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Card. Ayuso: We are called to collaborate in healing the wounds of our humanity

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue hosts a one day meeting aimed at enhancing interreligious solidarity in the service of a vulnerable and wounded humanity

Posted on 10 December 2019 | 11:20 am

Six killed in Czech hospital shooting

The government of the Czech Republic has confirmed that a gunman with an illegal weapon shot dead six people and wounded three more in a hospital waiting room in the Czech city of Ostrava. After the attack the gunman took his own life.

Posted on 10 December 2019 | 11:15 am

Tanzanian President releases 5 000 prisoners

As Tanzania marked its 58th anniversary of independence, President, John Magufuli Monday pardoned more than 5,000 prisoners across the country.

Posted on 10 December 2019 | 11:05 am

Human Rights Day celebrates young people’s activism

Human Rights Day commemorates the 10 December 1948 adoption by the UN General Assembly of the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaims the inalienable rights of all people.

Posted on 10 December 2019 | 10:28 am

Pope at Mass: God corrects and comforts us with tenderness

Pope Francis, in his homily at the Mass at the Casa Santa Marta chapel in the Vatican, speaks about how the Lord consoles and corrects us. He reflects on the Parable of the Lost Sheep in Matthew’s Gospel.

Posted on 10 December 2019 | 8:03 am

Human Rights Day: Caritas Europa invites EU to leave no one behind

On Human Rights Day, Caritas Europa calls on the European Union to prioritize integral human development and the protection of human rights over economic growth.

Posted on 10 December 2019 | 7:06 am

Why I gave Pope Francis the "Tree of Life"

The "Tree of Life" symbolizes the interconnected nature of all things in the universe. Fr Cedric Prakash SJ, who recently had the occasion to meet Pope Francis in the Vatican, explains why he chose this symbol as a gift for the Pope.

Posted on 10 December 2019 | 6:45 am

Contemporary graphic artwork features in Vatican Museums' new exhibition

A peek behing the scenes gives us a glimpse of the Vatican Museums' Collection of Contemporary Art exhibition featuring graphic design and artwork of the 20th century. The exhibition is open from 10 December 2019 to 29 February 2020 in the Braccio di Carlo Magno in Saint Peter's Square.

Posted on 10 December 2019 | 6:41 am

Christus vivit, faith does not ignore history

One year after the Synod on young people, Catholic youth from around the world engage with "Christus vivit", Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation. The documents says, "The world has never benefited ... from a rupture between generations", but the elderly and the young when united is like the roots guiding the future. And what more beautiful roots could there be than to be a Christian from the Holy Land? It is Meera's hope, a young Palestinian, who says: "here, the Gospel is a 'living stone'.

Posted on 10 December 2019 | 6:00 am

Pope: Father Fiorito teaches how to be God’s friends

Father Miguel Ángel Fiorito, an Argentine Jesuit who died in 2005, was one of the great masters of spirituality in the Society of Jesus. He formed generations of Latin American Jesuits, including Pope Francis himself. The Jesuit magazine, “La Civiltà Cattolica”, is publishing the “Writings” of the revered priest, and the Pope who has written the preface and will personally launch the collection this week.

Posted on 9 December 2019 | 11:51 am

Pope visits exhibition of 100 Nativity Scenes

Pope Francis pays a visit to an exhibition of Nativity Scenes on Monday afternoon.

Posted on 9 December 2019 | 11:49 am

5 dead and many missing following New Zealand volcano

Deputy Police Commissioner John Timms confirmed the numbers of the dead and the present state of rescue efforts.

Posted on 9 December 2019 | 11:11 am

Australian Catholic Youth urged to rebuild Christ's Church

“Listen to What the Spirit is Saying” is the theme of the December 8-10 Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2019 (ACYF19), promoted by the Office for Youth of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ACBC).

Posted on 9 December 2019 | 9:04 am

When the 'shoeshine' boys sped up the 'Scala Regia'

Pope Francis on Monday received in audience a group of supporters and friends of the organization “A Chance in Life”. The foundation runs what are known as Boys’ and Girls’ Towns all over the world. As this Vatican Radio Archive Programme narrates, the first "Boys' Town" was founded in Rome by Irish priest, Monsignor Carroll-Abbing to provide WW2 orphans with a home and an education.

Posted on 9 December 2019 | 8:24 am

Pope to Seminarians: Remain close to God to avoid clericalism and rigidity

Pope Francis on Monday receives seminarians from the Pontifical Regional Seminary Flaminio located in Bologna on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of its foundation.

Posted on 9 December 2019 | 8:06 am

Pope encourages education centred on the person and the environment

Pope Francis meets supporters of the organization “A Chance in Life”, founded in 1945 and dedicated to serving disadvantaged youth through education and formation initiatives around the world.

Posted on 9 December 2019 | 7:23 am

Pope entrusts sinners to Mary in prayer for Immaculate Conception

Pope Francis visits Rome’s Piazza di Spagna on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and prays that Our Lady may help free us from corruption of heart.

