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Pope reiterates appeal for protection of migrants in Libya

With a powerful appeal to the international community to implement lasting resolutions for the safeguard of lives and the dignity of migrants and refugees, Pope Francis says his thoughts never stray from the predicament of the thousands of men, women and children stranded in Libya as they search to reach Europe in the hope of a better life.

Posted on 24 October 2021 | 7:19 am

Pope: Be courageous and turn to God with all your heart

Pope Francis encourages us to pray to the Lord, like Bartimaeus in Sunday's Gospel reading, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And may we repeat it often with concrete, insistent and courageous faith.

Posted on 24 October 2021 | 6:38 am

World Mission Sunday: Irish Archbishop recalls ‘Heroes of Mission

As the Church marks World Mission Sunday, the Chairperson of the newly re-branded Missio Ireland, Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, SMA, says it is an opportunity to recall the “heroes of mission” around the world. At the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis also paid tribute to missionaries around the world for their witness to the Gospel, often at great sacrifice.

Posted on 24 October 2021 | 6:02 am

UN Day: Peace, development, human rights and opportunity for all

United Nations Day, on 24 October, marks the anniversary of the day in 1945 when the UN Charter entered into force. The UN is made up of 193 Member States.

Posted on 24 October 2021 | 3:51 am

Bishops in England and Wales to continue opposing Assisted Dying Bill

Following the Second Reading of the Assisted Dying Bill at the House of Lords, on 22 October , Bishop John Sherrington has thanked Catholics in England and Wales for writing to peers and praying that the legislation might be defeated. He said bishops will continue to scrutinise and challenge the Bill.

Posted on 23 October 2021 | 10:38 am

Holy See urges renewed efforts for disarmament and cybersecurity

Earlier this week, the Vatican's Permanent Observer to the United Nations addressed a statement to the UN General Assembly on disarmament measures and cybersecurity.

Posted on 23 October 2021 | 9:59 am

UN aborts flight after Ethiopian government airstrike in Tigray region

A UN humanitarian flight is aborted as the conflict between Ethiopia’s federal government and the TPLF in the Tigray region escalates, severely hampering humanitarian operations.

Posted on 23 October 2021 | 9:58 am

Gospel facts that fill the heart

Evangelizing an evangelist: Dale Recinella, a “lay chaplain” to death row inmates in Florida, shares his testimony in this story about conversion.

Posted on 23 October 2021 | 8:56 am

Covid - Be Not Proud: Story of Kenny, "the Real Deal"

Dale Recinella, a lay prison chaplain based in the US state of Florida, shares his experience of friendship with a former inmate who turned his life around through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Posted on 23 October 2021 | 8:30 am

Pope: may witness of Maria Montessori inspire solidarity & dialogue

In a message sent to the International Conference of the "Opera Nazionale Maria Montessori", Pope Francis urges people to look to her example "to form people in solidarity, citizens of the world open to dialogue and to acceptance."

Posted on 23 October 2021 | 8:05 am

Pope: Work to build a more solidary, just, and equitable work

In an address to the Centesimus Annus – Pro Pontifice Foundation, Pope Francis says developing a more just and equitable society, and protecting the freedom and dignity of persons, is at the heart of the mission to implement the Church’s social teaching.

Posted on 23 October 2021 | 6:51 am

US Church preparing for National Vocation Awareness Week

The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, 7-13 November, with dioceses across the US holding events to foster an appreciation for all vocations and pray specifically for those discerning a vocation to ordained ministry and consecrated life.

Posted on 22 October 2021 | 12:57 pm

Pope to Salesian Sisters: 'Renew your mission in listening love for young people'

Pope Francis urges members of the 24th General Chapter of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians to be inspired by the example of Our Lady and encourages them in their service of young people and of the poor.

Posted on 22 October 2021 | 12:54 pm

Schedule of the Pope’s liturgical celebrations for November

The highlight of the liturgical celebrations of Pope Francis in the month of November is the World Day of the Poor, instituted by him 5 years ago.

Posted on 22 October 2021 | 11:53 am

Professor Wolf: In education, know the difference between paper and screen

Neuroscientist Professor Maryanne Wolf explains why Pope Francis was right in saying that education is key in bettering the world post-Covid, especially as we come out of the pandemic to a much more technological way of doing things.

Posted on 22 October 2021 | 11:09 am

Extractive companies in Papua New Guinea urged to be considerate, sustainable

A group of Catholic students in Port Moresby has urged extractive companies in Papua New Guinea to respect the environment for the wellbeing of indigenous people and future generations. Their call echoes one of the nine Appeals “in the name of God” addressed by Pope Francis in his message to the Fourth World Meeting of Popular Movements.

