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"We want to see the Church not only in the format of Our Father and Hail Mary, but as the mother Church that serves and helps in different ways." This is the spirit that guides the transformation of one of the most known places of worship in Ukraine into a shelter for people displaced by the war, taking care of their many needs.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged the Group of Seven (G7) largest economies to help him end the war against Russia by the end of the year. He spoke after Russia fired missiles at the capital, Kyiv, and other cities, killing at least one person died and injuring several others.
Pope Francis meets 5,500 members of the Neocatechumenal Way, a Catholic lay association founded in Spain in 1964 dedicated to post- and pre-baptismal formation of Christians, and urges them to remain docile to the Holy Spirit.
Following a long-standing tradition, a delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is in Rome this week to help build unity between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.
Two years after the first edition, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith publishes a second version of the "Vademecum on Certain Points of Procedure in Treating Cases of Sexual Abuse of Minors Committed by Clerics".
The Catholic Dioceses of Auchi and Kaduna mourn the deaths of Fr. Christopher Odia and Fr. Vitus Borogo, who were killed in the Nigerian states of Edo and Kaduna over the weekend.
The Holy Father says he is following "with concern" the situation in Ecuador, which has seen violent protests over food and fuel prices in recent weeks.
At the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis calls the faithful to follow Jesus, who did not respond to opposition with anger and bitterness, but instead made a “resolute decision” to continue on to Jerusalem, knowing that rejection and death awaited Him there.
After the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, Catholic leaders and laypeople are preparing to step up efforts to promote a culture of life, according to Peggy Hartshorn.
The X World Meeting of Families in Rome concludes with the celebration of the Holy Mass presided by Cardinal Kevin Farrell in the presence of Pope Francis. During the homily, the Pope notes that “the family is the first place where we learn to love.”
The Abdallahs, Daniel and Leila, are parents of seven whose lives were overturned two years ago by the deaths of three of their children at the hands of a drunken driver. The couple told their story at the ongoing World Meeting of Families, reflecting on how their faith has led them toward forgiveness.
A married couple from Cameroon, present at the X World Meeting Of Families in Rome, represent both “family” and Diocesan “Coordinators of the Family Life Apostolate”. They bring their first-hand experience of synodality to the floor.
In his address to the Order of Don Orione, Pope Francis encourages members of the Orionine Family to share their charism of charity for the poor with others, to cultivate fraternal relationships, and to open themselves to new frontiers without fear.
The Archbishop of Baltimore hails the US Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade as an opportunity to redouble efforts to build a culture of life and serve women in difficult pregnancies and mothers who face financial difficulties.
Pope Francis appoints Kevin Ingram, a former auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers, as a board member of the Financial Intelligence and Supervisory Authority (AISF).
Archbishop Andrew Nkea of Bamenda restates the Church’s commitment to work for peace through dialogue in Cameroon’s Northwest and Southwest regions where a separatist crisis has dragged on for over five years.
As the US Supreme Court overturns the so-called right to abortion, Elizabeth Kirk says the decision represents a vote of confidence in the American people to decide the issue democratically.
At the World Meeting of Families, Dr. Christauria Welland describes the lifelong harm that comes from domestic violence, and says the Church must respond to this reality in order to help form healthy families.
Friday afternoon sees a flurry of statements from senior US churchmen responding to the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade and returning authority to regulate abortion to the people and their elected representatives, including Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston and Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago.
The Bishops of the United States thank God for Friday’s Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v Wade, the 1973 ruling “which legalized and normalized the taking of innocent human life” through abortion. In a separate statement, the Pontifical Academy for Life urges governments to enact policies that promote life.
Archbishop Andrew Fuanya Nkea of Bamenda reflects on the synodal process in Cameroon and encourages the participation of the faithful at all levels.
Relief efforts are continuing in Afghanistan where a deadly earthquake earlier this week has claimed over 1,000 lives.
The Bishops of Canada welcome the release of the schedule for Pope Francis’ 24-29 July Apostolic Visit, and express their hopes his visit will offer another step in the journey of healing, reconciliation, and hope.
In a wide-ranging interview with Vatican News, the Prefect of the Dicastery for the Clergy, Cardinal-elect Lazarus You Heung-sik, praises the heroism of many priests worldwide, and notes that evils and abuse can be combatted with mature, holy priests who offer credible witness.
Dr. Christopher Bellitto, one of the speakers at a panel during the World Meeting of Families, stresses the importance of bridging the generational gap between young and old people, and encourages young people to care for the elderly.
The United Nations is rushing to provide emergency shelter and food aid to remote areas of Afghanistan after a major earthquake shook the region, killing over 1,000 people and injuring hundreds more. Pope Francis has assured Afghanis of his prayers for the victims and issued an appeal for help for all those affected.
The Holy See Press Office releases the programme for Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Canada, due to take place on 24-29 July.
As part of our Sisters Project series, Sr. Brigitte Flourez describes the birth of the Congregation of the Infant Sisters of Jesus.
At the request of Pope Francis, the virtual reproduction of a collection preserving the requests for help addressed to Pope Pius XII by Jews from all over Europe after the beginning of Nazi-Fascist persecution is now accessible to all. It consists of a total of 170 volumes, or nearly 40,000 files. Only 70% of the total material will be initially available, but will later be supplemented with the final volumes currently being prepared.
The website of the Historical Archives of the Secretariat of State makes it possible to consult a documentary series that preserves the requests for help addressed to Pope Pius XII by Jews from all over Europe, after the beginning of the Nazi-Fascist persecution.
Pope Francis meets with members of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and Oriental Orthodox Churches
Opening the keynote addresses during the World Meeting of Families, Gregory and Lisa Popcak discuss a framework which allows families to find God in all they do, thus bringing his joy into daily family life.
Pope Francis stresses the importance of protecting the weak and promoting legality in society, during an audience with members of the Anti-Mafia Investigation Directorate and the Pontifical International Marian Academy.
Pope Francis addresses representatives of ROACO, a church organization providing aid and assistance to Christians across the Middle East, and invites them to not stop praying, fasting, helping, and working so that the paths of peace may find space in the jungle of conflicts.
At the Festival of Families opening the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis invites families to take a “step forward” in order to “change the world and make it a home for all those who need to feel welcomed and accepted.”
The Vatican Secretary for Relations with States reminds us of Pope Francis’ pressing call not to forget the suffering of the people in war-stricken Ukraine and of his repeated appeals to State leaders to find a negotiated solution to the crisis.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ releases a statement on Supreme Court ruling stating that Maine cannot discriminate against religious schools because they teach religion.
As the 10th World Meeting of Families kicks off in Rome on Wednesday, the Under-Secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life recalls the urgency of proclaiming the beauty of marriage and the family in our modern world.
A report on the situation of human rights in Eritrea presented to the UN Human Rights Council highlights the application of force in gathering recruits for military service in the country.
Pope Francis says he is praying for the victims of a devastating earthquake in Afghanistan that has killed at least 920 people and injured 600 others. He also issued an appeal for help for all those affected.
Pope Francis reiterates his firm condemnation of widespread violence in Mexico that does nothing but nuture pain and suffering, and expresses his sorrow for the killing of two Jesuit priests and a layperson.