Lord’s Day Reflection: Integrity of word and action

As the Church marks the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Fr Edmund Power, OSB, offers his thoughts on the day’s liturgical readings under the theme: “Integrity of word and action”.… Read More

Pope at vigil: May God grant Synod the “gift of listening”

At an ecumenical prayer vigil on the eve of the General Assembly of the Synod, Pope Francis says that the truth “does not need loud cries to reach people’s hearts.”… Read More

Young communicators meet in Rome on the eve of the Synod

Brazil, Nigeria, and Vietnam are just a few of the countries of origin of participants in the third edition of the training programme “Faith Communication in the Digital World”, organized… Read More

‘Together’ event brings young people to Rome ahead of Synod

Young people from around the world gather for a weekend of sharing and prayer that culminates in participation in the Ecumenical Vigil of Prayer for the upcoming General Assembly of… Read More

Prayer Vigil another step in the quest for Christian Unity

The acting Secretary General of the World Council of Churches reflects on the significance of the Ecumenical Prayer Vigil that ushers in the Synod on Synodality. Read all   Read More

New Cardinal Luis Pascual Dri: ‘The Lord is always merciful‘

Argentinean Cardinal-elect, Brother Luis Pascual Dri, was unable to be present at Saturday‘s Consistory for health reasons, but says Pope Francis has told him to rest assured. Read all   Read More

Pope to new Cardinals: Work for ‘an ever more symphonic and synodal Church’

In his homily during the Consistory for the creation of 21 new Cardinals, Pope Francis reflects on unity and diversity in the Church, highlighting the importance of synodality under the… Read More

Irish Church leaders in Rome for 25th anniversary of Good Friday Agreement

25 years after the Agreement that put an end to decades of violence, a group of Irish Church leaders describe it as the “first faltering steps down a very long… Read More

Theme for 2024 World Communication Day: Artificial intelligence

Pope Francis has chosen “Artificial intelligence and wisdom of the heart: for a fully human communication” as the theme for World Communication Day 2024. Read all   Read More

Pope Francis meets priests in Rome parish

In the afternoon of Thursday, 28 September, Pope Francis visited the Rome Parish of Santa Maria della Salute for a meeting with the parish priests. Read all   Read More

Tens of thousands flee Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenia says some 42,500 Armenians have now fled Nagorno-Karabakh, about a third of the population of the wartorn enclave that neighboring Azerbaijan recaptured last week. They are hungry and exhausted.… Read More

Protection of Minors Commission asks Synod to dedicate time to safeguarding issues

Ahead of the upcoming Synod on Synodality this October in the Vatican, the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors appeals for safeguarding children to be seriously and frequently deliberated… Read More

Most Ukrainians can’t cover their living expenses

Nearly 9 out of 10 Ukrainians do not have enough money to cover their living expenses, according to a new report by Depaul International. As the war shows no sign… Read More

Pope: ‘Remember your brothers and sisters of Ukraine, forced to leave’

During his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis makes his latest heartfelt appeal for the suffering people of Ukraine. Read all   Read More

Pope at Audience: ‘I found passion, enthusiasm in Marseille’

During his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on his recently-concluded Apostolic Journey to Marseille for the conclusion of the Mediterranean Meetings. Read all   Read More

Pope Francis videocalls the 95-year-old grandmother of Vatican official

Pope Francis calls 95-year-old Sosamma Antony, the grandmother of Monsignor George Koovakad, the Vatican official who organizes his apostolic journeys. Read all   Read More

The Ugandan mission among refugees in Adjumani, Arua Diocese.

On Sunday, the Church commemorated the 109th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa and the Missionaries of Africa have a new mission… Read More

Pope prays for victims of tragic fire in Benin

Pope Francis sends a telegram of condolences expressing his sorrow for a tragic incident in the West African nation of Benin in which at least 35 people lost their lives.… Read More

A book on secrecy and transparency in the Church

In a quest for transparency of the Church, especially in the cases of abuse, the Church has to be prudent, call the authors of a book on transparency and secrecy… Read More

Ecumenical Prayer Vigil ahead of Synod approaches

Pope Francis invites leaders of Churches from different denominations to join him in prayer on September 30 entrusting the work of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod, together,… Read More

The voice of laymen at FABC General Conference

Among those participating in the FABC General Conference in Bangkok are laymen who have been invited as guests. They too come from all over Asia. Their presence makes the People… Read More

Pope to Pontifical Institute ‘JP II’: family is not ideology

Addressing the Pontifical Theological Institute “John Paul II” for Marriage and the Family Sciences, Pope Francis highlights the need for the Church as well as the State “to listen and… Read More

Church prays for end to drought, hunger and insecurity in Kenya.

