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The young people of St Francis look to a better world

Vatican News - Sat, 04/13/2024 - 03:29

Amid the celebrations for the eighth centenary of St. Francis of Assisi's stigmata, hundreds of young people in Florence until Sunday to look at the future through the eyes of the great saint.

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Pope: Stop the war in the Middle East, don't allow it to spread

Vatican News - Fri, 04/12/2024 - 12:13

In a message to Muslims for the conclusion of Ramadan, Pope Francis shares his desire for peace in Palestine, Israel, Syria and Lebanon and appeals to all men and women of goodwill to not “allow the flames of resentment, driven by the ominous winds of the arms race, to flare up", calling on leaders to stop the fighting and prevent a possible spread of the war.

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Many Ukrainians without power after deadly Russian strikes

Vatican News - Fri, 04/12/2024 - 09:54

Authorities say hundreds of settlements in Ukraine are without power after Russian drone and missile strikes that killed at least five people.

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Pontifical Biblical Commission wraps up annual plenary assembly

Vatican News - Fri, 04/12/2024 - 09:25

Suffering and illness in the Bible were the main themes of the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Biblical Commission which concluded on April 12, a day after an audience with Pope Francis.

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A sad day

Vatican News - Fri, 04/12/2024 - 08:24

Our Editorial Director comments on the European Parliament vote on the inclusion of the right to abortion in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

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Archbishop Paglia: EU Parliament vote on abortion favors strong over the weak

Vatican News - Fri, 04/12/2024 - 06:56

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has criticised a recent decision of the EU Parliament to include access to abortion in the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights as "a step backward culturally," saying it prioritises self-interest over community welfare.

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Solemn proclamation of Jubilee set for Ascension Thursday

Vatican News - Fri, 04/12/2024 - 05:47

Pope Francis is set to preside at the celebration of Holy Mass for the Solemnities of the Ascension, Pentecost, and the Most Holy Trinity, with the latter also being observed as the first World Day of Children.

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Pope grants indulgences for participants in Eucharistic Revival

Vatican News - Fri, 04/12/2024 - 05:32

The Apostolic Penitentiary, acting on a mandate from Pope Francis, issues grants of indulgence for participants in the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and the National Eucharistic Congress, taking place in the United States this summer as part of the National Eucharistic Revival.

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Pope Francis to visit 4 nations in Asia, Oceania in September

Vatican News - Fri, 04/12/2024 - 05:00

Pope Francis will make an Apostolic Journey to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and Singapore on September 2-13, 2024.

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Pope to Papal Foundation: ‘Don’t neglect prayer in your work’

Vatican News - Fri, 04/12/2024 - 04:20

Pope Francis meets with a delegation of The Papal Foundation on the occasion of the US-based organization's annual pilgrimage to Rome, and highlights the importance of the spiritual dimension of their generous contribution to the Holy See’s charitable work.

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Pope thanks The Papal Foundation for financial assistance to poor and students

Vatican News - Fri, 04/12/2024 - 03:35

Pope Francis expresses his gratitude to The Papal Foundation for its service to the "poor, refugees, and immigrants affected by war and violence,” as the charitable organization announces $14.7 million in grants, scholarships, and humanitarian aid for Catholics worldwide.

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Pope invites children at Roman parish to turn to God in prayer

Vatican News - Thu, 04/11/2024 - 11:34

Pope Francis inaugurates the "School of Prayer" with children preparing for their First Holy Communion, responding freely to numerous questions, as he encouraged them to embrace their faith, and turn to God in prayer, in the good times and the bad.

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COMECE: New EU Pact on migration presents several critical issues

Vatican News - Thu, 04/11/2024 - 11:20

Legal expert José Luis Bazan of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) says that the agreement reached on Wednesday over the major reform of the EU's migration presents several critical issues though it is still a step forward, considering the present polarized context.

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COMECE 'saddened' by vote to include abortion access in EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

Vatican News - Thu, 04/11/2024 - 09:55

Following European Parliament's vote in favor of including access to abortion in the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights, the Secretary General of COMECE, Fr. Manuel Enrique Barrios Prieto, appeals for forming and educating consciences to vote responsibly in upcoming elections, and recalls the EU Bishops' recently-presented grounds for opposing voting for the resolution.

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EU's new Asylum and Migration Pact disappoints rights groups

Vatican News - Thu, 04/11/2024 - 08:51

The European Parliament narrowly approves the wide-reaching reform of the European Union's migration and asylum policy. Aid agencies and human rights activists express disappointment saying it fails to protect those most in need.

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Cardinal Parolin in Aparecida: We must continue to pray for peace

Vatican News - Thu, 04/11/2024 - 08:43

Speaking to Vatican News on the sidelines the spiritual retreat which traditionally opens the General Assembly of the Brazilian Bishops’ Conference (CNBB) gathered this week in Aparecida, the Vatican Secretary of State highlights the need to continue to pray for peace at this trying time for the world.

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Archdiocese of Accra to engage Ghana’s young people in dialogue

Vatican News - Thu, 04/11/2024 - 06:39

Ghana’s Catholic Archdiocese of Accra has lined-up several activities aimed at fostering dialogue and collaboration between the Church’s hierarchy and its vibrant youth community. The initiatives will culminate in a Youth Congress slated for June 2024.

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Archbishop Gallagher meets Vietnam’s Prime Minister in Hanoi

Vatican News - Thu, 04/11/2024 - 06:10

The Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States and International Organizations is in Vietnam until 14 April. During the visit he has held cordial talks with the Prime Minister and other government officials. Meetings with the Vietnamese Catholic community are scheduled in Hanoi, Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City.

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Cardinal Gregory sees ‘Dignitas infinita’ as balanced, challenging document

Vatican News - Thu, 04/11/2024 - 05:26

US Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the Archbishop of Washington, D.C., speaks with Vatican News about human dignity, the National Eucharistic Revival, and the Synod on Synodality.

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Pope Francis: ‘Bible shows Jesus’ closeness to suffering humanity’

Vatican News - Thu, 04/11/2024 - 03:50

Pope Francis meets with members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and encourages biblical scholars to explore Jesus’ example of compassion and inclusion when faced with the suffering of others.

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