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Britain to strengthen borders as migrants cross sea In risk

Britain's government has vowed to strengthen border measures saying a daily record number of people has crossed the English Channel to the U.K. in small boats.

Posted on 7 August 2020 | 10:44 am

Vatican urges sustainable and responsible tourism for rural development

The Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development released a message on Friday in view of World Tourism Day on September 27. It particularly called for promoting rural tourism.

Posted on 7 August 2020 | 10:26 am

Pope Francis in solidarity with the people of Lebanon

Pope Francis donates 250,000 Euros to assist the Church in Lebanon following a massive explosion on Tuesday in Beirut which killed over a hundred people and injured thousands.

Posted on 7 August 2020 | 10:07 am

US Bishops advocate for emergency aid for Catholic schools

US Bishops and Cardinals call for ten percent of emergency education funding for scholarships to aid Catholic and non-public schools amid the ongoing crisis.

Posted on 7 August 2020 | 7:37 am

Protests in Beirut as rescue work continues

Security forces in Lebanon have fire teargas at protesters as anger mounts over a deadly explosion in Beirut earlier this week.

Posted on 7 August 2020 | 7:22 am

Life after the Pandemic with Pope Francis

A book-companion for responding to the Covid-19 pandemic through the vision and words of Pope Francis.

Posted on 7 August 2020 | 6:56 am

Built on a Rock: survey on Living the Faith during Covid-19

The Pontifical Urbaniana University conducts a survey in Africa, Asia and Oceania seeking to “understand how people lived the faith and reacted to the closure of churches.”

Posted on 7 August 2020 | 5:38 am

Pope extends Eastern Catholic Patriarchs’ jurisdiction over Arabian Peninsula

Pope Francis extends the jurisdiction of Eastern Catholic Patriarchs over the Arabian Peninsula, in response to requests from the Patriarchs, for the greater spiritual good of the faithful.

Posted on 6 August 2020 | 12:51 pm

Gospel Truth: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 9 August 2020

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 St. Mathew 14:22-33.

Posted on 6 August 2020 | 9:09 am

Japan marks 75 years since atomic bombing of Hiroshima

Survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima remember the victims with a solemn commemoration, 75 years after the attack, as Catholic Bishops warn against growing threats to global peace.

Posted on 6 August 2020 | 6:34 am

Pope chooses six women as lay experts for Council for the Economy

Pope Francis appoints thirteen new Members to the Vatican’s Council for the Economy.

Posted on 6 August 2020 | 6:05 am

CDF: Baptisms conferred with arbitrarily modified formulas are not valid

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith affirms that Baptisms administered with modified formulas are invalid, including: “We baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.

Posted on 6 August 2020 | 6:01 am

Pope expresses closeness to Japan on 75th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing

Pope Francis writes a message to the Governor of the Hiroshima Prefecture on the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, expressing his closeness and calling for an end to the use of nuclear weapons.

Posted on 6 August 2020 | 5:52 am

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 75 years after the nuclear holocaust

Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed by two atomic bombs on 6 and 9 August 1945. Almost a year ago, Pope Francis visited both cities during his Apostolic Journey to Japan.

Posted on 6 August 2020 | 5:24 am

Hollerich: EU bishops suffering with and praying for Lebanon

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg, the president of the European bishops’ conferences, issues a message of condolence following Tuesday’s explosions in Beirut.

Posted on 6 August 2020 | 3:57 am

Pope visits Saint Mary Major on feast of Basilica's dedication

Pope Francis visits the Basilica of Saint Mary Major on Wednesday afternoon, where he prays before the image of Our Lady, Salus Populi Romani.

Posted on 5 August 2020 | 11:32 am

Caritas launches emergency plan to assist victims of Beirut explosion

Caritas Internationalis launches an emergency plan to assist victims of Tuesday’s massive explosion at the port in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut.

Posted on 5 August 2020 | 10:59 am

Dozens injured as France battles blaze amid pandemic

Fires fueled by strong Mediterranean winds have raced across multiple towns in the Marseille region of France, injuring at least 22 people. The troubles come as the nation struggles to prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections.

