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First World Day for Grandparents and Elderly scheduled for 25 July

The Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life announces the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly under the theme “I am with you always”.

Posted on 20 April 2021 | 6:11 am

US Bishop urges government to raise cap on refugee admissions

Bishop Mario Dorsonville, USCCB Chairman on Migration, has called on the US government to increase the number of refugees it admits into the country in order to respond to the immense resettlement need. He stresses that every person is created in the image of God and must be valued, protected and respected for the intrinsic dignity he or she possesses.

Posted on 20 April 2021 | 6:07 am

Michelangelo’s “Teacher”

It is one of the Vatican Museums’ identifying masterpieces. The Belvedere Torso is one the sculptures that made up the original nucleus of the Papal art collections. It has inspired and fascinated artists of every age, first among whom is Michelangelo who has been described as the Torso’s "disciple". The first episode of "Celata Pulchritudo: The Secrets of the Vatican Museums" -- a new multimedia project produced in collaboration between Vatican News and the Vatican Museums -- is dedicated to this celebrated work of art.

Posted on 20 April 2021 | 4:01 am

Listening to the cry of the earth and of the poor in Kenya

Capuchin friar, Benedict Ayodi, heads The Global Catholic Climate Movement in Africa. He tells Vatican News about his efforts to share and promote reforestation projects and raise awareness of integral ecology in his country and throughout the continent.

Posted on 20 April 2021 | 2:02 am

Bishop Router: Peace, protection of family life needed to combat parental alienation

The Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh, Ireland, has highlighted the importance of peaceful family bonds which foster healthy relationships between parents and children ahead of the International Parental Alienation Awareness Day slated for 25 April.

Posted on 19 April 2021 | 11:52 am

Cardinal Koto Khoarai of Lesotho passes away

Created a cardinal by Pope Francis in 2016, the retired bishop of Mohale’s Hoek died on Saturday, April 17, at the age of 91.

Posted on 19 April 2021 | 11:24 am

Summit planned to address hostilities in Ukraine

Top advisers to the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany have begun consultations on holding a possible summit aimed at easing tensions over the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The proposed meeting comes amid a massive Russian military buildup near Ukraine's borders. At the same time, in the east of Ukraine, government forces continue to battle against Russian-backed separatists.

Posted on 19 April 2021 | 10:23 am

Covid-19: Bishops of Costa Rica announce Day of Prayer

The Bishops of Costa Rica organize a Day of Prayer this 22 April for all those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Posted on 19 April 2021 | 8:29 am

Pope Francis to ordain nine priests for the Diocese of Rome

Pope Francis will ordain nine deacons to the priesthood at St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday, 25 April. All nine of them are currently on retreat in preparation for their priestly ordination.

Posted on 19 April 2021 | 8:24 am

In Amazonia, 1 indigenous rights defender is killed every 2 days

In 2020, there was a 67% increase in the number of murders of indigenous leaders, compared to 2019.

Posted on 19 April 2021 | 7:37 am

Syria to hold Presidential election in May

Syrians will be called to cast their ballots next month in the country’s second presidential election since the start of the devastating civil war in 2011.

Posted on 19 April 2021 | 6:44 am

Mexico pushes teachers' vaccinations in effort to reopen schools

In a bid to save the remnants of the school year, the Mexican Government increasing the vaccination range of teachers as a top priority.

Posted on 19 April 2021 | 3:43 am

Global concerns mount over escalating east Ukraine conflict

As Pope Francis appeals for peace in eastern Ukraine, rising tensions between Kiev and Moscow are triggered by growing violations of a ceasefire agreed between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists. It comes while a massive Russian military buildup is underway near Ukraine's borders and British warships preparing to sail for the Black Sea next month in support of Ukraine.

Posted on 18 April 2021 | 10:52 am

Pope appeals for peace and reconciliation in eastern Ukraine

Speaking after the Regina Coeli prayer in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis expresses his hope for a decrease in military activities and tension in eastern Ukraine and prays for the suffering population.

Posted on 18 April 2021 | 7:11 am

Pope at Regina Coeli: Christianity is relationship, care and joy

On the Third Sunday of Easter Pope Francis reflects on how being a Christian is not first of all a doctrine or a moral ideal, it is the living relationship with Him.

Posted on 18 April 2021 | 6:32 am

Pope and UN refugee agency chief discuss people on the move

Pope Francis on Friday received in audience United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, and discussed issues linked with the movement of people.

Posted on 17 April 2021 | 11:19 am

Brazil's former President Lula makes a comeback

Brazil`s ex President Lula, now has a clear run to contest the top job once again, following his corruption convictions having been quashed by the country`s Supreme Court.