Posted on 8 December 2019 | 11:04 am

Pope at Angelus: May our whole life be a “yes” to God

The Blessed Virgin Mary, conceived without sin and full of grace, is at the centre of today's feast. In his reflection before the Angelus, the Pope highlights all her beauty: a masterpiece even in her humility, capable of making room for God without complacency and ready to put herself at the service of others. May she be a model of our communities and of our life.

Posted on 8 December 2019 | 6:59 am

Cardinal Tagle is the new Prefect of Propaganda Fide

Cardinal Filoni becomes Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre. The Archbishop of Manila succeeds him at the head of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Posted on 8 December 2019 | 6:14 am

Huma’s parents appeal to Pope: “Francis, help us!”

The parents of a 14-year-old Christian Huma Younas have asked Pope Francis and civil authorities for help after their daughter was kidnapped and forced to marry one of the kidnappers. “The interest of the international community is crucial,” says a lawyer who is following the case.

Posted on 8 December 2019 | 5:46 am

SAT-7 satellite TV beaming the Christian message of hope to a troubled region

A Christian Satellite TV network bringing hope, education and entertainment to millions of Arabic-speakers in 21 countries across the Middle East and North Africa, takes up the challenge of doing more for the suffering Christians in Iraq and in Syria.

Posted on 7 December 2019 | 12:21 pm

Mexico welcomes US move to hold off designating drug cartels as terrorist cells

Mexico`s President is welcoming a decision from US President Donald Trump to temporarily hold off designating Mexican drug cartels as terrorist cells.

Posted on 7 December 2019 | 11:24 am

Austria and Moldova uncover nuclear smuggling ring

Europe's police agency says authorities in Austria and Moldova have broken up an organized crime ring suspected of smuggling nuclear materials. The revelations come amid worries about the uncontrolled spread of nuclear materials and concerns expressed by Pope Francis regarding the use and the possession of nuclear weapons.

Posted on 7 December 2019 | 11:10 am

Pope urges cinema to continue to be a school of humanism

Pope Francis on Saturday received in audience members of Italy’s Catholic Association of Community Cinema Hall Operators (ACEC).

Posted on 7 December 2019 | 8:45 am

Pope to Catholic NGOs: Move forward with courage and hope

Pope Francis welcomed Papal representatives, representatives of Dicasteries of the Roman Curia, and members of Catholic-inspired NGOs to the “See of Peter” on Saturday, as a symbol of their “communion with the universal Church”.

Posted on 7 December 2019 | 6:14 am

Cardinal Czerny: My family during World War II

In a Vatican News exclusive, Cardinal Michael Czerny, SJ, the Under-Secretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, recounts the experience of his family during the Second World War.

Posted on 7 December 2019 | 4:40 am

Germany's Merkel visits Auschwitz amid rising anti-semitism

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has visited the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz amid concerns about rising anti-semitism in Germany and Europe and brought with here a massive. She carefully walked through the gates of the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau with the notorious words "Arbeit Macht Frei."

Posted on 6 December 2019 | 11:12 am

Peace agreement and Pope Francis’ visit giving hope to the people of South Sudan

“We are a family of God’s people, in participatory service to the Church.” This is the theme of the first Diocesan Synod organised by the Diocese of Tombura-Yambio in South Sudan.

Posted on 6 December 2019 | 10:28 am

Pope urges researchers on social issues to smell like sheep

Pope Francis on Friday received in audience the officials and staff of the Italian weekly magazine, “Aggiornamenti Sociali”. In a prepared text he handed them, he encouraged a preferential love for the poor and building of bridges among people through listening, dialogue and walking together.

Posted on 6 December 2019 | 9:27 am

Fr Cantalamessa gives first Advent reflection to Pope and Roman Curia

The Preacher of the Papal Household, Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, gives his first Advent reflection at the Redemptoris Mater Chapel in the Apostolic Palace. Below is the full text of his sermon.

Posted on 6 December 2019 | 7:07 am

Pope to Italian notaries: Uphold the law in justice and charity

Pope Francis meets with representatives of Italy’s National Notary Fund, and urges notaries public to mediate the law in respect for the dignity and rights of their clients.

Posted on 6 December 2019 | 6:59 am

Massive strikes interrupt France's daily life

Massive strikes over proposed pension reforms bring France to a stand-still, gripping transport systems, closing schools, and leaving garbage piled high. The hardest hit is the French capital Paris where many residents and tourists struggle to cope with the most significant public sector actions in decades.

Posted on 5 December 2019 | 11:47 am

Burkina Faso bishop: ‘the West is ignoring the plight of Christians in West Africa’

The Catholic Bishops of Burkina Faso send their condolences to the Federation of Evangelical Church Mission in the country following an attack on the weekend that killed over a dozen people in a Protestant church.

Posted on 5 December 2019 | 11:23 am

School in NE India run race for safety of women

Students of Newman School in Arunachal Pradesh state concluded their annual sports day by running a race calling for awareness and action against violence and outrage against women in the country.

