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Journalist shot dead in Northern Ireland

Police in Northern Ireland say the dissident republican group, the New IRA, was most likely responsible for the fatal shooting of a journalist during overnight rioting in the Creggan area of the city of Londonderry.

Posted on 19 April 2019 | 9:26 am

Pope exchanges greetings with the Chief Rabbi of Rome

Pope Francis and the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni, exchange greetings for the Christian feast of Easter and the Jewish festival of the Passover, respectively.

Posted on 19 April 2019 | 8:49 am

Indian bishops: Good Friday continues even today but is not the end

Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, the Secretary-General of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), released a Good Friday message scheduled for broadcast on All India Radio.

Posted on 19 April 2019 | 8:28 am

Good Friday: Jesus calls us to be Good Samaritans to restore human dignity

Sr. Eugenia Bonetti who has composed this year’s mediations for the Way of the Cross at Rome’s Colosseum says, they are meant to show in a very simple way “what it means to be a Samaritan today”.

Posted on 19 April 2019 | 7:48 am

Triduum continues with Good Friday and Easter Vigil

The Easter Triduum continues with the Passion of the Lord and the Way of the Cross on Good Friday as the Church prepares for the resurrection of Our Lord on Easter Sunday.

Posted on 19 April 2019 | 6:34 am

China: Bishop concelebrates Chrism Mass with Ordinary

Chinese Bishop Vincenzo Guo Xijin concelebrates the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, together with the Ordinary of the Diocese of Mindong (Fujian). A significant sign for the unity of the Church that shows the willingness of Beijing authorities to abide by the Provisional Agreement signed with the Holy See last September.

Posted on 18 April 2019 | 12:33 pm

Pope washes inmates' feet at Mass of Lord’s Supper

Pope Francis celebrates the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday in a prison near Rome, washing the feet of 12 inmates.

Posted on 18 April 2019 | 12:09 pm

Australian Bishops call for politics that promote peace

Ahead of Australian federal elections, scheduled to be held on Saturday 18 May, the Australian Catholic Bishops have issued a statement calling for respect and peaceful public debate during the election campaign.

Posted on 18 April 2019 | 9:54 am

Pope gifts priests with homilies of his Chrism Masses

At the end of the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday morning in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis handed each priest a collection of his homilies of Holy Thursday Chrism Masses as Pope, including this year’s.

Posted on 18 April 2019 | 7:17 am

Pope Francis to priests: We are anointed in order to anoint

On the morning of Holy Thursday, during the Chrism Mass in St Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis reflected on “three graces that characterize the relationship between Jesus and the people”.

Posted on 18 April 2019 | 6:26 am

South Sudan has suffered Crucifixion through the war

The South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) has said that the people of South Sudan have grievously suffered the force of the crucifixion through a war that has devastated the country from 2013.

Posted on 18 April 2019 | 6:19 am

Korean Church regrets court ruling on abortion

South Korea’s Constitutional Court ruled on April 11 that the country’s restrictions on abortion are unconstitutional. It ordered the law be revised by the end of 2020.

Posted on 18 April 2019 | 4:58 am

Pope’s Holy Thursday Chrism Mass: full text of homily

Pope Francis on April 18 led the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass in Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica in commemoration of the institution of the Holy Eucharist as well as the priesthood by Jesus at the Last Supper.

Posted on 18 April 2019 | 4:18 am

President Trump phones Pope over Notre Dame fire

American President Donald Trump expresses his closeness to the Pope after the fire at the Paris Cathedral of Notre Dame

Posted on 18 April 2019 | 2:45 am

Holy Thursday and the Easter Triduum

Holy Thursday marks the end of Lent. On this day there are two celebrations: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The evening Mass is also called "Coena Domini" and marks the beginning of the Easter Triduum, the three days in which the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus are commemorated.

Posted on 18 April 2019 | 2:24 am

Cardinal Pengo worried about Catholics getting holy oils from other Churches

“When you go to other Churches for holy oils, what more do you seek that is not in your own Church?” Cardinal Pengo asks the faithful of Tanzania during Chrism Mass.

Posted on 17 April 2019 | 10:59 am

‘Gospel Truth’ for April 19, 2019

Listen to our reflections on the Cross of Christ, prepared by the late Jill Bevilacqua.

Posted on 17 April 2019 | 10:46 am

Reflections for Maundy Thursday

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the Maundy Thursday. He says that we remember how Jesus transformed the Jewish Passover into the New Testament Passover.

Posted on 17 April 2019 | 8:59 am

Meditations for Good Friday Via Crucis at the Colosseum

Sr Eugenia Bonetti presents her meditations for the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum, to take place in Rome on Good Friday. The 14 Stations highlight the victims of human trafficking, minors who are bought and sold, prostituted women, and migrants.

Posted on 17 April 2019 | 8:26 am

Pope thanks rescuers who risked lives to save Notre Dame Cathedral

Pope Francis says his thoughts remain close to Parisians and the people of France, as donations for the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral pour in from around the world.

Posted on 17 April 2019 | 7:23 am

Pope at General Audience: Glorifying and trusting in the Father amid trials

At Wednesday's General Audience, Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the “Our Father”, focusing on three prayers of Christ during His passion and death.

Posted on 17 April 2019 | 7:04 am

Pope Francis' General Audience: English summary

At Wednesday’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican, Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the Lord's Prayer, “Our Father”. This Holy Week, he focuses on three prayers of Jesus to the Father as He nears His death and resurrection. Below please find the official English-language summary of his catechesis:

Posted on 17 April 2019 | 4:39 am

Some 12,000 expected for Philippine National Youth Day in Cebu

Cebu Archdiocese is hosting the National Youth Day (NYD) of the Philippine Catholic Church from April 23 to 28.

