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‘Gospel Truth’ for June 23, 2019

Listen to this week's edition of our reflections on the Gospel reading for the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, where Jesus satisfies the hungry crowd with five loaves and two fish, by Fr. Peter Verity, the Spiritual Director at Pontifical Beda College Rome.

Posted on 20 June 2019 | 9:30 am

Reflections for the Feast of Corpus Christi

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi. He says that it is the feast of the Real Presence of Jesus in this Sacrament.

Posted on 20 June 2019 | 8:28 am

“I accompany them to their death telling them about Jesus”

A conversation with Dale Recinella, Correctional Chaplain on Florida's Death Row.

Posted on 19 June 2019 | 11:29 am

Scores die in ethnic violence between herdsmen and farmers in Mali

Aid to the Church in Need warns of an explosive situation in Mali where a series of attacks and ongoing ethnic violence, fuelled by land issues and an Islamic uprising, has led to the deaths of scores of people.

Posted on 19 June 2019 | 10:03 am

Migrants and refugees. Contributions and present challenges

On the eve of UN World Refugee Day, a meeting at Vatican Radio looks at the challenges facing migrants and refugees and what is being done by interested parties to aid them.

Posted on 19 June 2019 | 9:18 am

Murder charges filed over downing of flight MH17

The international team investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has charged three Russians and a Ukrainian separatist with the murder of 298 people on board the plane.

Posted on 19 June 2019 | 9:04 am

Pope in Naples: migration and theology in the Mediterranean

Pope Francis travels to Naples on Friday to take part in a conference that will discuss the impact of the Apostolic Constitution, Veritatis Gaudium, on theological studies.

Posted on 19 June 2019 | 8:20 am

Kidnapped Catholic priest freed in Nigeria

Police forces in Nigeria’s Edo State liberate a Catholic priest who was abducted by suspected Fulani herders after Mass.

Posted on 19 June 2019 | 8:02 am

Archbishop Abel Gabuza at South Africa's Aids Conference

The ninth South Africa Aids Conference has just ended at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, Kwazulu Natal.

Posted on 19 June 2019 | 6:22 am

Pope at Audience: the fire of God’s love, the power of His word

Pope Francis reflects on the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles gathered with Mary in the Upper Room, and says the same Spirit continues to dwell in us.

Posted on 19 June 2019 | 5:58 am

Pope Francis' General Audience: English summary

At the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles turning his attention to the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles gathered in prayer with Mary. The official English-language summary is below:

Posted on 19 June 2019 | 4:13 am

Vatican Prefect visits Eastern-Rite Churches in United States

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the Prefect for the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, is in the United States this month, visiting some of the numerous Eparchies (Dioceses) and Eastern Catholic Communities spread throughout the country.

Posted on 18 June 2019 | 10:50 am

Botswana celebrates Day of the African child with outdoor activities

Across the Continent of Africa, 16 June is celebrated as the International Day of the African Child. The Diocese of Gaborone this year organised fun outdoor events with the view to encourage children and young people away from their phones.

Posted on 18 June 2019 | 9:32 am

Bishop laments murder of catechist in Mexican church

A catechism teacher has been gunned down in a Catholic church in southern Mexico, with the local Bishop lamenting her death as a result of social and moral decay.

Posted on 18 June 2019 | 9:22 am

Women at Vatican II: Surprising women, a surprising Council!

A recently published book on Catholic Women at the Second Vatican Council attempts to explore the history of these women and their contribution to the Council.

Posted on 18 June 2019 | 7:17 am

A Camino voyage in the 21st century

What happens when a writer, two musicians, an artist and a stonemason embark on the Camino by sea, in a traditional boat. An Irish film documentary captures their sea voyage as they make the journey to the famed pilgrimage route.

Posted on 18 June 2019 | 5:45 am

Niger: Protesters set fire to Christian Church

A Protestant Church is set ablaze in Niger following the arrest of a prominent Muslim leader, extending ongoing interreligious strife in the country.

Posted on 17 June 2019 | 10:01 am

Argentina investigates major power cut

An investigation is underway to shed light on why Argentina suffered a nationwide electricity blackout which also affected Uruguay and Paraguay. James Blears reports about when the lights went out.

Posted on 17 June 2019 | 9:48 am

Synod for the Amazon: ‘Instrumentum Laboris’ released

The ‘Instrumentum Laboris’ (the Working Document) of the upcoming Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region is released in the Vatican. The Synod takes place from 6 to 27 October 2019 on the theme “Amazonia: new paths for the Church and for an integral ecology ".

