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Pope at Angelus: ‘God teaches us true freedom and responsibility'

Pope Francis reflects on the Gospel reading for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, which deals with the fulfilment of the Law.

Posted on 16 February 2020 | 6:27 am

Haiti: 15 children die in orphanage fire

15 children die in a fire that raged through an orphanage in Haiti on Friday.

Posted on 15 February 2020 | 11:47 am

Saudi jet shot down in Yemen

Saudi Arabia has confirmed that it has lost one of its fighter jets in Yemen hours after Houti rebels claimed they shot it down.

Posted on 15 February 2020 | 11:45 am

Philippine archdiocese ‘Walk for Life’ and pray against spread of COVID-19

Catholics in the Philippine Archdiocese of Cebu joined the annual Walk for Life in large numbers on Saturday, not only to pray and pledge their commitment to protect and nurture human life from birth to natural death but also to pray against the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Posted on 15 February 2020 | 11:27 am

U.S. Bishops support Pope's appeals for nuclear disarmament

The U.S. Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace has issued a statement requesting their country, as well as other nuclear powers, to work to reduce their stockpiles of nuclear arms; and praising Pope Francis for drawing the world’s attention to the issue of nuclear disarmament.

Posted on 15 February 2020 | 9:11 am

Next Synod of Bishops in 2022; theme to be decided by Pope

At a meeting of the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis decided that the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be held in two years’ time, in autumn. He will decide on one of three themes presented to him.

Posted on 15 February 2020 | 8:53 am

Pope receives Željko Komšić of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Pope Francis on Saturday morning received in audience Željko Komšić, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Posted on 15 February 2020 | 7:31 am

Call for an end to violence against children in Myanmar

A children’s rights group expresses concern after 20 children are injured in shelling in Rakhine state.

Posted on 15 February 2020 | 6:03 am

Pope: Vatican legislative reforms are part of the mission of the Church

Pope Francis speaks at the opening of the judicial year of the Tribunal of the Vatican City State, expressing his confidence in the work of the judicial authorities, and noting that recent financial investigations were prompted by reports originating within the Vatican itself.

Posted on 15 February 2020 | 5:39 am

Caritas Philippines takes measures to prevent clergy sexual abuse

Caritas Philippines said it will make proactive background checks of all its directors at the national and diocesan levels regarding sex abuse.

Posted on 15 February 2020 | 5:27 am

The Holy See and PRC: pursuing the path of dialogue

Within the context of the Munich Security Conference, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.

Posted on 14 February 2020 | 3:51 pm

Montenegro's prime minister, top Serbian Orthodox bishop discuss new law

The prime minister of Montenegro has met with the top Serbian Orthodox Church bishop in the Balkan nation to defuse mounting tensions over a new law on religious rights. Their meeting follows widespread protests against the legislation.

Posted on 14 February 2020 | 11:24 am

Indian Church renews its commitment to dialogue for social harmony

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), the apex body of the Catholic Church in India is currently holding its plenary assembly in Bengaluru on the theme “Dialogue: The Path to Truth and Charity”.

Posted on 14 February 2020 | 11:14 am

Honduras MS-13 gang attacks courtroom to free leader

Heavily-armed gunmen storm a courtroom in Honduras to free a top leader in the violent MS-13 gang, killing 4 police officers in the process.

Posted on 14 February 2020 | 10:57 am

‘Children are hope’: a children’s book by Pope Francis

A book for young children entitled “I Bambini sono speranza” with texts by Pope Francis is presented by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.

Posted on 14 February 2020 | 10:28 am

Pope Francis receives the President of Hungary

Pope Francis receives in audience President János Áder of the Republic of Hungary.

Posted on 14 February 2020 | 8:32 am

Pope at Mass: cherish those who accompany us in life

In his homily at Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Friday morning, the Pope invites Christians to remember those who accompany us in life as in a family.

