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Msgr. Wachowski: ‘Lebanon needs a chance for a better future’

As donors gather online to support Lebanon in its ongoing crisis, the Vatican’s Undersecretary for Relations with States urges the international community to give the nation a chance to again be a message of peace and fraternity.

Posted on 4 August 2021 | 8:30 am

Indonesia’s Ursuline schools launch mobile vaccination drive

Cardinal Ignatius Suharyo of Jakarta on Tuesday blessed 8 vehicles that will be used to vaccinate poor communities in and around the Indonesian capital.

Posted on 4 August 2021 | 8:22 am

UN decries accusations of bias against aid workers in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

A UN humanitarian chief decries Ethiopian government accusations that aid workers in the nation’s war-struck Tigray region are biased in favour of rebel forces.

Posted on 4 August 2021 | 7:55 am

Southern Africa: Bishops thank Pope Francis for his concern over recent disturbances.

The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) is holding its Virtual Plenary Meeting. It is the third online assembly since the pandemic.

Posted on 4 August 2021 | 6:31 am

Pope Francis appeals for Lebanon on first anniversary of Beirut explosion

On the first anniversary of a massive explosion in Beirut which claimed many lives and caused widespread destruction, Pope Francis appeals for the Middle Eastern country of Lebanon, calling on the international community to provide “concrete assistance.”

Posted on 4 August 2021 | 5:20 am

Pope at Audience: There is only one Gospel

Pope Francis continued his catechesis on St Paul’s Letter to the Galatians at the General Audience, which resumed on Wednesday following the summer break.

Posted on 4 August 2021 | 5:04 am

Myanmar Church invites all religions to national prayer campaign

Amid a devastating spike in Covid-19 infections, Myanmar’s Catholic bishops are appealing to Catholics and followers of other faiths to pray in order to “melt the hearts of all people, to bring healing, peace and reconciliation”.

Posted on 3 August 2021 | 10:24 am

DR Congo: Vandals target residence of Kinshasa’s Archbishop

A band of unidentified young people vandalized the residence of Kinshasa’s Archbishop, Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo, on Sunday, prompting a response from the Congolese Bishops’ conference, which described the incident as “a serious attack on freedom of religion and expression, but also a violation of democracy.”

Posted on 3 August 2021 | 10:10 am

Pope's prayer intention for August: Church on the way

Pope Francis releases the prayer intention for the month of August, inviting everyone to work for a transformation of the Church - a work that begins with “a reform of ourselves” through an experience of prayer, charity and service, inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Posted on 3 August 2021 | 10:01 am

Pope Francis to resume General Audiences in Paul VI Hall

Following the summer break in July, Pope Francis will resume holding his weekly General Audience, beginning this Wednesday, 4 August.

Posted on 3 August 2021 | 5:43 am

Poland Grants Asylum To Belarus Olympic Sprinter

Poland says it has granted a humanitarian visa to a sprinter from Belarus who refused her team's order to fly home early from the Olympics. The offer is expected to lead to asylum in the European Union nation amid growing political and social turmoil in Belarus.

Posted on 2 August 2021 | 10:50 am

Attacks on churches continue in Canada

In the past several months, dozens of churches throughout Canada have been the objects of attacks ranging from vandalism to arson, with at least ten churches being completely destroyed by deliberately set fires.

Posted on 2 August 2021 | 10:40 am

Pope to youth in Medjugorje: follow Christ with courage and joy

Pope Francis sends a message to young people gathered at Mladifest, the annual international prayer meeting being held from 1-6 August in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Entrusting them to the example of Mary, the Pope invites them to believe in the fullness and true happiness giving oneself to God brings.

Posted on 2 August 2021 | 8:58 am

Myanmar: Catholic priest, catechist abducted by armed group

The Bishop of Hakha on Sunday called for their immediate release.

Posted on 2 August 2021 | 8:43 am

Pope appoints new member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Professor Donna Theo Strickland, 2018 Nobel prize laureate and professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada, joins other academicians as a new member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Posted on 2 August 2021 | 7:14 am

US Bishops applaud government support for Afghan helpers

Bishops in the US welcome government efforts to evacuate and save Afghan nationals who helped US troops during the two decades of US military campaign in Afghanistan. They insist that the sacrifices that these people have made "should not go unacknowledged."

Posted on 2 August 2021 | 5:34 am

Zambian president deploys army as pre electoral violence escalates.

Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu Sunday ordered the deployment of the military in cities as pre electoral violence escalated ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections due on 12 August.

Posted on 2 August 2021 | 5:32 am

Albania repatriates Islamic State women, children despite controversy

A group of women and children who were the families of Albanian nationals who joined Islamic extremist groups fighting in Syria and Iraq have returned to their homeland. Their arrival Sunday comes amid a debate in several other countries in Europe on what to do with fighters and supporters of groups such as the Islamic State.

