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Mozambique: Tropical Cyclone Eloise downgraded to tropical storm

Barely two years after tropical Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth battered Mozambique, the country is now experiencing tropical cyclone Eloise which made landfall early Saturday.

Posted on 23 January 2021 | 3:40 pm

Bishops urge Australia to sign Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

The Catholic Bishops of Australia are calling on the government to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, saying the elimination of nuclear arms would contribute significantly to world peace.

Posted on 23 January 2021 | 2:23 pm

Pope will not preside over upcoming celebrations due to sciatica

The Holy See Press Office announces that Pope Francis will be unable to preside over a series of appointments on Sunday and Monday, due to a recurrence of sciatica.

Posted on 23 January 2021 | 1:16 pm

UK Covid-19 variant ‘may lead to increased mortality’

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns that a new variant of the coronavirus may be associated with a higher level of mortality, though the two vaccines being used in the country appear to be effective.

Posted on 23 January 2021 | 10:36 am

Churches in Middle East urge US President Biden to lift sanctions on Syria

Church leaders in the Middle East renew their appeal to the United States to lift economic sanctions imposed on Syria, anticipating an unprecedented humanitarian disaster in the war-torn nation, which is grappling with a worsening economic crisis amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

Posted on 23 January 2021 | 10:18 am

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Biblical reflections Day 6

We bring you the sixth in a series of Biblical reflections for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which has been jointly prepared by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches.

Posted on 23 January 2021 | 9:53 am

The Pandemic response in an unequal world: Way forward with the vaccine

As Covid-19 vaccines begin to receive approval for use, the Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, Aloysius John, reflects on the importance of equitable vaccine distribution, in an article first published in L'Osservatore Romano.

Posted on 23 January 2021 | 9:15 am

Covid-19: Church in Northern Ireland, Portugal suspends celebrations with faithful

Bishops in Northern Ireland and Portugal suspend liturgical celebrations and pastoral activities in the presence of the faithful due to the resurgence of Covid-19 infections.

Posted on 23 January 2021 | 7:14 am

Pope Francis: Communicate by encountering people as they are

In his message for the 55th World Communications Day, Pope Francis says Jesus’ invitation to “Come and see” is the way by which the Christian faith is communicated.

Posted on 23 January 2021 | 6:04 am

State of emergency declared in CAR

A state of Emergency has been declared in the Central African Republic as the army and UN forces try to repel advancing rebel groups.

Posted on 23 January 2021 | 4:50 am

Pontifical Academy for Life: No to 'vaccine nationalism', immunisation is a common good

The Pontifical Academy for Life stresses the importance of overcoming "vaccine nationalism" so that everyone can have the opportunity of being vaccinated and nobody is left behind in the fight against Covid-19.

Posted on 22 January 2021 | 1:27 pm

Swiss Guards celebrate 515 years

January 22 marks the anniversary of the Swiss Guards, founded under Pope Julius II. This year the Guards celebrate 515 years.

Posted on 22 January 2021 | 1:16 pm

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Biblical reflections Day 5

We bring you the fifth in a series of Biblical reflections for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which has been jointly prepared by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches.

Posted on 22 January 2021 | 10:09 am

COMECE expresses concern about erosion of religious freedom in Denmark

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, President of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe, urges respect for the right to freedom of religion as Danish lawmakers prepare to discuss a draft law requiring sermons and homilies to be provided in the national language.

Posted on 22 January 2021 | 9:28 am

Treaty banning nuclear weapons comes into force

The UN Secretary General and anti-nuclear movements welcome the first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons, which enters into force Friday. The treaty was mentioned by Pope Francis at his weekly General Audience, as he urged all nations to work toward a world free of these deadly arms.

Posted on 22 January 2021 | 8:14 am

Vatican Tribunal rules in embezzlement case against former IOR head

The Tribunal of the Vatican City State on Thursday convicted Angelo Caloia, former head of the Insitute of Works for Religion (IOR) on charges of embezzlement and money laundering. The court also convicted Italian lawyer, Gabriele Liuzzo, and his son Lamberto Luizzo.

Posted on 22 January 2021 | 8:10 am

Burkina Faso: Priest missing since Tuesday found dead.

