothers against the death penalty and torture".

Posted on 17 July 2019 | 4:56 am

Filippine bishops issue pastoral letter on “climate emergency”

8th in a series of pastoral letters over the past 30 years, the latest document of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines urges concrete actions on responding to the call of Pope Francis in his encyclical letter, “Laudato Si”.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 12:52 pm

Pope makes appointments in Philippines, India, Papua New Guinea

Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed an auxiliary bishop in Cebu (the Philippines), a bishop in Srikakulam (India) and another bishop in Bereina (Papua New Guinea).

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 10:54 am

‘Persecution against Christians happens even in democracies’

A top Vatican official welcomes the UK-commissioned Persecuted Christians Review at an event in Rome, and says Christians in certain countries risk being completely purged, while in some democracies they face discrimination for standing up for their beliefs regarding life, marriage, and the family.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 10:31 am

DRC Ebola case in Goma potential game-changer

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities are appealing for calm after a person died of Ebola in the city of Goma. It’s the first recorded case of the disease in the key urban hub in a nearly year-old epidemic, and it is widely feared it may lead to an increase in infections or spread to new locations.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 10:19 am

Brother Tabichi: “World’s best teacher” visits Argentina

Brother Peter Tabichi, the Kenyan Franciscan who earlier this year was awarded the title of “World’s best teacher,” has visited Argentina.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 9:33 am

Vatican doubles green effort with waste recycling

Vatican City has its own system of collecting and recycling its sorted waste, much of which goes into making compost.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 8:08 am

Jesuits hold summer retreats for Catholic students in Vietnam

For Catholic students in Vietnam looking to set aside some time for God, Jesuits are offering a unique opportunity to take part in one of several 6-day summer retreats.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 6:00 am

Mexico ready to welcome deportees from the US

Mexico`s Foreign Minister says that those Mexicans deported from the United States will be welcomed with open arms, with a plan to integrate them into Mexican society and the workplace, as quickly as possible.

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 11:46 am

Zambian Bishops launch pastoral activities ahead of Extraordinary Missionary Month

The Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops has officially launched a series of national and diocesan pastoral initiatives, events and activities that will lead to the culmination of the celebration of the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019.

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 11:45 am

EU Leaders urge Iran to respect nuclear deal

European Union nations are urging urged Iran to stick to the 2015 nuclear deal despite the pullout of the United States and the re-imposition by Washington of sanctions against the country. Their appeals came during a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels where they tried to deescalate tension in the Persian Gulf area.

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 11:28 am

Heavy rains, water shortage in S. Asia a reminder of climate emergency

While parts of South Asia struggle against the onslaught of monsoon rains, elsewhere water shortage is affecting the survival and lives of millions of people.

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 11:03 am

South Africa's former president faces Corruption Inquiry

Former South African President, Jacob Zuma, appeared before a judicial panel on Monday for the first time to answer accusations that he consented to - and benefited from - widespread corruption during his nine-year rule.

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 10:34 am

Venezuela ruled by ‘illegitimate, inefficient’ regime – Abp Azuaje

As Pope Francis appeals for political dialogue in Venezuela, the head of the country’s Bishops’ Conference decries the illegitimate regime of Nicolas Maduro whose misrule has left 6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 9:27 am

Cardinal Turkson graces “Arise Botswana and worship God” National Conference

Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Cardinal Peter Turkson, has arrived in Botswana as a special guest and speaker at the Catholic Charismatic Renewal 2019 national conference: “Arise Botswana and worship God.”

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 6:02 am

Venezuela's president rejects damning UN report

Venezuela`s President Nicolas Maduro is categorically rejecting a United Nations` Human Rights report lambasting conditions in the beleaguered South American nation

Posted on 14 July 2019 | 11:07 am

Opposition rallies in Moscow amid wider crackdown

At least 1,000 opposition supporters gathered in central Moscow to demand that authorities include opposition candidates on ballots for an upcoming city parliament election in September.

