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Lithuania, Ukraine holding elections amid pandemic

Despite the raging coronavirus pandemic, polls opened Sunday for elections that could impact government leaders' future in two East European nations. In Lithuania, a parliamentary runoff is likely to change its government. And, in Ukraine, local elections are a popularity test for last year's elected former comedian-turned president.

Posted on 25 October 2020 | 11:55 am

New Cardinal-elects express surprise and gratitude

Reaction from the clerics Pope Francis has chosen to collaborate with him as Cardinals is beginning to come in. As Vatican News becomes aware of their reactions, we will continue to post them here.

Posted on 25 October 2020 | 11:37 am

Blast kills students in Afghanistan

A suicide bombing at an education centre in Afghanistan has killed at least 24 people, including students.

Posted on 25 October 2020 | 9:53 am

New Cardinals come from all corners of the earth

They come from Africa, Asia (Brunei and the Philippines), North and South America and Italy. In addition, there is a particular accent on the sons of St Francis during the year in which the Encyclical "Fratelli tutti" was published. Short biographies of the 13 new Cardinals Pope Francis announced on Sunday follow.

Posted on 25 October 2020 | 9:34 am

Pope Francis appeals for end to unrest in Nigeria

The Pope on Sunday expresses his concern at continuing violence in Nigeria, and appeals for social harmony in the promotion of justice and the common good.

Posted on 25 October 2020 | 8:00 am

Pope announces a consistory for the creation of 13 new cardinals

On 28 November, there will be 13 new additions to the College of Cardinals: 9 are under 80 years of age, among them is the Guardian of Sacro Convento in Assisi, Father Mauro Gambetti.

Posted on 25 October 2020 | 7:57 am

Pope at Angelus: love of God and neighbour fundamental to Christian life

Pope Francis during his Sunday Angelus tells the faithful in St Peter’s Square that love is the cornerstone of Jesus’ teaching.

Posted on 25 October 2020 | 7:14 am

Invoking the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Africa

The countless challenges that besiege the continent of Africa definitely demand solutions from socio-political actors. However, the invocation of our Blessed Mother, Mary, as Our Lady of Africa, is something that should never be ignored.

Posted on 25 October 2020 | 4:37 am

Vatican Museums: everything is connected #4

"We exist only in relationships: with God the Creator, with our brothers and sisters as members of a common family, and with all of God’s creatures within our common home. We cannot live in harmony with creation if we are not at peace with the Creator who is the source and origin of all things."

Posted on 25 October 2020 | 3:56 am

Court rejects bail for elderly Indian Jesuit priest

A special anti-terrorism court has denied bail to Father Stan Swamy, accused of links with terrorism. Cardinal Gracias urges prayers for the Jesuit.

Posted on 24 October 2020 | 11:49 am

It’s time for the jobless, homeless and landless to raise our voices

Rose Molokoane speaks on behalf the homeless, landless and poor at a meeting of Popular Movements and the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development on Saturday.

Posted on 24 October 2020 | 8:53 am

Pope: The Church, world need Mary’s motherhood and womanhood

Pope Francis on Saturday met the students and staff Rome’s Pontifical Theological Faculty "Marianum" and shared with them a reflection on Mary’s motherhood and womanhood.

Posted on 24 October 2020 | 6:42 am

Pope receives Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón

Pope Francis receives Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, Spain's Prime Minister, on Saturday.

Posted on 24 October 2020 | 6:42 am

Pope appoints Archbishop Pizzaballa Patriarch of Jerusalem

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who has been serving as the Apostolic Administrator of Jerusalem, now becomes the Patriarch of Jerusalem.

Posted on 24 October 2020 | 6:21 am

Winner finally announced in Bolivian presidential election

The left leaning Movement Towards Socialism Party in Bolivia and its victorious Candidate Luis Arce, win a resounding Presidential Election victory.

Posted on 24 October 2020 | 5:55 am

Popular movements and Vatican to discuss Pope's three T proposal

The Vatican and Popular Movements from around the world meet virtually on Saturday to discuss some of the topics Pope Francis addressed in a letter to Popular Movements and his new encyclical "Fratelli tutti".

