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Pope at Mass: Christians without joy are prisoners of formalities

Pope Francis is urging Christians not to be ashamed of expressing their joy of meeting God and feeling His closeness. He made the exhortation at Mass at the Casa Santa Marta Tuesday morning, saying the Gospel will only go ahead with evangelizers full of joy, a joy that also continues in the family at table together with the Lord.

Posted on 28 January 2020 | 7:54 am

Australian Church launches collaboration to deal with natural disasters

In light of the recent massive bushfires that have engulfed parts of Australia, the Church in the country launches a new initiative to deal with natural disasters.

Posted on 28 January 2020 | 6:28 am

Papua New Guinea Church against social ills

The Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has denounced illegal activities, prostitution, drug dealing and money laundering in the country, saying they are on the increase and human trafficking appears dramatically "normal".

Posted on 27 January 2020 | 10:22 am

Beijing puts news measures in place to contain coronavirus

The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak in China rises to 81 today as the government scrambles to contain the epidemic.

Posted on 27 January 2020 | 10:18 am

East African locust invasion reaches Kenya

Swarms of crop-eating locusts are crossing through East Africa, causing food insecurity and threatening livestock in the worst invasion in decades.

Posted on 27 January 2020 | 10:07 am

Archbishop Kaigama on Christians and Muslims in Nigeria

The Archbishop of Abuja, Ignatius Kaigama, has called on Christians and Muslims to show genuine respect and mutual acceptance towards each other’s beliefs.

Posted on 27 January 2020 | 8:41 am

UN event on the Church’s effort to save lives during the Holocaust

On the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, January 27, the United Nations is holding a symposium on the Church's action to save lives during the Holocaust.

Posted on 27 January 2020 | 7:24 am

Director of Auschwitz: Memory is essential

Two hundred survivors gather at Auschwitz to commemorate the liberation of the concentration and extermination camp operated by the Nazis. During Sunday’s Angelus Pope Francis appealed for remembrance of the Holocaust saying that “in the face of this immense tragedy indifference is not admissible and memory is due.” On the occasion of this anniversary, the director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum speaks to Vatican News about the importance of memory in a world of rapid change.

Posted on 27 January 2020 | 5:08 am

Italy: key regional poll prompts international attention

Regional elections in Italy’s centre-north Emilia Romagna region and Calabria in the south are prompting much international attention.

Posted on 26 January 2020 | 11:01 am

Pope Francis prays for those affected by the coronavirus

Pope Francis says he is praying for the victims and for all those affected by the coronavirus spreading in China and for the nation's commitment to contain and fight the epidemic.

Posted on 26 January 2020 | 7:49 am

Pope at Angelus: ‘Be heralds and witnesses of God’s love’

Pope Francis reflects on the Gospel reading of the day and says all people of goodwill are called to be open to the mercy of the Father and allow themselves to be transformed by the grace of the Holy Spirit.

Posted on 26 January 2020 | 6:38 am

Pope calls for remembrance and prayer on Auschwitz liberation anniversary

Pope Francis is asking men and women of goodwill to gather in prayer and recollection on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Posted on 26 January 2020 | 6:27 am

Luntha TV off-air as fire destroys Malawi’s Telecommunication Hub

A fire has damaged Malawi Telecommunications Limited’s broadband hub in Lilongwe and in the process paralysed the country’s sixteen private television stations including Catholic Luntha TV.

Posted on 26 January 2020 | 6:20 am

Father Aemilius is the Pope's new Personal Secretary

The Uruguayan priest, whom Pope Francis has known since 2006, is chosen to take the place left open by Father Pedacchio last December.

Posted on 26 January 2020 | 5:35 am

Pope at Mass: ‘Make room in your lives for the Word of God’

Pope Francis says we need God’s Word so that we can hear, amid the thousands of other words in our daily lives, that one word that speaks to us not about things, but about life. His call to the faithful comes during Holy Mass to celebrate the first Sunday of the World of God.

