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Christus vivit: Three secrets plus one to live as Christians

Speaking about Catholic schools, the Pope writes in "Christus vivit" that the culture needs to know how "to integrate the knowledge of head, heart and hands". "It occurred to me that this is what pilgrimage means", echoes Michal Klosowski, a young person from Czestochowa in Poland who is familiar with this territory. Head, heart and hands "plus a pair of walking shoes" and "we can spread the Gospel".

Posted on 15 October 2019 | 6:00 am

Synod Day 7: Appreciating the charism of the laity, distancing ourselves from clericalism

During the 10th General Congregation which took place on the afternoon of 14 October, the participants in the Special Amazon Synod continued their work. In addition to Pope Francis, there were 177 Synod Fathers present, as well as other auditors, experts and invited guests.

Posted on 14 October 2019 | 3:35 pm

Cardinal Turkson on Amazon Synod: 'We must leave no one behind'

On the sidelines of the Synod for the Amazon, Cardinal Peter Turkson speaks of the need to include those who belong to the Amazonian peripheries in integral human development.

Posted on 14 October 2019 | 11:56 am

Amazon Synod Briefing: New challenges and new solutions

Four participants at the Synod for the Amazon met journalists in the Holy See Press Office on Monday afternoon for an exchange of experiences and impressions regarding the 9th General Congregation.

Posted on 14 October 2019 | 11:28 am

Giani: grateful for being able to serve the Pope with honour until the end

In an interview to Vatican News, the Commander of the Gendarmerie, Domenico Giani, expresses his gratitude to the Pope for the service he has been able to carry out in the Vatican.

Posted on 14 October 2019 | 11:16 am

Pope Francis accepts resignation of head of Vatican Gendarmerie

Domenico Giani, the Commander of the Vatican Gendarmerie, tendered his resignation on Monday, which Pope Francis accepted, calling his gesture “an expression of freedom and institutional sensitivity.”

Posted on 14 October 2019 | 9:55 am

Amazon Synod: The Church’s commitment against violations of the rights of peoples

The ninth General Congregation marked the beginning of the second of three weeks of the Special Synod for the Amazon Region, which will end on October 27th. This morning there were 179 Synod Fathers present. Together with the Pope, they prayed for Ecuador.

Posted on 14 October 2019 | 9:43 am

Botswana: Vote for candidates who will solve country’s challenges

Botswana’s 23 October national polls are being described as a “high-stakes general election.” In this peaceful and sparsely populated country, the Bishop of Gaborone is encouraging citizens to vote for candidates who prioritise the common good.

Posted on 14 October 2019 | 8:21 am

Pope Francis prays for Ecuador amid political clashes

Pope Francis prays for the people of Ecuador as violent clashes between riot police and demonstrators leave many dead, wounded or arrested .

Posted on 14 October 2019 | 6:59 am

Bishop laments closure of indigenous schools in southern Philippines

The Department of Education (DepEd) in Davao on October 8 ordered the permanent closure of 55 Lumad schools in Davao area.

Posted on 14 October 2019 | 5:53 am

Ecuador: Indigenous leaders agree to talks with government

Ecuador`s National Indigenous Confederation says it`s agreed to hold talks with the Government that has removed fuel subsidies, which has been met with huge nationwide protests.

Posted on 13 October 2019 | 11:07 am

St John Henry Newman: Dedicated to the search for truth

Historian Donald Prudlo says the canonisation is a definitive affirmation of what St John Henry Newman means for the Church.

Posted on 13 October 2019 | 9:56 am

Pope calls for peace and respect for human rights in Ecuador

Pope Francis says he is concerned by the social unrest in Ecuador and calls for peace and attention towards the most vulnerable.

Posted on 13 October 2019 | 6:33 am

Pope appeals for dialogue for northeast Syria

Pope Francis appeals for honest and transparent dialogue to solve the current military crisis in northeast Syria.

Posted on 13 October 2019 | 6:07 am

Pope at Canonization Mass: New saints "kindly lights" in the gloom of the world

Pope Francis presides over the canonizations of Cardinal John Henry Newman, Sister Marian Thresia, Sister Giuseppina Vannini, Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes, and Marguerite Bays. In his homily, the Pope reflects on the Gospel account of the lepers, and on the verbs “to cry out, to walk, to give thanks”.

Posted on 13 October 2019 | 5:34 am

Amazon Synod Day 6: That faith in the Spirit be stronger than the fear of erring

The first week of the three-week Special Synod for the Pan-Amazon region concluded on Saturday evening, 12 October. Along with the Pope, there were 166 Synod Fathers in the hall, along with others participating in the Synod.

