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US Bishops: Systematic racism led to the death of George Floyd

Following the murder of George Floyd, Bishop Shelton Fabre, Chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, speaks of the systematic racism the US faces today.

Posted on 2 June 2020 | 12:46 pm

Vatican’s Migrants & Refugees Section issues weekly bulletin on Covid-19

This week’s bulletin issued by the Vatican’s Migrant and Refugees Section focuses on providing information to displaced people and communities, meeting the basic needs of refugees and migrants, and offering them shelter.

Posted on 2 June 2020 | 11:06 am

“We run together”: An instance of solidarity amid trying times

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, speaks to Vatican News about “We Run Together”, a charity fundraising sports initiative scheduled for 8 June.

Posted on 2 June 2020 | 11:05 am

Fr. Michael McGivney: Coronavirus victim and soon-to-be Blessed

Looking for a saint in these Covid-19-troubled times? Look no further than Venerable Fr. Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, who died during a coronavirus pandemic in 1890.

Posted on 2 June 2020 | 9:32 am

Philippine Bishops warn against online child sexual predators

As online child sexual exploitation in the Philippines has more than tripled during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Catholic Church is calling on families to protect their children.

Posted on 2 June 2020 | 8:19 am

Nigerian Christian Association calls for security consciousness

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) appeals for an increase in security measures to protect churches and church leaders in the wake of the kidnapping of Bishop Joseph Masin, its Nasarawa State Chapter chairman.

Posted on 2 June 2020 | 6:54 am

Bishops of Northern Ireland contest new abortion law

Bishops of Northern Ireland call on Members of their Assembly to oppose new abortion regulations introduced by the Westminster Parliament.

Posted on 2 June 2020 | 6:13 am

Mexico lifts lockdown amid pandemic

Mexico's President is opening up the country and going on a tour of its south, to re-boot the plummeting economy, in spite of an ominous increase in the new coronavirus infection and death rate in an attempt to find a balance between jobs and lives.

Posted on 2 June 2020 | 4:55 am

Doctor to Doctor: Order of Malta helps tailor best practices in fight against Covid-19

Virologists, immunologists, ICU staff and government health authorities get together online for sessions aimed at tackling the Covid-19 crisis in the best possible way for specific countries and situations.

Posted on 1 June 2020 | 12:32 pm

Pope dedicates ambulance to care for Rome’s homeless

Pope Francis dedicates a Vatican ambulance to serve the poor who sleep rough on the streets of Rome.

Posted on 1 June 2020 | 12:11 pm

US bishops condemn killing of George Floyd, deplore violence and destruction

As widespread violence and unrest grip the United States over the killing of yet another unarmed African-American man, the country’s Catholic bishops condemn the act saying, “racism has been tolerated for too long”.

Posted on 1 June 2020 | 11:51 am

India Christian Churches pray online at Pentecost against pandemic

An ecumenical initiative brought together the faithful of various Christian Churches of India for an online prayer service on Pentecost Sunday, during which they prayed to the Holy Spirit for the nation.

Posted on 1 June 2020 | 9:10 am

Full text: Pope's Message to Consecrated Virgins

Below is the full text of Pope's Francis's Message on the fiftieth anniversary of the promulgation of the revised Rite of Consecration of Virgins.

Posted on 1 June 2020 | 9:07 am

Pope to Consecrated Virgins: Be women of mercy, experts in humanity

In a Message on the fiftieth anniversary of the promulgation of the revised Rite of Consecration of Virgins, Pope Francis reminds Consecrated Virgins that through their calling they reflect the unity of the Church, the Bride of Christ.

Posted on 1 June 2020 | 9:02 am

Cyprus to deter migrants with SMS warning

In an effort to deter migrants from attempting to land on Cyprus, the government in Nicosia is launching an SMS text message campaign to dispel the mistaken belief the country is a gateway to the European Union.

Posted on 1 June 2020 | 7:41 am

Pope Francis unifies 2 Canadian dioceses and appoints bishop

Pope Francis unifies the Canadian Dioceses of Mont-Laurier and Saint-Jérôme as "in person episcopi", and appoints Bishop Raymond Poisson as the bishop of the newly-created Diocese.