Posted on 1 August 2021 | 10:27 am

Caritas Oceania: united by faith and the ocean

The urgent need to care for the environment, in particular the ocean, coping with Covid and nurturing the faith were top priorities at the just concluded Caritas Oceania Annual Forum.

Posted on 31 July 2021 | 9:19 am

African Church leaders appeal for unity to overcome challenges

African Church leaders appeal for unity and communion in Christ who helps overcome all divisions in order to confront the many challenges facing the continent and our world.

Posted on 31 July 2021 | 8:44 am

UN: Six months after coup, Myanmar’s situation is worsening

Amidst Myanmar’s worsening humanitarian situation, with growing numbers of displaced people, a food crisis and a surge in Covid-19 infections, the United Nations has pledged its continued solidarity and presence with the people.

Posted on 31 July 2021 | 8:16 am

South Sudan: Include religious leaders in national peace initiative, Bishops urge President Kiir.

This week, Catholic Bishops in South Sudan paid a solidarity visit to President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

Posted on 31 July 2021 | 7:42 am

Pope: Cardinal Vanhoye preached the Gospel with generosity

Pope Francis sent a message of condolence on the death of Jesuit Cardinal Albert Vanhoye, who died 29 July in Rome, aged 98. He had been the oldest member of the College of Cardinals. He was created Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, who called him “a great exegete.”

Posted on 31 July 2021 | 3:07 am

German bishops appeal for Madagascar, plagued by drought, hunger

A new UN report has singled out Madagascar as one of the world's two newest "highest alert" hunger hotspots.

Posted on 30 July 2021 | 12:13 pm

UN warns of acute food insecurity in 23 hunger hotspots

In a new report, the FAO and WFP warn that fighting, red tape, and lack of funding are blocking famine relief efforts, leading to worsening acute food insecurity in the world.

Posted on 30 July 2021 | 7:59 am

A clarion call to end the scourge of Human Trafficking

Pope Francis joins religious organizations and world leaders in calling for an end to the scourge of human trafficking on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

Posted on 30 July 2021 | 7:58 am

Laudato sí Movement consolidated and renewed

The Global Catholic Climate Movement on July 29 changed its name to Laudato sí Movement (LSM). Climate and integral ecology are at the heart of the Movement, which takes its cue from Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on care for our common home. Speaking with Vatican News, the executive director of LSM, Tomás Insua, speaks about a “synodal journey” aimed at a deeper ecological conversion. As the Movement continues to renew itself, Pope Francis offers a word of thanks for its work.

Posted on 30 July 2021 | 6:14 am

Angola: Listening to and participating in the enthusiasm of communities

In the diocese of Viana, Angola, meetings have been underway for almost a month in parishes, groups, movements and Christian communities to provide everyone with training and information on the diocesan synodal assembly that will be held in mid-October, a step towards the Synod of Bishops in 2023. Fr. Domingo Pestana, the coordinator of the commission and of the secretariat created with the aim of listening to and gathering the contributions of each person, reflects on the initiatives.

Posted on 29 July 2021 | 9:52 am

Vatican unveils official image for X World Meeting of Families

The official image for the upcoming World Meeting of Families has been released. Produced by Father Marko Ivan Rupnik, the image is dedicated to the Wedding at Cana. The eagerly awaited 10th World Meeting of Families will take place in Rome from June 22 to 26 June 2022, after the event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted on 29 July 2021 | 9:23 am

Amoris laetitia: Marriage as an icon of the love of God

In 10 episodes, one each month, we bring you a video with the Pope's reflections and first-hand testimonies of families from across the world on the theme of the family. The initiative, a joint collaboration between the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, and Vatican News, and aims to 're-read' Amoris laetitia, with the aid of downloadable material prepared for personal and community reflection. Because, as Pope Francis reminds us: being a family is always "primarily an opportunity."

Posted on 29 July 2021 | 9:00 am

India National Justice Day celebrates Father Stan Swamy

Indian citizens, concerned about values enshrined in the country’s Constitution, observed July 28 as National Justice Day in honour of late the Jesuit rights activist.

Posted on 29 July 2021 | 8:35 am

REPAM reports more than 100,000 deaths from Covid-19 in Amazonia

The Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM) publishes its weekly map of pandemic incidence rates in Pan-Amazonia as the death toll reaches 100,000 people. The report stresses that more vaccines and more immunisation is needed to fight the virus.

Posted on 29 July 2021 | 8:17 am

Vatican astronomer: Outer space deserves care

Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ, astronomer and Director of the Vatican Observatory, talks about new space frontiers, space travel and the need to take care of the entirety of our common home.

