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Pope reminds plastic surgeons that true beauty reflects the image of God

Vatican News - Thu, 05/23/2024 - 03:54

Pope Francis reflects on the true nature of beauty during his address to a group of plastic surgeons.

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Pope Francis clears path for canonization of Blessed Carlo Acutis

Vatican News - Thu, 05/23/2024 - 03:38

Pope Francis recognizes a miracle attributed to Blessed Carlo Acutis and another to Blessed Giuseppe Allamano, and approves the canonization of 11 martyrs in Syria.

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Archbishop Thattil: Union with Rome central to Syro-Malabar identity

Vatican News - Wed, 05/22/2024 - 09:51

Major Archbishop Raphael Thattil, the newly-elected head of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, speaks to Vatican News about the ancient Church he leads.

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Paladino unveils 'Cross of Joy' for World Children’s Day in Rome

Vatican News - Wed, 05/22/2024 - 08:04

Renowned artist Mimmo Paladino creates a 4-metre-tall "Cross of Joy," blending Christian and fairytale imagery, for World Children’s Day in Rome on May 25-26.

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Norway, Spain and Ireland to recognize state of Palestine

Vatican News - Wed, 05/22/2024 - 07:23

Norway, Spain, and Ireland have announced that they will formally recognize Palestine as a state next week.

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South Africa: Bishop Rodrigues calls for peaceful and fair elections

Vatican News - Wed, 05/22/2024 - 06:36

Ahead of the scheduled 29 May general elections in South Africa, the liaison Bishop for the Department of Catholic Social Action of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) has called on eligible voters to choose leaders with ethical and moral values

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Pope prays for Christian Unity with ecumenical delegation from Hong Kong

Vatican News - Wed, 05/22/2024 - 04:33

Pope Francis greets a delegation from the Hong Kong Christian Council and prays for Christian Unity together with the members of the delegation.

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Pope Francis: World needs peace in this time of war

Vatican News - Wed, 05/22/2024 - 03:50

Pope Francis invites everyone to pray for peace in our world "at war," and urges us to not forget Ukraine, Palestine, Israel, Myanmar, and all countries suffering due to conflicts.

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Pope at Audience: Humility essential for Christian life, brings world peace

Vatican News - Wed, 05/22/2024 - 03:11

Concluding his General Audience cycle of catecheses on the virtues, Pope Francis speaks about the virtue of humility as we acknowledge that we are creatures of God and strive to live accordingly.

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Pope Francis: Palliative care a sign of closeness to those who suffer

Vatican News - Tue, 05/21/2024 - 15:36

Pope Francis addresses a message of hope to participants in the International Interfaith Symposium on Palliative Care, saying we are called to accompany those who suffer and who have difficulty finding reasons for hope.

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Academics gather in the Vatican for the International Meeting of Sense

Vatican News - Tue, 05/21/2024 - 10:10

Scholas Occurrentes and the Development Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean – organize the International Meeting of Sense gathering prominent research figures and young people in the Vatican from May 21-23 to discuss some of the most important issues of our time.

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100 years of soil science: 'So much hope for the future, so much to do!'

Vatican News - Tue, 05/21/2024 - 09:58

After three days of debates, testimonies, shared experiences, ideas and proposals, the International Union of Soil Sciences conference in Florence, Italy concludes with a view to the future. Vatican News' Francesca Merlo reviews the event during which, she says, the alarm was raised about the damage wreaked on soil in particular by salinisation, climate change and war. However seeds of hope, she concludes, are being sown on a daily basis.

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Cardinal Parolin on China: Obedience to the Pope enlivens love for country

Vatican News - Tue, 05/21/2024 - 09:33

Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, speaking at an International Conference for the 100th anniversary of the first Concilium Sinense, says "it was a model for many other mission countries."

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Gaza’s parish priest overjoyed to return to Holy Family parish

Vatican News - Tue, 05/21/2024 - 09:02

Fr. Gabriel Romanelli, the parish priest of the Latin-rite Church of the Holy Family in Gaza, has returned after more than seven months, taking advantage of Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa’s visit to the area last week.

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Sr Pimentel and the experience that grounds her mission

Vatican News - Tue, 05/21/2024 - 07:52

Participants at the 2nd General Assembly of Talitha Kum welcomed Sr Norma Pimentel who shared her experience working with people on the move through the U.S. border.

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Cardinal Pizzaballa thanks Italian Bishops for support

Vatican News - Tue, 05/21/2024 - 07:13

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem addresses a video message to the Italian Bishops as they hold a Prayer Vigil for peace in the Holy Land, and thanks the Italian Church for its closeness to the suffering people in Gaza.

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Cote d’Ivoire: Consecrated persons begin preparations for the Jubilee Year 2025

Vatican News - Tue, 05/21/2024 - 07:10

The Conference of Religious Major Superiors in Cote d'Ivoire (CSM-CI) recently inaugurated the start of preparations for the Jubilee Year 2025 celebrations for consecrated persons of Cote d'Ivoire. The religious superiors met at the Centre Saint Saint-Jean-Eudes d'Abatta, Bingerville, in the Archdiocese of Abidjan.

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A life of diplomacy and environmental justice, advocating for soil worldwide

Vatican News - Tue, 05/21/2024 - 06:50

Penny Wensley, an Australian diplomat and environmental advocate, discusses the global fight for climate justice as well as the importance of including the voices of indigenous people in decision making.

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Holy See encourages support for elderly and their active role in society

Vatican News - Tue, 05/21/2024 - 06:36

Addressing the 14th session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing at the United Nations headquarters in New York, the Holy See's Permanent Observer encourages support for older persons and their active role in contributing to the good of society.

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Investigation finds no misconduct by Canadian Cardinal Lacroix

Vatican News - Tue, 05/21/2024 - 05:04

The Holy See Press Office reports that the preliminary canonical investigation regarding an anonymous accusation against Canadian Cardinal Gérald Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec, has not found "any actions that amount to misconduct or abuse" and therefore "no further canonical procedure is foreseen."

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