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US-Mexico crisis talks focus on migration

Mexico`s Foreign Minister and The US Secretary of State, hold a virtual meeting about the growing migration crisis in Central America.

Posted on 26 February 2021 | 1:39 pm

Cardinal Cantalamessa delivers first sermon for Lent 2021

In his first sermon for Lent 2021, the Preacher to the Papal Household, the newly-created Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., gives an overview of the season, and reflects on the Jesus’ call to repentance.

Posted on 26 February 2021 | 10:07 am

Integral ecology at the core of Australia's committment to tackle Climate Change

As one of the worst-affected nations in the world by climate change, Australia is determined to tackle the issue bearing the persepective of integral ecology in mind and taking the lead in adaptation, new "green" technology and renewable energy. In this interview the Australian ambassador to the Holy See looks ahead to COP-26 and reflects on the impact of Pope Francis' teachings on "Care for our Common Home."

Posted on 26 February 2021 | 10:06 am

Feast of St Gregory of Narek to be celebrated in Vatican

The first liturgical commemoration of Saint Gregory of Narek will be marked on Saturday, 27 February with the celebration of the Holy Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

Posted on 26 February 2021 | 9:04 am

UN: Myanmar’s crisis hits humanitarian agencies’ efforts

About one million people, affected by conflict and natural disasters, are in need of humanitarian aid and protection in Myanmar.

Posted on 26 February 2021 | 9:03 am

Hundreds of schoolgirls feared kidnapped in Nigeria

Unknown gunmen abduct hundreds of schoolgirls in the Nigerian state of Zamfara. It’s the latest in a spate of kidnappings targeting schools in recent weeks.

Posted on 26 February 2021 | 8:34 am

Biden administration launches first airstrike in Syria

The Biden administration launches its first airstrike In Syria, allegedly in retaliation to an attack on a US military base in Iraq in mid-February.

Posted on 26 February 2021 | 7:47 am

Gunmen abduct schoolgirls in Nigeria, yet again.

Unidentified gunmen kidnapped a number of schoolgirls from the town of Jangebe in northwest Nigeria early on Friday.

Posted on 26 February 2021 | 6:16 am

Holy See calls for increased attention to the effects of the pandemic

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva stresses the need for faith and collaboration in order to effectively deal with both the evident and subtler effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Posted on 26 February 2021 | 5:59 am

Emmy award winning priest on the art of preaching

Emmy Award winning producer and presenter Fr Mike Russo talks about his US online and cable TV series, from its beginnings to its runaway success.

Posted on 26 February 2021 | 3:59 am

Australian Church releases working document for Plenary Council

A national Church event, the Plenary Council is being held in two phases. The First Assembly is scheduled for Oct. 2-10 in Adelaide and the Second is in July next year.

Posted on 25 February 2021 | 10:07 am

Covid-19: Vaccination and border controls under spotlight

France and Germany are stepping up controls at their common border, while the Bishops of Ireland call on people in the country to join the vaccination campaign against COVID-19.

Posted on 25 February 2021 | 9:47 am

Myanmar: Rival protest groups clash as pressure grows to resolve crisis

Supporters of Myanmar’s military attack anti-coup protesters in Yangon, as international pressure grows to find an end to the crisis.

Posted on 25 February 2021 | 9:34 am

US Bishops: Equality Act discriminates against people of faith and threatens unborn life

In a letter to Congress, several committee chairmen of the US Bishops’ Conference have expressed their opposition to proposed legislation, warning that it poses legal and social threats to citizens.

Posted on 25 February 2021 | 8:33 am

Gospel Truth: Second Sunday of Lent, 28 February

In this week's edition of "Gospel Truth”, the late Jill Bevilacqua and Seán-Patrick Lovett bring us readings and reflections from the Gospel of Saint Mark 9:2-10 for the Second Sunday of Lent.

Posted on 25 February 2021 | 8:26 am

Brazil: Churches open their doors to thousands displaced by floods

Churches open their doors in Brazil's western Amazon region after days of flooding cause the displacement of thousands of families.

Posted on 25 February 2021 | 6:35 am

COMECE calls on European Parliament to protect all life

European Bishops have emphasized the importance of the protection of care of all life in a letter to the President of the European Parliament in the wake of a recent resolution on abortion in Poland.

Posted on 25 February 2021 | 5:44 am

Faith shines bright amid the darkness in Myanmar

As protests against the military coup continue in Myanmar, women religious accompany their people in the “fighting and protesting to end military dictatorship, to get justice and peace”.