Posted on 26 January 2020 | 5:35 am

Pope Francis: ‘May Week of Prayer teach us to be more hospitable'

Pope Francis leads an ecumenical prayer service for the close of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity calling for a more hospitable culture, amongst ourselves as Christians and among our brothers and sisters of different confessions.

Posted on 25 January 2020 | 12:31 pm

Pope to Roman Rota: protect and promote Christian couples

Pope Francis on Saturday received in the Vatican members of the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota, at the start of their judicial year. He held up Priscilla and Aquila, the Christian missionary married couple described in the New Testament, as a model of married life that needs to be defended and promoted by the Church.

Posted on 25 January 2020 | 11:32 am

Europe's bishops concerned ahead of 75th Auschwitz anniversary

Europe's Catholic bishops are marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in then occupied Poland with a warning about ongoing hatred towards Jewish people. I in a statement, the bishops condemn anti-Semitism and what they call the "manipulation" of the truth for political aims.

Posted on 25 January 2020 | 11:18 am

President Trump attends U.S. March for Life

An estimated 100 thousand people gathered in the US capital, Washington DC, on Friday to attend the annual March for Life.

Posted on 25 January 2020 | 10:14 am

Pope approves election of Dean and Vice-Dean of College of Cardinals

Pope Francis approves the election of Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re as the new dean of the College of Cardinals and of Cardinal Leonardo Sandri as Vice-Dean.

Posted on 25 January 2020 | 8:58 am

Pope meets Iraqi president

Pope Francis met President Barham Salih of Iraq in the Vatican, Saturday morning, the Holy See Press Office said in a statement. Later, the president also held a meeting with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher.

Posted on 25 January 2020 | 7:40 am

Pope Francis sends message of solidarity on anniversary of Brazil dam tragedy

In a video message sent on Saturday, Pope Francis prays for the 272 brothers and sisters who died in the Brumandinho dam disaster one year ago.

Posted on 25 January 2020 | 6:00 am

Pope Francis meets with US Vice President Mike Pence

Pope Francis meets with US Vice President, Michael Richard Pence, in Audience in the Vatican.

Posted on 24 January 2020 | 12:41 pm

Cardinal Koch: opening to others to curb anti-Semitism

The Fifth World Holocaust Forum was held on Thursday at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. The event, in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, was attended by more than 40 presidents, prime ministers and royal families from Europe, North America and Australia.

Posted on 24 January 2020 | 11:39 am

Finding the meaning of history and its narrative

An editorial by the Prefect of the Dicastery for Communications on Pope Francis’ Message for the 54th World Day of Communications.

Posted on 24 January 2020 | 11:11 am

An evangelised community that evangelises

Diocese of Mthatha Bishop and President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), Sithembile Sipuka has spoken at great length about the importance of the Bishops’ new Pastoral Plan.

Posted on 24 January 2020 | 10:24 am

Martyrdom of 13 killed in Spain, Guatemala recognized

Pope Francis has authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate 8 decrees that take the cause of 19 men and women closer to sainthood. The martyrdom of 13 of them has been cleared for beatification.

Posted on 24 January 2020 | 8:45 am

Pope at Mass: Jealousy leads to war

During his daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis warns us of the “worm of jealousy” that leads to misjudgement and competition.

Posted on 24 January 2020 | 8:08 am

Knock Shrine to play significant role at “Word of God” Mass

The Archbishop of Tuam in Ireland speaks about the involvement of the National Marian Shrine at Knock at Sunday’s celebration for the inaugural “Sunday of the Word of God”.

Posted on 24 January 2020 | 7:26 am

Pope: no to false, destructive stories, tell the good that unites

The message of Pope Francis for the 54th World Communications Day has as its theme, “That you may tell your children and grandchildren (Ex 10:2), Life becomes history”. Highlighting the value of storytelling, the Pope underscores how urgent it is also for the Catholic world to overcome the temptation of destructive stories. The annual day, which is marked on the Sunday before Pentecost, falls on May 24, this year.

Posted on 24 January 2020 | 7:21 am

Pope's Message for World Day of Social Communication: Full Text

Pope Francis releases his annual message for the Word Day of Social Communication, a reflection on the Biblical text Exodus 10:2: "That you may tell your children and grandchildren".

