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The Papal Archives open to the world

Vatican News continues with its series on the history, objectives and “mission budgets” of the Vatican offices assisting the Pope in his pastoral ministry. We feature here an interview with the Prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Archives, Bishop Sergio Pagano who talks about its service to the Church and to scholars from every nation.

Posted on 10 April 2021 | 6:54 am

Pope’s condolences for death of Prince Philip

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has sent a telegram on the Pope’s behalf to Queen Elizabeth II, recalling her husband’s “record of public service”.

Posted on 10 April 2021 | 6:31 am

"Fratelli tutti" and the challenge of neo-populism

We publish the speech given by Rodrigo Guerra Lopez at the meeting organized last month by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

Posted on 10 April 2021 | 6:04 am

At the service of culture and knowledge

Vatican News continues with its series on the history, objectives and “mission budgets” of the Vatican offices assisting the Pope in his pastoral ministry. We feature here an interview with the Prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Archives, Msgr. Cesare Pasini.

Posted on 10 April 2021 | 5:32 am

Pope’s closeness to victims of violence in southern Colombia

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has sent a telegram on the Pope’s behalf to Colombia's bishops expressing concern over the dramatic situation in the southern part of the country.

Posted on 10 April 2021 | 5:24 am

German Christians to focus Week for Life on end-of-life care

Germany's Christian Churches are gearing up to hold their annual Week for Life on 17-24 April, which will focus on the important of palliative care and pastoral support for those who are dying.

Posted on 10 April 2021 | 2:37 am

Cardinal Nichols: Prince Philip leaves a legacy of duty and loyalty

The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, offers his prayers on the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh, and says he leaves behind a legacy of lifelong duty and steadfast loyalty.

Posted on 9 April 2021 | 12:27 pm

Mexico marks grim death toll in long-running drug war

The grim and growing toll of disappeared in Mexico’s 15-year-old ongoing drug war has reached 85,000, according to the government.

Posted on 9 April 2021 | 10:49 am

Vatican Covid Commission backs debt cancellation for African nations

Through a webinar, the Vatican COVID-19 Commission supports the campaign for debt cancellation for African countries.

Posted on 9 April 2021 | 10:05 am

Holy See, Philippines mark 70 years of diplomatic relations

It was on April 8, 1951 that representatives of the Holy See and the Philippines signed a treaty establishing diplomatic relations.

Posted on 9 April 2021 | 9:37 am

North Koreans facing possible famine amid Covid-19 crisis

Fears are growing that many North Koreans are facing a looming famine, as the nation’s leader compares the current economic crisis to a deadly famine in the 1990s.

Posted on 9 April 2021 | 9:24 am

Outpouring of condolences for death of Britain’s Prince Philip

Prince Philip, husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, dies at the age of 99. The Archbishop of Westminster says he will be greatly missed.

Posted on 9 April 2021 | 8:59 am

Church in Malta concerned over push to legalize marijuana

The Secretariat for Catholic Education and the Church Schools Association, together with other organizations, including Caritas Malta, express concern over the possible legalization of the production, commercialization and use of cannabis.

Posted on 9 April 2021 | 8:57 am

Irish Bishops begin path to holding a national Synod

The Catholic Church in Ireland is on its way to preparing a National Synodal Assembly to be held within the next five years, with a focus on the challenges and opportunities it is facing in a rapidly changing society.

Posted on 9 April 2021 | 6:48 am

Covid-19 vaccines reach over 100 economies under Covax initiative

At forty-two days since the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines were delivered to Ghana under the Covax initiative, over 100 economies have now received Covid-19 vaccines across six continents.

Posted on 9 April 2021 | 6:26 am

We know, when ready, Pope Francis will come to South Sudan.

As South Sudan starts vaccinating some of its health workers, Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin Mula of Juba Archdiocese has been reflecting about Easter and Covid-19.

Posted on 9 April 2021 | 6:10 am

Seven days with Pope Francis - News Video

Pope Francis’s activities in these last seven days (1-8 April) coincide with the Easter Triduum, which was once again celebrated with restrictions in place due to Covid-19. Yet, the health measures did not effect the solemnity of the liturgies.

Posted on 9 April 2021 | 4:28 am

Vatican Museums to reopen on 3 May

Booking is required as are punctuality, masks and social distancing. The Vatican Gardens will also be open for visits.

Posted on 8 April 2021 | 2:48 pm

Pope backs multi-faith efforts to eradicate child sexual abuse

Participants at an International Symposium on strategies for preventing and healing child sexual abuse receive a message of encouragement and gratitude from Pope Francis.