Posted on 1 June 2020 | 6:53 am

Cardinal Nichols calls on UK government to reopen churches

The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, calls on the British government to reopen churches ahead of the scheduled reopening on 4 July.

Posted on 1 June 2020 | 6:33 am

African Bishops’ plea for urgent debt forgiveness

Faced with the devastating COVID-19 pandemic that has already wreaked havoc with African livelihoods, the Catholic Bishops of Africa under the umbrella association of SECAM are proposing debt forgiveness as one way forward.

Posted on 1 June 2020 | 6:31 am

Pope Francis enacts new Vatican law for awarding public contracts

Pope Francis releases an Apostolic Letter creating legislation to govern the awarding of public contracts of the Holy See and Vatican City State, which shall follow the principles of transparency, centralized control, and competition to reduce the risk of corruption.

Posted on 1 June 2020 | 6:02 am

Pope Francis: in mission with Jesus, the 'Father's Missionary'

On Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis releases the annual Message for World Mission Sunday, placing mission with the context of the current coronavirus pandemic.

Posted on 31 May 2020 | 7:03 am

Pope at Regina Coeli prays for poor and vulnerable of Amazonia

At the Regina Coeli on Sunday, Pope Francis prays for the Church and society in the Amazon region.

Posted on 31 May 2020 | 6:40 am

Pope Francis: Church is reconciled community ready for mission

At the Regina Coeli on Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis reflects on the missionary character of the Church.

Posted on 31 May 2020 | 6:13 am

Pentecost challenges our superficial differences as humans

If then indeed we have the Spirit of Christ, why do we, in Africa, have Christian leaders in authority and yet people are still living in abject poverty? All this amid an abundance of natural resources.

Posted on 31 May 2020 | 5:04 am

Pope at Pentecost: Holy Spirit unites Christians as God’s children in self-giving

On the Solemnity of Pentecost, Pope Francis urges Christians to ask the Holy Spirit to free them from the paralysis of selfishness and make a gift of themselves by serving and doing good. Playback included.

Posted on 31 May 2020 | 4:40 am

Pope Francis’s Pentecost message for ecumenical prayer movement

Pope Francis shares a Pentecost message for “Thy Kingdom Come”, an annual global ecumenical prayer movement promoted by the Right Reverend Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Posted on 31 May 2020 | 4:08 am

Vatican Museums: Beauty that Unites! 51

Beauty creates communion. It unites onlookers from a distance, uniting past, present and future. Pope Francis has recalled this on a number of occasions. The Church has always translated the universality of the Good News into the language of art. From this premise, this dramatic moment in history characterized by uncertainty and isolation, gives rise to this initiative which is a partnership between the Vatican Museum and Vatican News: Masterpieces from the Vatican Collection accompanied by comments from the words of the Popes.

Posted on 31 May 2020 | 1:36 am

Pope to CHARIS: May we bring an end to the pandemic of poverty

Pope Francis sends a video message to CHARIS (Catholic Charismatic Renewal International Service) on the eve of Pentecost, and warns that life after the pandemic will not be the same so we must take advantage of this opportunity to improve the lives of the most vulnerable.

Posted on 31 May 2020 | 1:16 am

UN shock at Libya migrant slaughter

Lybian authorities confirm the killing of 30 migrants by the the family of a Libyan people trafficker seeking revenge..

Posted on 30 May 2020 | 3:01 pm

‘Laudato Tree’: healing the planet, empowering its people

With the backing of Pope Francis and a gift of 1000 trees from Cardinal Turkson, the ‘Laudato Tree’ initiative to help build the Great Green Wall in the Sahel is a prime example of “ecological conversion in action”.

Posted on 30 May 2020 | 2:21 pm

Gathered together in prayer with Mary the Mother of Jesus

Thousands of people joined the approximately 130 persons gathered in the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens to recite the Rosary with Pope Francis on the last Saturday of the month of May.

Posted on 30 May 2020 | 12:56 pm

WHO warns against tobacco industry targeting teenagers

31 May marks World No Tobacco Day. The focus in 2020 is on teenagers who are being increasingly targeted by the tobacco industry with nine out of 10 smokers starting before they are 18 years old.