Posted on 14 February 2020 | 7:45 am

Philippines’ annual Walk for Life for “upholding the dignity of life”

The Catholic Church of the Philippines is urging their faithful to stand up and show their commitment to defend life by joining a nationwide Walk for Life scheduled for Saturday, February 15.

Posted on 14 February 2020 | 7:15 am

Pope urges lay Christians to go forth and make the voice of the Gospel resound

A message sent by Pope Francis to participants in an event organized by the Spanish Conference of Bishops’ dedicated to the laity calls on Christians to embrace the missionary mandate and make the voice of the Gospel resound in a world where the Good News is suffocated by so many voices of death and despair.

Posted on 14 February 2020 | 6:34 am

Italian parliament strips Salvini of parliamentary immunity

Right-wing Italian politician Matteo Salvini is set to face trial over accusations of illegally detaining migrants at sea last year after being stripped of his parliamentary immunity.

Posted on 13 February 2020 | 11:06 am

Angolan Catechists renew their commitments

Catechists in Angola have this week reiterated and renewed commitment to their unique vocation of evangelisation.

Posted on 13 February 2020 | 10:58 am

Church in Hong Kong responds to coronavirus epidemic

The Catholic Church in Hong Kong takes a series of strong measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Posted on 13 February 2020 | 10:44 am

World Radio Day: UN urges promotion of diversity and global peace

In an era of rapid media evolution, the United Nations says that radio still has the power to bring people together and provide communities with vital news and information.

Posted on 13 February 2020 | 9:47 am

Vatican workshop on ethics in AI open to public

The Pontifical Academy for Life is set to host a workshop on ethics in artificial intelligence, which is open to the public.

Posted on 13 February 2020 | 9:40 am

Pope receives President Keita of Mali

Pope Francis receives in audience President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali.

Posted on 13 February 2020 | 9:05 am

‘Gospel Truth’ for February 16, 2020

Listen to this week's edition of our reflections on the Gospel reading for the sixth Sunday in ordinary time, where Jesus instructs his disciples that unless their righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, they will not enter the kingdom of heaven, prepared by the late Jill Bevilacqua.

Posted on 13 February 2020 | 6:29 am

Reflections for the VI Sunday

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the sixth Sunday in ordinary time. He says that the readings challenge us to choose freely and wisely in order to observe the laws given us by a loving and caring God.

Posted on 13 February 2020 | 6:18 am

Pope at Mass: Beware of ‘slippery slide’ toward worldliness

In his homily at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday, Pope Francis warns against letting our hearts wander unwittingly into apostasy.

Posted on 13 February 2020 | 6:01 am

Surge in coronavirus deaths and new cases

The Chinese province at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak reported a sharp rise in deaths and thousands more cases on Thursday under a new diagnostic method.

Posted on 13 February 2020 | 6:00 am

"Querida Amazonia": Only what is loved can be saved

Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Exhortation “Querida Amazonia” is presented to the media at a press conference in the Holy See Press Office hosted by Cardinals Baldisseri and Czerny, Father Araújo dos Santos, Sister de Oliveira, Professor Nobre and Bishop Martínez.

Posted on 12 February 2020 | 1:07 pm

Local Churches welcome Querida Amazonía

Catholic leaders from local churches around the world responded to Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation after its release on Wednesday.

Posted on 12 February 2020 | 11:25 am

Pope’s schedule for Lent and Easter

The programme of Pope Francis, February-April, includes the Lenten Season and Easter, which this year falls on April 12.

Posted on 12 February 2020 | 9:23 am

Critical support for former child soldiers in South Sudan could end

UNICEF warns that 900 former child soldiers about to be released in South Sudan could be left in limbo unless new funds are secured.

Posted on 12 February 2020 | 7:57 am

Pope prays for those affected by coronavirus

Pope Francis asks for prayers for people in China battling the coronavirus epidemic.

Posted on 12 February 2020 | 6:40 am

Cardinal Czerny: Love the Amazon and its people to save the planet

The Special Secretary of the Synod for the Amazon presents the exhortation that the Pope completed last December, which is being published today. It contains four great "dreams" of Francis for the region, including that of a missionary Church with an Amazonian face.

