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‘Gospel Truth’ for August 25, 2019

Listen to this week's edition of our reflections on the Gospel reading for the twenty-first Sunday in ordinary time, where Jesus tells his disciples to strive to enter through the narrow gate, prepared by the late Jill Bevilacqua.

Posted on 22 August 2019 | 10:32 am

Reflections for the XXI Sunday

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the twenty-first Sunday in ordinary time. He says that Jesus clearly explains that anyone who follows him through the narrow gate of sacrificial serving and sharing love will be saved.

Posted on 22 August 2019 | 10:28 am

US Bishop says death penalty is an “attack on human dignity”

As the US state of Texas executes a man on death row, Bishop Frank Dewane of Florida reasserts the Catholic Church’s stance on the death penalty.

Posted on 22 August 2019 | 10:27 am

Caritas India responds to country’s monsoon disaster

Father Paul Moonjely, executive Director of Caritas India, told Vatican News how through its partners at the local diocesan level, they are trying to reach out to people hit by floods and landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains.

Posted on 22 August 2019 | 9:06 am

Benin Bishops say political mediation continues

The Bishops of Benin say they are continuing with their mediation efforts to resolve the political crisis in the country that followed disputed elections in April. Their statement comes after some media outlets reported that the Church had withdrawn from negotiations.

Posted on 22 August 2019 | 7:24 am

Young people work for peace at World Youth Parliament

Young people from around the world take part in the 5th World Youth Parliament, hosted at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, in Spain.

Posted on 22 August 2019 | 6:56 am

Bishops of England and Wales renew call to care for creation

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference issues a statement calling for the development of a “Christian spirituality of ecology” which begins in personal and family life.

Posted on 22 August 2019 | 6:25 am

Asian Catholic communicators vow to build healthier communities

The Asian chapter of SIGNIS, the global forum of Catholic audio-visual communicators, released a message at the end of their assembly in New Delhi, India, August 4-8.

Posted on 21 August 2019 | 10:36 am

Pakistan’s religious minorities ask government for protection and rights

Pakistan’s religious minorities have submitted a 10-point memorandum asking Prime Minister Imran Khan and his government to adopt policies to safeguard the rights of minorities and women.

Posted on 21 August 2019 | 8:23 am

Church commemorates 140th anniversary of Knock apparition

Wednesday August 21st, marks the 140th anniversary of the Apparition at Knock, in which the Blessed Virgin Mary; St Joseph; Saint John the Baptist; and Christ, as the Lamb of God upon the altar, appeared to townspeople in a small village in western Ireland.

Posted on 21 August 2019 | 7:47 am

Sudan: Christian woman part of transitional ruling council

Sudan’s generals and protest leaders agree to name a Coptic Orthodox woman to the 11-member transitional ruling council.

Posted on 21 August 2019 | 6:42 am

Pope at Audience: Beware of hypocrisy, actions speak louder than words

During his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis reflects on how the Christian community is born of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and grows through the mutual sharing of life among the Lord’s disciples.

Posted on 21 August 2019 | 5:59 am

Children suffer as Venezuela crisis deepens

The most recent UNICEF report says some 3.2 million children in Venezuela need humanitarian aid as conditions across the country continue to deteriorate.

Posted on 21 August 2019 | 5:58 am

Mozambicans pray for Pope Francis' visit to their country

Catholics in Mozambique’s Archdiocese of Maputo have made a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Assumption in Ressano Garcia. The pilgrimage’s aim was to pray for the success of Pope Francis’ visit to the country early next month.

Posted on 21 August 2019 | 5:20 am

Pope Francis’ General Audience: English summary

At the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles, saying solidarity between Christians builds up God’s family. The official English-language summary of his reflection is below:

Posted on 21 August 2019 | 3:48 am

Reactions to Australian Court rejection of Cardinal Pell’s appeal

The local Church in Australia and the Holy See react to the decision of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, on the dismissal of Cardinal George Pell’s appeal.

Posted on 21 August 2019 | 3:06 am

Vatican statement on Cardinal Pell verdict

After the decision on Cardinal George Pell’s appeal was delivered Wednesday morning in Australia, the Holy See Press Office published the following statement:

Posted on 21 August 2019 | 2:15 am

Holy See-Vietnam talks in the Vatican

The two sides will address bilateral relations, some aspects of ecclesial life and the future visit of Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Posted on 20 August 2019 | 11:20 am

Russia refuses to share data about deadly nuclear explosion

Russia says it is not obligated to share data about an explosion with a suspected nuclear-powered cruise missile that killed at least five nuclear engineers and caused a brief spike in radiation. The announcement came after Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed there was no threat from the accident.

