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Sister Becquart: there is no synodality without spirituality

The Under-Secretary of the Synod of Bishops recalls the themes of the 1 July Day of Study and Reflection noting that as Pope Francis has stated, the synodal experience is a journey of listening to the Holy Spirit.

Posted on 23 July 2021 | 10:51 am

US expands visa scheme for Afghan helpers

US lawmakers have voted to expand a visa programme for Afghans facing retribution for helping American troops and diplomats during two-decade war in Afghanistan.

Posted on 23 July 2021 | 10:09 am

Olympic Games gets underway with opening ceremony

The Olympics Games got underway in Tokyo on Friday celebrating the world's best athletes set to compete amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted on 23 July 2021 | 8:57 am

Prayer for World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

The Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life on Friday released the video-prayer for the Catholic Church’s first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will be observed worldwide on Sunday, July 25.

Posted on 23 July 2021 | 8:09 am

Zambian Bishops denounce pre-election violence.

Catholic Bishops in Zambia say the country’s motto of “One Zambia, One Nation” is under threat going by the prevalence of pre-election violence and hate speech perpetrated by political cadres at the instigation of politicians.

Posted on 22 July 2021 | 3:16 pm

US Cardinal advocates for rights of undocumented migrants

Speaking at an immigration reformation rally in the United States, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washing DC speaks of the rights of immigrants to peace and inclusion, and calls on Law-makers to pass immigration reform legislation.

Posted on 22 July 2021 | 10:49 am

Norway “united in grief” on 10th anniversary of Utøya attack

Norwegian Bishop Erik Varden speaks of the "grief and perplexity" of Norwegians on the tenth anniversary of the extremist attacks in Oslo and the island of Utøya, which left 77 people dead and scores more wounded.

Posted on 22 July 2021 | 10:16 am

Talitha Kum: Break the cycle of trafficking with “Care”

Talitha Kum, the global anti-trafficking network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons, launches a new campaign focused on a care-centered model to break the cycle of human trafficking.

Posted on 22 July 2021 | 9:07 am

Myanmar Church touched by solidarity of Philippine Catholics

The Philippine bishops dedicated July 19 as a “Day of Solidarity with Myanmar”. On that day, they asked churches across the nation to toll their bells at noon and at 6:00 pm, and recite a prayer they composed especially for the suffering country.

Posted on 22 July 2021 | 8:28 am

Church in Canada celebrates grandparents and the elderly

The Standing Committee for Family and Life of the Canadian Bishops’ Conference highlights the special place of the elderly in Church and society. The message comes in a video for Sunday's Inaugural celebration of the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.

Posted on 22 July 2021 | 7:10 am

Cardinal Grech: The Church is synodal because it is a communion

Interview with the Secretary of the Synod of Bishops: “Synodality is the form that realizes the participation of all the people of God in mission.”

Posted on 21 July 2021 | 10:17 am

Afghanistan: Rocket attack in Kabul targets Presidential Palace

Several rockets were fired at Afghanistan's Presidential Palace in Kabul on Tuesday, but failed to hit the target.

Posted on 21 July 2021 | 10:14 am

Tokyo Archdiocese cancels pastoral programme for athletes due to pandemic

Ahead of the opening ceremony for the 32nd Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday the Tokyo Archdiocese has cancelled its pastoral programme for athletes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted on 21 July 2021 | 7:49 am

US bishops express solidarity with Cuban Church and people

Following some of the biggest anti-government protests Cuba has seen in decades, US bishops have expressed support for the people and for the bishops of the Caribbean nation who have called for a favorable solution through mutual listening.

Posted on 21 July 2021 | 7:30 am

Pope’s upcoming itinerary in Budapest and Slovakia is released

The itinerary for Pope Francis' Apostolic Visit to Budapest and Slovakia is released. His journey will take place from the 12-15 September 2021.

Posted on 21 July 2021 | 6:35 am

Pope Francis: Care is an expression of the heart

Pope Francis conveys his gratitude for the care he received during his recent hospitalization at the Gemelli Hospital in a letter to the Rector of the Sacred Heart Catholic University with which the hospital is affiliated. He highlights that the University, which celebrates 100 years this year, bears within its name, “the vocation of taking care of the human person.”

Posted on 21 July 2021 | 6:35 am

eSwatini: The Bishop of Manzini speaks on the crisis engulfing the Kingdom nation.