Posted on 22 October 2021 | 9:44 am

Children are 'first victims of the conflict in Yemen'

Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF representative in Yemen, highlights the devastating toll of the war in Yemen, which has claimed the lives of at least 10,000 children since it started in 2015. He says that despite dwindling funds, UNICEF continues to work to respond to the needs of the conflict-hit Yemeni population.

Posted on 22 October 2021 | 8:37 am

Madagascar edging towards perhaps world’s first climate change famine

United Nations agencies say that 3 years of consecutive severe drought as well as floods, cyclones and locust outbreaks in southern Madagascar have wiped out harvests and hampered people’s access to food.

Posted on 22 October 2021 | 7:17 am

Vatican decree clarifies role of Bishops’ conferences in liturgical translations

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has published a decree implementing Pope Francis’ motu proprio “Magnum principium,” concerning the respective competencies of the Congregation and the episcopal conferences with regard to the translation of liturgical texts. The Prefect of the Congregation explains the import of the new decree, in a written interview with Vatican Media.

Posted on 22 October 2021 | 6:53 am

Haitian gang threatens kidnapped Christian missionaries

The leader of a Haitian street gang, which has kidnapped seventeen missionaries and family members, is threatening to murder them unless their $17 million ransom demand is paid in full.

Posted on 22 October 2021 | 6:23 am

Pope congratulates Bartholomew on 30 years as Ecumenical Patriarch

Pope Francis sends a congratulatory letter to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I as he marks the 30th anniversary of his election as the Archbishop of Constantinople.

Posted on 22 October 2021 | 4:40 am

Fr. Alain Mayama is new Superior General of the Spiritans.

The General Chapter of the Spiritans, taking place in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, has elected as new Superior General, Fr Alain Mayama.

Posted on 21 October 2021 | 1:28 pm

WHO warns vaccine inequality will prolong Covid-19 pandemic

A senior leader at the World Health Organisation (WHO) warns that the Covid-19 pandemic will "go on for a year longer than it needs to" and drag deep into 2022 because poorer countries are not getting the vaccines they need.

Posted on 21 October 2021 | 10:44 am

Cardinal Tagle: An encounter with the Lord is always missionary

World Mission Day 2021, with the theme “We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard”, will be celebrated throughout the Church this Sunday, October 24th.

Posted on 21 October 2021 | 10:23 am

“Fratelli tutti” Foundation launched in the Vatican

Cardinal Mauro Gambetti explains that the just-established “Fratelli tutti” Foundation aims to promote and support sustainable growth and a new humanism and provide a workshop for the future.

Posted on 21 October 2021 | 10:15 am

Pope: “We are called to be the yeast that leavens the dough”

Pope Francis has sent a message to participants in the 49th Social Week of Italian Catholics in Taranto. The theme of the event is: "The Planet We Hope For. Environment, Work, Future. Everything is connected”.

Posted on 21 October 2021 | 9:43 am

CAFOD concerned about new Ebola cases in DR Congo

The Catholic Church’s humanitarian services swing into action in the Democratic Republic of Congo where five new cases of Ebola have been discovered, including three deaths.

Posted on 21 October 2021 | 9:37 am

Children at Congo-Brazzaville orphanage thank Pope for help

Children and staff at the "Foyer Nazareth" orphanage in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, thank Pope Francis for the gift of medicines he sent them recently. The head of the institute, Sister Elise Vouakouanitout, sent the thank you message, also signed by the children.

Posted on 21 October 2021 | 9:20 am

Ethiopia: Fresh airstrikes hit Tigray region

The Ethiopian government carries out two airstrikes on the troubled Tigray region, targeting TPLF assets in Mekelle, Tigray's capital.

Posted on 21 October 2021 | 8:19 am

Patriarch Pizzaballa: Synod must be illuminated by the Word of God

In a Pastoral Letter on the 2021-2023 Synod, Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa says all ecclesial communities should get involved, and suggests the method of the two Disciples of Emmaus as a way forward.

Posted on 21 October 2021 | 3:48 am

Australian Church concerned over suicide rate of Aboriginal children

Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) has described findings in a recent report detailing suicide deaths in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children as a national disgrace.

Posted on 21 October 2021 | 3:43 am

Myanmar: 3 million in urgent need of help; junta arrests Caritas staff

Since the February 1 military coup, Myanmar’s crisis has deepened with arrests and a bloody crackdown against protesters. The pandemic and other factors have added to the people’s desperate situation.

