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As the universal Church prepares for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to be held in 2023, prelates in Africa are translating base documents and reaching out.
Expressing concern over the increasing tensions that threaten peace in Ukraine, Pope Francis calls for Wednesday 26 January to be a day of prayer for peace.
Following the morning celebration in St. Peter's Basilica for Sunday of the Word of God, Pope Francis greeted pilgrims in the Square for the midday Angelus encouraging them to read the Gospel ever day to be inspired and transformed with the newness and joy of God.
With 9 million people and 2.9 million children seriously affected, Typhoon Rai was the strongest storm to hit the Philippines last year.
An interview with Rev. Mari Valjakka, pastor of Sámi at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, highlights the reality of Europe’s only indigenous people and their unique and precious contribution to humanity’s effort to care for Creation.
Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande, two laymen and Franciscan missionary Father Cosme Spessotto are being beatified today in San Salvador. A close friend of St. Oscar Romero, Father Rutilio Grande, SJ, was killed by a paramilitary death squad in 1977 for speaking out for social justice. Father Pessotto was murdered for the same reason in 1980, during the civil war.
The Pope has sent a video message to the inhabitants of La Palma, in the Canary Islands, which was hit by volcanic eruption for 3 months.
The bishops are meeting physically for the first time since 2020. The Synodal process is the leading theme of the meeting.
The Church in Papua New Guinea is collecting funds working with its partners across Oceania to send humanitarian aid to the tsunami-struck people of Tonga, according to Fr. Giorgio Licini.
Promoted by the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, the #IamChurch initiative consists in five videos demonstrating the daily struggles of persons with disabilities who, far from feeling burdensome or "set aside", provide their own specific contribution within their ecclesial communities. "The Word of God in the lives of people with disabilities" is the title of the fifth and final video.
As the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity continues, the Co-Chair of the Anglican–Roman Catholic International Commission, Archbishop Bernard Longley reflects on the immense work done and the road still to travel towards the goal of full visible unity.
The Presidency of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences invites the international community to offer its support to Ukraine in the face of mounting fears of a possible Russian military offensive.
In his speech at the meeting "The diplomacy of values and development", organized in Rome by the International Association "Carità Politica", the Secretary for Relations with States stresses that in the face of common challenges that require shared solutions, "the diplomacy of values aims to promote the good of the human family beyond any particular interest".
The Catholic Diocese in Ethiopia’s strife-torn Tigray region is denouncing the worsening humanitarian situation, and seeking to reach out to the suffering people amid numerous constraints.
Pope Francis meets with members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the occasion of their Plenary Assembly, and focuses on the importance of three words during their mission: dignity, discernment, and faith.
“Ecumenism in a Time of Pandemic: From Crisis to Opportunity” is the title of a working document presented by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and which is the result of a survey conducted in 2021 among all the Bishops' Conferences and Eastern Catholic Synods in the world.
A team of Vatican Museum experts carries out a routine conservation check of the ancient Roman icon of Mary Salus Populi Romani, which is housed in the Basilica of St. Mary Major.
A press conference presents the report by a law firm commissioned by the Church. The mandate was to look into the handling of abuse cases by the archbishops of Munich between 1945 and 2019, including then-Cardinal Ratzinger. Holy See Press Office director Matteo Bruni tells journalists: "We are waiting to examine the contents of the document” and expresses grief for abuses and closeness to all victims.
As telephone links between Tonga and the outside world are reconnected following a volcanic eruption and tsunami, vital supplies have started arriving from Australia and New Zealand. On the ground, Caritas New Zealand is assisting Caritas Tonga to ensure emergency aid gets to people on the island.
Luke Stocking of Caritas Canada has told Vatican News about projects supported by his organisation in Africa.
The 2022 World Watch List (WWL) released on Wednesday by Open Doors International shows that persecution against Christians continues to rise especially in Asian and African countries and that the COVID 19 pandemic has further exacerbated discrimination.
The continuing health emergency posed by the Covid-19 pandemic will have an effect on the annual Lenten Spiritual Exercises of the Roman Curia and Pope Francis.
The Catholic Bishops of France are calling on French citizens to vote in presidential elections set for April, while warning against the exploitation of Christianity in politics.
Innocent civilians are continuing to flee fierce fighting between Myanmar’s military and armed resistance groups in the eastern state of Kayah, as the country's Catholic Bishops appeal for an end to the targeting of civilians and respect for churches, hospitals, and schools.
Following a volcano eruption that triggered a tsunami on the Pacific island of Tonga, communications have been down everywhere, making assessments more difficult.
Pope Francis will preside over the celebration for the Sunday of the Word of God on 23 January in St. Peter’s Basilica. As explained by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, this year’s liturgy includes some important novelties.
Pope Francis sends aid to the victims of a deadly typhoon in the Philippines, as well as to migrants who are stranded on the border between Poland and Belarus.
Continuing his catechetical series on Saint Joseph, Pope Francis looks at his role as a loving father, reflecting God's tenderness, is the experience of feeling loved and welcomed in all our weaknesses and transformed by His love.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is taking place from 18 to 25 January. The Archdiocese of Toamasina in Madagascar has planned joint ecumenical events with other Christian denominations.
As the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins, Bishop Brian Farrell from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity reflects on some of the aspects that may have had an effect on Christian unity during this historic period.
Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi, delegate of the Bishops’ Conference of Malta to COMECE, says he is proud the new European Parliament President is a compatriot of his and expresses confidence for a fruitful working relationship between lawmakers and the Church.
Six Sisters of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent and an Ursuline nun were released by Ethiopian security forces on January 15 after over 40 days of detention. The situation in Ethiopia remains tense 14 months after the beginning of a war that has spread beyond the Tigray region where it started on 4 November 2020.
A statement released by the Catholic Bishops of the Central African Republic lambasts a protracted culture of corruption in the country that together with the abuse of foreign parties creates the conditions for the continuing exploitation of natural resources and international marginalization.
The Custos of the Holy Land, Fr. Francesco Patton, describes the Pope’s audience with The Holy Land Review, and affirms that local Christians of various confessions seek to live in concrete unity.
The Treviso-based Foundation “Oltre il Labirinto” (“Beyond the Labyrinth”), created to welcome, care for, protect and promote the inclusion of young people with autism, is relaunching its project “Farm4Autism”. The President, Mario Paganessi: Laudato si’ continues to inspire our work. There is no concern, respect or care for the environment that does not come hand-in-hand with a sincere love for human persons, above all for the weakest and most needy.
The Catholic Church in the United States is set to hold its annual "9 Days for Life" novena on 19-27 January, which coincides with the 49th annual March for Life in Washington.
Pope Francis received this Monday morning Željko Komšić, the current Chairman of the Collegial Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina, who met afterwards with Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, the Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States.
A six-year international investigation has identified a suspect who may have betrayed famous Jewish diarist Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis. Jewish notary Arnold van den Bergh, has been accused by a team that included a retired agent of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI.
As the United States honour the slain Civil Rights leader, the President of the US Bishops calls on all people of goodwill to continue to draw from his example and to carry on his work for equality and justice in American society.
In the Armenian-Catholic Cathedral of St. Elijah and St. Gregory the Illuminator in the Lebanese capital, the Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian Catholics, Raphaël Bedros XXI Minassian, invites everyone to overcome differences by looking to Christ the Redeemer and the mystery of the Eucharist.
Pope Francis urges the journalists of The Holy Land Review to tell the world the story of fraternity among Christians and among all the children of Abraham.
Pope Francis welcomes an ecumenical delegation from Finland to the Vatican, on the eve of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.