Posted on 20 August 2019 | 11:18 am

Priests welcome and comment on Pope’s Letter to them

Priests around the world have welcomed the Letter of Pope Francis that he wrote to them earlier in August, on the occasion of the 160th death anniversary of St. John Vianney, the patron of parish priests. They spoke to the Vatican’s newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

Posted on 20 August 2019 | 10:55 am

Committee created to promote document on Human Fraternity

A new higher committee has been established to promote the ideals of tolerance and cooperation contained in the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.

Posted on 20 August 2019 | 10:52 am

Zimbabwe’s ‘Team up 2 Clean up Mbare’ now a thriving Start-up

A Clean-up campaign with origins in Mbare Township, a high-density, southern suburb of Harare in Zimbabwe has grown from being the story of a Catholic voluntary youth association into a fully-fledged Start-up business thanks to a local Clean City Franchise. Over 50 locals are now employed.

Posted on 20 August 2019 | 6:51 am

Australian court dismisses Cardinal Pell's appeal

The Supreme Court in Victoria, Australia, has dismissed Cardinal George Pell's appeal, thus upholding the conviction announced in February in the trial of first instance for historical charges of child sexual abuse. The cardinal's lawyers have 28 days to file what would be a final appeal.

Posted on 20 August 2019 | 5:38 am

Pope Francis gives boost to popular movements in book preface

Pope Francis writes a preface to a new book compiling 5 years of research into thousands of associations, which he says act as “a lever for profound social transformation”.

Posted on 19 August 2019 | 10:52 am

Protest riots in Indonesia’s West Papua province

People set fire to a local parliament building in West Papua on 19 August, in protest against arrests and alleged racial abuse of Papuan students by Indonesian police.

Posted on 19 August 2019 | 10:45 am

World youth participate in Korea’s peace pilgrimage to DMZ

More than 90 young Catholics from 15 countries are participating in the annual “Wind of Peace” pilgrimage in South Korea, organized by Seoul Archdiocese.

Posted on 19 August 2019 | 8:23 am

US envoy in Japan, South Korea amid deepening rift between neighbors

A US-led effort to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons will continue this week as US envoy Stephen Biegun holds talks in Japan and South Korea, amid a deepening rift between the two neighbors.

Posted on 18 August 2019 | 11:12 am

Terror bombing kills 63 at wedding in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber killed at least 63 people on Saturday at a wedding ceremony in the Afghan capital, Kabul, with the so-called Islamic State claiming responsibility for the attack.

Posted on 18 August 2019 | 10:57 am

Vandals attack North Macedonia statues amid debate over history

North Macedonia's government faces an uphill battle in efforts to re-label public statues of historical figures, as vandals opposing the move have already removed several plaques.

Posted on 18 August 2019 | 10:47 am

Pope at Angelus: Fire of God’s love burns in charity

At the Angelus prayer on Sunday, Pope Francis reminds us that Jesus brought the fire of God’s love upon earth, to overcome apathy and open our hearts to the needs of others.

Posted on 18 August 2019 | 6:08 am

Pope Francis hospital ship brings Word of God, health care to Amazon region

Pope Francis sends a letter of congratulation for a new hospital boat, which arrived on Saturday in the Archdiocese of Belém do Pará in Brazil.

Posted on 17 August 2019 | 3:03 pm

Cardinal Bo: Myanmar in desperate need of love, justice, mercy

In a newly released pastoral letter, the Burmese Cardinal Charles Bo reflects on “God’s love for the people and nations of Asia.”

Posted on 17 August 2019 | 9:27 am

Pope Francis sends well-wishes to Rimini Meeting

Pope Francis greets participants in a friendship meeting taking place in the Italian city of Rimini, and urges them to show the Lord’s face to their contemporaries who are burdened by life.

Posted on 17 August 2019 | 7:52 am

Message of Pope Francis to the Diocese of Paris: Believers will be builders of a new humanity

On the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis sends a message to the Archbishop Michel Aupetit and the faithful of the Archdiocese of Paris, inviting them to be “builders of a new humanity rooted in Jesus Christ”.

Posted on 16 August 2019 | 12:05 pm

Children at risk due to conflict in Mali, West Africa

A recent UNICEF report reveals a dramatic increase in the number of children murdered, maimed, or recruited into armed groups, in the Republic of Mali.

Posted on 16 August 2019 | 4:10 am

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