Posted on 12 February 2020 | 6:00 am

Pope Francis’ “great dreams” for the Amazon region

Pope Francis’ thought on the region: concrete steps toward a human ecology which takes the poor into consideration, toward the appreciation of the local cultures, and toward a missionary Church with an Amazonian face.

Posted on 12 February 2020 | 6:00 am

Querida Amazonia: the Pope’s Exhortation for a Church with an Amazonian face

The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Amazon Region has been published. The document traces new paths of evangelization and care for the environment and the poor. Pope Francis hopes for a new missionary thrust, and encourages the role of the laity within the ecclesial community.

Posted on 12 February 2020 | 6:00 am

Pope appeals for prayers for Syria

Pope Francis asks for prayers for war-torn Syria where so many innocent people are being forced to flee violence.

Posted on 12 February 2020 | 5:51 am

Pope at Audience: Sorrow is rooted in love for God

Pope Francis during his weekly General Audience in the Paul VI hall, reflects on the second Beatitude: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”, and he explains that there are two types of sorrow.

Posted on 12 February 2020 | 5:17 am

Pope's General Audience: English summary

At the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the Beatitudes. This week, he reflects on the second Beatitude: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”. Below is the official English-language summary:

Posted on 12 February 2020 | 3:45 am

Bishop Kukah: Our hypocrisy and duplicity have caught up with us

The death of a seminarian in Nigeria has laid bare some of the fault lines beneath the surface of Nigerian society. Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, of the Diocese of Sokoto, in Northern Nigeria, has led thousands of mourners at the burial of a seminarian, Michael Nnadi.

Posted on 11 February 2020 | 1:50 pm

Vatican City turns 91

The world’s smallest sovereign state was born on February 11, 1929, with the signing of the Lateran Treaty between the Holy See and the Kingdom of Italy. On Tuesday, Vatican City State turned 91. We briefly trace its history before it came into existence.

Posted on 11 February 2020 | 10:43 am

Fianna Fail party wins most seats in Irish general election

The process of forming the next Irish government gets underway after the final general election results were confirmed.

Posted on 11 February 2020 | 3:35 am

Pope’s Malta visit a commitment to migrants and healing wounds - Archbishop Scicluna

The Catholic Church of Malta has released the motto and logo of the visit of Pope Francis to Malta on Pentecost Sunday, May 31. In a video message, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta comments on the significance of this visit.

Posted on 10 February 2020 | 11:56 am

Colombia Bishops: fight tirelessly for reconciliation

The Catholic Bishops of Colombia end their Plenary Assembly in Bogotà, presenting their main points of focus in hope that they might help solve some of the difficulties the country is facing.

Posted on 10 February 2020 | 10:51 am

Archdiocese of Harare rolls out new Pastoral Plan

The Pastoral Council of Zimbabwe’s Archdiocese of Harare has rolled out a new Pastoral Plan calling upon all parishes to establish’ standardised Small Christian Communities (SCCs).

Posted on 10 February 2020 | 9:52 am

Final Document of the Synod on the Amazon: Full Text

The Final Document of the Synod on the Pan-Amazon Region was released on 26 October 2019. The full text follows.

Posted on 10 February 2020 | 8:17 am

Cardinal Tagle leaves Philippines to take up Vatican post

Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle celebrated his last Mass as Archbishop of Manila, Sunday morning, before flying out later in the evening to Rome to take up his new mission as Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Posted on 10 February 2020 | 8:01 am

Working Document for the Synod on the Amazon Region: full text

The Working Document for the Synod on the Pan-Amazon Region was released on 7 September 2019. The Full Text follows.

Posted on 10 February 2020 | 7:12 am

Preparatory Document for the Synod on the Amazon Region: Full Text

The Preparatory Document for the Synod on the Pan-Amazon Region was released on 8 June 2018. Following is the full text.

Posted on 10 February 2020 | 6:41 am

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