Posted on 8 April 2021 | 11:08 am

Indonesian Church calls for compassion for flood victims

The Catholic Church of Indonesia has called on Catholics to show compassion to victims of the devastating flash floods and landslides that hit the country’s predominantly Catholic province of East Nusa Tenggara last weekend.

Posted on 8 April 2021 | 11:06 am

Pope Francis: Too much exclusion for a world in which all are equal

Pope Francis sends a letter to the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund as they begin their virtual spring meetings. In his letter, the Pope stresses the importance of developing a just and equal society for all.

Posted on 8 April 2021 | 9:01 am

Archbishop Gallagher: 'Nostra aetate' highlights Church’s commitment against anti-Semitism

The Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States emphasizes the importance of open and respectful dialogue as a key element to combat anti-Semitism on our path towards a climate of peace and fraternity.

Posted on 8 April 2021 | 8:27 am

Violence in Northern Ireland widely condemned

Irish and British political leaders condemn recent violence on the streets of Belfast, saying the only way to resolve differences is through dialogue.

Posted on 8 April 2021 | 8:23 am

East Timor Church reaches out to flood victims

Floods and landslides caused by heavy rains have killed over 42 people and displaced some 9,700 in Timor-Leste, says the United Nations. Catholic Church facilities are hosting many of the affected.

Posted on 8 April 2021 | 6:48 am

Pope Francis recalls love for Eucharistic adoration from his youth

Pope Francis sends a handwritten note to Alpha and Omega Catholic weekly in reply to a record from his youth containing his name as one of the faithful nocturnal adorers who prayed at the Basilica of the Blessed Sacrament in his home country, Argentina.

Posted on 8 April 2021 | 6:28 am

A bird’s nest and healing: Vatican sponsors event on preventing sexual abuse

The Vatican teams up with Harvard University to host a virtual Symposium on preventing and healing child sexual abuse, an event which grew out of a bird’s nest presented to Pope Francis, according to Jennifer Wortham.

Posted on 8 April 2021 | 2:02 am

Acute hunger looms in the DRC warns UN

The FAO and WFP have warned that the scale of acute hunger in the DRC is “staggering”. Conflict and insecurity have been a leading factor, followed by Covid-19 and economic decline.

Posted on 7 April 2021 | 11:41 am

Pope Francis to young people: God is thirsty for you

“Francesco il guillare di Dio” is a new book authored by Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa with the introduction written by Pope Francis. In it, the Pope encourages young people to respond to the call of God who never ceases to thirst for us.

Posted on 7 April 2021 | 11:09 am

Pope personally congratulates Maltese priest on his 90th birthday

Pope Francis reaches out to Fr Dionysius Mintoff, founder of a Centre for Peace and a shelter for migrants in Malta, on the occasion of his 90th birthday.

Posted on 7 April 2021 | 9:02 am

Cardinal Turkson: Universal health coverage needed to build healthier world

In his message to mark World Health Day, the Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Human Integral Development, Cardinal Peter Turkson, highlights the importance of building more equitable and more just health systems.

Posted on 7 April 2021 | 8:47 am

Rwanda: Nation marks 27 years since genocide

27 years on, Rwanda commemorates the victims of the genocide which lasted for about 100 days between April and July 1994. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres highlights that to avoid a repeat of this sad moment in history, “we must take a hard look at today’s world and ensure that we heed the lessons of 27 years ago.”

Posted on 7 April 2021 | 8:41 am

Pope Francis appoints new bishop of Duluth in the US

Pope Francis appoints Msgr. Daniel J. Felton as the new Bishop of the US Diocese of Duluth.

Posted on 7 April 2021 | 8:41 am

Myanmar military's offensive against Karen people

More than 20,000 people are hiding in the jungle and in dire need of food, says a humanitarian group.

Posted on 7 April 2021 | 7:21 am

Swiss theologian Hans Küng dies aged 93

The 93 year-old theologian participated in the Second Vatican Council. A critic of the doctrine on papal infallibility, his authorisation to teach Catholic theology was revoked in 1979.

Posted on 7 April 2021 | 6:24 am

Pope prays for victims of floods in Indonesia and East Timor

Pope Francis says he is praying for the victims of devastating floods and landslides that engulfed a cluster of islands in Indonesia and East Timor.

