EU bishops: Abortion is not a "human right"
On the eve of a controversial vote, the Commission of Bishops of the European Union release a statement on the "Matić Report" descriing it as "one-sided" on abortion.
Mon, 21 Jun 2021 20:08:59 +0200
Myanmar cardinal urges people to have faith and hope
In his Sunday homily, Cardinal Charles Bo compared Myanmar’s ordeals to the boat tossed about in the stormy sea, which Jesus calms. The cardinal already sees “the light on the horizon”.
Mon, 21 Jun 2021 16:43:18 +0200
ROACO turns gaze to Holy Land during plenary session
The Holy See’s humanitarian arm for the Oriental Churches kicks off its plenary meeting on Monday, with ROACO’s attention going to the Holy Land, Ethiopia, Armenia, and Georgia in particular.
Mon, 21 Jun 2021 11:38:50 +0200
Russia blames rising Covid cases on lack of vaccinations
Russia's government has blamed a surge in COVID-19 cases on reluctance among Russians to have vaccinations. It comes amid concerns about a new Delta variant of the coronavirus following a reported record of more than 9,000 infections in Moscow, mainly with the new strain.
Sun, 20 Jun 2021 00:12:13 +0200
Raisi wins Iran presidential election
The Iranian judge, a protege of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, won a landslide victory Saturday in the country's presidential election, in a vote that saw the lowest turnout in the Islamic Republic's history
Sun, 20 Jun 2021 00:04:01 +0200
US Bishops vote in favor of drafting document on Eucharist
The US Bishops meeting at their spring general assembly approve a plan to draft a text focusing on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the church. The vote in favor of the document came on the last day of their three-day gathering, which focused on a range of issues regarding the life of the Church.
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 14:49:24 +0200
Robert Schuman, father of European unity, on path to sainthood
Pope Francis has authorized the promulgation of a Decree advancing the causes for canonization of European statesman Robert Schuman, as well as ten Polish nuns martyred by Soviet troops at the end of World War II. The heroic virtues of a number of other holy men and women were also officially recognized.
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 13:52:24 +0200
Caritas Europa: protect, promote and welcome on this World Refugee Day
The United Nations on Sunday marks its 20th World Refugee Day. Looking ahead to the observance, Caritas Europa describes the plight millions of people face worldwide as they seek refuge in countries that fight to send them back to where they are fleeing from.
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 16:50:55 +0200
Covid-19: UK records biggest daily rise in cases
The UK records over 10,000 daily coronavirus cases for first time since February. The current rise in infections is being blamed on the delta variant, which was first identified in India.
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 14:00:11 +0200
UN: Desertification and drought hit 3.2 billion people
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres released a message on World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, June 17. The Catholic Church has also been advocating the protection of the environment and the planet.
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 18:06:16 +0200
Pope to ILO: 'Urgent need for economic reform and protection of all workers'
Marking 109 years since the founding of the International Labour Organisation, Pope Francis sends a video message in which he stresses the importance of the rights of the worker, each worker in each form of work, especially as we come out of this Covid-19 pandemic in hope of economic recovery.
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 13:59:11 +0200
Holy See: Combat trafficking in persons through culture of respect, dignity
The permanent representative of the Holy See to the OSCE, Monsignor Janusz Urbańczyk, recommends joint efforts in tackling the deep-rooted causes of trafficking in persons through promoting policies capable of guaranteeing work for everyone, while respecting their human dignity.
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 12:43:34 +0200
Pope names ecclesiastical assistant for Dicastery for Communication
Pope Francis names Fr Luigi Maria Epicoco, from the Archdiocese of L’Aquila, Italy, as ecclesiastical assistant for the Dicastery for Communication and editorialist for L’Osservatore Romano. In an interview with Vatican News, Fr Epicoco describes communication as a channel for communion.
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 11:33:43 +0200
Beirut Church to reopen following 2020 blast
The Jesuit Church of St Joseph in the Lebanese capital Beirut is due to open its doors again next month following the August 2020 dockside blast.
Wed, 16 Jun 2021 14:45:07 +0200
Pontifical Academy for life on disability and friendship
In this latest document, the Pontifical Academy for Life reflects on the experiences of people with disabilities during the pandemic, and highlights the importance of providing disabled persons with special attention and support.
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 16:13:27 +0200
Covid-19: British Prime Minister delays lifting of restrictions
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has delayed by four weeks the planned lifting of most remaining Covid-19 restrictions in England, with the new date now set for July 19th. Johnson said if the government were to lift restrictions on June 21st as first planned, there could be thousands more deaths owing to the rapid spread of the more infectious Delta variant.
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 13:36:47 +0200
Caritas: 'Share the Journey' campaign ends but journey continues
Caritas Internationalis announces the end of its “Share the journey” campaign of solidarity with migrants and refugees with a press conference on Tuesday. The organization however promises that though the campaign formally ends, the mission of journeying with migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons still continues.
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 13:23:07 +0200
Abrahamic Family House in Abu Dhabi to open in 2022
The cultural landmark in the UAE capital, which includes a synagogue, a church and a mosque, is meant to be a beacon of understanding and peaceful coexistence, inspired by the Document on Human Fraternity.
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 11:21:28 +0200
At the origins of the museum
From the formation of collections by the Renaissance popes to the birth of modern museology. In the 1700s in the Pope’s city, a popular destination during the Grand Tour era, on the wave of Winckelmann’s studies, the museum was born.
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 10:42:26 +0200
"Ciudad" Don Bosco: Helping young Colombians promote a sustainable economy
Don Bosco City in Medellín, Colombia, welcomes and accompanies hundreds of minors every year with an integral educational formation that is directed towards environmental sustainability and respect for our common home, in order to gradually reduce the ecological impact and encourage small business activities that assist the livelihood of the entire community.
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 08:54:45 +0200
Children at risk in Tigray, says UN
The UN has said thousands of children are at risk of dying from famine in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region. The warning comes as Pope Francis aks for prayers for the cessation of violence in the region, that "food and health care may be guaranteed to all, and that social harmony may be restored as soon as possible",
Mon, 14 Jun 2021 16:20:21 +0200
Nicaragua: political crisis deepens ahead of elections
Nicaraguan police arrested and jailed five prominent opponents of President Daniel Ortega over the weekend. Amonst those arrested there are one-one-time rebel allies who are denouncing the President’s intentions to extend his mandate as an assault on democracy.
Mon, 14 Jun 2021 15:44:48 +0200
A Vatican office rallies the strength of the laity
The Holy See's Dicasteries recounted from the inside: history, goals and mission - a look at how the offices work that support the Pope's ministry. The prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell, describes the work of his office in this interview.
Mon, 14 Jun 2021 15:39:48 +0200
Leaders for Peace: Campaign kicks off with look at post-pandemic world
The Italian Embassy to the Holy See presents the global campaign of Leaders for Peace to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See. The theme of the presentation is the renewed commitment to the training of future peace leaders as a first concrete step in the post-pandemic recovery process.
Mon, 14 Jun 2021 14:33:58 +0200
Pope urges inclusive and sustainable food systems
As the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) kicks off its 4-day Conference on Monday, Pope Francis sends a message on how the world needs to rebuild after the current crisis.
Mon, 14 Jun 2021 14:07:57 +0200