Europe racing to limit second wave of coronavirus infections
Europe is racing to contain rising coronavirus infections amid concerns they could lead to more hospitalizations and deaths. Authorities in several countries have announced new restrictions, including in Spain, where parts of the capital Madrid are subject to lockdown measures to curb a rise in Covid-19.
Sat, 19 Sep 2020 18:57:54 +0200
WFP appeals for support to avert starvation
Addressing the UN Security Council this week, World Food Programme Executive Director, David Beasley, warned that 270 million people are on the brink of starvation because of the coronavirus-induced hunger pandemic.
Sat, 19 Sep 2020 17:30:34 +0200
Holy See seeks peaceful solution in Belarus
Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations, addresses the UN Human Rights Council's urgent debate on the situation of human rights in Belarus which took place on Friday in Geneva.
Sat, 19 Sep 2020 14:31:20 +0200
Bangladesh Christians pledge to care for creation
Catholics and other Christian communities in Bangladesh have pledged to join hands in a common effort to protect the environment in order to tackle climate change and natural disasters.
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:02:04 +0200
Belarus opposition leader addresses tense UN debate
Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has spoken to the United Nations Human Rights Council despite the Belarussian envoy's efforts to prevent her and other critics from giving speeches. During a turbulent session of the Geneva-based U.N. body, she demanded that the country's authorities end violence against protestors and organize a free and fair presidential election.
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:19:10 +0200
Vatican: new MoU on the fight against corruption
A Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy and the Auditor General: the two offices will collaborate even more closely to better implement law regarding transparency and the granting of public contracts by the Holy See and the Vatican.
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:01:15 +0200
Coronavirus: the storm that is toppling the facade
Pope Francis is certain of this and is repeating it to everyone: we will emerge either better or worse after the pandemia. The global crisis requires that the parameters of human co-existence be rethought through the lens of solidarity. On this foundational idea, "Covid19: Building a Healthier Future" has been created in collaboration with the Dicastery for Communication and 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, 18 Sep 2020 14:36:08 +0200
Sentencing reform in the UK: Bishop’s ‘vision of reform’
Bishop Richard Moth reacts to proposed sentencing reforms in England and Wales released on Wednesday, saying a criminal justice system should be “rooted in hope, forgiveness, and reconciliation.”
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:23:33 +0200
Pope to Christian journalists: 'be bearers of hope'
Pope Francis on Friday received in audience in the Vatican representatives from the Belgian Catholic magazine, “Tertio”. He spoke to them about the call of a Christian media person.
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:39:16 +0200
Holy See on water as crucial element for health of people and planet
Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Permanent Observer of the Holy See, addressing the 45th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday says, "water is the most essential element for life, and the future of humanity depends on our capacity to guard it and share it."
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:50:20 +0200
Von der Leyen gives first State of EU Speech
European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen gives first State of the European Union speech touching on Britain's plans to renegotiate Brexit, warning countries not to place economic interests above human rights, and says she wants to relaunch Europe's coronavirus-devastated economy through a new deal.
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:02:52 +0200
Archbishop Gallagher's mission in Belarus
The Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, made a visit to Belarus from September 11 to 14. A few highlights of his trip follow.
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:15:24 +0200
An encyclical for all brothers and sisters
While waiting to know the contents of the document, there has been some discussion about the title and how to translate it inclusively. An encyclical, though, is per se a universal text, and Pope Francis truly wants to speak to the heart of each and every person. The Holy See Press Office announces that the text will be published on 4 October.
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 15:00:16 +0200
Pope calls murdered priest a witness of charity
Toward the conclusion of the general audience, before greeting the Italian-speaking faithful, Pope Francis paused for a moment, to recall “Father Roberto Malgesini, a priest of the diocese of Como”.
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 11:50:37 +0200
United States prepares to mark Hispanic Heritage Month
Ahead of Hispanic Heritage Month, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops describes the importance of this year’s observance, as the Catholic Church in the country continues to apply lessons learnt during the "V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino ministry".
Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:20:37 +0200
Pope Francis on training the next generation to be peacemakers
Per un sapere della pace (For Knowledge of Peace is a newly published book in Italian from the Vatican Publishing House. Pope Francis encourages collaboration between the Church and universities for a world without war and violence in the book's preface.
Tue, 15 Sep 2020 15:54:59 +0200
Beirut residents in shock after yet another blaze
A fire on Tuesday morning in downtown Beirut causes incredulity and concern after the tragic blaze in August. It comes as the Secretary-General of Caritas Internationalis is in the city to bring the Church’s solidarity to the people and to meet and coordinate with religious leaders and aid workers on the ground.
Tue, 15 Sep 2020 15:04:48 +0200
Russian opposition leader Navalny plans to return home
Officials say Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was allegedly poisoned, has been removed from a medically induced coma in a German hospital and plans to return to Russia. The announcement came after his supporters made some gains in regional elections.
Tue, 15 Sep 2020 14:37:11 +0200
PNG bishops: many challenges even after 45 years of independence
Papua New Guinea is marking its Independence Day on Wednesday. On this occasion, the bishops of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands have issued a message urging greater commitment from those in authority in addressing the serious challenges that people still face 45 years after independence.
Tue, 15 Sep 2020 12:56:08 +0200
UN backs new eco-label to help consumers choose sustainable rice
The Standard for Sustainable Rice Cultivation developed by the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) was launched on September 14. The label will help shoppers reduce their environmental impact by identifying rice that has been sustainably produced.
Mon, 14 Sep 2020 17:08:43 +0200
Benedict Daswa died with a prayer on his lips
The Bishop of Tzaneen Diocese in South Africa, Joao Noe Rodrigues, on Sunday this week, celebrated Holy Mass commemorating the fifth anniversary of the beatification of the martyr, Blessed Daswa.
Mon, 14 Sep 2020 13:49:04 +0200
Russians vote in closely watched ballot
People across Russia were casting ballots in dozens of local elections that are seen as a significant test for the ruling pro-Kremlin United Russia party. The three-day-elections, which ended Sunday, came just weeks after the alleged poisoning of an influential critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Sun, 13 Sep 2020 18:22:59 +0200