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Grandparents and grandchildren to gather with Pope Francis for April event

Vatican News - 9 hours 6 min ago

At a press conference hosted by the Holy See Press Office, organizers unveiled a 27 April event sponsored by Italy's "Fondazione Età Grande" (Old Age Foundation) that will bring together grandparents and grandchildren to the Vatican's Paul VI Hall as a way to promote the role and contribution of the elderly in today's world.

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Earth Day: Pope Francis urges responsibility for our common home

Vatican News - 13 hours 9 min ago

On World Earth Day 2024, Pope Francis reminds everyone of our duty to protect the planet and safeguard peace.

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Saint Pio Foundation to release photos of Padre Pio

Vatican News - 14 hours 8 min ago

The Saint Pio Foundation is set to unveil ten photos of the beloved 20th century saint, in order “to foster devotion to Saint Pio.”

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‘Sr. Claire’ centre offers hope to children with intellectual disabilities

Vatican News - 16 hours 49 sec ago

“In some ethnic groups of Sub-Saharan Africa, people with intellectual disabilities are often marginalized,” says Sr. Claudia Samba, FCSM who has worked with children with intellectual disabilities in both Senegal and Mauritania for eight years, at the “Sr Claire” Center in Rosso.

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SIPRI report shows huge rise in annual global military expenditure

Vatican News - 16 hours 51 min ago

A new study shows that global military expenditure surged to $2.443 trillion in 2023, driven by heightened tensions and regional conflicts, with top spenders like the US, China, and Russia leading the increase, while regional dynamics and emerging trends shaped spending patterns worldwide.

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EU Bishops: Enlarging EU presents opportunity and challenges

Vatican News - 16 hours 52 min ago

Faced with prospect of enlarging the European Union to include new members, the Bishops of the European Union (COMECE) suggest the possibility offers hope and opportunities, but also presents a series of challenges that must be concretely confronted.

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Pope to La Mennais Brothers: be fathers to those you serve

Vatican News - 16 hours 55 min ago

On the occasion of their General Chapter, Pope Francis urges the Brothers of Christian Instruction of Ploermel – known as the La Mennais Brothers – to be “fathers who reflect the loving and compassionate face of God”.

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Ukraine thanks U.S. for military aid after suffering setbacks

Vatican News - Sun, 04/21/2024 - 09:45

Ukrainian and Western leaders have welcomed a desperately needed military aid package for Ukraine passed by the U.S. House of Representatives after mounting concerns the country may lose the war against Russia. In addition to the 61 billion dollars worth of military assistance for Ukraine, the House approved part of a broader foreign aid package that included about $34 billion for Israel and other allies, despite Moscow's warning the aid package would further escalate the armed conflict.

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Ongoing Israeli operation in West Bank leaves casualties

Vatican News - Sun, 04/21/2024 - 08:02

Palestinian officials say 13 people have been killed in an Israeli military operation at a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.

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Pope prays for dialogue over conflict in the Middle East

Vatican News - Sun, 04/21/2024 - 05:48

Pope Francis issues a heartfelt plea for peace in Palestine, Israel, and Ukraine, urging dialogue over conflict and remembering the suffering of those affected.

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Pope at Regina Coeli: Jesus the Good Shepherd awaits us with open arms

Vatican News - Sun, 04/21/2024 - 05:24

At the Regina Coeli on Good Shepherd Sunday, Pope Francis reminds us that Jesus loves us without limit, giving His life for us. He prays that we may go meet the Lord and allow ourselves "to be welcomed and lifted up by the loving arms of our Good Shepherd."

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Called to sow seeds of hope and to build peace

Vatican News - Sun, 04/21/2024 - 04:43

The Fourth Sunday of Easter also known as the Good Shepherd Sunday is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. This year marks the 61st anniversary of this event which was initiated by Pope Paul VI during the Second Vatican Council in 1964.

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Ukraine: The United Nations fears mounting death toll in children

Vatican News - Sat, 04/20/2024 - 08:48

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has expressed concern about the mounting death toll among children in Ukraine after the war against Russia entered its third year. UNICEF announced at least eight people, including children, were killed in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro by a suspected Russian air strike.

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Fears of disease loom in Gaza

Vatican News - Sat, 04/20/2024 - 08:09

The UN relief agency for Palestinians says the threat of disease outbreaks in Gaza is growing as winter ends and temperatures rise.

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Lord's Day Reflection: '‘I am the Good Shepherd’

Vatican News - Sat, 04/20/2024 - 08:00

As the Church marks the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Fr. Edmund Power, OSB, offers his thoughts on the day’s liturgical readings under the theme: “I am the Good Shepherd".

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Pope Francis receives Prime Minister of Belize

Vatican News - Sat, 04/20/2024 - 07:49

Pope Francis receives John Briceño, the Prime Minister of Belize, at an Audience in the Vatican on Saturday

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Cardinal Parolin: Avoid escalation in Middle East conflicts

Vatican News - Sat, 04/20/2024 - 06:20

On the sidelines of an Agidae conference at the Pontifical Urban University, Cardinal Pietro Parolin comments on the recent news from the Middle East region, saying everyone is working to ensure the conflict does not escalate.

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Pope remembers Pius VII, a man of communion in difficult times

Vatican News - Sat, 04/20/2024 - 05:55

Pope Francis invites Italian pilgrims from the Dioceses of Cesena-Sarsina, Savona, Imola and Tivoli Pope Francis to heed the legacy of the Servant of God Pope Pius VII, a courageous witness of the Gospel in times of struggles and divisions.

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Pope to future priests: Become shepherds with Christ's loving heart

Vatican News - Sat, 04/20/2024 - 05:02

With Christ's loving heart, open arms and with a smile, be shepherds to your people, suggests Pope Francis when addressing seminarians of Seville, Spain, on the eve of Good Shepherd Sunday.

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Pope calls historians to be experts in and servants of humanity

Vatican News - Sat, 04/20/2024 - 03:55

Pope Francis receives members of the Pontifical Committee for the Social Sciences on the 70th anniversary of the Committee’s foundation.

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