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UN launches mechanism to speed up access to water and sanitation for all

The United Nations launches a new initiative to accelerate efforts to enable people everywhere have access to clean water and sanitation by 2030, in keeping with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Posted on 10 July 2020 | 8:36 am

Archbishop Wenski: Two Supreme Court victories for religious liberty in US

Archbishop Thomas Wenski welcomes a pair of US Supreme Court rulings, and explains how they uphold religious liberty and the rights of Catholic institutions.

Posted on 10 July 2020 | 7:18 am

Nigeria: Dozens killed in fresh Boko Haram attacks

Members of the Boko Haram terror group have clashed with Nigerian Army troops in a recent ambush attack.

Posted on 10 July 2020 | 7:16 am

Pope appoints new Members of Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

Pope Francis names three new members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, who hail from Chile, Italy, and Nigeria.

Posted on 10 July 2020 | 6:19 am

Nigeria: Archbishop Martins condemns crimes of Rape

The Metropolitan Archbishop of Lagos, Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins, has described as “appalling and reprehensible” the increased cases of the crime of Rape around Nigeria.

Posted on 9 July 2020 | 2:56 pm

Bangladesh Church urges peace after deadly violence in Chittagong hills

The Church in Bangladesh appeals for peace after the slaughter of several political activists in an attack in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in the south-east of the country spreads panic and insecurity among local people.

Posted on 9 July 2020 | 12:21 pm

Church must help ethical post-pandemic economic recovery

Fr Paul Daisuke Narui SVD, an economist and the Bishop-elect of Nigata in Japan, reflects on how the Church must help make sure post-Covid-19 economic recovery is based on ethical investments that protect the poor and the environment from exploitation and neglect.

Posted on 9 July 2020 | 11:52 am

Holy See advocates for rights of Internally Displaced Persons with disabilities

The Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, calls for protection of the rights of people with disabilities in situations of forced displacement.

Posted on 9 July 2020 | 10:45 am

Pakistan Church condemns violence, discrimination against minorities

The National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops' Conference (PCBC) releases a statement following the death of a Christian after a brutal attack.

Posted on 9 July 2020 | 8:08 am

US Supreme Court affirms right to choose ministers

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in the cases of “Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru” and “St. James School v. Biel,” in a ruling with far-reaching consequences for Catholic institutions.

Posted on 9 July 2020 | 8:01 am

U.S. Bishops welcome Supreme Court ruling on religious liberty

Two USCCB committee chairmen applaud a US Supreme Court ruling in favour of the Little Sisters of the Poor in a long-running dispute over a contraception mandate.

Posted on 9 July 2020 | 5:20 am

Holy See urges concrete solutions to protect life and dignity of refugees

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva, on Tuesday addressed a meeting on resettling refugees through complementary pathways.

Posted on 8 July 2020 | 11:48 am

Ecumenical delegation urges EU to build more just society

An ecumenical delegation of Catholic and Protestant leaders is urging Germany to use its EU Presidency to help make Europe both stronger and more just and sustainable.

Posted on 8 July 2020 | 10:56 am

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI pens emotional letter for funeral of his brother, Georg Ratzinger

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI's emotional letter, highlighting his brother’s vocation as priest and musician, is read at the funeral of Monsignor Georg Ratzinger.

Posted on 8 July 2020 | 10:37 am

Holy Land: Lack of pilgrims doesn’t lessen hope

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, speaks about the Church’s commitment to supporting the thousands of families affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Posted on 8 July 2020 | 8:36 am

Pope appoints new members to Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue

Pope Francis names new members to the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.

Posted on 8 July 2020 | 8:36 am

Heads of Churches in Jerusalem call for the safeguarding of Christian heritage

The Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem are calling on the Israeli government to safeguard the integrity of Christian heritage in the Old City, the holy sites and the rights of those living in the Christian quarter of Jerusalem.

Posted on 8 July 2020 | 6:31 am

Pope Francis names new Bishop for Diocese of Savannah, USA

Father Stephen Parkes has been named the new Bishop of Savannah, Georgia, USA.

