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Syria: Church perseveres in spite of war

Archbishop Samir Nassar, of the Maronites (Syria) speaks on the presence of the Church in war-torn Syria.

Posted on 20 February 2020 | 11:17 am

Indian Church urges government to stop pseudo nationalism

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) released a statement on Feb. 19 at the end of its 34th plenary assembly, calling for dialogue, reciprocal respect and collaboration among the country’s religious traditions and cultures for the common good.

Posted on 20 February 2020 | 11:01 am

Fr Joulain: Protection of minors is not about a witch-hunt

A specialist on sexual and spiritual abuse discusses the progress made one year after the Vatican held a top-level meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church.

Posted on 20 February 2020 | 10:40 am

Pope Francis: The power of education for a more fraternal humanity

Pope Francis addresses participants of the Plenary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, urging them to “unite efforts in a broad educational alliance to form mature people, capable of overcoming fragmentation and opposition and rebuild the fabric of relationships for a more fraternal humanity".

Posted on 20 February 2020 | 7:55 am

Fr Zollner: Protection of minors improving since last year’s summit

One year on from the Meeting on the “Protection of Minors in the Church”, Father Hans Zollner describes the steps taken to listen to victims of clerical sexual abuse and ensure that minors are safe in the Church.

Posted on 20 February 2020 | 7:35 am

Pope at Mass: being Christian means accepting Jesus, even to the cross

In his homily at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday, Pope Francis urges the faithful to do all that is necessary to truly know Jesus.

Posted on 20 February 2020 | 6:59 am

Reflections for the VII Sunday

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the seventh Sunday in ordinary time. He says that the day's readings explain why Christians are expected to be holy.

Posted on 20 February 2020 | 4:49 am

Three Cardinals appeal for relocation of refugees in Europe

In a letter addressed to the Episcopal Conferences of the European Union, three Cardinals call for refugees present on the island of Lesbos to be relocated to other European countries.

Posted on 20 February 2020 | 4:10 am

Bishops of England and Wales rally to help EU citizens post Brexit

The Bishops of England and Wales are asking the faithful to inform their European friends and relatives about the new UK Settlement Scheme.

Posted on 20 February 2020 | 3:37 am

West Africa’s Bishops challenge Justice and Peace commissions

The standing committee of RECOWA-CERAO -the regional collegial body of Bishops of West Arica, has concluded with a call to African governments to put the good of citizens at the heart of their governance structures.

Posted on 19 February 2020 | 12:54 pm

UN calls for the respect of international law in Cameroon

The UN Secretary General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights add their voices to the international community in decrying the latest killing of civilians, including children, in Cameroon.

Posted on 19 February 2020 | 11:32 am

Migration and Mid-East Christians at heart of Pope’s visit to Bari

Pope Francis travels to the southern Italian city of Bari on Sunday to address a conference entitled “Mediterranean: Frontier of Peace,” which sees the participation of some 60 Catholic bishops from 19 nations bordering the Mediterranean.

Posted on 19 February 2020 | 10:57 am

Indian bishops urged to expedite implemention of child protection policy

Indian Sister Arina Gonsalves (RJM), a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM), addressed India’s Catholic bishops on Monday during their plenary assembly.

Posted on 19 February 2020 | 9:28 am

Council of Cardinals revising new Apostolic Constitution

The 33rd meeting of the Council of Cardinals was dedicated to a re-reading of the new document that will replace "Pastor Bonus", as well as a consideration of proposed amendments to the text.

Posted on 19 February 2020 | 8:58 am

Church in Poland thanks Pope Francis for Querida Amazonía

The President of the Polish Bishops Conference writes to Pope Francis to thank him for his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation “Querida Amazonía”, on “the beloved Amazon region”.

Posted on 19 February 2020 | 6:46 am

Pope at Audience: Meekness unites us, anger drives us apart

At the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on Jesus’ invitation to meekness in the third Beatitude, and urges Christians to be people of mercy and hope.

