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Vatican officials call for continued care for Vincent Lambert

The Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life and the Pontifical Academy for Life on Tuesday issued a joint declaration on the case of Mr. Vincent Lambert calling for continued life support.

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 11:38 am

Vatican’s 2018 financial report shows improved transparency

The Vatican’s Financial Information Authority releases its annual report for the 2018 fiscal year, which highlights advances made to increase financial transparency and reduce money-laundering

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 8:38 am

Pope at Mass: The peace of Jesus is like the calm of a deep sea

In his homily during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflected on the gift of peace promised by Christ to His Apostles as He prepared to leave them. That peace does not come from the world, but from the Holy Spirit. It remains during trial, and even gives us courage to go forward with a smile in our hearts.

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 6:22 am

Card. Filoni urges Thai Catholics to be “missionary disciples”

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, marked 350 years of the Church in Thailand with a Mass in Sampran on May 18.

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 6:07 am

Pope to Italian bishops: ‘be close to priests’

Synodality and collegiality, the reform of the marriage annulment process and the relationship between bishops and priests were the focus of Pope Francis’ address to the Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI) at the start of its 73rd General Assembly.

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 5:27 am

Vincent Lambert: French court orders life support to resume

While a court order in France reverses procedures to stop feeding and hydrating Vincent Lambert, in the Vatican Pope Francis reaffirms that life is “God’s gift, from its beginning until its natural end”.

Posted on 21 May 2019 | 2:00 am

Irish Bishops plead for ‘informed voting’ in EU elections

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ireland releases a statement ahead of European elections this week, reminding voters of the EU’s Christian heritage.

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 9:55 am

Pope encourages PIME missionaries to evangelize with urgency

Pope Francis urges members of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions to proclaim the Gospel with passion and a sense of urgency.

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 8:34 am

Bombed St. Anthony’s Shrine of Sri Lanka feels closeness of Universal Church

Father Jude Raj Fernando, the Rector of St. Anthony’s Shrine Kochikade in Colombo spoke to Vatican News about the mood among Catholics nearly a month after the suicide bomb attacks of Easter Sunday.

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 8:13 am

CERAO-RECOWA: The Church in Africa must welcome, protect, promote and integrate

Nigerian Jesuit priest, Fr. Ikechi Ikena of the Holy See’s Migration and Refugees Section at the Dicastery for Integral Human Development has invited West African Bishops to arm themselves, in the pastoral care of migrants and displaced persons, with the four action verbs of Pope Francis, which are: “To welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate.”

Posted on 20 May 2019 | 5:08 am

Austria to vote after Government collapse over corruption scandal

Austria's president has proposed early elections at the beginning of September after a recorded corruption scandal sparked the end of the coalition government.

Posted on 19 May 2019 | 11:29 am

Catholic priest slain by criminal gang in El Salvador

Father Cecilio Perez Cruz had reportedly refused to pay ‘protection fees’ to a well-known criminal gang. The Government has announced new measures to fight criminality.

Posted on 19 May 2019 | 9:09 am

Pope at Regina Coeli: 'God's love opens horizons of hope’

Pope Francis on Sunday reflected on God’s love for his people that transforms the hardest of hearts and gives us the strength to overcome prejudice, build bridges and undertake new paths giving life to the dynamism of fraternity.

Posted on 19 May 2019 | 6:39 am

Holy See calls for more effort in fighting illicit financial flows

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York, on May 16 addressed a high-level meeting on combatting illicit financial flows (IFFs) and strengthening good practices and assets return.

Posted on 18 May 2019 | 11:04 am

Pope calls for humble and free journalism that serves truth and goodness

Meeting some 400 journalists of the Foreign Press Association of Italy on May 18, Pope Francis urged for a humble and free journalism.

Posted on 18 May 2019 | 8:43 am

The Catholic Church in Eastern Africa to spearhead disarmament

Bishops and participants attending the 6th Annual Inter-Diocesan Conference on Cross-Border Peace and Evangelization held at St. Teresa Pastoral Centre, Turkana, Kenya have resolved to begin a peaceful disarmament process of small arms and light weapons mostly used by pastoralists around Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and South Sudan borders.

Posted on 18 May 2019 | 7:15 am

Pope Francis: ‘Food banks fight both hunger and waste’

In an address to the Food Banks of Europe, Pope Francis decries a wasteful mentality that throws out people and food, and praises efforts to promote solidarity with people in need.

Posted on 18 May 2019 | 5:35 am

Archbishop Scicluna to visit Poland amid abuse crisis

The Bishops of Poland invite Archbishop Charles Scicluna to hold a study day on the protection of young people and children. His visit comes amid public outcry over a documentary on clerical abuse.

Posted on 17 May 2019 | 11:22 am

Working document of Synod on the Pan-Amazon Region approved

During its May 14-15 meeting in the Vatican, the second Pre-Synodal Council of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region approved the Instrumentum Laboris of the October 6-27 Synod.

Posted on 17 May 2019 | 9:54 am

Pope Francis announces theme of next World Meeting of Families

The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life releases the theme for the 2021 World Meeting of Families, which will be held in Rome.

