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Pope’s Christmas schedule

The Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff on December 10 issued the schedule of the Pope’s Christmas Season.

Posted on 11 December 2018 | 5:54 am

French Bishops call for dialogue after Paris protests

Bishops of Normandy hope to use church teaching as a bridge between the French Government and the “Yellow vests.”

Posted on 10 December 2018 | 7:03 am

Pope: Human rights first, even if it means going against the tide

Marking Human Rights Day, Pope Francis makes an appeal in a message to an International Conference on Human Rights, urging everyone to place human rights at the heart of all policies.

Posted on 10 December 2018 | 6:39 am

Pope Francis: everyone has the right to life and happiness

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we are reminded of Pope Francis’ untiring and outspoken campaign in favour of those rights lacking to many in today’s world.

Posted on 10 December 2018 | 6:21 am

Pope at Angelus: conversion is the way to wait for the Lord

The second Sunday of Advent teaches us that conversion is the way to wait for the Lord’s coming, Pope Francis says in his Angelus reflection with the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square.

Posted on 9 December 2018 | 6:11 am

Central American migrants stuck at Mexico/US border

Thousands of Central American migrants who`ve travelled all the way to the Mexican/US Border in the hopes of an El Dorado, are facing bitter so far but so near disappointment with little hope of asylum.

Posted on 8 December 2018 | 11:24 am

Clashes rock Paris fueled by fuel tax and social tensions

Clashes have broken out in Paris where police fired tear gas and detained hundreds of people as the French capital went on lockdown for the latest "yellow vest" protests against President Emmanuel Macron and France’s high taxes.

Posted on 8 December 2018 | 11:16 am

Pope in Piazza di Spagna: I come to pay you homage

Pope Francis visited the Piazza di Spagna in Rome on Saturday for the Pope's annual act of veneration of the image of Mary Immaculate.

Posted on 8 December 2018 | 10:48 am

Pope: martyrs of Algeria sign of brotherhood for the world

As Father Pierre Claverie and 18 other martyrs were Beatified on Saturday in Algeria, Pope Francis sent a message to the Algerian people.

Posted on 8 December 2018 | 9:00 am

Pope appoints new archbishop in Indonesia

Pope Francis on December 8 appointed Capuchin priest Fr. Kornelius Sipayung as the new Archbishop of Medan, Indonesia.

Posted on 8 December 2018 | 8:04 am

Pope announces that the Church has 19 new Blesseds

After reciting the Angelus along with thousands gathered in St Peter’s Square on Saturday, Pope Francis announced that 19 martyrs were beatified in Algeria.

Posted on 8 December 2018 | 7:24 am

Pope at Angelus: ‘Here I am is the greatest praise we can give to God'

On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St Peter’s square saying that we praise God when we say with Mary, “Here I am”.

Posted on 8 December 2018 | 7:05 am

“Sand Nativity” and Christmas tree of St. Peter’s Square unveiled

The Nativity scene in sand and the Christmas tree in the middle of St. Peter’s Square in Rome were inaugurated during a ceremony in the evening of November 7.

Posted on 8 December 2018 | 6:51 am

Pope Francis appoints a new bishop to the Diocese of Clogher, Ireland

On December 8, Pope Francis appoints Msgr Lawrence Duffy, the pastor of St Joseph’s Parish in Carrickmacross, Ireland, as the Bishop of the Diocese of Clogher, in Ireland.

Posted on 8 December 2018 | 6:01 am

Pope makes surprise “Mercy Friday” visits to Rome residences for the sick

Pope Francis pays surprise visits to two communities in Rome’s periphery that care for the sick and a group of intellectually challenged children.

Posted on 8 December 2018 | 5:24 am

Remote northeast Indian village in Arunachal Pradesh gets region’s biggest church

Neotan villagers received their new Sacred Heart Church on December 5, the day 19 years ago when they embraced Christ.

Posted on 7 December 2018 | 11:47 am

Order of Malta: 'Compact on Migration success in itself'

The Sovereign Order of Malta has expressed its satisfaction for the soon-to-be signed Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Posted on 7 December 2018 | 10:53 am

Holy See backs UN's Global Compact on Migration

The Holy See is participating in next week's Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Posted on 7 December 2018 | 8:51 am

Father Cantalamessa: 'God is in our midst'

Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher to the pontifical household, delivered the first in a series of Advent meditations on December 7, with Pope Francis among the members of the congregation.

Posted on 7 December 2018 | 7:58 am

Pope thanks donors of St. Peter’s Square Christmas crib and tree

The Pope thanks all those who donated this year’s Christmas Tree and Sand Nativity Scene in St Peter’s Square.

Posted on 7 December 2018 | 7:39 am

Pope Francis to visit the United Arab Emirates in February

The Vatican announced that Pope Francis is scheduled to travel to the United Arab Emirates in February to participate in an interfaith meeting.

Posted on 6 December 2018 | 7:12 am

Pope on martyrs of Algeria: martyrdom not a thing of the past

Pope Francis has written a letter to Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu on the occasion of the upcoming beatification of the 19 martyrs of Algeria on Saturday in Oran, Algeria.

Posted on 6 December 2018 | 7:12 am

Irish Bishops’ Winter Meeting focuses on various topics

The Bishops of Ireland met together on 4 and 5 December discussing such issues as the recent abortion referendum, Brexit, youth ministry, safeguarding children, and the publication of a book inspired by Amoris Laetitia.

Posted on 6 December 2018 | 6:59 am

Russia's leader warns US against leaving nuclear pact

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the United States that if it walks out of a key arms treaty and starts developing the type of missiles banned by it, Russia will do the same. He made the comments hours after the US said it would suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in 60 days.

Posted on 6 December 2018 | 4:41 am

Pope sends telegram following death of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush

Pope Francis and the U.S. Bishops assure the Bush family of their prayers, as four former U.S. presidents and President Donald Trump gather at the National Cathedral in Washington DC to pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush.

Posted on 5 December 2018 | 11:04 am

Cardinal Tagle visits Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

During his visit to Bangladesh, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, president of Caritas Internationalis appreciated Caritas Bangladesh’s work for Myanmar’s Rohingya minority Muslim refugees in the country.

Posted on 5 December 2018 | 8:51 am

CAFOD: Action and ambition needed on climate change

As the COP24 Climate Conference continues in Poland, CAFOD the official aid agency for the Catholic Church in England and Wales, stresses the importance of committing to renewable energy and what message it is bringing to this summit.

Posted on 5 December 2018 | 8:27 am

Pope at Audience: During Advent, ask Jesus to teach us to pray

At the Wednesday General audience, Pope Francis began a new cycle of catechesis, which will focus on the Lord’s prayer.

Posted on 5 December 2018 | 5:41 am

Ireland and Britain fight modern slavery

The Ambassadors of Ireland and Britain to the Holy See speak about their respective government’s anti-slavery policies at an event remembering the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

Posted on 4 December 2018 | 10:09 am

COP24: Climate summit focuses on Paris Agreement rule book

The COP24 Climate Conference taking place in Katowice, Poland continues Tuesday with negotiators getting down to the finer points of the meeting.

Posted on 4 December 2018 | 9:49 am

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