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Calls for renewed hope and conviction on UN Day

Vatican News - Mon, 10/24/2022 - 03:44

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, reiterates a call for renewed hope and conviction in what humanity can achieve through solidarity, as the United Nations marks the 77th anniversary since its foundation in 1945.

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The heroic sacrifice of the Discalced Carmelites of Compiègne

Vatican News - Mon, 10/24/2022 - 03:41

In November 1792, a small group of Discalced Carmelite nuns of Compiègne began reciting a prayer every day, offering themselves for the salvation of France. Their prayer was answered.

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US records sharp uptick in migration inflows

Vatican News - Mon, 10/24/2022 - 03:20

The United States says record numbers of migrants have sought to cross the border in the year to September, as economic conditions in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba push would-be migrants into the arms of people smugglers.

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Humanitarian crisis spreads in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray state

Vatican News - Sun, 10/23/2022 - 09:09

Violence continues in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray state, where aid agencies say around a million people face famine.

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G7 condemns Russia's kidnapping of nuclear plant leadership

Vatican News - Sun, 10/23/2022 - 09:04

The Group of Seven (G7) of the world's leading economies has condemned Russia's alleged kidnapping of the leadership of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Their concern comes as Ukraine suffers massive blackouts following Russian strikes on critical infrastructures.

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Pope calls for prayers for Ukraine, recalls World Mission Day

Vatican News - Sun, 10/23/2022 - 07:32

Speaking after the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls that today is World Mission Day, and he encourages us to support missionaries with prayer and concrete solidarity. He also invites us to pray for peace in Ukraine and in the world, noting that he will participate in an interreligious prayer for peace on Tuesday at Rome's Colosseum.

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Pope prays for peace in Ethiopia, victims of flooding in Africa

Vatican News - Sun, 10/23/2022 - 06:04

At the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis appeals to political leaders to find solutions for lasting peace in Tigray, and prays for victims of floods affecting various countries in Africa.

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Pope Francis registers for the next World Youth Day in Lisbon

Vatican News - Sun, 10/23/2022 - 05:36

Assisted by young Portuguese university students presenting a tablet for him, Pope Francis at the Angleus on Sunday registers for the forthcoming World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugual, August 2023.

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Pope at Angelus: Be humble so that God may raise you up

Vatican News - Sun, 10/23/2022 - 05:17

In his reflections on the Sunday Gospel, Pope Francis underscores the importance of seeing and acknowledging our own weaknesses and the need to develop a humility of heart so that in invoking God's mercy, He may heal us, restore us and raise us up.

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Russian authorities order civilians to flee Ukraine region

Vatican News - Sat, 10/22/2022 - 09:52

Russian occupation authorities in a key Ukrainian city have ordered civilians to leave immediately as Ukraine's counter-offensive against the Russian invasion of the country intensifies. The order came as Ukrainian forces rapidly approached southern Kherson city.

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UN demands end to violence in Haiti

Vatican News - Sat, 10/22/2022 - 08:28

The UN Security Council is calling for an immediate end to violence in Haiti and is inflicting punitive sanctions against a notorious street gang leader.

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Benedict XVI: Vatican II was both meaningful and necessary

Vatican News - Sat, 10/22/2022 - 08:20

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI sends a letter to an international symposium on "The Ecclesiology of Joseph Ratzinger" held at the US Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, and upholds the importance and legacy of the Second Vatican Council.

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Caritas and Holy See at UNESCO to hold conference on women in leadership

Vatican News - Sat, 10/22/2022 - 08:02

Caritas Internationalis, in partnership with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to UNESCO, will hold a conference from 27-28 October on “The Full Face of Humanity: Women in leadership for a just society,” with 30 speakers from around the world to address key issues on the theme.

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Pope: Give witness on the peripheries like Fr. Puglisi and St. Francis

Vatican News - Sat, 10/22/2022 - 05:34

Pope Francis meets with 250 members of Italy's "Comunità Frontiera" (Frontier Community) on Saturday morning. In his address he underscores the importance of living the Gospel and focusing on the Risen Christ in their outreach to disadvantaged youth so that they may rise above the darkness of their difficulties.

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Pope urges religious sisters to put relationship with Christ first

Vatican News - Sat, 10/22/2022 - 05:25

Pope Francis encourages Bridgettine and Comboni religious sisters to put Jesus first, to turn to Him constantly in Eucharistic Adoration, and to learn from the beautiful personal prayer of Pope St. John Paul II.

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Parolin: ‘An Agreement on aspects essential to daily life of Church in China’

Vatican News - Sat, 10/22/2022 - 05:11

Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin grants an interview to discuss the two-year renewal of the Provisional Agreement between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China.

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Cardinal Tagle: A decision to safeguard apostolic succession for Chinese Catholics

Vatican News - Sat, 10/22/2022 - 05:05

Cardinal Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle, interviewed by the director of the Fides news agency, Gianni Valente, says the Provisional Agreement seeks to ensure that Chinese Catholic bishops can exercise their ministry in full communion with the Pope, safeguarding the sacramental life of the Catholic Church in China.

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Holy See-China: Provisional Agreement on nomination of Bishops renewed for second time

Vatican News - Sat, 10/22/2022 - 05:05

After “appropriate consultation and assessment,” the Holy See and the People's Republic of China agree to extend for another two years the validity of the agreement first concluded in 2018. The Holy See intends to continue a respectful and constructive dialogue to further the mission of the Catholic Church and the good of the Chinese people.

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Fr. Salobir: Innovation and tradition must go hand in hand

Vatican News - Sat, 10/22/2022 - 04:37

Father Eric Salobir, a Dominican communications professional and president of the Human Technology Foundation's executive committee, speaks to Vatican News about a two-day 'Innovation' conference in Rome, and says tradition is a treasure which completes innovation perfectly.

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The Lord’s Day Reflection: “Two men went up to the temple to pray”

Vatican News - Fri, 10/21/2022 - 21:30

As the Church marks the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Fr. John Luke Gregory, OFM, offers his thoughts on the day’s liturgical readings under the theme: “Two men went up to the temple to pray”.

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