The usually quiet, Southern African, small Kingdom nation of eSwatini has been shaken in recent weeks by unprecedented protests that have led to violence, property damage, death and injuries.

Posted on 20 July 2021 | 3:49 pm

Pope Francis saddened at loss of life in Iraq

In a telegram sent on Tuesday evening through the Vatican Secretary of State, Pope Francis sends condolences for those who died in the bombing in Baghdad and renews his appeal for reconciliation in Iraq.

Posted on 20 July 2021 | 2:36 pm

Myanmar’s Loikaw Diocese provides health services where military has failed

Catholic dioceses across Myanmar continue to reach out to the suffering people as the 3rd wave of the Covid-19 pandemic wreaks havoc amid an ever-deteriorating crisis due to the military coup and the protests.

Posted on 20 July 2021 | 9:57 am

Cardinal Rai entrusts Lebanon to Saint Charbel

On the Feast of St. Charbel, celebrated last Sunday, Cardinal Béchara Raï, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, prays for the intercession of the Saint of Lebanon to help the nation recover from one of the worst economic and political crises it has ever faced.

Posted on 20 July 2021 | 9:24 am

US Bishops urge Congress to act after ruling suspending DACA

Following a US federal judge’s recent ruling that bars new applications into the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, US Bishops are calling on Congress to pass laws that will provide legal status and a path to citizenship for immigrants.

Posted on 20 July 2021 | 8:19 am

Pope names new Bishop for Reno, USA

Bishop Daniel Henry Mueggenborg has been named to succeed Bishop Randolph Roque Calvo as head of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada, USA.

Posted on 20 July 2021 | 6:29 am

Cardinal Napier urges prayers for South Africa

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, Archbishop Emeritus of Durban reflects on the recent days of unrest in South Africa and reiterates Pope Francis’ appeal for peace in the country.

Posted on 20 July 2021 | 6:10 am

The Popes in motion

The history of papal transportation unfolds along the 105 meter-long Carriage Pavilion in the Vatican Museums, commissioned in 1973 by Pope Paul VI to exhibit the means of transportation by which the Pontiffs moved along the course of time.

Posted on 20 July 2021 | 4:25 am

Irish Bishops decry UK 'amnesty' for Troubles

The Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland say the UK Troubles' legacy plan won't help reconciliation.

Posted on 19 July 2021 | 3:07 pm

Call to end Afghan violence as talks continue

Fifteen diplomatic missions in Afghanistan urge the Taliban to halt their military offensives.

Posted on 19 July 2021 | 10:27 am

UNICEF: Children without parental care more vulnerable amid pandemic

UNICEF highlights the increased vulnerability of children left without parental care due to challenges brought about by the pandemic and the massive Covid-19 global death toll.

Posted on 19 July 2021 | 10:13 am

Card. Bo warns Myanmar: United we save lives; divided we will bury thousands

With the pandemic, a resumed conflict and a collapsed economy wracking the impoverished nation, Cardinal Charles Bo, yet again, is asking his people, especially the military, to lay down their guns and join hands in fighting the common enemy, the virus.

Posted on 19 July 2021 | 9:57 am

Nigeria: Bishop Badejo’s goodwill message as Muslims celebrate Eid-el-Kabir.

On the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir, Nigerian Bishop sends a message of goodwill to Muslims.

Posted on 19 July 2021 | 9:49 am

Cardinal Parolin: Holy See and Monaco working for human dignity

The Vatican Secretary of State visits the Principality of Monaco for the 40th anniversary of the Convention signed between the Holy See and Monaco in 1981. He says the visit is to encourage the mission of the Church and the values of the Gospel.

Posted on 19 July 2021 | 8:54 am

Fraternity is the most valuable medal

Tokyo prepares to host the Olympic Games in the shadow of the pandemic. Pope Francis' teaching on sport shows the way to build harmony among peoples.

Posted on 19 July 2021 | 7:37 am

Pope expresses gratitude to Gemelli Hospital medical staff

In a letter, Pope Francis conveys his gratitude to Rome’s Gemelli Hospital administration and staff where he was recently hospitalized for a scheduled surgery. He describes the hospital as a place that takes care of both body and heart.

Posted on 19 July 2021 | 5:20 am

Assassinated Haitian President's wife returns to the country

The wife of slain Haitian President, Jovenel Moise, returns to Haiti showing great bravery, fortitude and courage. Upon learning of the assassination, Pope Francis joined the Haitian bishops in an appeal for an end to the spiral of violence in the nation.