Kenya’s Catholic Bishops over the weekend led prayers for an end to drought, hunger, and insecurity facing parts of the country. This was at the ordination of the new Bishop… Read More

Pope meets French President Emmanuel Macron

Pope Francis meets with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, for their third private audience in the Vatican, and discusses the desire to promote peace in a world overtaken by… Read More

Calls for renewed hope and conviction on UN Day

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, reiterates a call for renewed hope and conviction in what humanity can achieve through solidarity, as the United Nations marks the 77th anniversary since its foundation… Read More

The heroic sacrifice of the Discalced Carmelites of Compiègne

In November 1792, a small group of Discalced Carmelite nuns of Compiègne began reciting a prayer every day, offering themselves for the salvation of France. Their prayer was answered. Read… Read More

US records sharp uptick in migration inflows

The United States says record numbers of migrants have sought to cross the border in the year to September, as economic conditions in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba push would-be migrants… Read More

Humanitarian crisis spreads in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray state

Violence continues in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray state, where aid agencies say around a million people face famine. Read all   Read More

G7 condemns Russia’s kidnapping of nuclear plant leadership

The Group of Seven (G7) of the world’s leading economies has condemned Russia’s alleged kidnapping of the leadership of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Their concern comes as Ukraine suffers… Read More

Pope calls for prayers for Ukraine, recalls World Mission Day

Speaking after the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls that today is World Mission Day, and he encourages us to support missionaries with prayer and concrete solidarity. He also invites us to… Read More

Pope prays for peace in Ethiopia, victims of flooding in Africa

At the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis appeals to political leaders to find solutions for lasting peace in Tigray, and prays for victims of floods affecting various countries in Africa.… Read More

Pope Francis registers for the next World Youth Day in Lisbon

Assisted by young Portuguese university students presenting a tablet for him, Pope Francis at the Angleus on Sunday registers for the forthcoming World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugual, August 2023.… Read More

Pope at Angelus: Be humble so that God may raise you up

In his reflections on the Sunday Gospel, Pope Francis underscores the importance of seeing and acknowledging our own weaknesses and the need to develop a humility of heart so that… Read More

Russian authorities order civilians to flee Ukraine region

Russian occupation authorities in a key Ukrainian city have ordered civilians to leave immediately as Ukraine’s counter-offensive against the Russian invasion of the country intensifies. The order came as Ukrainian… Read More

UN demands end to violence in Haiti

The UN Security Council is calling for an immediate end to violence in Haiti and is inflicting punitive sanctions against a notorious street gang leader. Read all   Read More

Benedict XVI: Vatican II was both meaningful and necessary

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI sends a letter to an international symposium on “The Ecclesiology of Joseph Ratzinger” held at the US Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, and upholds the importance… Read More

Caritas and Holy See at UNESCO to hold conference on women in leadership

Caritas Internationalis, in partnership with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to UNESCO, will hold a conference from 27-28 October on “The Full Face of Humanity: Women in… Read More

Pope: Bear witness on peripheries like Fr. Puglisi and St. Francis

Pope Francis meets with 250 members of Italy’s “Frontier Community”, and underscores the importance of living the Gospel and focusing on the Risen Christ in their outreach to disadvantaged youth,… Read More

Pope urges religious sisters to put relationship with Christ first

Pope Francis encourages Bridgettine and Comboni religious sisters to put Jesus first, to turn to Him constantly in Eucharistic Adoration, and to learn from the beautiful personal prayer of Pope… Read More

Parolin: ‘An Agreement on aspects essential to daily life of Church in China’

Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin grants an interview to discuss the two-year renewal of the Provisional Agreement between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China. Read all… Read More
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