Posted on 17 April 2021 | 10:12 am

German Ecumenical Week for Life focuses on "Life in Dying"

Ecumenical Week for Life in Germany: Bishop Losinger warns that assisted suicide fatally leads to admitting euthanasia.

Posted on 17 April 2021 | 7:34 am

Vatican pays tribute to Prince Philip

In a homily during a remembrance service for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died on 9 April, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher recalls the Prince's honourable and faithful service to the Queen, his country and the world.

Posted on 17 April 2021 | 7:30 am

Vatican wishes the “explosion of pure joy” of circus will soon return

The circus industry has been badly hit by the pandemic. On World Circus Day, Saturday, the Vatican sent a message to the World Circus Federation, expressing its closeness.

Posted on 17 April 2021 | 7:17 am

Covid-crisis exacerbates conditions of poverty in Haiti

The collapse of the global economy has contributed to worsening conditions for the very poor in the Caribbean nation of Haiti, according to Fr Richard Frechette with the "Fondazione Rava”.

Posted on 16 April 2021 | 11:13 am

UN envoy: diplomatic unity key to help end Yemen war

More than 200 people were killed or injured in Yemen in March, the deadliest so far this year. The world’s biggest humanitarian crisis has exacerbated with a second wave of Covid-19 infections. The UN is urging for a ceasefire and eventual end to the war.

Posted on 16 April 2021 | 7:45 am

UNICEF/IOM: Children among those drowned off Djibouti

A ship carrying migrants capsizes off the coast of Djibouti in yet another tragedy involving men, women and children fleeing conflict in search of a better life. The International Organization for Migration, and the UN Children’s agency UNICEF confirm over a dozen children lost their lives.

Posted on 16 April 2021 | 7:23 am

US Bishop urges Americans to promote dialogue in politics

In a speech to a “Catholics at the Capitol” online event, US Archbishop José Gomez calls on American Catholics to put aside political divisions and promote the Church’s teaching on social justice and the dignity of the human person.

Posted on 16 April 2021 | 7:16 am

Virtual event highlights the communality of human dignity

The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, emphasizes the importance of recognizing our shared human dignity in an interview with Vatican News. Mr. Maurer was one of the participants at a high-level virtual event on “Multilateralism, Fraternity and Peace” organized by the Holy See on Thursday.

Posted on 16 April 2021 | 6:40 am

Vatican sends greetings to Muslims as Ramadan begins

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue releases a message addressed to "all Muslim brothers and sisters" to show solidarity and friendship as they start their month of Ramadan and look ahead to ‘Id al-Fitr.

Posted on 16 April 2021 | 6:35 am

Seven days with Pope Francis - News Video

A hymn to mercy has been lifted up by Pope Francis in these last seven days, insisting that God never tires of forgiving.

Posted on 16 April 2021 | 1:00 am

Eritrean soldiers accused of Tigray violence

According to Amnesty International, Eritrean soldiers opened fire on civilians in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, killing three people and wounding at least 19.

Posted on 15 April 2021 | 1:19 pm

Pope Francis: Prayer made St Teresa of Ávila an exceptional woman

Pope Francis sends a video message on the occasion of the International Congress "Mujer exceptional", or Exceptional Woman, dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the proclamation of St. Teresa of Ávila as a Doctor of the Church.

Posted on 15 April 2021 | 11:50 am

Pope: Promote a politics not only for people, but with people

Pope Francis sends a video message to participants in an international conference entitled "A Politics Rooted in the People" and urges them, like a good shepherd, to put the most vulnerable first.

Posted on 15 April 2021 | 11:34 am

Pope Francis: ‘Brazil’s Covid-crisis has left no one untouched’

In a video message to the country's Bishops’ Conference, Pope Francis urges Brazil’s Bishops to help reconcile the nation and comfort the many people whose lives have been affected by the pandemic.

Posted on 15 April 2021 | 11:08 am

Cardinal Parolin: Multilateralism, fraternity needed on path toward better society

The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, highlights key elements central to ongoing efforts toward achieving a fraternal society envisioned by Pope Francis in his Encyclical "Fratelli tutti." He reflects on the themes of healthcare, refugees, work, international humanitarian law and disarmament during a high-level online meeting held on Thursday, themed: "Fraternity, Multilateralism and Peace."

Posted on 15 April 2021 | 10:43 am

Pope attends funeral Mass of former Papal Almoner

Pope Francis participated in a private capacity at the funeral Mass for former Papal Almoner, Archbishop Felix del Blanco Prieto. The Mass took place on Thursday in St Peter's Basilica

Posted on 15 April 2021 | 10:33 am

Korean Catholics respond to Pope's appeal for vaccine sharing

Cardinal Yeom says the “Vaccine Sharing Campaign” is an opportunity to show solidarity with those in need.