Posted on 19 February 2020 | 5:52 am

Pope Francis' General Audience: English summary

Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the Beatitudes at the Wednesday General Audience, reflecting on the third: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”. The official English-language summary is below:

Posted on 19 February 2020 | 4:25 am

Ukrainian and Russian rebels blame each other for fresh fighting

Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists have blamed each other for an outbreak of fighting in the country's rebel-held east that killed and injured several soldiers. The Ukrainian president called the clashes an attempt to derail efforts to end the conflict, which has killed more thousands.

Posted on 18 February 2020 | 11:30 am

Documents and computer equipment belonging to Msgr Perlasca seized

Last October the Vatican judiciary launched an investigation into financial and real estate investments which led to the suspension of 5 Holy See employees.

Posted on 18 February 2020 | 9:48 am

Syria: displaced children caught between violence and freezing cold

Over half a million children have been displaced because of the violence and harsh winter weather in northwest Syria.

Posted on 18 February 2020 | 8:58 am

Pope at Mass: God asks of us an open heart full of compassion

"The medicine against hardheartedness is memory," says Pope Francis in his homily at Mass Tuesday morning at Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican. He invites Christians not to forget the grace of salvation that makes the heart sincere and capable of mercy.

Posted on 18 February 2020 | 7:20 am

Caritas Zimbabwe feeds 300 000 drought-affected persons

Caritas Zimbabwe working in collaboration with Caritas Internationalis and the World Food Programme (WFP) have distributed food to 300 000 drought-affected persons.

Posted on 18 February 2020 | 6:43 am

WCC condemns violence in Burkina Faso and Cameroon

The World Council of Churches condemns recent violent attacks in Burkina Faso and Cameroon, which have left 24 people dead in Burkina Faso and 5 others in Cameroon.

Posted on 18 February 2020 | 6:04 am

Pope urges Costa Ricans to bring Gospel to all during jubilee year

Pope Francis sends a letter to the Catholic Church in Costa Rica at the outset of a jubilee year leading up to the 100th anniversary of the Central American nation’s dioceses.

Posted on 18 February 2020 | 5:53 am

Catholic Bishops urge Cameroon to start talks with separatists

Catholic Bishops from around the world sign an open letter to the President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, asking him to begin peace negotiations with the separatist movement in that country.

Posted on 17 February 2020 | 11:38 am

Bolivia elections: Time for consistency from Christian candidates

Fr. José Fuentes urges politicians to adopt Christian values as they campaign ahead of Bolivia’s general elections.

Posted on 17 February 2020 | 11:35 am

Raphael tapestries on display in Sistine Chapel

Raphael tapestries are being displayed in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican from 17 to 23 February.

Posted on 17 February 2020 | 11:29 am

Archbishop Marino on value of missionary year for Vatican diplomats

The President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy speaks about the Pope’s directives regarding the formation of Vatican diplomats.

Posted on 17 February 2020 | 11:28 am

Pakistan kicks off 2020 anti-polio campaign

Pakistan is one of the three countries in the world where polio is still endemic. The door-to-door campaign carried out by over 265 thousand health workers aims to vaccinate 39.6 million children under 5 years of age.

Posted on 17 February 2020 | 11:25 am

India’s Catholic Church called to promote Gospel in daily life

The Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI), which brings together the bishops of the country’s Latin-rite dioceses, held its annual plenary assembly, in Bangalore, on February 16.

Posted on 17 February 2020 | 8:17 am

Burkina Faso: 24 die in attack on Christian church

Twenty-four people, including a church pastor, are killed in an attack on a church in Burkina Faso. Pope Francis has repeatedly prayed for the victims of violence in the West African nation and appealed for the promotion of dialogue.

Posted on 17 February 2020 | 7:03 am

Ambassadors of a missionary Church

Pope Francis decides to include a year of mission in the training curriculum of the diplomatic staff of the Holy See.

Posted on 17 February 2020 | 6:08 am

Pope Francis: future Holy See diplomats will spend a year on mission

Pope Francis sends a letter to the President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, announcing that whoever enters the Vatican’s diplomatic service will be asked to carry out a 12-month missionary experience in a diocese.

