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UN: gross rights abuse in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet on June 21 presented a report on the rights situation in the troubled region of Ethiopia where there is also a threat of famine.

Posted on 22 June 2021 | 9:59 am

Regulations published regarding public contracts with Vatican

The Secretariat for the Economy publishes the Regulations for the implementation of the Apostolic Letter in the form of a Motu Proprio dated May 19, 2020, entitled "Norms on transparency, control and competition in the procedures for awarding public contracts of the Holy See and Vatican City State".

Posted on 22 June 2021 | 9:28 am

WHO warns poor countries do not have enough vaccine supplies

The World Health Organisation has warned that more than half of poorer nations receiving doses via the Covax sharing programme do not have enough supplies to continue. The shortages come as many nations in Africa and Latin America are seeing a surge in infections.

Posted on 22 June 2021 | 9:07 am

24 refugees to be welcomed in Italy thanks to Humanitarian Corridor

24 migrants are expected to arrive in Rome on Wednesday thanks to a humanitarian corridor organised by Caritas Italiana along with the Italian Bishops.

Posted on 22 June 2021 | 8:27 am

UN Report: Over 8,500 children used as child soldiers in 2020

A new report by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres to the Security Council shows more than 8,500 children were used as soldiers in 2020.

Posted on 22 June 2021 | 8:11 am

Gambetti: Masses at St. Peter's attentive to needs of the faithful

The Cardinal Archpriest of Saint Peter's Basilica outlines the recent norms on morning celebrations in the Vatican Basilica, recalling that liturgical services are not private functions and that it is more than appropriate for priests to concelebrate. He also clarifies exceptions and the need to accommodate legitimate requests from priests and groups of faithful, both for the Rite in its ordinary and extraordinary forms.

Posted on 22 June 2021 | 8:04 am

Cuban bishops oppose gender and reproductive education in schools

The Catholic Bishops of Cuba release a message in which they oppose the introduction of reproductive and gender education in schools.

Posted on 22 June 2021 | 7:07 am

Pope to grant Plenary Indulgences on World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly

On the occasion of the First World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, Pope Francis grants Plenary Indulgences to grandparents, the elderly and all the faithful who participate “motivated by a true spirit of penance and charity.”

Posted on 22 June 2021 | 6:47 am

Protection of Minors: New Secretary strengthens Church's commitment

Pope Francis appoints Fr Andrew Small from England as pro tempore Secretary for the Pontifical Council for the Protection of Minors.

Posted on 22 June 2021 | 6:07 am

Pope to the elderly: God sends his angels to console your loneliness

Pope Francis reassures the elderly that God is always with them in his message for the first-ever World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. He also reminds them of their vocation to preserve our roots and to pass on the faith to the younger ones.

Posted on 22 June 2021 | 6:03 am

Zimbabwe: Laudato sì campaign for a cleaner environment

The Zimbabwe Catholic Commission for the Laity (ZCCL) through the Catholic Professionals Network of Zimbabwe has launched a campaign to conserve the environment in the spirit of Laudato Si’.

Posted on 22 June 2021 | 3:53 am

English and French bishops call for better treatment of migrants

Bishops on both sides of the English Channel call for better treatment for migrants and refugees.

Posted on 21 June 2021 | 2:58 pm

EU bishops: Abortion is not a "human right"

On the eve of a controversial vote, the Commission of Bishops of the European Union release a statement on the "Matić Report" descriing it as "one-sided" on abortion.

Posted on 21 June 2021 | 2:08 pm

Myanmar cardinal urges people to have faith and hope

In his Sunday homily, Cardinal Charles Bo compared Myanmar’s ordeals to the boat tossed about in the stormy sea, which Jesus calms. The cardinal already sees “the light on the horizon”.

Posted on 21 June 2021 | 10:43 am

Catholic organizations ask Bishops for pastoral, moral leadership on immigration

Several Catholic organizations are encouraging Catholic Bishops in the US, Mexico and Central America to take urgent, concrete action in the Church's response to the challenge of immigration in the region.

Posted on 21 June 2021 | 8:21 am

ROACO turns gaze to Holy Land during plenary session

The Holy See’s humanitarian arm for the Oriental Churches kicks off its plenary meeting on Monday, with ROACO’s attention going to the Holy Land, Ethiopia, Armenia, and Georgia in particular.

Posted on 21 June 2021 | 5:38 am

Pope appeals for help for people of Myanmar and an open heart for refugees

Pope Francis unites his voice to that of the bishops of Myanmar to come to the aid of the thousands of displaced and starving. He also calls on us to open our hearts to refugees.