Father Rodrigue Sanon, the priest missing since Tuesday in Burkina Faso, was found dead Thursday in the country’s south-west forest.

Posted on 22 January 2021 | 5:57 am

Another step towards sainthood for Jérôme Lejeune, seven others

Pope Francis approves the promulgation of decrees concerning eight causes of sainthood, including Servant of God Jérôme Lejeune, first president of the Pontifical Academy for Life and researcher on Down Syndrome.

Posted on 22 January 2021 | 4:31 am

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Biblical reflections Day 4

We bring you the fourth in a series of Biblical reflections for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which has been jointly prepared by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches.

Posted on 21 January 2021 | 12:42 pm

Pope Francis and "Joy's story": faith saves from despair

In the preface to Mariapia Bonanate's book "Io sono Joy" (I am Joy), Pope Francis retraces the intense testimony of a Nigerian girl who lands in Italy after a dramatic journey of hope. The young woman is saved thanks to her faith in God and her encounter with a welcoming community in Caserta, Italy. The book will be in bookstores from January 27.

Posted on 21 January 2021 | 11:32 am

EU Bishops: Mediterranean should be place of peaceful encounter

The Bishops of the European Union, or COMECE, says the Mediterranean region should return to its roots as a place of peaceful encounters of people of different cultures and religions.

Posted on 21 January 2021 | 9:58 am

Bishops Co-ordination group urges strengthened solidarity with people of Holy Land

The Bishops of the Holy Land Co-ordination (HLC) have concluded their virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land with a call to strengthen an expression of solidarity with the people of the region, especially in these unprecedented times.

Posted on 21 January 2021 | 9:53 am

Pope deplores Iraq bomb attacks and prays for the victims

Pope Francis has condemned a twin suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital that killed at least 32 people and injured over 100 others.

Posted on 21 January 2021 | 9:53 am

The Popes and the atomic threat: Appealing to world's conscience

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force on Friday, 22 January. Pope Francis’ words at Hiroshima, which defined even the possession of nuclear weapons as immoral, is the latest act of a long magisterium spanning the twentieth century up to the present day.

Posted on 21 January 2021 | 8:31 am

Gallagher: Dialogue for a world free of nuclear weapons

The Vatican Secretary for Relations with States speaks with Vatican Media about the Holy See's commitment to the TPNW that goes into force on January 22: "International peace and security cannot be based on the threat of mutual destruction".

Posted on 21 January 2021 | 8:31 am

Burkina Faso: Frantic search for Father Rodrigue Sanon

Father Rodrigue Sanon, a Catholic priest of Banfora, a city in southwestern Burkina Faso, has been missing since Tuesday.

Posted on 21 January 2021 | 8:09 am

Sudan: Over 140 people die in clashes between rival groups

Tense calm in Sudan's restive Darfur region as government deploys security forces to maintain the peace following the killing of scores of people over the weekend.

Posted on 21 January 2021 | 7:50 am

UK Bishops ask gvt not to withdraw life support for comatose Polish citizen

UK Bishops write to the Health Secretary expressing their concern for the withdrawal of artificial hydration and nutrition keeping "R.S.", a Polish citizen in a Plymouth hospital, alive.

Posted on 21 January 2021 | 7:12 am

Stella Maris expands chaplaincy service in Europe

The Catholic charity Stella Maris (formerly Apostleship of the Sea) is expanding its ministry to seafarers and fishers in Europe, with the start of chaplaincy services in Denmark .

Posted on 21 January 2021 | 6:59 am

Pope expresses sorrow for victims of Madrid explosion

Pope Francis sends a telegram of condolence for the victims of an explosion in the Spanish city of Madrid, which killed 4 people including a local Catholic priest.

Posted on 21 January 2021 | 5:20 am

Gospel Truth: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, 24 January

In this week's edition of "Gospel Truth”, the late Jill Bevilacqua and Seán-Patrick Lovett bring us readings and reflections from the Gospel of Saint Mark 1:14-20 on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Posted on 21 January 2021 | 2:32 am

USCCB President on Biden Inauguration: My prayers are with new President

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issues a statement on Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th President of the United States, saying he looks forward “to working with President Biden and his administration.”

