French Bishops call for “realistic” measures for the resumption of Masses
France will start to ease its COVID-19 lockdown this weekend ahead of the Christmas holidays. But in a statement, the French Bishops’ Conference has expressed disappointment at measures concerning the resumption of public worship, and is calling for clarification on the matter.
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 13:20:06 +0100
‘One-third of women live in fear of violence’
Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a Catholic organization in Spain laments the fact that 30 percent of women across the globe live in fear of violence.
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 09:50:56 +0100
New bishop appointed in China
Bishop Thomas Chen Tianhao will head the diocese of Qingdao. The Director of the Holy See Press Office explains the appointment falls within the framework of the Provisional Agreement between the Holy See and China.
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 09:40:19 +0100
WMO alarmed over record CO2 levels in atmosphere
The United Nations agency says that concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere reached a record level last year. The situation continues to worsen this year despite the industrial slowdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tue, 24 Nov 2020 16:07:56 +0100
Paris police violently dismantles migrant camp
Amid a mounting public outcry, France's interior minister on Tuesday ordered an internal police investigation into police violence against migrants fleeing war, persecution, and poverty. His announcement came after security forces were filmed tossing migrants out of tents while evacuating a Paris camp. The overnight clashes erupted ahead of a crucial vote on filming security forces that critics say could limit press freedom.
Tue, 24 Nov 2020 15:58:59 +0100
Archbishop Gallagher: Pandemic solutions require science, humanism alliance
Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher discusses the importance of not neglecting the poor and most vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis, and urges everyone to follow in Pope Francis' footsteps and come out of this crisis stronger, with the help of technology which is so rapidly advancing.
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 19:05:45 +0100
Germany warns of Coronavirus vaccine race between rich and poor
After Pope Francis urged solidarity, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has asked for a fairer distribution of possible coronavirus vaccines among poorer nations. Her appeal came while several countries in Europe and beyond hope to start with vaccinations ahead of Christmas.
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:50:50 +0100
Tanzanian Archbishop: Caritas is not an NGO
Archbishop Jude Thadeaus Ruwai’chi of Dar es Salaam encourages delegates from Caritas Tanzania to be inspired by the Church’s mission of love and service to the poor.
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 15:03:37 +0100
Pope Francis: My life’s three moments of solitude
Ahead of the release of Pope Francis’ new book with Austen Ivereigh, the Italian newpaper “La Repubblica” publishes an excerpt from “Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future”, in which the Pope describes three of his own personal “Covid” moments of solitude.
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 11:47:00 +0100
Vatican Museums: everything is connected #8
"We exist only in relationships: with God the Creator, with our brothers and sisters as members of a common family, and with all of God’s creatures within our common home. We cannot live in harmony with creation if we are not at peace with the Creator who is the source and origin of all things."
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 11:28:20 +0100
Pope: Christianity can change the world if the Gospel is lived
The latest volume in the “Exchange of Gifts” series by the Vatican Publishing House, “Heaven on earth: Loving and serving in order to transform the world,” includes a previously unpublished text by Pope Francis. In the Preface to the new book, Martin Junge, the Secretary General of the Luther World Federation writes, “Together we witness to the mercy of God both in proclamation and in common service to the world.”
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 09:00:25 +0100
Coronavirus tops G20 agenda
As young economists across the globe discuss a new economic model for the future at "The Economy of Francesco" event , G20 leaders are gathering for an online summit aimed at showing the world's most powerful economies' cooperation in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
Sat, 21 Nov 2020 16:20:36 +0100
Pakistan cardinal urges government to ensure rights of minorities
According to Cardinal Joseph Coutts, Archbishop of Karachi, it is the duty of the Pakistani government to guarantee the rights of every member of the country’s minority communities; and kidnapping and forced conversion and marriage are cases of rights abuse, not religious issues.
Sat, 21 Nov 2020 14:25:06 +0100
UN call for humanitarian pause in Ethiopia
Aid agencies attached to the UN have called for an immediate temporary ceasefire in Ethiopia and the setting up of humanitarian corridors.
Sat, 21 Nov 2020 10:12:02 +0100
Stella Maris redoubles efforts to support fishers amid pandemic
The Chief Executive of Stella Maris UK, Martin Foley welcomes Cardinal Peter Turkson’s message for World Fisheries Day and says as the maritime industry faces greater challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the onus is on Stella Maris to redouble its efforts to step-up its support for fishers and their families.
Sat, 21 Nov 2020 09:48:59 +0100
US Bishops renew their call to stop federal executions
The chairmen of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committees on Domestic Justice and Human Development and on Pro-Life Activities issue a statement reiterating their appeal to halt federal executions.
Fri, 20 Nov 2020 19:27:27 +0100
Covid: the deception of selfishness, the force of compassion
Pope Francis is certain of this and is repeating it to everyone: we will emerge either better or worse after the pandemic The global crisis requires that the parameters of human co-existence be rethought through the lens of solidarity. Based on this foundational idea, the "Covid-19: Building a Healthier Future" has been created in collaboration with the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, to offer a vision that might lead to the beginning of a new fraternity after the pandemic.
Fri, 20 Nov 2020 15:14:09 +0100
Vandana Shiva on how we risk becoming “obsolete technology”
In an interview with L'Osservatore Romano, environmental activist Vandana Shiva, one of the key speakers at the “Economy of Francesco” event, speaks about how her Indian culture has impacted her view of our “economy of abundance”.
Fri, 20 Nov 2020 14:59:37 +0100