Posted on 5 August 2020 | 10:18 am

Pope’s condolence for the death of John Hume of Northern Ireland

The 83-year old veteran politician, a leading figure in the Northern Ireland peace process, died on August 3.

Posted on 5 August 2020 | 9:12 am

The Church on the periphery: at sea with maritime workers

Maritime workers are close to Pope Francis’s thoughts because “it is one of the peripheries” and they face “a series of issues that are dear to the Holy Father.”

Posted on 5 August 2020 | 8:01 am

Pope Francis prays for victims of Lebanon explosion

At the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis prays for victims of a massive explosion in Beirut on Tuesday, which killed dozens and caused serious destruction.

Posted on 5 August 2020 | 4:17 am

Pope at Audience launches new catechesis series on healing the world

Resuming his weekly general audience after the July recess, Pope Francis says that the Christian virtues of faith, hope and charity enable us to heal the physical, social and spiritual infirmities of our times, such as those revealed by the pandemic.

Posted on 5 August 2020 | 4:13 am

Lebanon blast kills 100, many more injured

A huge explosion on Tuesday afternoon near the centre of Beirut kills at least 100 people and causes extensive damage to the Lebanese city.

Posted on 5 August 2020 | 3:04 am

Pope Francis resumes weekly General Audience

After a short summer break, Pope Francis resumes his weekly General Audience on Wednesday, 5 August, from the library of the Apostolic Palace.

Posted on 4 August 2020 | 2:12 pm

Archdiocese of LA holds conference on technology, evangelization

The C3 (Catholic Communication Collaboration) Conference is taking place August 4-5 in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Posted on 4 August 2020 | 1:53 pm

Pope finances 168 projects in Latin American and Caribbean

The Pope’s charitable initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean are carried out largely through the Populorum Progressio Foundation for Latin America and the Caribbean, operating under the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Posted on 4 August 2020 | 12:22 pm

COVID-19: WHO says road to normality will be long

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday that there might never be a “silver bullet” for COVID-19 in the form of a perfect vaccine and that the road to normality would be long. The warning came as a number of European nations reported an uptick in the number of cases after weeks of declining infections.

Posted on 4 August 2020 | 12:01 pm

Pope's August prayer intention: people in the maritime world

In his prayer intention for this month of August, Pope Francis urges prayers for seafarers and those working in the maritime world.

Posted on 4 August 2020 | 11:13 am

DRC: Caritas launches educational program to combat child labor

Caritas facilitates access to education for young people working in the mines of Mwenga and Wamba, opening doors to a better life for them.

Posted on 4 August 2020 | 11:02 am

Parolin: St. John Vianney, the resounding voice of God

Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrated the liturgical feast of Saint John Vianney with a Mass, Tuesday morning, at the shrine of the patron saint of priests in the French town of Ars.

Posted on 4 August 2020 | 9:28 am

John Hume: human rights champion and Nobel Peace laureate, dies aged 83

John Hume, Northern Ireland political leader and 1998 Nobel Peace Prize winner for his work on the Good Friday Agreement died on Sunday at the age of 83

Posted on 4 August 2020 | 6:08 am

A layman, Maximino Caballero Ledo, is the new Secretary of SPE

A Spaniard, married and the father of two children, childhood friend of Prefect Juan Antonio Guerrero, expert in finance, will take up work in the Vatican leaving behind a highly responsible position at Baxter Healthcare, Inc.

Posted on 4 August 2020 | 6:01 am

Indian Bishop calls for social reintegration of prisoners

The Chairman of Prison Ministry India (PMI) Bishop Allwyn D’Silva, advocates for the dignity and real social integration of prisoners on Prison Ministry Sunday.

Posted on 3 August 2020 | 2:24 pm

Pope Francis sends message of solidarity to Cardinal Brenes after attack on Managua Cathedral

Pope Francis pens a message to Archbishop of Managua, Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, expressing his closeness following an attack on the Managua Cathedral on Friday.