Posted on 7 April 2021 | 4:48 am

Pope at Audience: The Saints ceaselessly "give us a hand"

Continuing his Catechesis on Christian prayer, Pope Francis reflects on the Communion of Saints, saying their intercession “is their most exalted service to God’s plan”

Posted on 7 April 2021 | 4:45 am

Pope’s prayer intention for April: ‘For fundamental human rights’

Pope Francis releases his prayer intention for the month of April 2021, and urges everyone to pray for those fighting to protect people’s fundamental human rights in all parts of the world.

Posted on 6 April 2021 | 11:00 am

Clashes in Sudan leave 40 people dead

According to the United Nations, at least 40 people have been killed in the West Darfur region of Sudan after days of ethnic clashes.

Posted on 6 April 2021 | 9:41 am

Caritas joins rescue efforts in Indonesia after cyclone disaster

Devastating floods and landslides triggered by cyclone Seroja, which struck a cluster of islands in south-east Indonesia and in Timor-Leste on Easter Sunday, have killed at least 120 people. Caritas and other agencies have swung into action to reach the survivors.

Posted on 6 April 2021 | 9:31 am

Covid-19: Global death toll passes 3 million

The global COVID-19 death toll exceeds 3 million amid a resurgence of new infections.

Posted on 6 April 2021 | 7:27 am

Ethiopia: The Church at the service of the poor and vulnerable

The Church in Ethiopia, through its Social and Development Commission, is working hard to provide much-needed support to people in need. Last year the Commission implemented 189 projects in various parts of the country. In 2021, the Church plans to mobilize over 2.8 million Birr ($6.05 million USD) to benefit more than seven million citizens.

Posted on 6 April 2021 | 6:50 am

Peru’s Bishops call for respect of rules in upcoming elections

The Catholic Bishops of Peru issue a statement in view of next weekend’s General elections calling for the respect of electoral rules and democracy in the current context of the pandemic.

Posted on 6 April 2021 | 6:33 am

Mauritius: Another Easter under Lockdown

For the second year in a row, the Catholic faithful in Mauritius have celebrated Easter without communal religious celebrations.

Posted on 6 April 2021 | 4:46 am

India: vital energy for the Bihar inspired by Laudato si’

Notre Dame Sister Mary Jyotisha Kannamkal is a Laudato si’ Animator within the Global Catholic Climate Movement. In Patna, Bihar, located in Northeast India, she organizes educational courses and interreligious meetings dedicated to Pope Francis’s Encyclical, without ever forgetting the country’s poor whose suffering has increased due to the Coronavirus crisis.

Posted on 6 April 2021 | 4:19 am

Cardinal Parolin: Church must be united in witnessing to the Gospel

In an interview with the Spanish radio network COPE, the Vatican Secretary of State addresses numerous topics, from his priestly vocation to his relationship with Pope Francis, and speaks also about divisions within the Church and the reality of the Church in China.

Posted on 5 April 2021 | 8:31 am

Catastrophic cyclone and floods strike Indonesia and East Timor

At least 100 people are dead, scores are missing and thousands are displaced in Indonesia and East Timor after a tropical cyclone unleashed floods and landslides that engulfed large parts of the vast archipelago of islands.

Posted on 5 April 2021 | 6:57 am

Pope at Regina Coeli: Encountering Christ means finding peace of heart

At the Regina Coeli on Easter Monday, Pope Francis speaks of the angel's appearance and the proclamation of Christ's Resurrection, noting that in finding the Risen Christ we discover peace of heart.

Posted on 5 April 2021 | 6:19 am

Vatican Museums: The Works of Mercy #10

"Proclaiming Christ means showing that believing in Him and following Him is not only true and right, but also beautiful. At the heart of the Gospel lies the beauty of God's saving love, manifested in Jesus Christ who died and rose again." Inspired by these words of Pope Francis, the Vatican Museums and Vatican News have teamed up again to explore the masterpieces in the papal collections accompanied by the words of the Popes.

Posted on 4 April 2021 | 9:57 am

Pope sends condolences for death of Cardinal Christian Tumi

Pope Francis expresses his condolences for the death of Cardinal Christian Tumi, and praises the Cameroonian Archbishop’s defense of democracy and promotion of human rights.

Posted on 4 April 2021 | 6:37 am

Pope at Easter Urbi et Orbi: 'Risen Christ is hope that does not disappoint'

Pope Francis delivers his traditional Easter message “Urbi et Orbi” – to the city and the world – underscoring how today we celebrate the event that gives us the hope that does not disappoint: “Jesus who was crucified has risen”.

Posted on 4 April 2021 | 6:18 am

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