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Hong Kong: Cardinal calls for unity among faithful during social turmoil

Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong urges the local Catholic community to be guided by Church teaching during social unrest this past year.

Posted on 28 September 2020 | 9:40 am

Mali: Transitional government appoints new prime minister

Mali’s interim government names a new civilian Prime Minister, thus respecting one of the preconditions for lifting sanctions placed on the West African nation by ECOWAS.

Posted on 28 September 2020 | 9:05 am

Diocese of Shrewsbury entrusted to the care of St Joseph

In a pastoral letter read in every parish on Sunday in the Diocese of Shrewsbury (UK), Bishop Mark Davies entrusts “the recovery of all the communities of our Diocese from this testing time” to the care of St Joseph.

Posted on 28 September 2020 | 8:42 am

Pope on collaboration between Italian security personnel and Holy See

Pope Francis commends the Inspectorate of Public Security at the Vatican on its 75th anniversary on Monday, recounting its history of service to the Holy See and Italy.

Posted on 28 September 2020 | 8:08 am

Pope appoints Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines

Pope Francis on Monday appointed Archbishop Charles John Brown, currently the Apostolic Nuncio to Albania, to head the Holy See’s diplomatic mission to the Philippines.

Posted on 28 September 2020 | 7:27 am

Pope to Marian pilgrims: "Mary embraces us all”

Because of the pandemic, this year’s pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Luján in Argentina, became a virtual event. Pope Francis sent a brief video message to the pilgrims.

Posted on 28 September 2020 | 6:04 am

Keeping the lamp of hope burning in the Central African Republic

The Church in the Central African Republic says it has not been spared the consequences of the armed conflict in that country. The Church continues to pay a heavy price for the prevailing crisis and insecurity.

Posted on 28 September 2020 | 4:46 am

Pope prays for those who are forced to flee their homes on World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Pope Francis on Sunday marked World Day of Migrants and Refugees during his Angelus prayer recalling the theme of this year's Message that is dedicated to Internally Displaced Persons.

Posted on 27 September 2020 | 8:16 am

Latin American bishops join forces in the fight against Covid-19

The Episcopal Conference of Latin America (CELAM), is launching a covid crusade, by combining the expertise, coordinated willpower and strength of the Church, Governments and organizations in an effort to make access to care available to all.

Posted on 27 September 2020 | 7:48 am

Pope appeals for peace in the Caucasus

Pope Francis appeals to leaders in Armenia and Azerbaijan to find a negotiated solution to the crisis in the region.

Posted on 27 September 2020 | 7:06 am

Pope at Angelus: ‘a true Christian chooses good over evil every day'

Pope Francis invites Christians to open themselves to God’s will and to put love for our brothers and sisters into action.

Posted on 27 September 2020 | 6:11 am

Vatican Museums: Beauty that Unites! 69

Beauty creates communion. It unites onlookers from a distance, uniting past, present and future. Pope Francis has recalled this on a number of occasions. The Church has always translated the universality of the Good News into the language of art. From this premise, this dramatic moment in history characterized by uncertainty and isolation, gives rise to this initiative which is a partnership between the Vatican Museum and Vatican News: Masterpieces from the Vatican Collection accompanied by comments from the words of the Popes.

Posted on 27 September 2020 | 3:00 am

French authorities investigate act of terrorism

French authorities detain 7 people as they investigate what they view as an act of terrorism.

Posted on 26 September 2020 | 1:33 pm

Pope appoints Cambridge professor to Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Professor Sir David Charles Baulcombe, Professor of Botany at Cambridge University, is appointed by Pope Francis as a Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Saturday.

Posted on 26 September 2020 | 7:17 am

Pope to educators: form people capable of responsibility in society

Pope Francis has sent a message to the annual congress of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP).

Posted on 26 September 2020 | 7:09 am

Young people in Malawi lead with parish contributions at an event

Mthawira Catholic Parish, in the Archdiocese of Blantyre, Malawi, has crowned a group of young people under the Young Christian Workers (YCW) for toping contributions at parish fundraising event.

Posted on 26 September 2020 | 6:39 am

Canadian Bishops look forward to rebuilding on lessons learned

The first-ever virtual plenary meeting of more than 80 Canadian Bishops concludes on Friday with the Bishops looking forward to rebuilding their communities from lessons learned during the pandemic.