Posted on 24 October 2020 | 4:16 am

Europe struggles to contain coronavirus infections

European governments are battling to contain a massive wave of new coronavirus infections. In the most dramatic move so far this season, the French government is imposing a curfew on two-thirds of the country, after strict measures in other nations, including Eastern Europe.

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 2:44 pm

Irish Bishop encourages care for elderly persons amid Covid-19 crisis

As countries around the world continue to implement measures to stem the spread of the ongoing pandemic, Bishop Michael Router of Armagh reminds the faithful to reach out to the vulnerable and elderly who are often easily forgotten.

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 12:20 pm

Pope meets with Zayed Award judging panel

The Zayed Award for Human Fraternity judging panel meets for the first time on Friday to find formulate procedure and rules. The Award provides "the opportunity to nominate all personalities and institutions that have made significant contributions to the service of humanity from around the world.”

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 12:00 pm

Nigerian Archbishop dares to hope for change

In the wake of the #endSARS protests against police brutality in Nigeria, Archbishop Alfred Martins of Lagos calls for nine days of prayers for the nation and urges the government to ensure accountability on the part of security forces.

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 10:38 am

Conference: “The milestones of the Integral ecology for a human Economy”

A two-week long International Conference organised by the Institution “Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice” kicks off on Friday on the theme "The milestones of the Integral ecology for a human Economy".

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 10:06 am

Pope: foster dignity and combat poverty to care for creation

In a message to members of the Focolare Movement at a conference on Integral Ecology, Pope Francis says the common good of the human family and the created world demands urgent action against poverty and injustice.

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 9:28 am

Parolin: people at centre of integral ecology and human economy

During the online international conference held by the Centesimus Annus pro Pontifice Foundation, Cardinal Parolin speaks about integral ecology and human economy in the context of Pope Francis's appeal to change the course of human events.

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 9:00 am

Covid: a sustainable future is possible if governance changes

Pope Francis is certain of this and is repeating it to everyone: we will emerge either better or worse after the pandemic The global crisis requires that the parameters of human co-existence be rethought through the lens of solidarity. Based on this foundational idea, the "Covid-19: Building a Healthier Future" has been created in collaboration with the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, to offer a vision that might lead to the beginning of a new fraternity after the pandemic

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 8:28 am

Eswatini: First clergy meeting in 2020

Priests in the Diocese of Manzini, Eswatini, have met this week – for the first time in a year that has been marked by COVID19.

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 7:33 am

Decree extends indulgence for the faithful departed throughout November

The Apostolic Penitentiary announces modifications to the Plenary Indulgence for the deceased during the month of November.

Posted on 23 October 2020 | 6:02 am

EU Awards top human rights prize to Belarus opposition

The European Union has awarded its top human rights prize to the Belarus opposition movement and its leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. They received the Sakharov Prize for their challenge to what EU leaders view as Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko's long, hard-line reign.

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 1:55 pm

Hariri returns as Lebanon's new Prime Minister

Lebanon has named the former Prime Minister Saad Hariri as new premier, with 65 votes out of 128, to form a cabinet.

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 1:54 pm

State of emergency lifted in Thailand

Thailand on Thursday lifts an emergency decree aimed at ending months of protests against the government and monarchy.

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 10:01 am

India: three bishops on hunger strike for educational rights

Protesting against the infringement on the constitutional rights of Catholic educational institutions, three bishops in India advocate for the payment of teachers’ salaries in state-aided Church-run schools in Kerala.

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 9:29 am

Pope Francis appoints new Bishop in Canada

Pope Francis appoints Bishop Thomas Dowd to the Diocese of Sault Sainte Marie in Canada.

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 7:30 am

Gospel Truth: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 25 October

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 St. Matthew 22:34-40 of the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 6:17 am

Communiqué on extension of the Provisional Agreement between Holy See and China

The Holy See Press Office releases a communiqué on the extension of the Provisional Agreement between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China regarding the appointment of Bishops

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 6:01 am

Holy See and China renew Provisional Agreement for 2 years

The announcement was made through a statement issued by the Holy See Press Office: “The initial application has been positive, thanks to the good communication and cooperation between the parties”. An article follows that will be published in today’s edition of L’Osservatore Romano to explain the motivations behind the decision.

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 6:00 am

African Union condemns the killing of protesters in Nigeria

Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has denounced the killing of unarmed protesters in Nigeria.