Posted on 17 February 2020 | 6:08 am

Pope at Angelus: ‘God teaches us true freedom and responsibility'

Pope Francis reflects on the Gospel reading for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, which deals with the fulfilment of the Law.

Posted on 16 February 2020 | 6:27 am

Haiti: 15 children die in orphanage fire

15 children die in a fire that raged through an orphanage in Haiti on Friday.

Posted on 15 February 2020 | 11:47 am

Saudi jet shot down in Yemen

Saudi Arabia has confirmed that it has lost one of its fighter jets in Yemen hours after Houti rebels claimed they shot it down.

Posted on 15 February 2020 | 11:45 am

Philippine archdiocese ‘Walk for Life’ and pray against spread of COVID-19

Catholics in the Philippine Archdiocese of Cebu joined the annual Walk for Life in large numbers on Saturday, not only to pray and pledge their commitment to protect and nurture human life from birth to natural death but also to pray against the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Posted on 15 February 2020 | 11:27 am

U.S. Bishops support Pope's appeals for nuclear disarmament

The U.S. Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace has issued a statement requesting their country, as well as other nuclear powers, to work to reduce their stockpiles of nuclear arms; and praising Pope Francis for drawing the world’s attention to the issue of nuclear disarmament.

Posted on 15 February 2020 | 9:11 am

Next Synod of Bishops in 2022; theme to be decided by Pope

At a meeting of the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis decided that the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be held in two years’ time, in autumn. He will decide on one of three themes presented to him.

Posted on 15 February 2020 | 8:53 am

Pope receives Željko Komšić of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Pope Francis on Saturday morning received in audience Željko Komšić, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Posted on 15 February 2020 | 7:31 am

Call for an end to violence against children in Myanmar

A children’s rights group expresses concern after 20 children are injured in shelling in Rakhine state.

Posted on 15 February 2020 | 6:03 am

Pope: Vatican legislative reforms are part of the mission of the Church

Pope Francis speaks at the opening of the judicial year of the Tribunal of the Vatican City State, expressing his confidence in the work of the judicial authorities, and noting that recent financial investigations were prompted by reports originating within the Vatican itself.

Posted on 15 February 2020 | 5:39 am

Caritas Philippines takes measures to prevent clergy sexual abuse

Caritas Philippines said it will make proactive background checks of all its directors at the national and diocesan levels regarding sex abuse.

Posted on 15 February 2020 | 5:27 am

The Holy See and PRC: pursuing the path of dialogue

Within the context of the Munich Security Conference, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.

Posted on 14 February 2020 | 3:51 pm

Montenegro's prime minister, top Serbian Orthodox bishop discuss new law

The prime minister of Montenegro has met with the top Serbian Orthodox Church bishop in the Balkan nation to defuse mounting tensions over a new law on religious rights. Their meeting follows widespread protests against the legislation.

Posted on 14 February 2020 | 11:24 am

Indian Church renews its commitment to dialogue for social harmony

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), the apex body of the Catholic Church in India is currently holding its plenary assembly in Bengaluru on the theme “Dialogue: The Path to Truth and Charity”.

Posted on 14 February 2020 | 11:14 am

Honduras MS-13 gang attacks courtroom to free leader

Heavily-armed gunmen storm a courtroom in Honduras to free a top leader in the violent MS-13 gang, killing 4 police officers in the process.

Posted on 14 February 2020 | 10:57 am

‘Children are hope’: a children’s book by Pope Francis

A book for young children entitled “I Bambini sono speranza” with texts by Pope Francis is presented by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.

Posted on 14 February 2020 | 10:28 am

Pope Francis receives the President of Hungary

Pope Francis receives in audience President János Áder of the Republic of Hungary.

Posted on 14 February 2020 | 8:32 am

Pope at Mass: cherish those who accompany us in life

In his homily at Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Friday morning, the Pope invites Christians to remember those who accompany us in life as in a family.

Posted on 14 February 2020 | 7:45 am

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