Posted on 26 September 2020 | 6:34 am

Holy See: indigenous communities to be included in decision-making process

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva highlighted the plight of indigenous communities hard-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic in his address to the UN on Thursday.

Posted on 25 September 2020 | 3:13 pm

Migrant boat sinks off Libyan coast

The UN says that over a dozen migrants trying to reach the European mainland drowned in the Mediterranean when their dinghy capsized off the coast of Libya.

Posted on 25 September 2020 | 3:07 pm

Global youth rallies over climate return amid coronavirus

Youth around the world return to the streets and online to urge governments to tackle climate change. Obligatory social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic makes it challenging to hold mass protests.

Posted on 25 September 2020 | 3:01 pm

Vatican: AI in food sector at the service of every human life

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Vatican Pontifical Academy for Life on Thursday participated in a webinar on “AI, Food for all. Dialogue and Experiences”.

Posted on 25 September 2020 | 11:30 am

Pope to UN: Rethink the future of our common home

Pope Francis calls for reforms, multilateralism, cooperation and respect for human dignity in his video message to the 75th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Posted on 25 September 2020 | 10:05 am

Pope Francis highlights pandemic in message to European bishops

The Pope sends a message to the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE) on the occasion of its Plenary Assembly, which takes place online from 25 to 26 September.

Posted on 25 September 2020 | 9:28 am

Pope Francis receives Polish president in the Vatican

The President of the Republic of Poland, His Excellency, Mr Andrzej Duda, meets Pope Francis in the Vatican, followed by a meeting with the Cardinal Secretary of State and the Secretary for Relations with States.

Posted on 25 September 2020 | 8:43 am

Covid, the world that emerges needs mature roots

Pope Francis is certain of this and is repeating it to everyone: we will emerge either better or worse after the pandemia. The global crisis requires that the parameters of human co-existence be rethought through the lens of solidarity. On this foundational idea, "Covid19: Building a Healthier Future" has been created in collaboration with the Dicastery for Promiting Integral Human Development, to offer a vision that might lead to the beginning of a new fraternity after the pandemic.

Posted on 25 September 2020 | 8:02 am

Pope: “Fantasy of mercy” needed to respond to pandemic

In an address to the charitable group "Circolo San Pietro," Pope Francis calls for a "fantasy of mercy" to respond to today's needs.

Posted on 25 September 2020 | 7:34 am

UK Bishops on ethical concerns of potential Covid-19 vaccine

The Bishops Conference of England and Wales releases a statement on the development of a vaccine against COVID-19.

Posted on 25 September 2020 | 7:10 am

Catholic Migration Commission focuses on displaced families

Ahead of the World Day for Migrants and Refugees, the International Catholic Migration Commission is hosting a webinar to look at how forced migration is affecting families.

Posted on 25 September 2020 | 5:31 am

COVID-19: Mozambican Bishops cancel entire seminary academic year 2020

The Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM), has announced the cancellation of the entire academic year 2020, in all major seminaries of the country.

Posted on 25 September 2020 | 5:27 am

Pope accepts Cardinal Becciu's resignation

On Thursday, Pope Francis accepts Cardinal Becciu's resingation as Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and to rights connected with the cardinalate.

Posted on 24 September 2020 | 2:38 pm

Caritas Pakistan appeals for help to cope with floods

This year’s heavy monsoon rains have caused severe floods in Pakistan. Some 400 people have died and 392 more have been injured, with immense loss to property. Karachi city has been the hardest hit.

Posted on 24 September 2020 | 11:51 am

Gospel Truth: Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 27 September

In this week's edition of "Gospel Truth”, the late Jill Bevilacqua and Seán-Patrick Lovett bring us readings and reflections from the Gospel of St. Matthew 21:28-32 of the Twentieth-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Posted on 24 September 2020 | 10:57 am

World Maritime Day: “Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet”

World Maritime Day was first observed on March 17, 1978 to mark the date when the Convention on the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) came into force in 1958. It is usually marked on the last Thursday of September.

Posted on 24 September 2020 | 9:20 am

Church leading the way in the protection of minors

Teresa Kettelkamp, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, says, “The Catholic Church is being a leader in the world in protecting children and providing assistance to victims.”