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 12:54 pm

Father Jacquineau Azétsop: Celebrating the life of a dedicated Cameroonian Jesuit.

For current and former students at the Gregorian University’s Faculty of Social Sciences, Rome, the death of the Faculty Dean at only 49 years has been both shocking and painful.

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 11:36 am

Vatican Conference to spotlight post-pandemic regeneration

An International Convention in the Vatican proposes to shine the light on the antidotes to fight injustice, inequality and exclusion in a post-pandemic era, and according to the teachings of Pope Francis, build a better world.

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 10:52 am

Vatican meeting explores challenge of artificial intelligence

The Pontifical Council for Culture and the German Embassy to the Holy See host a one-day symposium starting on Thursday looking at "The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence for Human Society and the Idea of the Human Person".

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 10:01 am

Symposium explores sacramental penance in 19th century

Ahead of a Symposium organized by the Apostolic Penitentiary on the theme “Penance and Penitentiary between revolutions and restorations (1789 – 1903),” Father Krzysztof Józef Nykiel, Regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, reflects on the sacrament of Confession and the role of the Penitentiary in the 19th Century.

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 9:29 am

UN-led report: Fossil fuel plans far outstrip climate goals

A UNEP-led report says that despite increased climate ambition and net-zero commitments, governments still plan to produce more than double the amount of energy from fossil fuels in 2030, than commitments to limiting global warming.

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 7:33 am

Impact investing conference focuses on development in Africa

Investors and social entrepreneurs from across the globe meet up online for a three-day conference to create connections and work toward a more humane, just, and sustainable economy.

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 7:32 am

Holy See: Joint efforts needed in fight against corruption

The Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Archbishop Janusz Urbańczyk reaffirms the need for collective efforts in the fight against corruption in a statement to OSCE.

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 6:51 am

Joy for the creation of new Bishops’ Conference of the Amazon

Latin American and Caribbean bishops welcome Pope Francis’ official approval of the new Bishops’ Conference of the Amazon (CEAMA).

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 6:06 am

Ransom demanded for kidnapped Haitian missionaries

A Haitian street gang is demanding a million dollars for each for the safe return of the seventeen people from a missionary group it`s kidnapped.

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 5:46 am

Pope at Audience: Freedom is born in God’s love, grows in charity

At the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis continues his catechesis on St Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, emphasising that Christian freedom is expressed in serving others.

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 3:55 am

Haitians strike to protest insecurity as search for kidnapped continues

The United States Government has dispatched a joint FBI-State Department taskforce to Haiti to work with their Police to resolve the kidnapping of seventeen missionaries who were abducted at gunpoint by a gang.

Posted on 19 October 2021 | 11:10 am

Faith communities in Australia call for climate action

The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) has organized a two-day initiative calling on the Australian Government to act urgently against climate change.

Posted on 19 October 2021 | 10:44 am

Church sex abuse: A letter from a survivor

A survivor addresses seminarians through a letter, in which she shares her pain from her past as well as her hopes for the future of the entire Church.

Posted on 19 October 2021 | 10:33 am

1921: Mutual understanding re-blossoms between France and Holy See

Marking 100 years since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between France and the Holy See, the French Prime Minister and the Secretary of State of the Holy See meet for a roundtable discussion, in which they emphasise the good relations between Paris and the Vatican despite the crises and misunderstandings that have marked their history, not only during the last century, but also, and above all, before.

Posted on 19 October 2021 | 10:24 am

Card. Gracias launches synodal process for a listening and inclusive Church

A week after Pope Francis launched a 2-year-long process in preparation for the 2023 Synod of Bishops, Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay inaugurated it at the level of his Archdiocese on Oct. 17.

Posted on 19 October 2021 | 9:51 am

Yemen: 10,000 children killed, maimed since start of conflict

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) highlights the unfortunate effect of Yemen’s almost seven-year war. At least 10,000 children have been killed or maimed since it began, with many more child victims unreported and unaccounted for.

Posted on 19 October 2021 | 9:42 am

'Click To Pray' 2.0 at the service of the synodal process

A new and updated version of the Pope’s prayer app helps the faithful pray for a synodal Church.

Posted on 19 October 2021 | 9:36 am

Kenya: Religious life is a gift from God says Archbishop van Megen.

Archbishop Hubertus Matheus Maria van Megen, the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan, has called on the religious to reflect on the gift of their consecrated lives by looking up to St. Joseph as the perfect example to emulate.

Posted on 18 October 2021 | 2:36 pm

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