Founder of the Salvatorians beatified in Rome
Cardinal Vicar of Rome Angelo De Donatis presided over the beatification of Father Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan, founder of the Society of the Divine Saviour and the Congregation of the Sisters of the Divine Saviour, saying the witness of his holiness "is passed on into the hands of each one of us."
Sat, 15 May 2021 15:31:17 +0200
A “glimpse” at the bridge between the Holy See and China
"A Bridge with China - The Pope and the Apostolic Delegation in Peking (1919-1939)" is the working translation of a just-published book by Fr. Adel Afif Nasr dedicated to the Holy See’s relations with China between the two World Wars, the establishment of an official Apostolic Delegation to the nation and its many fruits.
Fri, 14 May 2021 16:12:41 +0200
Holy See: media freedom promotes democracy and justice
Monsignor Janusz Urbańczyk, the Holy See’s Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), addresses a meeting on media freedom on Thursday.
Thu, 13 May 2021 18:26:22 +0200
13 May 1981: A radio report of the unthinkable
Forty years ago in St. Peter's Square, Benedetto Nardacci, an historic voice of Vatican Radio, was following the General Audience live when Ali Agca's gun turned John Paul II's celebration with the people into a drama. In spite of the shock, the exceptional lucidity of his account remains a part of the history of the Pope's radio station. We present the highlights in a photographic video.
Thu, 13 May 2021 12:21:24 +0200
COP26 President: It’s all down to the next ten years
The Rt Hon Alok Sharma, President of COP26, discusses the Catholic Church's importance in the fight against climate change and stresses that it all comes down to "how we act, together, because it is all down to the next ten years."
Wed, 12 May 2021 19:00:56 +0200
Holy See launching 3 webinars ahead of UN Food Systems Summit
In Autumn this year, the United Nations will convene a Food Systems Summit to raise global awareness and coordinate initiatives aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 2 of Zero Hunger (SDG2), by 2030.
Wed, 12 May 2021 16:44:33 +0200
Fighting intensifies in Gaza and Israel
Violence escalates in Tel Aviv and Gaza Wednesday as the United Nations raises fears the situation could spiral out of control.
Wed, 12 May 2021 16:17:22 +0200
Gun shots, fear, prayer and forgiveness
Forty years ago, the assassination attempt on John Paul II took place in Saint Peter's Square. A video with commentary by André Frossard recalls those shocking events, together with the disarming power of mercy and forgiveness.
Wed, 12 May 2021 14:54:46 +0200
May 13th, 1981: Remembering that fateful day
Forty years ago the shocking assassination attempt on the life of John Paul II took place in Saint Peter's Square. It’s a day that entered our collective memory when love and prayer defeated hatred.
Wed, 12 May 2021 14:42:53 +0200
Catechists: The African Church’s unsung heroes.
Pope Francis’ decision to institute the lay ministry of Catechist should hopefully bring about long-overdue recognition to an essential segment of the African Church often eclipsed by priests and religious sisters.
Wed, 12 May 2021 13:53:45 +0200
Cardinal Ladaria to US Bishops: Debate on Communion and abortion should not lead to division
Cardinal Luis Ladaria, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, writes to US Bishops urging them to preserve unity amid discussions on pro-life issues. He notes that it would be misleading if the impression were given that abortion and euthanasia alone constitute the only grave matters of Catholic moral and social teaching.
Wed, 12 May 2021 12:40:11 +0200
Pope recalls 40th anniversary of attack on Saint Pope John Paul II
In his greetings to pilgrims present in the Courtyard of St Damasus for the weekly General Audience Pope Francis recalled the attack on St Pope John Paul II 40 years ago, the liturgical feast of Our Lady of Fatima and he invited the faithful to recite the Holy Rosary for the end of the pandemic.
Wed, 12 May 2021 11:48:07 +0200
Indian Church extends hand to ease pandemic crisis
Cardinal Oswald Gracias explains how the Church's social arm and its healthcare sector are responding to the critical emergency of the nation under massive waves of Covid-19 cases and deaths.
Tue, 11 May 2021 16:15:59 +0200
Eight Killed In Russian School Shooting
Russian authorities say a young gunman has attacked a school in the Russian city of Kazan, killing eight people — seven eighth-grade students and a teacher. Some 21 others were hospitalized with wounds. President Vladimir Putin has expressed outrage about the bloodiest school attack in some time and ordered stricter weapons regulations.
Tue, 11 May 2021 15:24:51 +0200
Pope establishes ministry of catechist
With a new Apostolic Letter issued “motu proprio,” Pope Francis establishes the lay ministry of catechist, intended to respond to an urgent need for the evangelisation of the modern world, and undertaken in a “secular” manner, avoiding clericalisation.
Tue, 11 May 2021 11:34:08 +0200
Ukraine: a flame that warms the poor and lights up Creation
The "Candles of Stritennya" is an initiative, carried out by the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church's Office for Ecology in the effort to provide aid to poor people in the Eastern European nation. It stems from the wish to care for Creation in line with Pope Francis’ Encyclical "Laudato sì".
Tue, 11 May 2021 10:40:17 +0200
The new working class and the Pope's duty to be an "advocate of the poor"
Fifty years ago, ‘Octogesima adveniens’ was published. In it, Pope Paul VI spoke about the exodus toward the large urban centers, about the dignity of women and the pluralism of political options. He criticized Marxist and liberal ideologies and defended the “duty-right” of the Church to express itself regarding social issues.
Tue, 11 May 2021 09:53:22 +0200
Canadian Bishops launch new system for reporting sexual abuse
The Bishops of Canada launch a new national, bilingual service for reporting situations of sexual abuse, either committed or covered-up by a Bishop, furthering their commitment to protect minors and vulnerable persons.
Mon, 10 May 2021 16:27:57 +0200
Formation of priests: A combination of strength and mercy
Vatican News continues with its inside look at the history, objectives and “mission budgets” of the various Vatican dicasteries assisting the Pope in his pastoral ministry. Here featured is the Congregation for Clergy with an interview with the Prefect, Cardinal Beniamino Stella.
Mon, 10 May 2021 15:03:13 +0200