Posted on 17 May 2019 | 7:08 am

Pope to healthcare workers: treat the sick as people, not as numbers

Pope Francis meets the Italian Catholic Association of Healthcare Workers on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of its foundation.

Posted on 17 May 2019 | 6:52 am

Pope appoints Coadjutor Bishop in Baruipur, India

Pope Francis on May 17 appointed Father Shyamal Bose as the Coadjutor Bishop of Baruipur in India’s West Bengal state.

Posted on 17 May 2019 | 6:47 am

Pope encourages Society of African Missions in zeal, prays for abducted priest

Pope Francis urges SMA missionaries to persevere in serving victims of war and human trafficking, and assures his prayers for Fr. Pierluigi Maccalli, who was abducted last year in Niger.

Posted on 17 May 2019 | 5:49 am

Sudan military rulers stall power-sharing agreement

Power-sharing talks in Sudan between the ruling military junta and the leaders of a powerful protest movement collapsed after violent clashes erupted in the capital, Khartoum, for the second time in a week.

Posted on 16 May 2019 | 11:02 am

‘Gospel Truth’ for May 19, 2019

Listen to this week's edition of our reflections on the Gospel reading for the fifth Sunday of Easter, where Jesus calls us to love one another as He loves us, prepared by the late Jill Bevilacqua.

Posted on 16 May 2019 | 10:51 am

Reflections for the V Sunday of Easter

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the fifth Sunday of Easter. He says that the readings are about new things: the New Jerusalem, a new Heaven and a new earth, and a new commandment.

Posted on 16 May 2019 | 10:29 am

West African Church leaders vow to join forces against terrorism

Members of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa have issued a statement in which they pledge to work together to combat terrorism and pave the way to peace in the region.

Posted on 16 May 2019 | 10:17 am

North Korea suffers major drought

North Korea says it’s suffering its worst drought in nearly 40 years. The country is also experiencing severe food shortages. The official Korean Central News Agency said an average of 54.4 millimeters of rain fell throughout the country in the first five months of this year.

Posted on 16 May 2019 | 7:19 am

Pope urges Lasallians to care for discarded through education

Pope Francis invites the Brothers of the Christian Schools to continue in their passion to educate those discarded by society and to promote a “culture of the resurrection” that offers hope for a new life.

Posted on 16 May 2019 | 7:08 am

Vatican conference on robotics and artificial intelligence

A 2-day conference focusing on the impact of robotics and artificial intelligence on humanity, that began in the Vatican on Thursday, is being organized by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Posted on 16 May 2019 | 7:05 am

Salva Kiir: I trembled when the Pope kissed our feet.

The President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has told his country’s parliament, in Juba, that he was shocked and shaken when the Pope kissed his feet during a Vatican special retreat for South Sudanese leaders, in April.

Posted on 16 May 2019 | 5:20 am

Ghana’s nurses posted to Catholic institutions undergo Catholic orientation

An orientation programme for 937 Nurse Assistant Clinical (NAC) and Nurse Assistant Preventive (NAP) personnel posted by Ghana’s Ministry of Health to the National Catholic Health Service (NCHS) has recently been held at the Holy Spirit Cathedral, in Accra.

Posted on 16 May 2019 | 5:07 am

Card. Filoni to mark 350th anniversary of Church in Thailand

When the Apostolic Vicariate of Siam was created in 1662 with territories taken from what was then the Apostolic Vicariate of Cochin, it officially marked the establishment of the Catholic Church in what is Thailand today.

Posted on 15 May 2019 | 11:11 am

Irish Church Leaders: “A time for courageous leadership”

Christian leaders in Northern Ireland release a joint statement encouraging “substantive development” in talks between political parties, after having met with party leaders in Belfast.

Posted on 15 May 2019 | 9:58 am

Caritas Europa urges future EU parliamentarians to aid families

In a message in view of the May 15 International Day of Families, Caritas Europa is urging candidates contesting in the European Parliament elections this month to defend family values and interests.

Posted on 15 May 2019 | 9:11 am

Pope Francis: Never err in seeking dialogue

Pope Francis greeted members of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) following the General Audience, telling them dialogue is the better way to build tolerance and respect between religions.

Posted on 15 May 2019 | 7:11 am

Kenyan Bishop hosting South Sudan refugees calls for lasting peace

Kenya’s Bishop of Lodwar, Dominic Kimengich, whose diocese is hosting more than 200 000 refugees from South Sudan, has called on South Sudanese leaders and their people to heed Pope Francis’ call for lasting peace in their country.

Posted on 15 May 2019 | 7:00 am

Pope gives migrant children a ride on his popemobile

Pope Francis invites eight migrant children who recently arrived in Italy from Libya to take a ride with him on the popemobile as he makes his way through St. Peter’s Square for the weekly General Audience.

Posted on 15 May 2019 | 6:41 am

Pope at General Audience: Lord’s prayer confronts full range of evil

Pope Francis focuses his catechesis at the Wednesday General Audience on the final petition of the Lord’s prayer, saying Jesus is at our side to deliver us from all manner of evil.

Posted on 15 May 2019 | 4:14 am

Pope Francis' General Audience: English summary

At the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the Lord's prayer, and reflects on the final petition: "Deliver us from evil". The official English-language summary is below:

Posted on 15 May 2019 | 3:50 am

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