Posted on 8 July 2020 | 6:22 am

Pope at Mass: Seek God's face in the poor, sick, abandoned and foreigners

Pope Francis celebrates the 7th anniversary of his visit to the migrants in the Italian island of Lampedusa with a Mass in the Casa Santa Marta chapel.

Posted on 8 July 2020 | 5:52 am

Ghanaian Bishops express concern over poor-adherence to Covid-19 safety protocols

The Ghanaian Bishops’ Conference expresses worry at the poor-adherence to Covid-19 protocols during electoral activities.

Posted on 8 July 2020 | 5:32 am

Angola: JRS continues its mission to refugees in Lunda Norte amidst COVID-19

With the onset of COVID-19, the Jesuit Refugee Services has had to rethink its mission to refugees in Angola says Fr. Celestine Epalango, a Jesuit, who works in Angola with JRS.

Posted on 8 July 2020 | 4:34 am

Vatican’s Commission for Covid-19: More spending on healthcare, less on weapons

The Vatican's Commission for Covid-19 highlights the importance of re-thinking healthcare systems and channeling financial efforts into aid rather than weapons, especially as the world tackles coronavirus.

Posted on 7 July 2020 | 5:10 pm

Lourdes: Cardinal Parolin to celebrate Mass on 15 August

The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, will travel to Lourdes on August 15, 2020, to preside over Holy Mass for the Feast of the Assumption.

Posted on 7 July 2020 | 11:25 am

Where is your brother? From Lampedusa to Covid: the challenge of fraternity

Seven years after his visit to the island of Lampedusa, Pope Francis’s appeal to us to feel and see each other as brothers and sisters is even more urgent. As we prepare for the post-pandemic era, there is no way to save ourselves alone: brotherhood is the only way to build the future.

Posted on 7 July 2020 | 10:18 am

WHO says plague outbreak not high risk

The World Health Organisation said on Tuesday that an apparent outbreak of bubonic plague in China is being "well managed" and is not considered to represent a high risk. The statement comes after Russia announced it had stepped up patrols to stop people hunting wild animals near its border with China and Mongolia.

Posted on 7 July 2020 | 8:50 am

Philippine religious orders urge 'stay order' on controversial anti-terror law

President Rodrigo Duterte on July 3 signed the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, which local and international rights and civil society groups fear could be used to target critics and dissenters.

Posted on 7 July 2020 | 7:43 am

Vatican Museum: Beauty that Unites! 56

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 7 July 2020 | 7:43 am

Interfaith Forum calls for protection of human rights amid Covid-19

The Geneva Interfaith Forum appeals for the protection of human rights amid the twin crises of Covid-19 and climate change.

Posted on 7 July 2020 | 7:39 am

Dominican Republic's President-Elect promises to enact change

Luis Arbinader, the President Elect of the Dominican Republic, will bring two important assets to the top job.

Posted on 7 July 2020 | 6:18 am

COVID-19 financial strain shuts down Ivory Coast’s Radio Nationale Catholique

COVID-19 has taken a toll on the financial sustainability of Ivory Coast’s Radio Nationale Catholique forcing Church authorities to temporarily close the radio station.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 6:01 pm

Archbishop Naumann: Women are the second victims of abortion

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, the chairman of the USCCB’s Committee for Pro-Life Activities, says in addition to the life of the unborn, the health and welfare of mothers is vitally important.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 1:35 pm

Damascus priest: ‘Don’t forget the suffering population of Syria'

Fr Bahjat Karakach, guardian of the Franciscan Convent in the Bab Thouma area of Damascus, appeals for help for a population on its knees.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 11:31 am

Bishops call for an end to corporate abuse

Over 110 Bishops from all over the world appeal for an end to corporate abuse by multinational companies, calling for legislation that binds both nationally and internationally.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 10:10 am

Covid-19: Indian Catholic hospital shut after 12 nuns are infected

The local administration of Dibrugarh district, in Assam state, has sealed the VG (Vincenza Gerosa) Hospital, which has been serving the poor of the region for 5 decades.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 9:50 am

