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Pope Francis: Woman is the image of the Church that is Mother

During the afternoon session of the "Protection of Minors in the Church" Meeting in the Vatican, Pope Francis gives an impromptu reflection on woman as the image of the Church.

Posted on 22 February 2019 | 2:01 pm

Venezuela: President Maduro to close Barzil border

Venezuela`s President Nicolas Maduro is closing the Border with Brazil to thwart US aid, which he says is a pretext for invasion. He is also considering sealing the Border with Colombia.

Posted on 22 February 2019 | 12:23 pm

Protection Minors: Cardinal Marx meets with survivors of abuse

Survivors of clerical sexual abuse continue to be at the centre of the meeting on the "Protection of Minors in the Church".

Posted on 22 February 2019 | 11:32 am

Protection of Minors: Accountability must be based on “Communio”

The first female speaker at the Meeting for the Protection of Minors, Dr Linda Ghisoni talks about the importance of all aspects of the Church working together to confront the worldwide crisis of the sexual abuse of children.

Posted on 22 February 2019 | 11:15 am

Protection of Minors: Press Briefing on Day Two

“The Protection of Minors in the Church” Meeting in the Vatican entered its second day on Friday. The day’s theme was “Accountability” and the Press Briefing included testimonies from both Cardinal Cupich and Cardinal O’Malley.

Posted on 22 February 2019 | 10:17 am

Protection of Minors: Card. O’Malley on witness of victims, role of laity

In an interview during the ongoing Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church, US Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley underscored the importance of the witness of the victims of abuse and the role of the laity in responding to the crisis of abuse of minors.

Posted on 22 February 2019 | 9:21 am

Protection of Minors: Card. Cupich focuses on dual realities to be pursued

Cardinal Blase Cupich delivered his address on the morning of the 2nd day of the Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church calling for the commitment, on the part of the Church, to engage in dual of realities.

Posted on 22 February 2019 | 5:27 am

Card Gracias: Collegial Church stands for justice, healing

Opening the proceedings of the “Protection of Minors” meeting on Friday, Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias speaks on “Accountability in a Collegial and Synodal Church”.

Posted on 22 February 2019 | 4:28 am

Archb. of Dhaka’s grief for fire in which dozens have been killed

The Cardinal Archbishop of Dhaka in Bangladesh has expressed his sorrow for the fire in the old part of the city of Dhaka in which at least 67 people have died.

Posted on 21 February 2019 | 12:23 pm

Protection of Minors: Card. Tagle, "their wounds ... my woundedness"

In an interview at the Meeting on the Protection of Minors, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle says the Church must face the wounds of sexual abuse “together, with faith.”

Posted on 21 February 2019 | 11:01 am

Protection of Minors: The voices of survivors

Five testimonies from survivors of clerical sexual abuse from across the globe were heard on Thursday during the opening of the Meeting on the "Protection of Minors in the Church".

Posted on 21 February 2019 | 10:50 am

Protection of Minors: Card. Salazar says bishops’ responsibility ‘inescapable’

The Archbishop of Bogotá addressed the meeting on “The Protection of Minors in the Church” on Thursday afternoon focusing on the responsibility of the Bishop to act decisively in all cases of abuse.

Posted on 21 February 2019 | 10:35 am

Protection of Minors: Press Briefing after Day 1 Morning Session

“Responsibility, Accountability, and Transparency” need to be “part of the Church’s DNA”. This is the opening statement with which the ad interim Director of the Vatican Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, introduced the Press Briefing on Day One of the “Protection of Minors in the Church” Meeting in the Vatican.

Posted on 21 February 2019 | 10:04 am

Protection of Minors: Reflection Points

21 Reflection Points that Pope Francis wanted to share in order to help the work of the "Protection of Minors in the Church" meeting were presented on Thursday to participants.

Posted on 21 February 2019 | 9:28 am

Pope’s condolence for victims of fire in Bangladesh

Cardinal Pietro Parolin sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis expressing the Holy Father's sorrow for the loss of life and injury caused by the fire in the capital, Dhaka.

Posted on 21 February 2019 | 8:20 am

Fire in Bangladesh's capital kills at least 81

Fire raced through an old quarter of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, between Wednesday and Thursday night, killing at least 81 people.

Posted on 21 February 2019 | 8:01 am

‘Gospel Truth’ for February 24, 2019

Listen to this week's edition of our reflections on the Gospel reading for the seventh Sunday in ordinary time, where Jesus exhorts His disciples to love their enemies and do good to those who hate them, prepared by the late Jill Bevilacqua.