Posted on 17 April 2019 | 3:19 am

Sowing the seeds of hope in South Sudan

The new Executive Director of “Solidarity with South Sudan” reflects on Pope Francis’ powerful appeal to the young nation’s rival leaders for peace and pleads with men and women across the world not to forget the people as they struggle to build a future.

Posted on 16 April 2019 | 1:06 pm

Sudanese protestors repeat demands for civilian government

After the ouster of long-time President Omar al-Bashir, demonstrators are calling for the military to relinquish power to a civilian government.

Posted on 16 April 2019 | 8:44 am

Holy See urges promotion and protection of human rights of the elderly

Archbishop Bernadito Auza, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York, on April 15 addressed a working group on the promotion and protection of the human rights of older persons.

Posted on 16 April 2019 | 8:13 am

Notre Dame fire: Pope joins Paris in sorrow, Vatican offers technical expertise

Pope Francis expresses his sorrow to the Archbishop of Paris, and the people of France, for the fire that devastated Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral, as the Vatican offers technical assistance for the historic sanctuary’s reconstruction.

Posted on 16 April 2019 | 8:04 am

Palm Sunday marked in Manila and NE India

Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle on Palm Sunday urged Christians to fight evil with good, not violence. Meanwhile in remote northeast India, in Miao Diocese, a group of young people went on a penitential walking pilgrimage and prayed for the nation.

Posted on 16 April 2019 | 5:58 am

Holy Week in the Indian Diocese of Karwar

The bishop of Karwar in Southern India highlights the importance given to Holy Week in his Diocese.

Posted on 16 April 2019 | 5:03 am

Notre Dame fire: Pope Francis expresses closeness, assures prayers

Pope Francis is praying for the Catholics of France, as well as for the people of Paris and all those striving to cope with the fire that ravaged the Cathedral of Notre Dame on Monday evening.

Posted on 16 April 2019 | 4:55 am

Pope Francis visits Pope emeritus on eve of Benedict’s birthday

At the beginning of Holy Week, Pope Francis makes a special visit to the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery to offer Easter greetings to the Pope emeritus, Benedict XVI.

Posted on 16 April 2019 | 4:04 am

Notre Dame fire: Holy See expresses shock and sadness

The ad interim Director of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, has issued a brief statement in reaction to the devastating fire that engulfed the Cathedral of Notre Dame on Monday evening.

Posted on 16 April 2019 | 2:46 am

Benedict XVI’s birthday and that “penitential” approach that unites two pontificates

The Pope Emeritus’ birthday this year is accompanied by a debate on his recent letter regarding abuse. An analysis of three documents reveals a common thread that unites the Pope and the Pope Emeritus in the fight against this scourge.

Posted on 15 April 2019 | 11:30 am

Indonesia election: Church urges clean politics vs corruption, violence

The world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation goes to the polls on April 17, in which incumbent president Joko Widodo is pitched against his old rival, Prabowo Subianto.

Posted on 15 April 2019 | 10:31 am

Sudanese protesters keep up pressure on military to step aside

In the Sudanese capital Khartoum, protesters on Monday blocked an attempt to break up a sit-in outside the Defence Ministry, where demonstrators have been pushing for a quick transition to civilian rule.

Posted on 15 April 2019 | 9:18 am

Palm Sunday – Card. Gracias urges Christians to alleviate suffering, injustice

Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay, ushered in the Holy Week with a Palm Sunday, urging Christians to speak out against all that kills life and is unjust.

Posted on 15 April 2019 | 9:00 am

Pope to amateur athletes: Have clear goals in life

The educational and formational work of the National Amateur League for Italian football “deserves to be appreciated and encouraged”, Pope Francis says.

Posted on 15 April 2019 | 7:33 am

AFRICA: A month after Cyclone Idai, 1.6 million children need help says UNICEF.

At least 1.6 million children need urgent assistance – in healthcare, nutrition, protection, education, water and sanitation – one month after Cyclone Idai devastated parts of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, UNICEF has said.

Posted on 15 April 2019 | 4:01 am

Pope to Youth: Let Apostolic Exhortation be a guide to faith and service

Pope Francis during the Angelus recalls that Palm Sunday is also diocesan World Youth Day and invites young people to live out the fruits of the Synod, in the form of the Apostolic Exhortation, Christ is alive.

Posted on 14 April 2019 | 7:00 am

Pope Palm Sunday: Jesus destroys triumphalism by his Passion

Pope Francis during Mass on Palm Sunday tells the faithful, “there is no negotiating with the cross: one either embraces it or rejects it. By his self-abasement, Jesus wanted to open up to us the path of faith and to precede us on that path.”

Posted on 14 April 2019 | 5:23 am

Pope to students: 'don’t be slaves to your mobile phones'

Pope Francis receives students and teachers of a Rome high school in the Vatican, encouraging them to cultivate passion and curiosity and warning them against dependency on their mobile phones.

Posted on 13 April 2019 | 9:23 am

ICMC’S Mons. Vitillo: Trafficking needs to be talked about more

The General Secretary of the International Catholic Migration Commission talks about the scourge of Human Trafficking and his participation at a recent Vatican conference on the issue.

Posted on 13 April 2019 | 7:59 am

Pope: Organ donation manifestation of solidarity, no to commercialisation

Pope Francis on Saturday met with members of the Italian Association of Organ Donors telling them that, “donation means looking… beyond one's individual needs and opening oneself generously to a wider good. He also warned against the commercialisation of any part of the body.

Posted on 13 April 2019 | 6:41 am

Mercy Friday: Pope Francis visits patients with Alzheimer’s

Pope Francis pays a surprise visit to the Emanuele Village, a structure near Rome dedicated to people with Alzheimer's disease.

Posted on 12 April 2019 | 1:27 pm

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