Posted on 24 February 2021 | 12:40 pm

Interests and colonial legacy fuelling violence in DRC

Pope Francis has joined his voice to those of the many leaders expressing shock and condolences for the brutal killing of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, together with an Italian police officer and their Congolese driver.

Posted on 24 February 2021 | 11:41 am

Holy See calls for easing of intellectual property barriers for Covid-19 vaccines

The Holy See is calling for the easing of restrictions imposed by the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), in order to allow speedy and maximum access to Covid-19 vaccines.

Posted on 24 February 2021 | 9:51 am

Malaysian bishops oppose deportation of Myanmar refugees

Catholic leaders in Malaysia recall that refugees, migrants and asylum seekers are vulnerable people, and that they should be treated with humanity, based on mercy, compassion and love.

Posted on 24 February 2021 | 9:39 am

“Breathe, Peru” campaign ramps up fundraising to help Covid-19 patients

Donors have come out in strength to support a Church-supported campaign to help guarantee oxygen supplies for hospitals treating Covid-19 patients.

Posted on 24 February 2021 | 9:38 am

Lent: a time for renewing faith, hope and love

In this period of preparation leading to Easter, and starting from themes tied to the Lenten journey, we offer reflections of Pope Francis. To experience Lent in hope, the Pope writes in his Message for Lent 2021, means "receiving the hope of Christ, who gave His life on the Cross".

Posted on 24 February 2021 | 7:17 am

Ecuador: Over 75 people killed in prison riots

At least 75 people have been killed and dozens more injured in three separate prison riots in Ecuador, where officials are blaming gang rivalry for the tragedy.

Posted on 24 February 2021 | 7:15 am

Zambia: Thieves steal Tabernacle containing Holy Eucharist

In Kitwe, Zambia’s second largest city, Unknown people have stolen the Tabernacle from a Catholic Church.

Posted on 24 February 2021 | 5:27 am

Holy See reiterates calls for nuclear disarmament, arms control

During the High-Level Segment of the 2021 Conference on Disarmament, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, highlights the importance of joint efforts geared towards disarmament, calling it an “ethical imperative” as the world continues on the path towards peace and fraternity.

Posted on 24 February 2021 | 4:59 am

Pope sends telegram on the death of Italian Ambassador in DRC

On Tuesday evening, Pope Francis sends a telegram to Italian President Sergio Mattarella noting the 'exemplary witness' of the Italian Ambassador, and the 'expert and generous service' of the police offier both slain in an attack on Monday.

Posted on 23 February 2021 | 1:23 pm

Wife of drug kingpin arrested in US

The wife of the jailed Mexican drug kingpin Chapo Guzman has been arrested in the United States. She's accused of drug trafficking and of helping him in previous jail break.

Posted on 23 February 2021 | 9:59 am

Afghanistan begins Covid-19 vaccination campaign

Afghanistan launched its Covid-19 inoculation programme on Tuesday, despite a surge in violence in the war-ravaged country.

Posted on 23 February 2021 | 8:43 am

Democratic Republic of Congo: Italian ambassador killed in attack on UN convoy

Condolence messages pour in from religious and civil authorities in the wake of the brutal killings of Luca Attanasio, the Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo; a police officer; and their driver on Monday during a field trip in the east of the country.

Posted on 23 February 2021 | 8:32 am

Laudato si: creating perfection through the hand-crafted touch

We present Federica and Bali, two young entrepreneurs who manage a sustainable clothing business in Verona and who opened a textile factory in India. Through their dedication, that recalls the principles of Pope Francis’s Encyclical "Laudato si’," they offer dignified work and just wages to many families in Rajastan.

Posted on 23 February 2021 | 8:15 am

Archbishop Gallagher to UN: Inalienable human rights must be defended

The Vatican Secretary for Relations with States sends a video message to the United Nations, and highlights the inalienable nature of human rights that must be respected, even amid measures implemented to curb the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Posted on 23 February 2021 | 7:16 am

Catholic leaders call on EU to speed up vaccine rollout

The Bishops of the European Union, and Caritas Europa, are calling on the EU to ensure an equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, as the 27-nation bloc struggles to ramp up its rollout.

Posted on 23 February 2021 | 5:27 am

Vatican Museums: The Works of Mercy #2

"Proclaiming Christ means showing that believing in Him and following Him is not only true and right, but also beautiful. At the heart of the Gospel lies the beauty of God's saving love, manifested in Jesus Christ who died and rose again." Inspired by these words of Pope Francis, the Vatican Museums and Vatican News have teamed up again to explore the masterpieces in the papal collections accompanied by the words of the Popes.