Posted on 21 February 2019 | 5:47 am

Reflections for the VII Sunday

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the seventh Sunday in ordinary time. He says that the readings instruct us about our right and wrong choices. The right choices lead us to God, and the wrong ones break our relationship with Him and with one another.

Posted on 21 February 2019 | 5:33 am

Protection of Minors: Archb. Scicluna pledges to protect minors 'at all costs'

Arcbhishop Charles Jude Scicluna on Thursday addressed the 3-day Meeting on “The Protection of Minors in the Church” taking place in the Vatican and pledged to “protect minors at all cost”.

Posted on 21 February 2019 | 5:20 am

Protection of minors: Pastors need to touch, heal the wounds of victims

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle opened the 3-day Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church on Thursday in the Vatican, speaking about the need for pastors to know and feel the pain of abuse victims and heal their wounds.

Posted on 21 February 2019 | 5:14 am

Pope prays for victims of Liberia mudslide

Pope Francis has sent a telegramme of condolences to the Bishop of Gbarnga in Liberia where over 40 people were killed in a mudslide in the north of the country.

Posted on 21 February 2019 | 4:31 am

Pope: Hear the cry of the little ones who ask for justice

Pope Francis opens the “Protection of Minors in the Church” Meeting in the Vatican telling the Bishops and Religious gathered, “the Holy People of God look to us and expect from us not simple and predictable condemnations, but concrete and effective measures to be established”.

Posted on 21 February 2019 | 4:24 am

Council of Cardinals focuses on Curial reform and protection of minors

A 3-day meeting of the Council of Cardinal Advisors has focused on two issues in particular: the new Apostolic Constitution and the Vatican meeting on “The protection of minors in the Church”.

Posted on 20 February 2019 | 11:34 am

Protection of minors: Meeting of abuse victims in Vatican

The ad interim Director of the Vatican Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, issues a statement confirming a meeting that took place in the Vatican on Wednesday between the organizing committee of the “Protection of Minors in the Church” Meeting and several victims of abuse.

Posted on 20 February 2019 | 10:56 am

Protection of Minors Meeting: Four days that will leave their mark

The four-day “Protection of Minors in the Church” Meeting, taking place from February 21 to 24 February in the Vatican, offers new opportunities for awareness, listening to victims, responsibility, accountability, and transparency.

Posted on 20 February 2019 | 10:21 am

Venezuelan bishops urge prosecutors to uphold human rights in the face of violations

The Justice and Peace Commission of Venezuela’s Bishops’ Conference is calling on Police Forces to respect rules enshrined in the Constitution to protect human rights.

Posted on 20 February 2019 | 8:04 am

France in shock over Jewish cemetry attack amid rising antisemitism

rench officials and ordinary people across the political spectrum are marching in Paris and dozens of other cities against antisemitism, amid a dramatic rise in physical and verbal attacks against Jewish people in France. The protests began just hours after French President Emmanuel Macron headed to a Jewish cemetery in eastern France that was damaged overnight in the latest anti-semitic incident that has shocked the nation.

Posted on 20 February 2019 | 6:58 am

Pakistan warn India as spat grows

The Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has said Pakistan will retaliate if India takes military action against it.

Posted on 20 February 2019 | 6:48 am

Pope Audience: God the Father loves us like no one else can

Pope Francis during his continuing catechesis on the Lord's Prayer at the Wednesday General Audience tells pilgrims, that “when we feel that hunger to love God, we are responding to the invitation to know God as ‘Father’."

Posted on 20 February 2019 | 6:38 am

Pope’s special audience to pilgrims from Benevento

Pilgrims from the Italian Archdiocese of Benevento paid a visit to Pope Francis in response to his visit to the shrine of popular Italian saint, Padre Pio, at Pietrelcina on March 17, 2018.

Posted on 20 February 2019 | 5:08 am

Pope Francis' General Audience: English summary

Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the Lord's Prayer at the Wednesday General Audience. The official English-language summary of his address is below:

Posted on 20 February 2019 | 4:27 am

Abp. Martin offers message to abuse victims

On the eve of the special meeting in the Vatican on the protection of minors in the Catholic Church, Archbishop Eamon Martin, of Armagh and President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, has offered a message to survivors and victims of abuse asking for forgiveness and ensuring that Church activities are as safe as possible for children and vulnerable people.

