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Sierra Leone: “Kush” is killing our children on the streets –Holy Rosary Sisters fighting to rescue them

Vatican News - 7 hours 39 min ago

The Holy Rosary Sisters in Sierra Leone express concern for the future of the country, given the devastating consequences of the synthetic drug known as Kush ruining the country's youth.

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African faith leaders join pleas for Jubilee debt forgiveness

Vatican News - 7 hours 54 min ago

Christian and Muslim African religious leaders address a joint statement to the G20, G7, United Nations, IMF and World Bank calling for debt relief for Africa in view of the 2025 Jubilee of Hope.

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Some 400 children die of rising heat across Europe and Central Asia

Vatican News - 8 hours 35 min ago

A new report issued by the UN's Children's Fund, UNICEF, reveals that nearly 400 children were killed in 2021, alone, across Europe and Central Asia, as drastically-increasing temperatures threaten the lives of the youngest and most vulnerable.

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Maronite Bishop in Lebanon says people praying for peace, offering help

Vatican News - 9 hours 16 min ago

Maronite Bishop Munir Khairallah of the Diocese of Batroun, Lebanon, describes the situation there as tensions grow between Israeli forces and Hezbollah militiamen in the south, while the local church prays for peace and helps some 100,000 refugees who have fled the area.

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Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith recognizes ‘Trinity Fount of Mercy’ messages

Vatican News - 13 hours 25 min ago

The Prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith sends a letter, approved by the Pope, to the cardinal bishop of Como granting the ‘nulla osta’ regarding spiritual experiences at the Sanctuary of Maccio.

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Spirituality: a vital factor in Positive Mental Health

Vatican News - Tue, 07/23/2024 - 11:07

Spirituality and Full Consciousness: Paths to Well-Being” was one of the panels at the international conference on ‘Positive Mental Health’, organised by the Cabo Verde Ministry of Health. The meeting took place over the weekend in Cabo Verde’s city of Praia. Fr. Gilson Frede was one of the speakers on the panel.

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Holy See expresses 'deep concern’ over growth in nuclear rhetoric

Vatican News - Tue, 07/23/2024 - 10:42

Speaking at a meeting at the UN’s Geneva headquarters, Archbishop Ettore Balestrero warns of the “existential threat” posed by nuclear weapons.

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Cardinal Parolin meets Ukrainian President, reaffirms commitment for peace

Vatican News - Tue, 07/23/2024 - 09:56

The Vatican Secretary of State is received in Kyiv by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, to whom he conveys the Pope's solidarity and the Holy See's commitment to help find "a just and lasting peace".

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UN police mission reviving some hope in gang-ravaged Haiti

Vatican News - Tue, 07/23/2024 - 09:47

Father Claudy Duclervil, Director of Radio Télé Soleil in Port-au-Prince, speaks to Vatican News about the current law and order situation in Haiti and Haitians’ hopes, following the recent installation of the transitional government and the deployment of Kenya-led international police force to help combat gangs.

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Scores dead in Ethiopia landslides

Vatican News - Tue, 07/23/2024 - 08:02

Residents of two southern Ethiopian villages have reportedly been using bare hands to dig through dirt in search of landslide survivors in a remote, mountainous area southwest of the capital Addis Ababa.

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World Health Organization 'extremely concerned' about polio risk in Gaza

Vatican News - Tue, 07/23/2024 - 07:30

The World Health Organization is concerned about the possibility of an outbreak of the highly contagious polio virus in Gaza.

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Pope Francis mourns former President of Vietnam

Vatican News - Tue, 07/23/2024 - 05:24

Pope Francis sends a message of condolences and prayers for the death of the former President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Nguyễn Phú Trọng, the General Secretary of the Communist Party.

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Papal Envoys reveal World Mission Sunday 2024 Materials

Vatican News - Tue, 07/23/2024 - 03:08

During a special reception on the sidelines of the 10th National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis, Indiana, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and Cardinal Christophe Pierre underline the impact of supporting World Mission Sunday, which will be observed on October 20th, for more than 1,100 territories around the world that struggling.

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Chaldean bishops insist on two-state solution in Holy Land

Vatican News - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 08:59

Wrapping up their annual Synod in Baghdad, the Iraqi bishops express their deep concern over the impact of the war in Gaza on the entire region, and reaffirm two-state solution as the only way for a lasting peace.

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Knowing when to step down

Vatican News - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 08:35

In "L’Osservatore Romano", the deputy director of Vatican media, Alessandro Gisotti, writes on Joe Biden and the value of saying farewell. The decision by the American president recalls the decision made by Nelson Mandela in 1999 when he chose not to run for a second term as South Africa’s president.

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Sudanese civilians subjected to horrendous levels of violence

Vatican News - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 08:07

Fifteen months of ferocious civil war in Sudan has killed over 150,000 people and forced more than nine million to flee their homes and their lands.

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UN: Child casualties in West Bank have risen by 250% since October

Vatican News - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 06:17

UNICEF highlights the “horrific violence” against children in Palestine’s West Bank.

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Cardinal Parolin to Ukraine: 'Nothing is impossible for God'

Vatican News - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 04:54

During his visit to Ukraine, the Holy See's Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, brings Pope Francis' message of closeness and affirms that even when we may lose hope, nothing is impossible for God.

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Democratic US Presidential nominee uncertain as Biden withdraws

Vatican News - Mon, 07/22/2024 - 03:57

US President Joe Biden withdraws his candidacy for the November elections in the United States, leaving the country's Democrats to decide who will be the party's nominee for the presidential race.

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