Posted on 24 September 2020 | 9:11 am

‘To collaborate in order to build’ – Responding to the challenge of internal displacement

Ahead of the World Migrant and Refugee Day slated for 27 September, Lorena Margarita Pinilla Rojano shares her experience of fleeing from violence and becoming internally displaced

Posted on 24 September 2020 | 7:02 am

24th September: Celebrating Heritage Day in South Africa

Heritage Day in South Africa is an annual public holiday that occurs on 24th September. On this day, South Africans celebrate their Culture and the diversity of beliefs and traditions.

Posted on 24 September 2020 | 4:28 am

Caritas Europa: EU Pact on Asylum and Migration falls short of expectations

Caritas Europa expresses disappointment for the long-awaited EU Pact on Asylum and Migration that it says lacks drastic change.

Posted on 23 September 2020 | 11:21 am

Cardinal Czerny: Displaced persons can be a positive force of change

Ahead of the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees on Sunday, Cardinal Michael Czerny urges greater collaboration for the protection of displaced persons.

Posted on 23 September 2020 | 9:32 am

Pope prays for Covid-struck Cuba 5 years from his visit

During the General Audience Pope Francis recalls his apostolic journey to Cuba 5 years ago and prays for the island that is hard-hit by the pandemic. He also greets Polish pilgrims and lauds their work to safeguard life.

Posted on 23 September 2020 | 7:09 am

US Bishops call for an end to federal executions.

Two US Bishops call on US President Donald Trump and the US Attorney General to stop federal use of the death penalty ahead of another execution this week.

Posted on 23 September 2020 | 7:01 am

The Good Samaritan: Re-affirming the Gospel of Life

The Vatican has published a new letter entitled “Samaritanus bonus” — The Good Samaritan — on caring for those who are approaching the end of their lives. The Letter provides the foundations for an integral and holistic approach to caring for people who are suffering, especially those with critical or terminal illnesses.

Posted on 23 September 2020 | 6:54 am

Kenya’ Sr. Lando to spearhead new national Catholic television

The Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies at Kenya’s Daystar University, Sr. Prof. Agnes Lucy Lando, has been appointed as Co-ordinator and Lead Consultant in assisting the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) to establish a national Catholic TV station.

Posted on 23 September 2020 | 6:12 am

Pope: ‘The only way out of the current crisis is all together'

Speaking during the General Audience in the Vatican, Pope Francis looks to a post-pandemic world and reflects on the principle of subsidiarity, whereby every level of society has a role to play in revitalizing the social fabric.

Posted on 23 September 2020 | 4:43 am

Italians vote "Yes" to downsize Parliament

Italians voted by a wide margin in a referendum to slash the size of the country's parliament by more than a third. The referendum was held alongside several key regional elections taking the pulse of political sentiment in times of Covid-19.

Posted on 22 September 2020 | 12:11 pm

Nobel laureate: pandemic could undo progress in children’s rights

Kailash Satyarthi, India’s leading crusader against child slavery and child trafficking, fears that progress made against the scourges could roll back because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Posted on 22 September 2020 | 10:05 am

The US offers reward for capture of Colombian rebel leader

The US Government is posting a five million dollars reward for information leading to the capture of a National Liberation Army Leader, which is still fighting an insurgency against the Colombian Government, after more than fifty years.

Posted on 22 September 2020 | 9:49 am

Alison Davis: ‘Suffering with Christ is greatest privilege in the world’

Alison Davis lived the ideals proposed in "Samaritanus bonus," the Letter released by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the Catholic perspective for end of life issues and care.

Posted on 22 September 2020 | 9:12 am

Ladaria: Necessary teaching in light of legislation on euthanasia

In an interview with Vatican News, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says the letter “Samaritanus bonus” offers an integral approach to the human person, to suffering and illness, to caring for those in critical and terminal illnesses.

Posted on 22 September 2020 | 6:57 am

Parolin: UN still needed to respond to the hopes of the world’s people

At a virtual high-level meeting on September 21 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the world body, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin reiterated the Holy See’s support for the United Nations.

Posted on 22 September 2020 | 6:08 am

“Euthanasia is a crime against human life, incurable does not mean end of care”

“Samaritanus bonus” (The Good Samaritan), a newly published letter by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, approved by the Pope, reiterates the condemnation of any form of euthanasia and assisted suicide, and advocates support for families and healthcare workers.

Posted on 22 September 2020 | 5:30 am

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