Posted on 20 February 2019 | 3:21 am

Men and women religious feel shame for failures on abuse

“The abuse of children is wrong anywhere and anytime: this point is not negotiable.” This is what the leaders of men and women religious of the world have declared ahead of the “Meeting on the Protection of Minors” in the Vatican, Feb. 21-24.

Posted on 19 February 2019 | 11:37 am

Pope commends Jesuits for being in tune with Church priorities

The promotion of discernment and spiritual exercises, walking with the excluded, accompanying the young in their journey and caring for our common home. These are the universal apostolic preferences set by the Society of Jesus for the next decade, 2019-2029.

Posted on 19 February 2019 | 8:33 am

Pope lifts suspension on Nicaraguan priest Fr. Ernesto Cardenal

Pope Francis has lifted sanctions on Fr. Ernesto Cardenal of Nicaragua. The 94-year old priest was suspended from his priestly ministry and duties in 1984 by St. John Paul II because of his militancy and for being a minister in the government of Daniel Ortega.

Posted on 19 February 2019 | 7:19 am

Pope at Mass: ‘Cost of war weighs on the weak’

In his homily at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday, Pope Francis reflects on the cost of war, calling it a ‘modern-day flood’ whose price is paid by the poorest among us.

Posted on 19 February 2019 | 6:37 am

Poland Cancels Summit With Israel Over Holocaust Row

A planned summit between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with leaders of four Central and Eastern European nations known as the Visegrad group has collapsed as Poland said it would not attend amid a row over the Holocaust. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki pulled out of the meeting scheduled for Monday and Tuesday after Israel's government leader suggested Polish complicity in Holocaust crimes.

Posted on 18 February 2019 | 11:38 am

Protection of Minors: Abp. Scicluna says silence unacceptable

A Press Conference at the Holy See Press Office presents the “Protection of Minors in the Church" Meeting, which will take place in the Vatican, between 21 and 24 February 2019.

Posted on 18 February 2019 | 11:33 am

Nicaragua’s Cardinal meets with President to discuss crisis

Nicaraguan Cardinal Leopold Brenes accompanies Business leaders to a meeting with the President to try to negotiate an end to the ongoing Nicaraguan crisis.

Posted on 18 February 2019 | 11:06 am

Pope at Mass: “Where is your brother?”

Reflecting on the episode of Cain and Abel in the Bible, Pope Francis in his homily at Mass on Monday said we are asked many uncomfortable questions regarding our brothers.

Posted on 18 February 2019 | 8:22 am

Protection of minors in the Church: Not Year Zero

On the eve of the "Protection of Minors in the Church" Meeting, we retrace the steps already taken by the Popes, the Vatican and local Churches, in the struggle to protect minors from clerical sex abuse.

Posted on 18 February 2019 | 5:13 am

Angelus: Pope warns against idolatry, Jesus calls us to happiness

Before the recitation of the Marian Prayer, the Pope reflects on Sunday’s Gospel reading from Luke in which, he says, Jesus in the form of the Beatitudes “opens his eyes to us, makes us see with his gaze, beyond appearances, beyond the surface, and teaches us to discern situations with faith.”

Posted on 17 February 2019 | 6:54 am

Angelus: Pope invites prayers for Protection of Minors meeting

Pope Francis during the Sunday Angelus asks for prayers for the upcoming “Meeting on the Protection of Minors”.

Posted on 17 February 2019 | 6:20 am

Cardinal Onaiyekan: ‘poll delay bad news for Nigeria’

The Archbishop of Abuja reacts to the last-minute announcement by Nigeria’s Electoral Commission that the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections would not take place as scheduled on Saturday, but have been postponed for a week.

Posted on 16 February 2019 | 9:18 am

Holy See: inequalities, exclusion hitting youth, families, women

Archbishop Bernadito Auza, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations on Feb. 14 addressed a meeting on “inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies.”

Posted on 16 February 2019 | 8:12 am

Pope Francis marks 50th anniversary of Augustinianum

Pope Francis meets with students and staff of the Augustinianum Patristic Institute in Rome, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its foundation.

Posted on 16 February 2019 | 7:11 am

Holy See: McCarrick dismissed from the clerical state for abuse

The Holy See announces sanctions against former American Cardinal, Theodore Edgar McCarrick, including dismissal from the clerical state.

Posted on 16 February 2019 | 4:01 am

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