Posted on 30 May 2020 | 11:58 am

Pope to priests of Rome: Promote new life Jesus wants to give us

In a letter addressed to the priests of the Diocese of Rome, Pope Francis looks forward to the next phase of efforts to respond to the new situation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted on 30 May 2020 | 10:32 am

ACN reaches out to Pakistan’s Christians hit by Covid-19 crisis

In Pakistan, many poor Christians and members of religious minorities continue to be denied food aid and basic necessities during the Covid- 19 emergency.

Posted on 30 May 2020 | 8:43 am

Pope Francis donates Ventilators to Zambia

Pope Francis has donated 3 ventilators and other medical supplies to Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) in support to the fight against Covid-19.

Posted on 30 May 2020 | 6:27 am

US Bishops: Racism not a thing of the past

Saying they are “broken-hearted, sickened, and outraged to watch another video of an African American man being killed before our very eyes”, leaders of the USCCB call for the “real and present danger” of racism to be met head on.

Posted on 30 May 2020 | 5:22 am

Safeguarding during Covid-19: A Victim’s Perspective

Almost 500 people from 70 countries registered for a webinar sponsored by the International Safeguarding Conference on the theme “A Safer Church” on Friday afternoon.

Posted on 29 May 2020 | 11:01 am

Why we pray during a global pandemic

During times of great uncertainty, small moments of meaning inevitably emerge that invite us to think differently about our present situation.

Posted on 29 May 2020 | 10:42 am

Russia admits higher Covid-19 deathtoll amid journalist detentions

Russian authorities admit that more people have died of Covid-19 than previously disclosed. The government is also accused of misusing the pandemic to suppress dissent by detaining journalists and other critics.

Posted on 29 May 2020 | 9:17 am

Covid-19 and the future of the European economy

In an interview with Vatican Radio, the CEO of Social Justice Ireland talks about the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and the path forward.

Posted on 29 May 2020 | 8:50 am

Covid-19: Masses resume in Timor-Leste churches

The resumption of Masses, under continuing health protocols, comes after no new Covid-19 cases were reported in the last two weeks. However, the government has extended the state of emergency by a month.

Posted on 29 May 2020 | 8:33 am

Venezuelan Bishops appeal for transformative national plan

In a message issued on Thursday, the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference denounces the situation of suffering experienced by Venezuelans and appeals for social, economic and political transformation.

Posted on 29 May 2020 | 7:20 am

Webinars aim to strengthen Church’s safeguarding best practices

A new series of web seminars is intended to strengthen safeguarding good practice throughout the world, and to help safeguarding professionals reach out to victims.

Posted on 29 May 2020 | 6:05 am

How to pray the Rosary with the Pope on Saturday

Join Pope Francis in praying the Rosary on Saturday, 30 May, for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic. Ways to participate are indicated below.

Posted on 29 May 2020 | 2:38 am

Pope sends blessing to Churches in UK and Ireland for Day for Life

Pope Francis sends his blessings to the Catholic Church in the UK and Ireland for the annual Day for Life, and invites everyone to uphold the dignity of every human life.

Posted on 28 May 2020 | 11:48 am

Nobel Peace Prize winner calls for culture of solidarity

The founder of Servizio Paz y Justicia, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, speaks to Vatican Media about Covid-19 in Latin America and the need for a culture of solidarity.

Posted on 28 May 2020 | 9:57 am

Covid-19: Catholic NGOs reach out to victims of trafficking and slavery

Reports from various parts of the Catholic world received by the Vatican's Migrants and Refugees Section indicate that human trafficking and slavery are continuing, perhaps even growing, under the Covid-19 lockdown.

Posted on 28 May 2020 | 9:46 am

Pope Francis thanks Rome’s Astalli Center for assisting refugees

Pope Francis sends a message to the Jesuit-run Astalli Center in Rome to express appreciation for assisting migrants and refugees.

Posted on 28 May 2020 | 8:56 am

Covid-19: Vatican urges OSCE to promote religious freedom amid rising intolerance

The Holy See warns that religiously-motivated hate crimes are on the rise, as the Covid-19 pandemic increases intolerance and inequality.

Posted on 28 May 2020 | 7:15 am

European Bishops advocate for justice in EU’s recovery fund

The Bishops of the European Union welcome a proposed EU recovery fund to deal with the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic, but says justice for the most vulnerable and the environment must form its core.

Posted on 28 May 2020 | 5:03 am

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