Pope Francis meets with world leaders at G7 summit

At the G7 summit in southern Italy, Pope Francis holds one-on-one meetings with the leaders of the US, Ukraine, India, Kenya, France, Turkey, Canada, and Brazil. Read all   Read More

IOR reports net profit of 30.6 million euro in 2023

The Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR) publishes its Annual Report for 2023, revealing a 30.6 million euro profit. Read all   Read More

G7 agrees on 50 billion for Ukraine as battles rage

U.S. President Joe Biden has announced that the Group of Seven (G7) Western economies have agreed to use frozen Russian state assets to give tens of billions in aid to… Read More

News from the Orient – June 14, 2024

In this week’s news from the Eastern Churches, produced in collaboration with L’Œuvre d’Orient, Cardinal Sako returns to Baghdad, Germany hosts a peace conference for Ukraine, and a Lebanese town… Read More

Artificial Intelligence and the Human Factor

Our Editorial Director reflects on an event in 1983, when a man saved the world from a nuclear war that could have been triggered by the error of a machine.… Read More

Pope to G7: AI is ‘neither objective nor neutral’

In an address to the G7 summit, Pope Francis discusses the threat and promise of artificial intelligence, the ‘techno-human condition’, human vs algorithmic decision-making, AI-written essays, and the necessity of… Read More

Who are the African Religious serving on Congregational Leadership Councils in Rome?

Last month’s Rome conference on Africa Day, organised by African religious men and women serving in various generalates of religious congregations, provided a window into Africa’s contribution to the universal… Read More

Holy See calls for urgent climate action and migrant protection

Addressing the 34th Standing Committee on Programs and Finance of the IOM, Archbishop Ettore Balestrero emphasises the urgent need for a comprehensive, human-centred approach to climate change adaptation, disaster risk… Read More

Hollerich: ‘The seeds of a synodal church are already sprouting’

Theologians evaluating contributions for the upcoming Second Session of the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops have concluded their reflections, with work on the “Instrumentum laboris” for the Second… Read More

Pope to comedians: Help us to dream of a better world

Pope Francis meets with more than 100 comedians from around the world, encouraging them to cheer people up and help people see reality with all its contradictions. Read all   Read More

Pope: The Lord’s judgment will be in favour of the poor

Pope Francis releases his Message for the eighth World Day of the Poor and reminds the faithful that God sees and cares for each one of them, whereas those who… Read More

Pope to hold bilateral talks with world leaders at G7 Summit

The Holy See Press Office has published Pope Francis’ programme for his visit on Friday, 14 June, to the southern Italian region of Puglia where he will participate in the… Read More

Pope: Resist temptation of ‘closed circles’

This Thursday, in a meeting with the leaders of ecclesial movements, Pope Francis once again outlined his vision for synodality in the Church. Read all   Read More

Archbishop of Johannesburg: Every child has a right to know who they are

The Archbishop of Johannesburg reiterates the Church’s commitment to responding to statelessness in the Southern Africa Region. Read all   Read More

Pope: The Olympic truce can foster peaceful relations

In the preface of the Italian book “Giochi di Pace. L’anima delle Olimpiadi e delle Paralimpiadi” (“Games of Peace. The Soul of the Olympics and the Paralympics”) published by Lev… Read More

The Bishop of Rome, servant of unity

The Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity presents a new study document that surveys the ongoing ecumenical dialogue concerning the role of the Pope and the exercise of the Petrine Ministry.… Read More

Koch: Papal primacy is service, exercised in a synodal manner

Cardinal Kurt Koch, the Prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Christian Unity, explains the ecumenical document entitled ‘The Bishop of Rome’: the ministry of the Successor of Peter… Read More

Rethinking primacy in an ecumenical sense

A reflection on the study document “The Bishop of Rome”: the role of the Pope, synodality, and the other Churches. Read all   Read More

Caritas Europa reiterates appeal for Gaza ceasefire

Eight months into the war in Gaza, Caritas Europa issues a statement in which it reiterates its call for an immediate ceasefire, the release of all hostages and those arbitrarily… Read More

80 years after historic meeting with Pope, Irish Regiment returns to the Vatican

Eighty years ago today, the Irish Brigade became the first group of Allied soldiers to meet with Pope Pius XII following the liberation of Rome from the Nazis. Vatican News… 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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