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Following her release in Mali, on October 9, the Colombian missionary tells Vatican News about her captivity and how she felt supported by faith and prayer.
On December 12, Caritas Internationalis will celebrate its 70th anniversary. Its General Secretary Aloysius John talks to the Vatican media about the importance of this anniversary and the most urgent challenges for the Caritas Confederation at the time of the pandemic.
Climatologist Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan says that the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor has now become everyone’s cry since the effects of global warming have unleashed the ‘destruction of the world’s weather systems.’
The Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches will leave for Syria today to express Pope Francis’ closeness to Catholic communities and bishops in the conflict-ridden country.
On Mission Sunday, Cardinal Charles Bo, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Myanmar, called on the faithful to speak up in these challenging times for their country, saying the Church always holds the light of hope amidst all darkness.
The United Nations has warned that Afghanistan is on a countdown to catastrophe with millions facing the threat of starvation as winter approaches.
German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday
The Office of Papal Charities and Rome's San Carlo di Nancy Hospital team up to offer the poor cardiological checkups at a mobile medical unit placed in St. Peter's Square. The initiative is called "The roads of the heart, a journey for prevention."
Ethiopian government forces launch two aerial attacks on the Tigray region, escalating its week-long campaign to weaken the forces of the dissident Tigray People’s Liberation Front.
Pope Francis welcomes a group of young Lutherans on an ecumenical pilgrimage from Germany to Rome.
November is often associated with a time of giving thanks, and this year is no different. In order to get the most out of the month, we’re deeming this as the year to start early. Make the entire month about showing gratitude to those you love, and even strangers.
President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Archbishop Augustine Akubeze, has expressed satisfaction with the Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN) established ten years ago.
With a powerful appeal to the international community to implement lasting resolutions for the safeguard of lives and the dignity of migrants and refugees, Pope Francis says his thoughts never stray from the predicament of the thousands of men, women and children stranded in Libya as they search to reach Europe in the hope of a better life.
Pope Francis encourages us to pray to the Lord, like Bartimaeus in Sunday's Gospel reading, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And may we repeat it often with concrete, insistent and courageous faith.
As the Church marks World Mission Sunday, the Chairperson of the newly re-branded Missio Ireland, Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, SMA, says it is an opportunity to recall the “heroes of mission” around the world. At the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis also paid tribute to missionaries around the world for their witness to the Gospel, often at great sacrifice.
United Nations Day, on 24 October, marks the anniversary of the day in 1945 when the UN Charter entered into force. The UN is made up of 193 Member States.
Following the Second Reading of the Assisted Dying Bill at the House of Lords, on 22 October , Bishop John Sherrington has thanked Catholics in England and Wales for writing to peers and praying that the legislation might be defeated. He said bishops will continue to scrutinise and challenge the Bill.
Earlier this week, the Vatican's Permanent Observer to the United Nations addressed a statement to the UN General Assembly on disarmament measures and cybersecurity.
A UN humanitarian flight is aborted as the conflict between Ethiopia’s federal government and the TPLF in the Tigray region escalates, severely hampering humanitarian operations.
Evangelizing an evangelist: Dale Recinella, a “lay chaplain” to death row inmates in Florida, shares his testimony in this story about conversion.
Dale Recinella, a lay prison chaplain based in the US state of Florida, shares his experience of friendship with a former inmate who turned his life around through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
In a message sent to the International Conference of the "Opera Nazionale Maria Montessori", Pope Francis urges people to look to her example "to form people in solidarity, citizens of the world open to dialogue and to acceptance."
In an address to the Centesimus Annus – Pro Pontifice Foundation, Pope Francis says developing a more just and equitable society, and protecting the freedom and dignity of persons, is at the heart of the mission to implement the Church’s social teaching.
The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, 7-13 November, with dioceses across the US holding events to foster an appreciation for all vocations and pray specifically for those discerning a vocation to ordained ministry and consecrated life.
Pope Francis urges members of the 24th General Chapter of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians to be inspired by the example of Our Lady and encourages them in their service of young people and of the poor.
The highlight of the liturgical celebrations of Pope Francis in the month of November is the World Day of the Poor, instituted by him 5 years ago.