Posted on 22 October 2020 | 5:17 am

Cardinal Czerny: Pope Francis’ social teaching inspires a Church "going out"

Cardinal Michael Czerny reflects on Pope Francis’ pontificate, saying that his words and gestures are means to better understand the Holy Father’s social teaching.

Posted on 21 October 2020 | 1:08 pm

Cardinal Parolin: “All will go well” with the Holy See/China Agreement

The Agreement between the Holy See and China and the situation in Syria are among the topics addressed by the Vatican Secretary of State on the sidelines of an event on Monday at a Pontifical University in Rome.

Posted on 21 October 2020 | 12:51 pm

Pope’s charity reaches out to families of shipwrecked crew

Pope Francis has sent an economic contribution to the families of crewmembers of the cargo ship Gulf Livestock, which capsized near Japan in September.

Posted on 21 October 2020 | 9:50 am

"Francesco": new documentary on the life and teaching of Pope Francis

The new film entitled "Francesco" tells the story of Jorge Mario Bergoglio and tackles some of the main themes of his pontificate through a series of interviews.

Posted on 21 October 2020 | 9:02 am

European Bishops: “Fratelli tutti” a tool to assess EU policies

The European Bishops' Conference (COMECE) highlights the importance of Pope Francis’s Encyclical Letter "Fratelli tutti" as a guide pointing Europe on the path of integral development.

Posted on 21 October 2020 | 7:48 am

Faith and symbolism at Rome’s interreligious Meeting for Peace

Pope Francis and leaders of world religions gathered in Rome on Tuesday to pray for peace and fraternity in a divided world. The international and interreligious Meeting to Pray for Peace was entitled "No one is saved alone. Peace and Fraternity".

Posted on 21 October 2020 | 6:51 am

Pope at audience: psalms lead to adore God and love His children

In his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis concludes his reflection on the Psalms in the series of catechesis on prayer. He says the psalms allow us to "contemplate reality with God’s very eyes".

Posted on 21 October 2020 | 6:25 am

Pope signs Rome 2020 Appeal for Peace

An Appeal for Peace is signed in Rome by Pope Francis and by leaders of world religions gathered at the International Prayer Meeting for Peace "No one is saved alone - Peace and Fraternity".

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 2:50 pm

Pope Francis: ‘No one is saved alone’

Pope Francis is inviting leaders of other faiths to work together “with the gentle strength of faith to end all conflicts.” His appeal comes as part of his discourse at an International Meeting for Peace, held in Rome and organized by the Community of Saint Egidio, entitled “No one is saved alone. Peace and Fraternity.”

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 12:34 pm

Pope at Prayer Meeting: Love alone is path to peace and communion

Pope Francis participates in an International Prayer Meeting for Peace, in the presence of leaders of various Christian denominations, and urges everyone to follow Jesus's example of self-giving love in order to spread peace.

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 10:49 am

India: Protests continue against arrest of elderly Jesuit priest

Protests of various kinds are being held in India against the Oct. 8 arrest of elderly Jesuit Father Stan Swamy in Ranchi. The priest, who has been charged for having links to a terrorist group, has been championing the rights of adivasis, or indigenous people, and dalits, formerly-known as untouchables.

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 10:35 am

Pope participates in Moment of prayer for peace

Pope Francis participated in an ecumenical prayer service which was followed by an interreligious Meeting for Peace together with leaders of the world’s major religions in Rome. The event, entitled “No one is saved alone. Peace and Fraternity” was organized by the Community of saint Egidio.

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 10:02 am

Holy See urges integral ecology for disaster risk management

The Holy See highlights integral ecology as a comprehensive approach to counter the impact of natural disasters, combat poverty, and protect nature, in a statement to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 9:50 am

COVID-19 in Africa: Serious social and economic shocks ahead

Beyond the health emergency, COVID-19’s devastating toll on Africa is already being felt. Africa is on the path towards a social and economic emergency.

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 9:00 am

Peter Maurer: Red Cross and Pope Francis 'converge on values'

After Pope Francis received him in an audience on Monday, Peter Maurer, President of International Committee of the Red Cross, reflects on common values of the Holy See and the international organization, in an interview with Vatican News.

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 7:24 am



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