Posted on 23 February 2021 | 3:40 am

Holy See: Post-Covid-19 recovery will require better multilateral cooperation

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, the Vatican's Permanent Observer to the UN in Geneva, expresses the Holy See's desire for improved multilateral cooperation in the wake of the pandemic, in an address to the UN's trade conference.

Posted on 23 February 2021 | 1:44 am

Myanmar’s bishops urge military to end violence, start dialogue

As protests against the military coup intensify in Myanmar, the country’s Catholic bishops have issued another statement, calling on the army to refrain from violence and peacefully resolve the crisis through dialogue.

Posted on 22 February 2021 | 7:31 am

Argentine Bishop deplores politicization of Covid-19 vaccine

The President of Argentina’s Catholic Bishops’ Conference speaks out against politicians redirecting Covid-19 vaccines as political favors, following a recent scandal that led to the Health Minister’s resignation.

Posted on 22 February 2021 | 7:05 am

Pope Francis: 'Pass on the fire of Jesus’ merciful love'

Pope Francis says we are called to pass on “the fire of Jesus’ mercy”, in a letter marking the 90th anniversary of the first apparition to St Maria Faustina Kowalska in Płock, Poland.

Posted on 22 February 2021 | 7:01 am

South Sudan: Church leaders call for peace, security and stability

The South Sudan Council of Churches and other civil society groups call on the government to take steps to promote peace, security and national cohesion as the country celebrates the first anniversary of the creation of its Transitional Government of National Unity.

Posted on 22 February 2021 | 6:57 am

Tomasi: treaty an important first step towards a world free of nuclear arms

In an interview with the World Council of Churches the former Permanent Observer to the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva and to the World Trade Organization reflects on how Churches can get involved in the goal of freeing the world of nuclear weapons.

Posted on 22 February 2021 | 6:55 am

West Africa: Bishops call attention to the problem of IDPs

"The security situation remains worrying in various areas, despite a relative calm," Agenzia Fides quotes the Bishops of Burkina Faso and Niger as saying.

Posted on 21 February 2021 | 11:14 am

UN highlight decade of conflict in Syria

The United Nations release a report warning that no single Syrian family has been left unscathed in the decade long war in the country.

Posted on 21 February 2021 | 8:45 am

Norway: both snow and ashes fall during outdoor Mass

The Bishop of Trondheim in Norway celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass outside under the snow, thus allowing as many people as possible to participate. This was the first time since last March that a Mass was held in Trondheim with more than 10 people participating.

Posted on 21 February 2021 | 6:57 am

Pope Francis: With faith, prayer and penance we overcome evil

Speaking to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis explained how the Word of God shows us the path to live fruitfully the 40 days of Lent we have just embarked upon.

Posted on 21 February 2021 | 6:24 am

Pope Francis meets with Auschwitz survivor

Hungarian author Edith Bruck, now almost 90 years old, has lived in Italy for many years. In January, L'Osservatore Romano interviewed her for Holocaust Memorial Day. Struck by her witness, Pope Francis on Saturday decided pay her a visit at her home in Rome's centre.

Posted on 20 February 2021 | 12:06 pm

Pope authorizes eight decrees concerning candidates for sainthood

Pope Francis on Saturday authorized the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate eight decrees, including a decree confirming a miracle.

Posted on 20 February 2021 | 10:04 am

Pope: Caring for others a ‘vaccine’ against individualism

In a letter addressed to Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Pope Francis remembers doctors, nurses and other healthcare personnel who have died in the performance of their duties during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Posted on 20 February 2021 | 8:14 am

Pope appoints new Archpriest of Saint Peter's Basilica

Pope Francis appoints Cardinal Mauro Gambetti as new Archpriest of Saint Peter's Basilica, accepting the resignation of Cardinal Angelo Comastri.

Posted on 20 February 2021 | 8:01 am

Zollner: Day for victims of abuse an important moment for the Church

Father Hans Zollner, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, speaks to Vatican Radio about the Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse, which many bishops' conferences observe on the first Friday of Lent.

Posted on 20 February 2021 | 6:28 am

Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal Robert Sarah

Pope Francis accepts the resignation of Cardinal Robert Sarah as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Posted on 20 February 2021 | 6:15 am

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