Posted on 20 June 2021 | 6:53 am

Ethiopian Bishops saddened by conflicts as the country goes to the polls.

Ethiopia’s Catholic Bishops are calling on Ethiopians to embrace ethnic co-existence and harmony. They also urge authorities to conduct elections that are “free, fair, peaceful and democratic.”

Posted on 20 June 2021 | 5:01 am

Russia blames rising Covid cases on lack of vaccinations

Russia's government has blamed a surge in COVID-19 cases on reluctance among Russians to have vaccinations. It comes amid concerns about a new Delta variant of the coronavirus following a reported record of more than 9,000 infections in Moscow, mainly with the new strain.

Posted on 19 June 2021 | 6:12 pm

Raisi wins Iran presidential election

The Iranian judge, a protege of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, won a landslide victory Saturday in the country's presidential election, in a vote that saw the lowest turnout in the Islamic Republic's history

Posted on 19 June 2021 | 6:04 pm

World Refugee Day: A clarion call to protect and support migrants

This 20 June, World Refugee Day shines the spotlight on the plight of migrants and refugees with calls to protect and support those on the move and forced to flee.

Posted on 19 June 2021 | 2:45 pm

US Bishops vote in favor of drafting document on Eucharist

The US Bishops meeting at their spring general assembly approve a plan to draft a text focusing on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the church. The vote in favor of the document came on the last day of their three-day gathering, which focused on a range of issues regarding the life of the Church.

Posted on 19 June 2021 | 8:49 am

Robert Schuman, father of European unity, on path to sainthood

Pope Francis has authorized the promulgation of a Decree advancing the causes for canonization of European statesman Robert Schuman, as well as ten Polish nuns martyred by Soviet troops at the end of World War II. The heroic virtues of a number of other holy men and women were also officially recognized.

Posted on 19 June 2021 | 7:52 am

Pope: "Deacons are the guardians of service in the Church"

Pope Francis on Saturday met a group of permanent deacons from Rome Diocese and spoke to them about their role, which he said is not a substitution for a priest or a bishop.

Posted on 19 June 2021 | 7:18 am

Caritas Europa: protect, promote and welcome on this World Refugee Day

The United Nations on Sunday marks its 20th World Refugee Day. Looking ahead to the observance, Caritas Europa describes the plight millions of people face worldwide as they seek refuge in countries that fight to send them back to where they are fleeing from.

Posted on 18 June 2021 | 10:50 am

US Supreme Court rules in favor of Catholic foster care agency

The United States Supreme Court upholds religious freedom in a unanimous ruling in the Fulton vs. Philadelphia case, which pitted a Catholic foster care agency against the Pennsylvanian city.

Posted on 18 June 2021 | 10:32 am

WHO: 1 in 100 deaths is by suicide

Over 700 000 people lose their life to suicide every year says a new study by the UN’s health agency.

Posted on 18 June 2021 | 10:29 am

Covid-19: UK records biggest daily rise in cases

The UK records over 10,000 daily coronavirus cases for first time since February. The current rise in infections is being blamed on the delta variant, which was first identified in India.

Posted on 18 June 2021 | 8:00 am

Pope’s charity reaches out again to Covid-hit countries

The Office of Papal Charities has sent ventilators and medical equipment to 9 countries, in a sign of Pope Francis' support for nations struggling with the pandemic.

Posted on 18 June 2021 | 7:56 am

Zambia’s first President, Kenneth Kaunda, has died.

Zambia’s founding President, Kenneth Kaunda, has died, aged 97.

Posted on 17 June 2021 | 6:32 pm

UN: Desertification and drought hit 3.2 billion people

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres released a message on World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, June 17. The Catholic Church has also been advocating the protection of the environment and the planet.

Posted on 17 June 2021 | 12:06 pm

UNICEF calls for investment in climate-resilient water infrastructure in Africa

UNICEF and the Global Water Partnership in Africa highlight the need for joint efforts to combat water insecurity through increased investment in climate-resilient water infrastructure.

Posted on 17 June 2021 | 10:20 am

Irish Bishops appeal for peace in Myanmar, Middle East and Northern Ireland

The Irish Bishops' Conference concludes its Summer General Meeting with a statement appealing for peace in Myanmar, the Middle East, and Northern Ireland, and urging the faithful in the country to avail themselves of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Posted on 17 June 2021 | 9:55 am

Another Catholic priest arrested by Myanmar military

Father Aung Ling of Hakha Diocese was arrested on Wednesday in Kanpetlet town on suspicion of providing food to a civil resistance group. He was released later.