Posted on 20 January 2021 | 4:25 pm

Italy's PM survives confidence vote

Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe wins a confidence vote in the Senate, allowing him to remain in office after a junior partner quit his coalition last week. But Giuseppe Conte failed to secure an absolute majority which means he now heads a minority government as the country battles to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic and recession.

Posted on 20 January 2021 | 2:11 pm

Pope to Biden: foster peace and reconciliation in the US and the world

Pope Francis sends a message to President Joe Biden, urging him to be a bringer of peace and reconciliation to the United States and to the whole world.

Posted on 20 January 2021 | 12:25 pm

US March for Life 2021 to be held in virtual format

Archbishop Joseph Naumann, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, invites the participation of all at the 2021 March for Life event, modified to be held virtually on 29 January, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Posted on 20 January 2021 | 10:06 am

ACN launches new aid campaign for Syrian Christians in need

The Pontifical Foundation "Aid to the Church in Need" is continuing to support Christians in Syria with a new aid campaign.

Posted on 20 January 2021 | 9:27 am

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Biblical reflections Day 3

We bring you the third in a series of Biblical reflections for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which has been jointly prepared by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches.

Posted on 20 January 2021 | 8:41 am

A Conversation on Anti-Human Trafficking

Sr Gabriella Bottani and Sr Jean Schafer in conversation together remind us that human trafficking is real and happens in every corner of the globe.

Posted on 20 January 2021 | 8:14 am

Homeless people receive Covid-19 vaccine in the Vatican

Pope Francis is working to ensure that poor people who are assisted by Holy See facilities for the homeless be offered the possibility of being vaccinated against Covid-19.

Posted on 20 January 2021 | 7:30 am

Pope invites Curia to organize private Lenten Spiritual Exercises

The Spiritual Exercises of the Roman Curia this year takes place from 21- 26 February, the first week of Lent. Due to the coronavirus health emergency, Pope Francis invites Heads of Dicasteries and Superiors of the Roman Curia to make private arrangements for their annual retreat.

Posted on 20 January 2021 | 6:12 am

Pope Francis congratulates Spezia football team on win

Pope Francis greets the Italian based Spezia Calcio football team in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, before the weekly General Audience

Posted on 20 January 2021 | 5:59 am

Central American Bishops advocate for respect of rights of Honduran migrants

The Bishops of Central America encourage governments to protect the rights of thousands of Honduran citizens traveling in caravans toward the United States. Many of them encounter increasing threats to their lives and security, as well as serious humanitarian challenges due to shortages of healthcare, sanitation, food and shelter.

Posted on 20 January 2021 | 5:16 am

Pope prays for inhabitants of Amazon city hard-hit by covid

Pope Francis says he is praying for inhabitants of the Brazilian city of Manaus and the surrounding Amazon rainforest who are particularly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted on 20 January 2021 | 5:15 am

Pope Francis urges nations to eliminate nuclear weapons

Pope Francis expresses support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which comes into force on Friday.

Posted on 20 January 2021 | 4:59 am

Pope at Audience: Christian unity achieved only through God’s grace

In his catechesis at the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis reminds Christians that unity is achieved only with the grace of God, and not through our own force of will.

Posted on 20 January 2021 | 3:33 am

Religions for Peace Norway urges gvt to sign Treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons

Religions for Peace call on the Norwegian Government to sign the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Posted on 19 January 2021 | 1:47 pm

Caravan of migrants halted on Guatemala border

The latest caravan of migrants originating in Honduras, is facing a markedly different response from the authorities of neighboring Guatemala and Mexico.

Posted on 19 January 2021 | 1:31 pm

Halki Summit IV: Focus on Covid-19 and Climate Change

“Halki Summit IV” takes place in a virtual format on the theme: “COVID-19 and Climate Change”.

Posted on 19 January 2021 | 9:40 am

Time to heal wounds in the United States

Only a few hours remain before the swearing-in ceremony in Washington, D.C. of the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, whose presidency, after the contested elections by Donald Trump and the dramatic assault on Capitol Hill, has the task of mending the rifts in the social fabric of America.

Posted on 19 January 2021 | 9:35 am

Pope Francis urges Venezuelan clergy to unite love and service

In a video message, Pope Francis encourages Bishops and priests of Venezuela in their pastoral ministry of service to God's people amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Posted on 19 January 2021 | 8:55 am



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