Neuroscientist Professor Maryanne Wolf explains why Pope Francis was right in saying that education is key in bettering the world post-Covid, especially as we come out of the pandemic to a much more technological way of doing things.
A group of Catholic students in Port Moresby has urged extractive companies in Papua New Guinea to respect the environment for the wellbeing of indigenous people and future generations. Their call echoes one of the nine Appeals “in the name of God” addressed by Pope Francis in his message to the Fourth World Meeting of Popular Movements.
Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF representative in Yemen, highlights the devastating toll of the war in Yemen, which has claimed the lives of at least 10,000 children since it started in 2015. He says that despite dwindling funds, UNICEF continues to work to respond to the needs of the conflict-hit Yemeni population.
United Nations agencies say that 3 years of consecutive severe drought as well as floods, cyclones and locust outbreaks in southern Madagascar have wiped out harvests and hampered people’s access to food.
The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has published a decree implementing Pope Francis’ motu proprio “Magnum principium,” concerning the respective competencies of the Congregation and the episcopal conferences with regard to the translation of liturgical texts. The Prefect of the Congregation explains the import of the new decree, in a written interview with Vatican Media.
The leader of a Haitian street gang, which has kidnapped seventeen missionaries and family members, is threatening to murder them unless their $17 million ransom demand is paid in full.
Pope Francis sends a congratulatory letter to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I as he marks the 30th anniversary of his election as the Archbishop of Constantinople.
The General Chapter of the Spiritans, taking place in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, has elected as new Superior General, Fr Alain Mayama.
A senior leader at the World Health Organisation (WHO) warns that the Covid-19 pandemic will "go on for a year longer than it needs to" and drag deep into 2022 because poorer countries are not getting the vaccines they need.
World Mission Day 2021, with the theme “We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard”, will be celebrated throughout the Church this Sunday, October 24th.
Cardinal Mauro Gambetti explains that the just-established “Fratelli tutti” Foundation aims to promote and support sustainable growth and a new humanism and provide a workshop for the future.
Pope Francis has sent a message to participants in the 49th Social Week of Italian Catholics in Taranto. The theme of the event is: "The Planet We Hope For. Environment, Work, Future. Everything is connected”.
The Catholic Church’s humanitarian services swing into action in the Democratic Republic of Congo where five new cases of Ebola have been discovered, including three deaths.
Children and staff at the "Foyer Nazareth" orphanage in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, thank Pope Francis for the gift of medicines he sent them recently. The head of the institute, Sister Elise Vouakouanitout sent the thank you message, also signed by the children.
The Ethiopian government carries out two airstrikes on the troubled Tigray region, targeting TPLF assets in Mekelle, Tigray's capital.
In a Pastoral Letter on the 2021-2023 Synod, Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa says all ecclesial communities should get involved, and suggests the method of the two Disciples of Emmaus as a way forward.
Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) has described findings in a recent report detailing suicide deaths in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children as a national disgrace.
Since the February 1 military coup, Myanmar’s crisis has deepened with arrests and a bloody crackdown against protesters. The pandemic and other factors have added to the people’s desperate situation.
For current and former students at the Gregorian University’s Faculty of Social Sciences, Rome, the death of the Faculty Dean at only 49 years has been both shocking and painful.
An International Convention in the Vatican proposes to shine the light on the antidotes to fight injustice, inequality and exclusion in a post-pandemic era, and according to the teachings of Pope Francis, build a better world.
The Pontifical Council for Culture and the German Embassy to the Holy See host a one-day symposium starting on Thursday looking at "The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence for Human Society and the Idea of the Human Person".
Ahead of a Symposium organized by the Apostolic Penitentiary on the theme “Penance and Penitentiary between revolutions and restorations (1789 – 1903),” Monsignor Krzysztof Józef Nykiel, Regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, reflects on the sacrament of Confession and the role of the Penitentiary in the 19th Century. The Symposium take place in Rome from 21 – 22 October.
A UNEP-led report says that despite increased climate ambition and net-zero commitments, governments still plan to produce more than double the amount of energy from fossil fuels in 2030, than commitments to limiting global warming.
Investors and social entrepreneurs from across the globe meet up online for a three-day conference to create connections and work toward a more humane, just, and sustainable economy.