Covid-crisis exacerbates conditions of poverty in Haiti
The collapse of the global economy has contributed to worsening conditions for the very poor in the Caribbean nation of Haiti, according to Fr Richard Frechette with the "Fondazione Rava”.
Fri, 16 Apr 2021 17:13:47 +0200
UN envoy: diplomatic unity key to help end Yemen war
More than 200 people were killed or injured in Yemen in March, the deadliest so far this year. The world’s biggest humanitarian crisis has exacerbated with a second wave of Covid-19 infections. The UN is urging for a ceasefire and eventual end to the war.
Fri, 16 Apr 2021 13:45:20 +0200
UNICEF/IOM: Children among those drowned off Djibouti
A ship carrying migrants capsizes off the coast of Djibouti in yet another tragedy involving men, women and children fleeing conflict in search of a better life. The International Organization for Migration, and the UN Children’s agency UNICEF confirm over a dozen children lost their lives.
Fri, 16 Apr 2021 13:23:01 +0200
US Bishop urges Americans to promote dialogue in politics
In a speech to a “Catholics at the Capitol” online event, US Archbishop José Gomez calls on American Catholics to put aside political divisions and promote the Church’s teaching on social justice and the dignity of the human person.
Fri, 16 Apr 2021 13:16:27 +0200
Virtual event highlights the communality of human dignity
The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, emphasizes the importance of recognizing our shared human dignity in an interview with Vatican News. Mr. Maurer was one of the participants at a high-level virtual event on “Multilateralism, Fraternity and Peace” organized by the Holy See on Thursday.
Fri, 16 Apr 2021 12:40:16 +0200
Vatican sends greetings to Muslims as Ramadan begins
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue releases a message addressed to "all Muslim brothers and sisters" to show solidarity and friendship as they start their month of Ramadan and look ahead to ‘Id al-Fitr.
Fri, 16 Apr 2021 12:35:23 +0200
Eritrean soldiers accused of Tigray violence
According to Amnesty International, Eritrean soldiers opened fire on civilians in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, killing three people and wounding at least 19.
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 19:19:38 +0200
Pope Francis: Prayer made St Teresa of Ávila an exceptional woman
Pope Francis sends a video message on the occasion of the International Congress "Mujer exceptional", or Exceptional Woman, dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the proclamation of St. Teresa of Ávila as a Doctor of the Church.
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 17:50:56 +0200
Cardinal Parolin: Multilateralism, fraternity needed on path toward better society
The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, highlights key elements central to ongoing efforts toward achieving a fraternal society envisioned by Pope Francis in his Encyclical "Fratelli tutti." He reflects on the themes of healthcare, refugees, work, international humanitarian law and disarmament during a high-level online meeting held on Thursday, themed: "Fraternity, Multilateralism and Peace."
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 16:43:13 +0200
Pope attends funeral Mass of former Papal Almoner
Pope Francis participated in a private capacity at the funeral Mass for former Papal Almoner, Archbishop Felix del Blanco Prieto. The Mass took place on Thursday in St Peter's Basilica
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 16:33:25 +0200
Notre-Dame Cathedral on path to pre-fire glory, two years on
Two years after a devastating fire blazed through the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, specialists are still working hard on its restoration. Bishop Éric Aumonier describes the work done so far on the centuries-old church.
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 08:00:03 +0200
Archbishop Jurkovic: 'Fratelli tutti' strengthens unity of humanity
Speaking ahead of a webinar on fraternity, multilateralism and peace, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic describes the importance of solidarity during the pandemic, as well as the strength of the word "brotherhood" in both the history of the United Nations and the Holy See.
Wed, 14 Apr 2021 17:42:35 +0200
Vatican Hospital makes important breakthrough in cancer research
Research conducted by the Holy See’s Pediatric Hospital, Bambino Gesù, in collaboration with the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" and other European and U.S. research centres, sheds light on the cycle of cell division. The relationship between the proteins Ambra1 and Cyclin D has been identified: an imbalance can cause the process leading to a tumour. Below is a working translation of a joint press release by Bambino Gesù Hospital and the University of Rome "Tor Vergata".
Wed, 14 Apr 2021 17:14:57 +0200
US announces troop withdrawal from Afghanistan
The United States announces plans to pull all US troops out of Afghanistan within 5 months, and urges NATO allies to work on an adaptation phase in its mission there.
Wed, 14 Apr 2021 16:23:43 +0200
Pope approves early ordination for seminarian sick with Leukemia
A young Nigerian religious, Livinius Nnamani, was ordained a priest on 1 April in Rome, after Pope Francis gave his approval for the seminarian's early ordination. The recently-ordained priest suffers from Leukemia, a cancer of blood cells.
Wed, 14 Apr 2021 13:24:03 +0200
Pope at Audience: Church is the house and school of prayer
Continuing his catechesis on Christian prayer at the weekly General Audience in the Vatican, Pope Francis explains that prayer belongs to the very essence of the Church, without which she cannot carry out her evangelising mission and service to others.
Wed, 14 Apr 2021 11:27:19 +0200
Myanmar: military raids on places of worship deplored
In the Myanmar military’s crackdown against opponents of its Feb. 1 coup, places of worship of all religious affiliations are being targeted with raids by security forces in search of protesters, alleged illegal activities or insurgents.
Tue, 13 Apr 2021 15:28:43 +0200
Cameroon: caring for creation a way to combat malnutrition
Thirty-nine per cent of Cameroon’s population lives below the poverty line. Caritas Yagoua has launched a project to combat child malnutrition using moringa leaves and seeds which are rich in protein, vitamins and trace minerals. Italian missionary and project coordinator Fabio Mussi says he hears Pope Francis speaking directly to him through "Laudato si’".
Tue, 13 Apr 2021 10:48:52 +0200
The sharing of goods and the social function of private property
In his homily on Sunday, 11 April, Pope Francis commented on the custom of the early Christians of sharing everything. We take a look at developments of the social Magisterium of the past century, which harken back to the great Fathers of the Church.
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 21:04:54 +0200
An office in service and support of the Pope
Vatican News continues with its inside look at the history, objectives and “mission budgets” of the various Vatican offices assisting the Pope in his pastoral ministry. We feature here the Vatican Secretariat of State with an interview with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin.
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 15:00:41 +0200
Bishop Treanor: Dialogue needed in Northern Ireland
Amid tensions in Northern Ireland, the Bishop of Down and Connor, Noel Treanor, appeals for dialogue between politicians so that issues concerning communities can be addressed.
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 14:46:36 +0200
Abdel Salam chronicles journey of two human fraternity champions
Judge Mohamed Abdel Salam recently presented a copy of his book to the Pope, in which he chronicles the process undertaken by Pope Francis and Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb in crafting the Document on Human Fraternity, signed in February 2019 in Abu Dhabi.
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 14:30:23 +0200
Seven religious among kidnap victims in Haiti
Five Haitian and two French religious, as well as three laypersons, were kidnapped in the Caribbean nation on Sunday as they were preparing to attend a ceremony for the installation of a new parish priest.
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 12:14:53 +0200
Pope: “Having received mercy, let us now become merciful”
On the feast of Divine Mercy on Sunday, Pope Francis urges Christians to open themselves to Christ’s mercy, which He grants through peace, forgiveness, and His wounds. In turn, they are asked to share this mercy with others.
Sun, 11 Apr 2021 11:17:39 +0200