Posted on 17 June 2019 | 9:29 am

Pope: Franciscan life marked by fraternity, littleness, peace

Pope Francis invites Conventual Franciscans to live in a spirit of fraternity, littleness, and peace, after the Order adopts new rules to govern community life.

Posted on 17 June 2019 | 9:16 am

Pablo Fajardo: farmer and lawyer from the Amazon

Multinationals have often demonstrated their contempt for so-called Third World countries by plundering their resources. The struggles of farmers and indigenous people against these giants seem doomed to failure. Pablo Fajardo, who went from farmer to lawyer, has turned the tide.

Posted on 17 June 2019 | 7:52 am

Pope in Camerino: Meeting with First Communion children

Pope Francis makes time to drop in on 200 First Holy Communion children during his Pastoral Visit to the Italian Marches region.

Posted on 16 June 2019 | 9:41 am

Tensions rise after tanker attacks in Gulf

Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of conducting recent attacks on oil tankers along a key shipping route in the Gulf. The rise in tensions comes as Pope Francis appeals for dialogue and peace in a bid resolve the complex problems of the conflicts in the Middle East.

Posted on 16 June 2019 | 7:17 am

Pope at Angelus: Appeal for Middle East, recalls "saints next door"

After celebrating Holy Mass in Camerino, in the Italian Marches Region, Pope Francis recites the Angelus Prayer, thanking those who helped prepare for his visit, and remembering “the saints next door”. He also appeals for a resolution to conflict in the Middle East.

Posted on 16 June 2019 | 5:56 am

Pope at Mass in Camerino: “Remember, repair, rebuild…together”

Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass in Camerino in the Italian Marches Region, reflecting on Psalm Number 8, and on the words “remembering”, “hope”, and “closeness”.

Posted on 16 June 2019 | 4:49 am

More migrant concerns for Mexico

Mexico`s Government says it could be swamped with fifty thousand US asylum seekers and migrants soon, due to the agreement via which trade tariffs from Washington have been narrowly avoided.

Posted on 15 June 2019 | 1:00 pm

Card. Parolin to Apostolic Nuncios: ‘We must be united with the Pope'

In an interview with Vatican Radio the Cardinal Secretary of State speaks of the Pope’s recent meeting with Papal representatives.

Posted on 15 June 2019 | 12:46 pm

Pope tells Trinitarians: Help youth find harmony in their aspirations

Pope Francis receives members of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity for the redemption of Captives in audience at the end of their General Chapter in Rome.

Posted on 15 June 2019 | 10:26 am

Pope Francis’ homily at Funeral Mass for Archbishop Léon Kalenga

The Pope delivers the homily at the funeral Mass for the former Papal Nuncio to Argentina and reflects on the theme of leave-taking.

Posted on 15 June 2019 | 5:13 am

Mali: Cardinal Zerbo with President Keita visit the troubled Dogon community

Funerals of the victims of the devastating massacre in the Dogon community of Sobane Da have been taking place in Mali, West Africa. Attackers believed to belong to the Fulani ethnic group attacked the predominantly Christian village of Sobane Da on the night of 9 June.

Posted on 14 June 2019 | 10:48 am

Hong Kong interreligious group meets Pope Francis

Religious leaders from Hong Kong visit the Vatican and receive Pope Francis’ blessing, as they strive to improve interreligious relations.

Posted on 14 June 2019 | 10:05 am

Pope to Jesuits in Romania: Indifference is one of today’s great temptations

Pope Francis took time during his visit to Romania to speak with the Jesuits working in the country. In an hour-long encounter, Pope Francis touched on various topics, including indifference, Eastern Catholic Churches, and accompanying couples in difficult marriages.

Posted on 14 June 2019 | 9:20 am

Pope on climate crisis: Time is running out, decisive action needed

Pope Francis on Friday meets with participants attending a summit entitled, “The Vatican Dialogues: The Energy Transition and Care for our Common Home”. In comments to the group, he warns that today’s ecological crisis, especially climate change, “threatens the very future of the human family” and asks oil CEOs for a "radical energy transition".

Posted on 14 June 2019 | 8:24 am

Sombre mood as slain Meru Priest laid to rest

A sombre mood engulfed the Christian faithful who assembled for the requiem mass and interment of the slain young Catholic priest, Fr. Eutychus Murangiri at Mujwa Catholic Parish in the Catholic Diocese of Meru, Kenya.

Posted on 13 June 2019 | 12:04 pm

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