Posted on 17 June 2021 | 8:01 am

Pope to ILO: 'Urgent need for economic reform and protection of all workers'

Marking 109 years since the founding of the International Labour Organisation, Pope Francis sends a video message in which he stresses the importance of the rights of the worker, each worker in each form of work, especially as we come out of this Covid-19 pandemic in hope of economic recovery.

Posted on 17 June 2021 | 7:59 am

COP26: ‘Faith and Science’ event to highlight efforts against climate crisis

The Holy See, Italy, and the United Kingdom are joining forces to host a pre-COP26 event showcasing the contribution faith and religion can make in combating climate change, at which Pope Francis will likely be present.

Posted on 17 June 2021 | 7:34 am

Holy See: Combat trafficking in persons through culture of respect, dignity

The permanent representative of the Holy See to the OSCE, Monsignor Janusz Urbańczyk, recommends joint efforts in tackling the deep-rooted causes of trafficking in persons through promoting policies capable of guaranteeing work for everyone, while respecting their human dignity.

Posted on 17 June 2021 | 6:43 am

Pope names ecclesiastical assistant for Dicastery for Communication

Pope Francis names Fr Luigi Maria Epicoco, from the Archdiocese of L’Aquila, Italy, as ecclesiastical assistant for the Dicastery for Communication and editorialist for L’Osservatore Romano. In an interview with Vatican News, Fr Epicoco describes communication as a channel for communion.

Posted on 17 June 2021 | 5:33 am

Brazilian Church calls day of prayer as Covid-19 victims approach half million

With nearly half a million Covid-19-related deaths reported and 17,5 million infections, Brazil will be soon crossing the dismal threshold of 500 thousand victims of the coronavirus.

Posted on 16 June 2021 | 4:22 pm

WCC shares hopes and prayers for peace as Biden and Putin meet

As US President Joe Biden meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the World Council of Churches expresses its prayerful wishes that the meeting might give “signs of hope” to the post-pandemic world.

Posted on 16 June 2021 | 4:16 pm

US Bishops call for 'humane and comprehensive' immigration reform

US bishops renew their call for a “humane and comprehensive” immigration reform that respects the rule of law, addresses the root causes of migration, and simultaneously protects those forced to migrate.

Posted on 16 June 2021 | 2:23 pm

Cardinal Grech: Synod is fruit of dialogue among Bishops' conferences

Cardinal Grech dicusses the process of inclusion between all Bishops Conferences prior to the next Synod of Bishops.

Posted on 16 June 2021 | 9:10 am

US Bishops kick off Spring meeting in virtual format

The Bishops of the United States are meeting virtually this week to discuss a range of issues from the canonization of two men to matters related to the liturgy.

Posted on 16 June 2021 | 8:49 am

Beirut Church to reopen following 2020 blast

The Jesuit Church of St Joseph in the Lebanese capital Beirut is due to open its doors again next month following the August 2020 dockside blast.

Posted on 16 June 2021 | 8:45 am

International Day of Family Remittances: UN urges support for migrants

Over 200 million migrant workers send over a trillion dollars every year in family remittances to support over 800 million relatives in low- and middle-income countries.

Posted on 16 June 2021 | 8:01 am

SA: Bishops challenge young people to create racial harmony.

As South Africa commemorated National Youth Day on 16 June, the country’s Bishops call for racial harmony in schools and larger South African society.

Posted on 16 June 2021 | 5:46 am

Pontifical Academy for life on disability and friendship

In this latest document, the Pontifical Academy for Life reflects on the experiences of people with disabilities during the pandemic, and highlights the importance of providing disabled persons with special attention and support.

Posted on 15 June 2021 | 10:13 am

Covid-19: British Prime Minister delays lifting of restrictions

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has delayed by four weeks the planned lifting of most remaining Covid-19 restrictions in England, with the new date now set for July 19th. Johnson said if the government were to lift restrictions on June 21st as first planned, there could be thousands more deaths owing to the rapid spread of the more infectious Delta variant.

Posted on 15 June 2021 | 7:36 am

Caritas: 'Share the Journey' campaign ends but journey continues

Caritas Internationalis announces the end of its “Share the journey” campaign of solidarity with migrants and refugees with a press conference on Tuesday. The organization however promises that though the campaign formally ends, the mission of journeying with migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons still continues.

Posted on 15 June 2021 | 7:23 am

Pope to political leaders: ‘Convert death into life, weapons into food'

Pope Francis sends a video-message to participants in the 16th edition of the GLOBSEC Bratislava Forum where political leaders and ministers are focusing on rebuilding the post-pandemic world.

Posted on 15 June 2021 | 6:46 am

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