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Myanmar: 3 million in urgent need of help; junta arrests Caritas staff

Since the February 1 military coup, Myanmar’s crisis has deepened with arrests and a bloody crackdown against protesters. The pandemic and other factors have added to the people’s desperate situation.

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 12:54 pm

Father Jacquineau Azétsop: Celebrating the life of a dedicated Cameroonian Jesuit.

For current and former students at the Gregorian University’s Faculty of Social Sciences, Rome, the death of the Faculty Dean at only 49 years has been both shocking and painful.

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 11:36 am

Vatican Conference to spotlight post-pandemic regeneration

An International Convention in the Vatican proposes to shine the light on the antidotes to fight injustice, inequality and exclusion in a post-pandemic era, and according to the teachings of Pope Francis, build a better world.

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 10:52 am

Vatican meeting explores challenge of artificial intelligence

The Pontifical Council for Culture and the German Embassy to the Holy See host a one-day symposium starting on Thursday looking at "The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence for Human Society and the Idea of the Human Person".

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 10:01 am

Upcoming Symposium to explore sacramental penance in 19th century

Ahead of a Symposium organized by the Apostolic Penitentiary on the theme “Penance and Penitentiary between revolutions and restorations (1789 – 1903),” Father Krzysztof Józef Nykiel, Regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, reflects on the sacrament of Confession and the role of the Penitentiary in the 19th Century.

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 9:29 am

UN-led report: Fossil fuel plans far outstrip climate goals

A UNEP-led report says that despite increased climate ambition and net-zero commitments, governments still plan to produce more than double the amount of energy from fossil fuels in 2030, than commitments to limiting global warming.

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 7:33 am

Impact investing conference focuses on development in Africa

Investors and social entrepreneurs from across the globe meet up online for a three-day conference to create connections and work toward a more humane, just, and sustainable economy.

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 7:32 am

Holy See: Joint efforts needed in fight against corruption

The Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Archbishop Janusz Urbańczyk reaffirms the need for collective efforts in the fight against corruption in a statement to OSCE.

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 6:51 am

Joy for the creation of new Bishops’ Conference of the Amazon

Latin American and Caribbean bishops welcome Pope Francis’ official approval of the new Bishops’ Conference of the Amazon (CEAMA).

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 6:06 am

Ransom demanded for kidnapped Haitian missionaries

A Haitian street gang is demanding a million dollars for each for the safe return of the seventeen people from a missionary group it`s kidnapped.

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 5:46 am

Pope at Audience: Freedom is born in God’s love, grows in charity

At the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis continues his catechesis on St Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, emphasising that Christian freedom is expressed in serving others.

Posted on 20 October 2021 | 3:55 am

Haitians strike to protest insecurity as search for kidnapped continues

The United States Government has dispatched a joint FBI-State Department taskforce to Haiti to work with their Police to resolve the kidnapping of seventeen missionaries who were abducted at gunpoint by a gang.

Posted on 19 October 2021 | 11:10 am

Faith communities in Australia call for climate action

The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) has organized a two-day initiative calling on the Australian Government to act urgently against climate change.

Posted on 19 October 2021 | 10:44 am

Church sex abuse: A letter from a survivor

A survivor addresses seminarians through a letter, in which she shares her pain from her past as well as her hopes for the future of the entire Church.

Posted on 19 October 2021 | 10:33 am

1921: Mutual understanding re-blossoms between France and Holy See

Marking 100 years since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between France and the Holy See, the French Prime Minister and the Secretary of State of the Holy See meet for a roundtable discussion, in which they emphasise the good relations between Paris and the Vatican despite the crises and misunderstandings that have marked their history, not only during the last century, but also, and above all, before.

Posted on 19 October 2021 | 10:24 am

Card. Gracias launches synodal process for a listening and inclusive Church

A week after Pope Francis launched a 2-year-long process in preparation for the 2023 Synod of Bishops, Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay inaugurated it at the level of his Archdiocese on Oct. 17.

Posted on 19 October 2021 | 9:51 am

Yemen: 10,000 children killed, maimed since start of conflict

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) highlights the unfortunate effect of Yemen’s almost seven-year war. At least 10,000 children have been killed or maimed since it began, with many more child victims unreported and unaccounted for.