Posted on 14 July 2019 | 10:59 am

Sea Sunday: Holy See calls for the protection of the rights of seafarers

In a message marking the annual celebration of ‘Sea Sunday’, the Holy See calls for the protection of the rights of all people working at sea.

Posted on 14 July 2019 | 10:45 am

Pope Francis: ‘Mercy is the true face of love’

The Pope reflects on the Parable of the Good Samaritan and says the trait of a true Christian is to always be merciful and compassionate.

Posted on 14 July 2019 | 7:53 am

Pope sends his condolences for the death of Cardinal Sardi

Pope Francis expresses his sadness upon hearing of the death of Cardinal Paolo Angelo Sardi.

Posted on 14 July 2019 | 7:28 am

Pope appeals for political dialogue in Venezuela

Pope Francis appeals to Venezuelan political leaders to reach an agreement for the good of the suffering nation and entire region.

Posted on 14 July 2019 | 6:15 am

Somalia hotel attack leaves 26 dead

At least 26 people, including a number of foreigners, have been killed in an attack on a hotel in southern Somalia.

Posted on 13 July 2019 | 11:03 am

Filipino chosen as first Asian head of the Dominicans

Filipino priest, Father Gerard Francisco Timoner III was elected Master of the Order of Preachers, or the Dominican Order, on Saturday, during the ongoing General Chapter of the order in Biên Hoà, Vietnam.

Posted on 13 July 2019 | 10:53 am

UN envoy meets Myanmar interfaith leaders

High on the agenda of faith leaders were educational opportunities, combating poverty and protecting human rights of internally displaced people.

Posted on 13 July 2019 | 10:36 am

‘Human rights at stake in Venezuela’, say Latin American bishops

The Bishops of Latin America express support for the Catholic Church in Venezuela as it calls for political change in the face of an ongoing crisis.

Posted on 13 July 2019 | 10:28 am

Investigations to continue in the Vatican’s Teutonic Cemetery

A statement by the Holy See Press Office says the identification of two ossuaries in the Vatican’s Teutonic Cemetery has led to the decision to continue investigations into the whereabouts of two princesses whose tombs were found to be empty.

Posted on 13 July 2019 | 7:23 am

Guinea-Bissau Bishops call for peace and security

The Bishops of Guinea-Bissau appeal to the new government to guarantee peace and national security, to bring the country out of the crisis into which it has fallen in recent years.

Posted on 12 July 2019 | 12:05 pm

Pope Francis to visit Albano Laziale on September 21st

In a letter dedicated to the faithful of Albano, Bishop Marcello Semeraro announces Pope Francis’ future visit to the Cathedral of Albano Laziale.

Posted on 12 July 2019 | 11:58 am

Pope marks 25th anniversary of terrorist attack on Jewish center in Buenos Aires

Pope Francis sends a letter to a Jewish center in Argentina to commemorate the 25th anniversary of a terrorist bombing that left 85 people dead and hundreds wounded.

Posted on 12 July 2019 | 11:54 am

Bishops of Haiti announce year of prayer and adoration

The Bishops of haiti call for a year of prayer and adoration, in light of the ongoing violent protests in the country.

Posted on 12 July 2019 | 10:46 am

UN rights body calls for investigation into Philippines’ “war on drugs"

A resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council on July 11, calls on the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a report on the Philippines by June next year.

Posted on 12 July 2019 | 9:32 am

Venezuela bishops: 'the nation needs a change of direction now'

Concluding their plenary assembly in Caracas, the Bishops of Venezuela issue a new appeal for the restoration of constitutional order and for urgently needed humanitarian aid.

Posted on 12 July 2019 | 8:06 am

Emanuela Orlandi: Holy See's desire for clarity

The investigation at the Teutonic Cemetery inside the Vatican shows the Holy See’s closeness to the Orlandi family

Posted on 12 July 2019 | 7:08 am

Zambia to host Extraordinary Missionary Month academic seminar

An Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019 Theological Colloquium has been organised in Zambia and is scheduled to take place in the capital, Lusaka, at St. Dominic’s Major Seminary.

Posted on 12 July 2019 | 5:29 am



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