Posted on 12 October 2019 | 3:18 pm

Amazon Synod Briefing: Forming a Church with an indigenous face

On Day 6 of the Synod for the Amazon, journalists and Synod participants gather in the Holy See Press Office to share impressions and answer questions concerning the main themes under discussion.

Posted on 12 October 2019 | 11:23 am

UN: young girls are an unstoppable force for change

Since 2012, the United Nations has been observing the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11 every year, to address the challenges girls face, to empower them and fulfil their human rights.

Posted on 12 October 2019 | 11:08 am

John Henry Newman: The harmony of difference

In an editorial published in the l’Osservatore Romano newspaper the day before Cardinal Newman’s canonization, Britain’s Prince Charles writes about Newman’s “fearless honesty, unsparing rigour, and originality of thought”.

Posted on 12 October 2019 | 10:31 am

Syria: Fighting displaces over 100,000 as Turkey presses offensive

Turkey pressed its military offensive against the Kurds in northeast Syria on Saturday, with at least 30 innocent civilians killed so far and 100,000 people already displaced by the violence.

Posted on 12 October 2019 | 10:25 am

Ecuador's President seeks dialogue with protesters

Ecuador`s President Lenin Moreno offers dialogue to protesters against his decision to scrap fuel subsidies. Demonstrations meanwhile continue and are now in their tenth day.

Posted on 12 October 2019 | 9:21 am

Pope sends video-message to Brazil on the feast of Our Lady of Aparecida

In a video-message recorded on Saturday morning during a break in the work of the Synod on the Amazon, Pope Francis celebrates the festivity of Our Lady of Aparecida, the patron saint of Brazil.

Posted on 12 October 2019 | 8:38 am

Holy See urges promotion of women at all stages of life

Monsignor Fredrik Hansen, the First Secretary of the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, recently addressed a General Assembly meeting on the advancement of women.

Posted on 12 October 2019 | 8:14 am

Biographies of the 5 new Saints

Posted on 12 October 2019 | 7:47 am

Dulce Lopes Pontes: From serving the sick to Nobel nominee

A brief biography of Brazilian Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes, who was canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday, October 13, 2019.

Posted on 12 October 2019 | 7:47 am

Marguerite Bays: From everyday service to carrying the stigmata

A brief biography of Swiss lay woman and Franciscan tertiary, Marguerite Bays, who was canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday, October 13, 2019.

Posted on 12 October 2019 | 7:44 am

Giuseppina Vannini: From being an orphan to caring for the sick

Sister Giuseppina Vannini, Founder of the Daughters of Saint Camillus, canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday, October 13, 2019.

Posted on 12 October 2019 | 7:39 am

Mother Mariam Thresia Mankidiyan: From silent mystic to apostle of the family

Mariam Thresia, Founder of the Congregation of the Holy Family of Thissur, in India, canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday, October 13, 2019.

Posted on 12 October 2019 | 7:25 am

Cardinal Henry Newman: From Anglican priest to Catholic cardinal

A brief biography of Cardinal John Henry Newman, who was canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday, October 13, 2019.

Posted on 12 October 2019 | 7:20 am

The Plastic Bank: reducing plastic waste by fighting poverty

The Plastic Bank is part of the new Plastic Economy that urges collective action for the future of plastic and provides concrete solutions in the fight against climate change and poverty.

Posted on 12 October 2019 | 7:02 am

#AmazonSynod in one word

"Participation", an "opportunity of encounter", an event always about "connections". There are many ways to understand and live the Synod on the Amazon Region, which is about to close its 1st week of work in the Vatican. Several participants tell us about their experiences, together with Pope Francis who says the Synod is "walking together".

Posted on 12 October 2019 | 5:51 am

British Ambassador: Canonization of John Henry Newman a great moment for Catholics

Sally Axworthy, Britain's Ambassador to the Holy See, talks about the upcoming canonization of English Cardinal John Henry Newman, describing it as a pivotal moment for British Catholicism.

Posted on 12 October 2019 | 5:40 am

John Henry Newman - a gift to the universal Church

The Provost for the Birmingham Oratory, Fr Ignatius Harrison, says Cardinal John Henry Newman's life can be seen as "a long, long pilgrimage".

Posted on 12 October 2019 | 5:31 am

Amazon Synod Briefing: Ecological sins and integral responses

The Day 5 briefing in the Holy See Press Office hears testimonies and answers questions regarding the Synod for the Amazon.

