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Producer of landmines becomes leading deminer, says "war is madness"

Vatican News - Wed, 01/10/2024 - 10:45

L’Osservatore Romano features an interview with an Italian engineer who used to produce landmines but after a conversion experience has gone on to become a leading expert in demining.

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Ecuadorian bishops appeal for unity amid gang violence upsurge

Vatican News - Wed, 01/10/2024 - 08:06

Following the declaration of the state of emergency in response to escalating gang-related violence, Ecuador’s Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ECC) releases a statement calling for unity and fraternity to restore peace in the country.

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Pope Francis confirms election of head of Syro-Malabar Church

Vatican News - Wed, 01/10/2024 - 05:50

Pope Francis confirms the canonical election of Bishop Raphael Thattil as Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly of the Syro-Malabars. Mar Raphael succeeds George Cardinal Alencherry as head of the sui iuris Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.

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Pope encourages Marxists and Christians to fight corruption, uphold rule-of-law

Vatican News - Wed, 01/10/2024 - 03:33

Pope Francis meets with representatives of the Dialop Transversal dialogue project, an initiative that invites socialists and Christians to work for a common ethic, and invites them to build a better future for our polarised world.

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Pope renews prayers for people suffering horrors of war

Vatican News - Wed, 01/10/2024 - 03:02

Pope Francis appeals for an end to all wars, and prays that God might sow the seed of peace in the hearts of world leaders.

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Pope at Audience: Gluttony distorts God's gift of 'our daily bread'

Vatican News - Wed, 01/10/2024 - 02:14

At the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis continues his catechesis on vices and virtues, specifically warning this week against the sin of gluttony. He reminds that Jesus saw nothing wrong with eating well and some wine in company, and that we shouldn't feel guilt for a slice of cake, but we should pay attention to how imbalanced relationships with food, can damage the planet, and our hearts.

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Gunmen attack television station in Ecuador

Vatican News - Wed, 01/10/2024 - 01:56

Masked gunmen terrorise a television station in Ecuador, bursting in and threatening its staff during a live program.

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Black Nazarene feast resumes in Manila drawing thousands

Vatican News - Tue, 01/09/2024 - 10:31

After three years of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic the traditional procession in the Filipino capital resumes this year drawing hundreds of thousands of devotees.

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Catholics in North and South Korea pray together at "Mass for Reconciliation"

Vatican News - Tue, 01/09/2024 - 10:03

A special "Mass for Reconciliation" is celebrated in the Cathedral of Seoul, carrying on the tradition of a peace initiative started in 1995 and celebrated by the Catholic community on both sides of the 38th parallel.

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Secretary Blinken continues shuttle diplomacy on Gaza mission

Vatican News - Tue, 01/09/2024 - 09:53

America’s top diplomat Antony Blinken has arrived in Israel for talks on the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

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U.S. Church to hold annual Novena for Life against the “tragedy of abortion”

Vatican News - Tue, 01/09/2024 - 08:25

Ahead of the annual novena of prayer and penance for life commemorating the 51st the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade, U.S. bishops reiterate that continuing efforts are needed to protect children and their mothers from the "tragedy of abortion".

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Caritas Japan President: Accompany our people in prayer

Vatican News - Tue, 01/09/2024 - 07:33

In an interview with Vatican News, the President of Caritas Japan, Bishop Daisuke Nairu of Niigata, Japan, explains the ongoing difficulties faced by the nation's people following the deadly recent earthquake which has killed more than 200, blocked movement, and is resulting in countless aftershocks, and even subsequent earthquakes, including one that happened five minutes before this interview.

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Pope’s liturgical schedule includes canonization of Argentine Blessed

Vatican News - Tue, 01/09/2024 - 05:36

The Prefecture of the Papal Household releases the schedule of Pope Francis' liturgical celebrations for January and February, which includes the canonization of Blessed Maria Antonia of Saint Joseph de Paz y Figueroa, born in what is now Argentina.

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Germany mourns Catholic football great Franz Beckenbauer

Vatican News - Tue, 01/09/2024 - 05:14

As Germany mourns Franz Beckenbauer, once known as the ‘Kaiser’ of soccer, we recall his 2005 encounter with Pope Benedict XVI and his career as one of the greatest footballers and managers.

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Catholics celebrate Mass at Qatar’s first Christian place of worship

Vatican News - Tue, 01/09/2024 - 04:33

The Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia, Bishop Aldo Berardi, celebrates Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary in Doha, the first official Christian place of worship in Qatar.

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Pope confirms Bishop of Assisi as head of Economy of Francesco

Vatican News - Tue, 01/09/2024 - 03:31

Pope Francis sends a letter to Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino confirming the Bishop of Assisi’s role in leading the Economy of Francesco, urging the movement to help interpret the dreams of young people.

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The applied philosophy of caring

Vatican News - Tue, 01/09/2024 - 03:16

In Sicily, Paola Gurrieri, together with her brothers, heads La Mediterranea, a leader in the cultivation of chrysanthemums. The company is the first in Italy to adopt water vapor soil sterilization and to have adopted environmental and social sustainability strategies such as free preventative health screenings for employees and providing housing for foreign workers who, like Italians, are hired on an equal-opportunity basis.

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Bangladesh PM Hasina wins elections boycotted by the opposition

Vatican News - Mon, 01/08/2024 - 10:57

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wins fourth straight term in controversial parliamentary election boycotted by the opposition which announces more protests ‘to save democracy’.

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Bangladesh. Thousands of Rohingya left homeless by fire in Cox's Bazar refugee camp

Vatican News - Mon, 01/08/2024 - 08:54

Fire destroys hundreds of makeshift shelters and over 100 facilities in the world largest refugee camp hosting over a one million Rohingya who continue to flee violence and persecution in Myanmar.

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UN: Sudan war has displaced more than 7.3 million people

Vatican News - Mon, 01/08/2024 - 08:46

Children, according to the UN refugee agency, represent about half of the displaced Sudanese population. Since the conflict erupted last year, at least 5,000 people have been killed, more than 7.3 million people displaced.

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