Posted on 19 October 2021 | 9:42 am

'Click To Pray' 2.0 at the service of the synodal process

A new and updated version of the Pope’s prayer app helps the faithful pray for a synodal Church.

Posted on 19 October 2021 | 9:36 am

Kenya: Religious life is a gift from God says Archbishop van Megen.

Archbishop Hubertus Matheus Maria van Megen, the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan, has called on the religious to reflect on the gift of their consecrated lives by looking up to St. Joseph as the perfect example to emulate.

Posted on 18 October 2021 | 2:36 pm

Pope names new Bishop of Crookston, USA

Bishop Andrew Harmon Cozzens is the new bishop of the diocese of Crookston, Minnesota, USA.

Posted on 18 October 2021 | 9:35 am

Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

The dicasteries of the Holy See as seen from the inside: history, objectives and “mission statement,” how the structures that support the Pope’s ministry function. Interview with the president, Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot.

Posted on 18 October 2021 | 9:14 am

Irish Bishops invite faithful to walk together on Synodal journey

In the week that saw Pope Francis formally open the Synod of Bishops, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Auxiliary Bishop Michael Router, and the Synodal Core Group for the Archdiocese of Armagh, in Northern Ireland issue a pastoral letter inviting the faithful to “walk together” to build a richer and more dynamic Church

Posted on 18 October 2021 | 8:24 am

Pope: The dignity of the patient comes before sickness and profit

Pope Francis receives in audience a delegation from the Campus Bio-Medico University Hospital of Rome and commends its work and Christian approach to healthcare.

Posted on 18 October 2021 | 7:53 am

US missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

A group of seventeen missionaries including their children, have been kidnapped at gunpoint in Hati by a notorious street gang and are being held for ransom. The national Bishops' Conference Committee for Justice and Peace has expressed preoccupation and concern.

Posted on 18 October 2021 | 6:23 am

US Bishops General Assembly to focus on reviving the Eucharist

In its upcoming General Assembly in Baltimore, the United States Conference of Catholic US Bishops (USCCB) will approve a statement on the Eucharist and discuss a three-year National Eucharistic Revival plan.

Posted on 17 October 2021 | 9:35 am

Pope remembers victims of attacks in Norway, Afghanistan and UK

Pope Francis remembered the victims of violence over the past week in attacks taking place in Norway, Afghanistan, and the UK. He also recalled the beatification of Fr. Juan Elías Medina and 126 companions martyred in Spain in the 1930s.

Posted on 17 October 2021 | 7:05 am

May the Holy Spirit renew the grace of Baptism in us

Addressing pilgrims gathered for the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis invites us to ask the Holy Spirit to renew the grace of Baptism in us, the immersion in Jesus, in his way of being, in service.

Posted on 17 October 2021 | 6:30 am

Pope Francis: A Bishop is called to a life of service

Pope Francis ordains two new bishops during Holy Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, telling them their life is one of service and closeness to others.

Posted on 17 October 2021 | 5:29 am

Cardinal Nichols expresses shock at murder of Catholic MP

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Anglican Communion, have joined politicians from across the political spectrum and other world leaders expressing shock and sorrow at the news.

Posted on 17 October 2021 | 3:35 am

“A million children praying the Rosary” campaign for peace

The annual initiative on October 18 is organized by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a pontifical foundation.

Posted on 16 October 2021 | 10:06 am

Holy See at OSCE reiterates respect for human rights of all

The Holy See's Permanent Observer to the UN and Specialized Institutions in Vienna participated in a special event organized in Warsaw on Friday to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Posted on 16 October 2021 | 9:47 am

Pope to Popular Movements: You create hope and forge dignity

In a video message, Pope Francis invites participants in the IV World Meeting of Popular Movements to dream and work together through solidarity and subsidiarity in order to build a better society and emerge better from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Posted on 16 October 2021 | 9:30 am

Sr Bottani: Working together we can fight human trafficking

Talitha Kum International Coordinator, Sr. Gabriella Bottani, speaks to Vatican Radio about empowering the new generation in the fight against human trafficking.

Posted on 16 October 2021 | 9:08 am

Cardinal Schönborn on Syria: There is more to peace than a lack of weapons

Cardinal Cristoph Schönborn recounts his recent visit to Syria, highlighting the tragedy for the young people who have been forced to flee.