Posted on 11 October 2019 | 11:20 am

"John Henry Newman: A Saint in Rome" in pictures

An exhibition is taking place at the Venerable English College to mark the canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman.

Posted on 11 October 2019 | 10:46 am

Caritas on Syria: An endless humanitarian tragedy

Caritas Italiana condemns Turkey's attacks on Kurdish-held parts of northeast Syria, and says the military offensive will only increase the untold human suffering of the country's people.

Posted on 11 October 2019 | 9:26 am

Mariam Thresia – India’s new Saint

Sister Udaya, the Superior General of the Congregation of the Holy Family, explains how her sisters prepared for Sunday’s canonization of their foundress, Blessed Mariam Thresia.

Posted on 11 October 2019 | 8:47 am

Prime Minister Abiy wins Nobel Peace Prize

Ethiopia’s charismatic Prime Minister, Dr Abiy Ahmed, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019. It recognises his efforts to end hostilities between his country with Eritrea as well as the many positive reforms he has introduced.

Posted on 11 October 2019 | 6:48 am

Pope to Capuchin Friars Minor: Be humble and poor missionaries

Pope Francis meets 73 Capuchin Friars Minor of the Italian Province of the Marches and speaks of vocations, poverty, forgiveness, and evangelization. Below is a Vatican News translation of the article published in the "L'Osservatore Romano" newspaper.

Posted on 10 October 2019 | 12:14 pm

Amazon Synod Briefing: Ministers of the Word, face of indigenous Church

Participants share their personal experiences along with their impressions of Day 4 of the Synod for the Amazon with journalists during Thursday’s briefing in the Holy See Press Office.

Posted on 10 October 2019 | 11:44 am

Voices from the Amazon Synod

Participants in the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon include a number of lay men and women who have contributions to make to the ongoing discussions.

Posted on 10 October 2019 | 11:33 am

Reflections for the XXVIII Sunday

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass on the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time. He says that through the healing of the ten lepers, Jesus underscores the need for healing and the importance of gratitude.

Posted on 10 October 2019 | 9:11 am

‘Gospel Truth’ for October 13, 2019

Listen to this week's edition of our reflections on the Gospel reading for the twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, prepared by the late Jill Bevilacqua. In the Gospel, Jesus cleanses ten lepers and underscores our need for healing and the obligation to be grateful.

Posted on 10 October 2019 | 9:10 am

Archbishop of Aleppo condemns Turkish military offensive in northeast Syria

The Archbishop of Aleppo in Syria expresses dread following a Turkish offensive against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria.

Posted on 10 October 2019 | 8:47 am

Pope prays after attack on synagogue in Germany

Before concluding the Wednesday evening session in the Synod Hall, Pope Francis prays for victims of the attack on the synagogue of Halle, in Germany.

Posted on 10 October 2019 | 7:07 am

Christus vivit: Young people and the Gospel, proclamation and sleeves rolled up

To grow in faith. Yeah, but how? This is what the Pope asks in the 7th chapter of "Christus vivit" in which he says: young people mature if "the language of closeness" is used with them and if they are offered "appropriate places" in which they can develop. 25-year- old Tamandani Kamuyanja from Malawi confirms this. Her work in a Church movement has taught her to love the Gospel, she says.

Posted on 10 October 2019 | 6:00 am

President of Vatican Bank: Reforms have completely renewed the IOR

Italy’s national business daily, “Il Sole 24 Ore”, publishes a wide-ranging interview with the President of the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), or the Vatican Bank.

Posted on 10 October 2019 | 5:08 am

#AmazonSynod: the Amazon in the Synod Hall with the Pope

Posted on 10 October 2019 | 5:07 am

Pope sends telegram for death of Cardinal Serafim Fernandes de Araújo

In a telegram, Pope Francis expresses his sadness at the passing of the Archbishop Emeritus of Belo Horizonte in Brazil, who died on Tuesday morning at the age of 95.

Posted on 10 October 2019 | 2:45 am

Amazon Synod Day 3: The drama of drug trafficking and the call to ecological conversion

The sixth General Congregation of the Special Synod of Bishops for the Amazon region took place in the afternoon of the 9th of October in the presence of Pope Francis. The Synod for the Amazon is taking place in the Vatican ‪until October the 27th.‬ 180 Synod Fathers were present in the Synod Hall.

Posted on 9 October 2019 | 6:48 pm

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