Posted on 18 July 2021 | 1:22 pm

Nigerian villagers abducted in raid

Gunmen have abducted at least 60 people in north-western Nigeria after raiding five villages.

Posted on 18 July 2021 | 1:05 pm

Pope close to flood-struck western Europe

Pope Francis expresses his vicinity to flood-struck populations in Germany, Belgium and other western European nations where the death toll of more than 180 keeps rising with hundreds of people still missing.

Posted on 18 July 2021 | 8:53 am

Pope prays for just and fraternal society in Cuba

Pope Francis expresses closeness to the people of Cuba as the nation undergoes protests and unrest and prays for the building of a just society.

Posted on 18 July 2021 | 7:50 am

Pope appeals for constructive collaboration in post-apartheid South Africa

Pope Francis decries the violence that engulfed Covid-struck South Africa in the past week with an appeal for constructive collaboration and assistance for those in need.

Posted on 18 July 2021 | 7:14 am

Kenya: Dioceses to mark world day for grandparents and the elderly.

The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) has called on archdioceses and dioceses to plan for events that will mark the newly instituted World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly to be celebrated next Sunday, 25 July.

Posted on 18 July 2021 | 4:14 am

Olympic Truce comes into force a week before opening ceremony

The Summer Olympic Games are scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan, from July 23 to and August 8, after which the Paralympic Games will follow from August 24 to September 5.

Posted on 17 July 2021 | 12:29 pm

Afghan talks underway as violence surges

Representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban meet in Doha for talks as violence rages in the country.

Posted on 17 July 2021 | 9:51 am

Canadian Bishops convey commitment to healing and reconciliation

The Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) gives support to the Bishops of Saskatchewan and its province-wide Appeal for Support of Healing and Reconciliation in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples.

Posted on 17 July 2021 | 9:16 am

Rescuers rush to save lives as death toll in Europe's floods mounts

Rescue crews are racing to find survivors of floods that devastated parts of western Europe, killing more than 150 people and leaving at least hundreds more still missing. In the Netherlands, a low-lying seafaring nation, authorities declared an emergency in the south. Pope Francis has expressed his closeness to the victims and their families and communities.

Posted on 17 July 2021 | 8:57 am

Indonesia - Asia’s new Covid-19 epicentre

Indonesia on July 16 recorded 1,205 Covid-19 deaths, the nation’s highest since the start of the pandemic.

Posted on 17 July 2021 | 8:33 am

Pope to Friars Minor: ‘The poor and the excluded are your teachers!'

Pope Francis sends a message to participants in the General Chapter of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor reminding them to always be witnesses of fraternity and a simple and joyful life as they gather to renew their vision and embrace the future.

Posted on 17 July 2021 | 6:51 am

Europe floods: Over 120 killed, and over 1,000 missing

At least 120 people are confirmed dead. In addition, as many as 1,300 people remain missing as devastating floods hit Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Most victims were reported in Germany.

Posted on 17 July 2021 | 5:00 am

Pope appoints Auxiliary Bishop in Delhi, India

Pope Francis on Friday appointed Father Deepak Valerian Tauro as Auxiliary Bishop of Delhi Archdiocese.

Posted on 16 July 2021 | 8:20 am

WHO/UNICEF: Childhood vaccinations hindered by Covid-19 pandemic

Shortfalls in global routine vaccination efforts due to the Covid-19 pandemic move international agencies to raise concerns about the growing risk of the resurgence of vaccine-preventable childhood illnesses.

Posted on 16 July 2021 | 7:11 am

UN: Fr. Swamy’s death in custody “a stain on India’s human rights record"

The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders says the custodial death of the indigenous rights activist is devastating.

Posted on 16 July 2021 | 6:32 am

Lebanon’s PM-designate quits plunging the nation into further chaos

Lebanon's Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri resigned nine months after he was named to the post by the parliament. The development is likely to plunge the nation and its people further into chaos, uncertainty and an unprecedented economic crisis.

Posted on 16 July 2021 | 6:18 am

New norms regarding use of 1962 Roman Missal: Bishops given greater responsibility

Pope Francis publishes a motu proprio on Friday to redefine the use of the pre-Vatican missal granting the decision to allow its use the local bishops. Groups attending the pre-Vatican liturgy must not deny the validity of the liturgical reform dictated by the Second Vatican Council and the magisterium of the Supreme Pontiffs.

Posted on 16 July 2021 | 6:11 am

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