Posted on 5 December 2019 | 11:20 am

The story of a priest held hostage by Isis

Father Jacques Mourad is a Syrian-Catholic priest. In 2015, he spent five months as a hostage of jihadist terrorists in Syria. He describes it as a spiritual experience and says it was praying the Rosary and recalling the teachings of Jesuit Father Paolo Dall’Oglio that gave him peace and strength.

Posted on 5 December 2019 | 10:36 am

Pope welcomes another group of refugees from Lesbos accompanied by Card. Krajewski

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski left for Lesbos on Monday. This new mission follows that of last May and comes after the visit of Pope Francis to Lesbos in 2016. The Apostolic Almoner will return next Wednesday with a group of 33 refugees. Another 10 will arrive by the end of the year. Assistance for all of them will be provided by the Holy See and the Sant'Egidio Community.

Posted on 5 December 2019 | 10:22 am

Pope's December prayer intention: The future of the very young

Pope Francis on Thursday released a video message accompanying his prayer intention for December, which this month is "The future of the very young".

Posted on 5 December 2019 | 9:59 am

Pope’s dream for Jesuits in Thailand and Japan: a young church close to the people

During his Apostolic Journey to Thailand and Japan, November 19-26, Pope Francis, who is a Jesuit, had separate private meetings with the Jesuits in Bangkok and Tokyo. The conversation of the Pope has now been published by the respected Jesuit periodical, “La Civiltà Cattolica”. We bring you summaries of the issues raised during the two meetings.

Posted on 5 December 2019 | 9:56 am

Pope and Grand Imam propose a World Day of Fraternity to the UN

The request was delivered to the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, by the High Committee for Human Fraternity, established to promote the objectives of the Document on Human Fraternity. In addition to a World Day, the group also proposed a World Summit on Human Fraternity.

Posted on 5 December 2019 | 9:39 am

A Hidden Life: Screening in the Vatican

A screening of A Hidden Life, the life of conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter, takes place in the Vatican with renowned writer and director Terrence Malick present on Wednesday afternoon.

Posted on 5 December 2019 | 8:25 am

Pope thanks Italian dioceses for gift of Christmas tree and crib

Pope Francis meets with a delegation from the Italian dioceses of Trento, Padua and Vittorio Veneto and thanks them for the gift of the Christmas tree and nativity scene to the Vatican this year.

Posted on 5 December 2019 | 8:18 am

‘Gospel Truth’ for December 8, 2019

Listen to this week's edition of our reflections on the Gospel reading for the second Sunday of Advent, where John the Baptist says, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!", prepared by the late Jill Bevilacqua.

Posted on 5 December 2019 | 8:16 am

Bishop Hinder: International pressure needed for a peaceful resolution in Yemen

As the conflict in Yemen drags on, Bishop Paul Hinder of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia says the international community needs to apply pressure to get those involved around the negotiating table.

Posted on 5 December 2019 | 7:53 am

Reflections for the II Sunday of Advent

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the second Sunday of Advent. He says that John the Baptist in today’s Gospel summons us to play our essential part by leading lives of repentance, conversion, and renewal, thus preparing the way for the Lord's second coming.

Posted on 5 December 2019 | 7:48 am

Pope at Mass: We base our lives on Christ, not on appearances

In his homily at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday, Pope Francis reminds us that our lives are built upon the “eternal Rock”, who is the Lord, and in Him we find happiness.

Posted on 5 December 2019 | 6:37 am

Christus vivit, having a guardian angel beside you

One year after the Synod on young people, Catholic youth from around the world engage with "Christus vivit", Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation. One passage reads, "Young people need to have their freedom respected, yet they also need to be accompanied. The family should be the first place of accompaniment". Jeanine from Malta tells us about the importance of accompanying young people. She says that having a mentor can really help when life gets hard.

Posted on 5 December 2019 | 6:00 am

Pope: Mariology helps foster dialogue and fraternity among cultures

Pope Francis sends a message to the XXIV public session of the Pontifical Academies where the annual Award was presented to Dr. Carme López Calderón and to the Reverend Ionuț-Cătălin Blidar for their commitment to theological research.

Posted on 4 December 2019 | 12:19 pm

Burkina Faso Bishops inaugurate new headquarters for justice and peace

Amidst a climate of persecution against Christians, the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace in Burkina Faso inaugurated their new headquarters; a symbol of the revitalisation hoped for in the struggle for peace in the region.

Posted on 4 December 2019 | 10:23 am

Council of Cardinals discusses new Apostolic Constitution

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Council of Cardinals took place at the Vatican from 2-4 December

Posted on 4 December 2019 | 9:45 am

Maltese bishops appeal for unity in the pursuit of the common good

The Catholic Bishops of Malta issue an appeal for unity on the island nation at a time in which division could lead to the “trap of hatred, lies and violence.”

Posted on 4 December 2019 | 9:20 am

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