Posted on 15 April 2021 | 9:54 am

Brazilian Bishops thank Pope for his closeness to Covid-hit country

The Catholic Bishops of Brazil, gathered for their Plenary Assembly, send a letter to Pope Francis thanking him for his closeness to their Covid-hit country.

Posted on 15 April 2021 | 9:17 am

Pontifical Council for Culture to explore holistic path to health

An International Conference organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Cura Foundation focuses on the holistic dimension of health and wellbeing, which must include the relationship between mind, body and soul.

Posted on 15 April 2021 | 7:20 am

Irish Bishop criticizes delay in Moria refugee relocation

The Bishop of Ferns in Ireland criticizes the delay in resettling children to Ireland from the Moria refugee camp in Greece.

Posted on 15 April 2021 | 6:48 am

Cardinal Sako: Pope's presence in Iraq broke 'barrier of fear' for local Christians

Iraqi Cardinal Sako meets the Middle East Council of Churches to discuss the outcome of the Pope’s Apostolic Visit to Iraq.

Posted on 15 April 2021 | 4:02 am

Notre-Dame Cathedral on path to pre-fire glory, two years on

Two years after a devastating fire blazed through the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, specialists are still working hard on its restoration. Bishop Éric Aumonier describes the work done so far on the centuries-old church.

Posted on 15 April 2021 | 2:00 am

EU Bishops welcome bloc's "Recovery Package"

European bishops welcome the EU “Recovery Package” to address the economic and social impact of the COVID-19.

Posted on 14 April 2021 | 2:47 pm

Pope returns to his window overlooking the Square for Regina Coeli

From Sunday, 18 April, Pope Francis will be back at his window overlooking St Peter’s Square for the recitation of the Regina Coeli.

Posted on 14 April 2021 | 2:32 pm

Archbishop Jurkovic: 'Fratelli tutti' strengthens unity of humanity

Speaking ahead of a webinar on fraternity, multilateralism and peace, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic describes the importance of solidarity during the pandemic, as well as the strength of the word "brotherhood" in both the history of the United Nations and the Holy See.

Posted on 14 April 2021 | 11:42 am

Vatican Hospital makes important breakthrough in cancer research

Research conducted by the Holy See’s Pediatric Hospital, Bambino Gesù, in collaboration with the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" and other European and U.S. research centres, sheds light on the cycle of cell division. The relationship between the proteins Ambra1 and Cyclin D has been identified: an imbalance can cause the process leading to a tumour. Below is a working translation of a joint press release by Bambino Gesù Hospital and the University of Rome "Tor Vergata".

Posted on 14 April 2021 | 11:14 am

US announces troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

The United States announces plans to pull all US troops out of Afghanistan within 5 months, and urges NATO allies to work on an adaptation phase in its mission there.

Posted on 14 April 2021 | 10:23 am

300 refugees to benefit from new Humanitarian Corridor agreement

The Community of St Egidio formalises an agreement with the French Government and the Semains Sociales de France to renew the “Humanitarian Corridors” protocol.

Posted on 14 April 2021 | 7:36 am

Pope approves early ordination for seminarian sick with Leukemia

A young Nigerian religious, Livinius Nnamani, was ordained a priest on 1 April in Rome, after Pope Francis gave his approval for the seminarian's early ordination. The recently-ordained priest suffers from Leukemia, a cancer of blood cells.

Posted on 14 April 2021 | 7:24 am

Covid-19: J&J vaccine paused after potential blood clot fears

The United States, South Africa and European Union suspend use of the Johnson & Johnson jab to investigate reports of rare blood clotting.

Posted on 14 April 2021 | 6:55 am

Pope at Audience: Church is the house and school of prayer

Continuing his catechesis on Christian prayer at the weekly General Audience in the Vatican, Pope Francis explains that prayer belongs to the very essence of the Church, without which she cannot carry out her evangelising mission and service to others.

Posted on 14 April 2021 | 5:27 am

Scottish Bishops: 'Put life at centre in upcoming elections'

The Bishops of Scotland call on Catholics to put human life and dignity at the centre in next elections.

Posted on 13 April 2021 | 10:34 am

35 years since Pope St John Paul II’s historic visit to Rome’s Synagogue

Pope St John Paul II's historic visit to Rome’s Synagogue 35 years ago marked a new chapter in Catholic-Jewish relations.

Posted on 13 April 2021 | 9:50 am

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