Posted on 29 July 2021 | 7:41 am

Haiti's new Prime Minister promises elections

Haiti`s new Prime Minister Ariel Henry is pledging his government is working towards holding elections as quickly as possible, to regain stability and democracy, following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise.

Posted on 29 July 2021 | 4:30 am

Guatemala: Bishops decry dismissal of anti-graft prosecutor

The Bishops’ Conference of Guatemala (CEG) voice their opposition to the firing of leading anti-corruption prosecutor, Juan Francisco Sandoval, highlighting that the move will cause “irreparable damage” to the justice system of the country.

Posted on 28 July 2021 | 5:57 pm

UN Refugee Convention protecting the rights of refugees for 70 years

70 years from the landmark UN Refugee Convention, the number of refugees in the world are the highest ever seen. A UNHCR Representative talks about the lasting value of the Convention.

Posted on 28 July 2021 | 10:40 am

China: New co-adjutor bishop consecrated for Pingliang

Pingliang’s new co-adjutor bishop (bishop with right of succession) is the fifth shepherd appointed since the Provisional Agreement on the nomination of bishops between the Vatican and China entered into force.

Posted on 28 July 2021 | 10:17 am

Caritas calls for fairer food systems that include women and local farmers

As a 3-day United Nations meeting on food systems concluded on Wednesday in Rome, Caritas Internationalis urged decision-makers to include the rights of the poor in all discussions and decision-making processes.

Posted on 28 July 2021 | 10:17 am

First hearing held in Vatican over London building

The trial over the use Secretariat of State funds began on Tuesday in the courtroom of the Vatican Museums. The defense attorneys for the ten defendants presented preliminary motions. The next hearing is scheduled for October 5.

Posted on 28 July 2021 | 9:14 am

Northern Ireland Bishops advocate for protection of right to life

Bishops in Northern Ireland voice their opposition against government moves to provide abortion services by March 2022. They call on the faithful and on all who share the Church’s views on the inviolability of life to engage local candidates and political parties to explain their position on this fundamental issue.

Posted on 28 July 2021 | 6:23 am

Vietnamese diocese blessed with 34 new priests

As Vietnam battles its worst surge in the Covid-19 pandemic, Vinh Diocese has been blessed with an abundance of priestly vocations, many of whom will be serving in other territories of the nation.

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 9:37 am

Mexico: Jesuits appeal against persecution and criminalisation of migrants

After migrants were allegedly robbed by police in Mexico, the Jesuit Refugee Service calls for an investigation on the treatment of migrants and refugees in Mexico.

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 8:55 am

Slovakia: Prayer marathon launched ahead of Papal Visit

The Pontifical Missionary Works of Slovakia is inviting the faithful to join in a prayer marathon to pray for the Pope and Slovakia which will take place from the 7-15 September.

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 8:06 am

Pope asks Catholic communicators in Brazil to promote reconciliation

Pope Francis encourages Brazilian Catholic communicators to be “instruments of reconciliation and unity” in a divided country.

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 7:07 am

Ethiopia: Bishops call for stop to violence, urge peace and reconciliation

Ethiopian bishops insist that it is never too late to stop the violence in the country’s conflict-ridden region of Tigray where war has been raging for over eight months. They recommend dialogue and reconciliation on the path toward peace.

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 6:33 am

Dozens of migrants drown in shipwreck off Libyan coast

At least 57 people drowned on Monday after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast near Khums in the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean where more than 1,100 men, women and children have lost their lives this year.

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 5:32 am

Japanese Church launches "10 Days for Peace" initiative

The Catholic Church in Japan dedicates its annual "Ten Days for Peace" prayer initiative to the theme "Protecting all life creates peace"

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 3:54 am

Catholic Women Association of Cameroon: Committed to serving the Church.

The Catholic Women Association of Cameroon held its 9th National Congress from 23 to 25 July 2021 under the theme: “Catholic Women called to holiness for the sanctification and holistic development of the world.”

Posted on 27 July 2021 | 2:51 am

Card. Bo: God asks Myanmar people to reach out to others through their ‘five senses’

Myanmar Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon delivered a homily on Sunday, drawing an analogy between Jesus' miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and Myanmar’s dire situation.

Posted on 26 July 2021 | 10:53 am

Jesuit Bernd Hagenkord: The life of a papal journalist

52-year-old Jesuit Father Bernd Hagenkord died on Monday following a brief illness. For over a decade Fr Bernd headed the German-language programmes of Vatican Radio, and went on to play a leading role in kick-starting and implementing the Holy See's media reform.

Posted on 26 July 2021 | 10:47 am

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