Posted on 24 January 2020 | 6:00 am

Holy See urges open, constructive dialogue in Middle East

Monsignor Fredrik Hansen, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations in New York, on Wednesday spoke at a Security Council debate on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.

Posted on 23 January 2020 | 8:01 am

At least 19 people killed in attack in South Sudan

At least 19 people die and dozens more are wounded in an attack in the disputed Abyei region in South Sudan.

Posted on 23 January 2020 | 7:47 am

Egmont Group lifts suspension of the Vatican Financial Information Authority

The President of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority, Carmelo Barbagallo, announces the lifting of the suspension placed on it by the Egmont Group, and says it can now resume its collaboration with its peers in other countries.

Posted on 23 January 2020 | 7:13 am

‘Gospel Truth’ for January 26, 2020

Listen to this week's edition of our reflections on the Gospel reading for the third Sunday in ordinary time, where Jesus says, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Prepared by the late Jill Bevilacqua.

Posted on 23 January 2020 | 7:00 am

Conference at Vatican focuses on pastoral care of the elderly

The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life is hosting an International Conference on the pastoral care of the elderly, set to take place in Rome from 29-31 January.

Posted on 23 January 2020 | 6:37 am

Pope Francis appoints new Archbishop of Philadelphia

Bishop Nelson Perez has been named the new Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (USA).

Posted on 23 January 2020 | 6:00 am

Reflections for the III Sunday

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the third Sunday in ordinary time. He says that the readings teach us that Christ has brought us from the darkness of sin into the Light of God by calling us to repentance and the acceptance of God’s rule over us.

Posted on 23 January 2020 | 5:21 am

Irish bishops publish pastoral letter for ‘Sunday of the Word of God'

The Bishop of Ossory in Ireland releases a pastoral letter looking ahead to the coming “Sunday of the Word of God” in which he offers a series of reflections and suggestions that aim to help the faithful mark the observance in the best possible way.

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 11:08 am

Greek islanders protest migrant influx

Strikes and protests are being held on the Greek islands of Lesbos, Samos and Chios over the government's handling of migrants arriving from Turkey.

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 11:07 am

Holocaust memorials overshadowed by Russia-Poland tensions

Amid political upheaval, world leaders will gather twice to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the most notorious of Nazi Germany's death camps. There will be two competing ceremonies — one in Jerusalem on Thursday and the other at the Auschwitz site in southern Poland on Monday. They come amid tensions between Russia and Poland over World War II on how to interpret the past.

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 11:03 am

Scores of civilians killed in Burkina Faso terrorist attack

Scores of civilians were killed in Burkina Faso this week in what the government has called a terrorist attack on a market in a north central province. The Pope and the Catholic bishops of the West African nation have appealed repeatedly for dialogue and peace.

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 10:12 am

Day of reparation after profanation of Blessed Sacrament in Indian church

St Francis Assisi Catholic Church in southern India’s Bangalore city was desecrated on January 20, with the Blessed Sacrament scattered all over the ground. The local archbishop has called for a day of atonement for the sacrilege.

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 9:17 am

Pope at Audience: Give migrants the same hospitality St Paul received

Dedicating his Catechesis to “hospitality” - the theme of this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Pope Francis urges the faithful to be like the people of Malta, who welcomed and accepted St Paul and his companions in their moment of difficulty, as they were shipwrecked on the island.

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 8:39 am

US bishops launch collection for Church in Latin America and Caribbean

This weekend sees a nation-wide collection in US Catholic churches as a sign of solidarity between Catholics of the United States and those in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 6:52 am

Pope’s greetings for Lunar New Year

At the end of his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis greeted all those who mark the new year according to the traditional Chinese calendar. He urged for prayers for peace, dialogue and solidarity among nations.

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 5:30 am

Pope Francis' General Audience: English Summary

Pope Francis dedicated his catechesis at the General Audience to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which takes place each year from 18-25 January.

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 4:18 am

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