Cardinal Ravasi recalls Ennio Morricone as a man of faith

The President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, shares his memories of Oscar-winning Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who died on Monday in Rome at the age of 91.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 9:01 am

Remembering Ennio Morricone and his sense of the Sacred

The Oscar-winning composer, Ennio Morricone, whose music defined the atmosphere and success of hundreds of films of all genres, has died in Rome, aged 91. Lesser known are his production of Sacred Music and his admiration for Pope Francis.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 8:15 am

Australia to close border between New South Wales and Victoria

Australia will close the border between the states of New South Wales and Victoria beginning on Wednesday, disrupting movement between Melbourne and Sydney, the nation’s two largest cities.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 7:23 am

Covid-19: Camillian priest appeals for better-equipped hospitals in Burkina Faso

Burkinabe Priest, Fr. Modeste Ouedraogo calls for well-trained staff and better-equipped hospitals in the fight against Covid-19 in the West-African country.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 7:19 am

Pope to celebrate Mass for 7th anniversary of Lampedusa visit

Pope Francis will celebrate Mass on Wednesday to mark the seventh anniversary of his first papal trip outside Rome, which saw him visit the Italian island of Lampedusa to offer comfort to migrants.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 7:17 am

US Bishop decries destruction of St. Junipero Serra statue

Bishop Jamie Soto criticizes the destruction of the statue of St. Junipero Serra in Sacramento, California, and urges protesters to build up the community, not tear it down.

Posted on 6 July 2020 | 6:42 am

Presidential election in Dominican Republic on Sunday

The people of the Dominican Republic head to the polls on Sunday to choose a new president

Posted on 5 July 2020 | 10:56 am

France and other governments pressured over coronavirus response

A French court has launched an inquiry into the alleged mishandling by the outgoing French government of the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement comes while elsewhere in Europe, and the former Soviet Union, tensions also rise over the way leaders deal with the crisis.

Posted on 5 July 2020 | 10:46 am

A magisterium for peace and against hypocrisy

Pope Francis expresses his support for the UN resolution for a global and immediate ceasefire, which would bring relief to people at war and enable them to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

Posted on 5 July 2020 | 8:28 am

Pope at Angelus: ‘the poor are the builders of the new humanity’

Pope Francis reflects on the Gospel reading of the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time noting that the solace that Christ offers to the weary and the oppressed is not merely psychological relief or almsgiving.

Posted on 5 July 2020 | 6:17 am

Pope: Implement global ceasefire effectively and promptly

Pope Francis says he hopes a new UN Security Council resolution calling for a global ceasefire will be implemented "effectively and promptly," in order to provide aid for peoples suffering the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted on 5 July 2020 | 6:13 am

Two Somalian cities struck by bomb attacks

At least four people died in a bomb attack in the Somali city of Baidoa, and a car bomb in the capital, Mogadishu, wounded several police officers.

Posted on 4 July 2020 | 4:38 pm

Cameroon holds first peace talks with main separatist insurgents

Representatives of Cameroon's Government held talks this week with the main leaders of an Anglophone separatist insurgency for the first time since the conflict began in 2017, a separatist leader and two security sources said on Friday.

Posted on 4 July 2020 | 12:15 pm

Pope: cooperatives for clean energy against climate change

In a tweet to mark the International Day of Cooperatives, Saturday, Pope Francis notes that cooperatives across the globe are making a real difference in the fight against climate change.

Posted on 4 July 2020 | 11:20 am

Kashoggi murder case adjourned until November

Twenty Saudi Arabians have been put on trial in Turkey, accused of killing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Posted on 4 July 2020 | 10:13 am

Asian Churches condemn greed, injustice in Myanmar’s mine tragedy

The Catholic Bishops of Asia have vehemently condemned the greed of large mining operators whose negligence and arrogance, they say, caused the “heart-wrenching disaster” at a jade mine in northern Myanmar, which killed more than 170 people.

Posted on 4 July 2020 | 8:44 am



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