Posted on 16 October 2021 | 9:08 am

Armenian president lauds friendship, good relations with Vatican

Following his audience with Pope Francis, Armenian president Armen Sarkissian speaks with Vatican Media about relations with the Holy See, and his memories of the Popes.

Posted on 15 October 2021 | 3:06 pm

Pope Francis to meet with the poor in Assisi

Pope Francis will travel to the town of Assisi on 12 November for a private meeting with the poor.

Posted on 15 October 2021 | 11:35 am

Lebanon: fear of return to sectarian war

Schools, banks and government offices across Lebanon shut down after hours of gun battles between heavily armed militias killed seven people and terrorized the residents of Beirut. The government has called for a day of mourning.

Posted on 15 October 2021 | 9:53 am

Pope: Overcoming hunger is one of humanity’s great challenges

In a message to the Director General of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, Pope Francis says we must adopt “innovative solutions” to transform the way we produce and consume food “for the well-being of people and of the planet.”

Posted on 15 October 2021 | 7:11 am

Post-Covid ongoing formation for priests in England and Wales

“Emerging from Covid for the better” framed a 2-day conference for people responsible for the ongoing formation of priests in England and Wales.

Posted on 15 October 2021 | 6:59 am

Holy See calls for tools and action to fight smuggling of migrants

The Holy See participated in a working group on the smuggling of migrants organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Posted on 15 October 2021 | 6:00 am

COMECE calls on Europe to listen to the cry of the poor

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) is asking the EU to intensify its fight against poverty in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.

Posted on 15 October 2021 | 4:00 am

Cardinal Czerny: The Church is synodal in its very essence and life

In a discourse delivered to participants at the 12th Fribourg Church in the World Forum, Cardinal Michael Czerny traces Pope Francis’ vision for the Church in the light of the 2019 Amazon Synod down to the present day.

Posted on 14 October 2021 | 12:31 pm

Cameroon: Armed conflict can't resolve Anglophone crisis says Archbishop Nkea.

Metropolitan Archbishop of Bamenda, Andrew Nkea Fuanya says he is dismayed by the world’s indifference towards the conflict in the English speaking territories of Cameroon.

Posted on 14 October 2021 | 12:04 pm

World Food Day: A climate crisis is a hunger crisis

As the world prepares to mark World Food Day, WFP's Martin Penner highlights the harsh reality regarding global food insecurity as well as the negative impact covid 19 has had on already suffering nations

Posted on 14 October 2021 | 12:02 pm

Symposium looks to new generation in fight against Human Trafficking

A Symposium held at the UISG Headquarters in Rome Thursday focuses on teaching and empowering the next generation about human trafficking.

Posted on 14 October 2021 | 11:34 am

A theologian's take on how the 2023 Synod is a turning point for the Church

As the two-year global consultation process leading to the 2023 Synod begins, Venezuelan theologian Rafael Luciani highlights the importance of this epochal event for the Church and the contribution of theologians.

Posted on 14 October 2021 | 8:53 am

Pope: ‘I will never tire of upholding the dignity of work’

Pope Francis sends a video message to an event in Argentina that aims to find sustainable solutions to business development safeguarding the dignity and rights of workers and their families.

Posted on 14 October 2021 | 8:35 am

Pope to pharmacists: Don't let the 'culture of waste' affect you

Pope Francis receives in audience a delegation of the Italian Society of Hospital Pharmacy and of the Pharmaceutical Services of Health Authorities (SIFO), ahead of its national congress.

Posted on 14 October 2021 | 6:54 am

Bishops call for a novena against UK Assisted Suicide Bill

On October 22, the House of Lords is expected to debate in Second Reading a new assisted suicide bill aimed at alleviating the “intolerable suffering” of terminally ill patients in the United Kingdom. The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW), invites the faithful to pray for nine days for the rejection of the legislation.

Posted on 14 October 2021 | 5:34 am

Nigeria: Three kidnapped seminarians freed in Kaduna

Three seminarians kidnapped from their Seminary in the diocese of Kafanchan, Kaduna, in Nigeria’s northern region have regained their freedom after spending nearly two days in the hands of their abductors.

Posted on 14 October 2021 | 5:31 am



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