Posted on 3 August 2020 | 1:31 pm

Covid-19 in Asia: the worst is not over

As the Coronavirus continues to infect people and claim lives across the globe, its dynamics are changing across regions. Countries struggle to contain its spread as well as cope with the economic downturn and other effects of the lockdown.

Posted on 3 August 2020 | 10:04 am

US Bishops call for support for urban Catholic school students

The Bishop chairmen of three USCCB committees are calling on members of the Black Congressional Caucus to support federal emergency relief for black families in Catholic schools.

Posted on 3 August 2020 | 9:46 am

Investigation casts doubt on Iranian Covid death figures

A British broadcaster is claiming the number of deaths from Covid-19 in Iran is nearly triple what the government in Tehran reports.

Posted on 3 August 2020 | 8:59 am

Australian Catholic Men’s Gathering to inspire, encourage and challenge

Australian Catholic Men’s Gathering for 2020 aims to gather and inspire Catholic lay men in their Christian faith and their role in the Church.

Posted on 3 August 2020 | 8:46 am

Pope to Medjugorje youth festival: Jesus gives life its true meaning

Pope Francis encourages participants in an annual youth festival at Medjugorje to discover the true adventure of life in the encounter with Jesus.

Posted on 3 August 2020 | 5:54 am

Covid-19 spike pushes Mexico to third place in infections

Mexico now ranks as the nation with the third-highest number of Covid-19 cases, with experts estimating the death toll could rise as high as seven million.

Posted on 2 August 2020 | 9:17 am

Europeans struggling with heatwave and coronavirus lockdowns

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Europeans are crowding beaches and other areas amid a massive heatwave. That has added to deaths at sea, including in the Netherlands.

Posted on 2 August 2020 | 9:07 am

Pope praying for Nicaraguans after destruction of Managua crucifix

Pope Francis expresses his closeness to Catholics in Nicaragua, following an arson attack that destroyed a crucifix in Managua’s cathedral.

Posted on 2 August 2020 | 6:49 am

Pope Francis urges everyone to obtain “Pardon of Assisi”

Pope Francis is encouraging Catholics to receive the plenary indulgence granted to St. Francis, which is known as the “Pardon of Assisi”.

Posted on 2 August 2020 | 6:22 am

Pope at Angelus: Eucharist provides strength to care for others

Ahead of the Angelus prayer on Sunday, Pope Francis encourages the faithful to draw strength from the Eucharist and to show compassion and tenderness toward those in need.

Posted on 2 August 2020 | 6:22 am

SECAM Day is an opportunity to pray for the growing Church in Africa

The First Vice President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Bishop Sithembele Sipuka, reflects on the Bishops’ forum’s 51st-anniversary celebration amid the Covid-19 crisis.

Posted on 2 August 2020 | 3:02 am

Vatican Museums: Beauty that Unites! 60

Beauty creates communion. It unites onlookers from a distance, uniting past, present and future. Pope Francis has recalled this on a number of occasions. The Church has always translated the universality of the Good News into the language of art. From this premise, this dramatic moment in history characterized by uncertainty and isolation, gives rise to this initiative which is a partnership between the Vatican Museum and Vatican News: Masterpieces from the Vatican Collection accompanied by comments from the words of the Popes.

Posted on 2 August 2020 | 3:00 am

Europe's economies plunging into coronavirus recession

The European Union's statistics agency reports the most significant economic falls within the 27-nation bloc since it began recording the figures 25 years ago.

Posted on 1 August 2020 | 12:05 pm

Gospel Truth: Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2 August 2020

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 St. Mathew 14:13-21.

Posted on 1 August 2020 | 9:26 am

Covid-19: Latin America current epidemic battleground

Latin America is becoming the epicenter battleground for the Covid-19 pandemic, with sharply rising numbers of infections and deaths. Yet scant testing services in many areas mask the true extent of the crisis.

Posted on 1 August 2020 | 9:10 am

Cardinal Parolin to visit Ars and Lourdes in August

The Vatican Secretary of State will pay a visit to Ars on the Feast of St John Vianney, and will celebrate Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption in Lourdes.

Posted on 1 August 2020 | 9:07 am

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