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Colombia: The groups holding people for ransom

Vatican News - Mon, 01/08/2024 - 05:17

Advocating for peace and compassion, Pope Francis calls for the release of all hostages held by armed groups in Colombia.

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An overview of the Holy See’s diplomatic relations

Vatican News - Mon, 01/08/2024 - 04:42

184 states currently have full diplomatic relations with the Holy See, of which 89 have missions in Rome. In 2023, new ties were established with Oman, Kazakhstan, and Vietnam.

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Humanitarian crisis continues in South Caucasus

Vatican News - Mon, 01/08/2024 - 03:55

Drawing the diplomatic corps' attention to the humanitarian crisis in South Caucasus, Pope Francis appeals for signing of a peace agreement to help mitigate the suffering between Azerbaijan and Armenia, evidenced especially in the migrant crisis the tensions have provoked.

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Pope Francis: 'Peace is a responsibility incumbent on all of us'

Vatican News - Mon, 01/08/2024 - 03:38

In his annual “State of the World” address to members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See, Pope Francis reflects on the conflicts and divisions ravaging the world and highlights the responsibility of individuals and nations to foster peace.

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Uganda: Archbishop Odama calls for peace and love in the New Year 2024.

Vatican News - Mon, 01/08/2024 - 02:53

Uganda's Archbishop of Gulu, John Baptist Odama, has made a passionate plea for peace and love in 2024.

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Russia strikes kill and injure several on Orthodox Christmas day in Ukraine

Vatican News - Sun, 01/07/2024 - 11:59

Ukraine says Orthodox Christmas strikes by Russia have killed more than a dozen people, including children, in the east and south of the country. The attacks came as Vladimir Putin vowed on the eve of Orthodox Christmas to back soldiers who, in his words, "with arms in hands," defend Russia's interests.

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UN concern over rise in ethnic-based hate in DRC

Vatican News - Sun, 01/07/2024 - 09:16

The United Nations is alarmed at rising ethnic tension in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Pope prays for flood victims in DRC and appeals for release of Colombia hostsages

Vatican News - Sun, 01/07/2024 - 06:02

Pope Francis appeals for the release of people who have been kidnapped in Colombia. He also expresses his closeness to the population of the Republic of Congo affected by extreme flooding.

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Pope at Angelus: Our Baptism made us children of God

Vatican News - Sun, 01/07/2024 - 05:11

During his Sunday Angelus on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Pope Francis reminds faithful that the day they were baptized, we became children of God forever, and this date of great grace must be remembered and celebrated.

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Nicaragua: new priests ordained as UN appeals for missing religious

Vatican News - Sun, 01/07/2024 - 04:53

Cardinal Brenes ordains nine priests in Managua, while the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights calls on the Nicaraguan government to disclose the whereabouts of the Bishop of Siuna, Isidoro Mora.

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Pope Francis baptises 16 infants in the Sistine Chapel

Vatican News - Sun, 01/07/2024 - 03:18

As is customary on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Pope Francis baptises 16 infants in the Sistine Chapel, welcoming them into their new life of faith.

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Orthodox Christmas overshadowed by Russian-Ukraine missile clash

Vatican News - Sat, 01/06/2024 - 09:18

Orthodox Christmas has been overshadowed by massive clashes between Ukraine and Russia, with Moscow saying it downed dozens of Ukrainian drones in occupied Crimea and southern Russia. The violence came at a time of Western concerns that Russia reportedly uses ballistic missiles supplied by North Korea to attack Ukraine, which in turn seeks to bring the 22-month war beyond its borders.

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Shelling escalates on Lebanon – Israel border

Vatican News - Sat, 01/06/2024 - 08:44

The situation in the Middle East worsens as tensions rise on the Lebanon - Israel border.

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Lord's Day Reflection: ‘Exactly like any ordinary man’

Vatican News - Sat, 01/06/2024 - 08:00

As the Church marks the Baptism of the Lord, Marilynne Robinson offers her thoughts on the day’s liturgical readings under the theme: “Exactly like any ordinary man”.

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Pope prays for victims of Iran terror attack and for peace in the world

Vatican News - Sat, 01/06/2024 - 05:37

Pope Francis prays for the victims of a terror attack that killed almost 90 people in Iran, whilst also turning his thoughts to the devastating wars that are ravaging our world.

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Pope at Angelus: Magi teach us to wonder at the humble Child Jesus

Vatican News - Sat, 01/06/2024 - 05:04

At the Angelus prayer on the Feast of the Epiphany, Pope Francis invites Christians to look to the Child Jesus and wonder at His humility, as the Magi did when they arrived at the manger in Bethlehem bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and to see the problems of the world through the eyes of children.

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Pope at Epiphany Mass: Imitate the Magi to approach the Christ Child

Vatican News - Sat, 01/06/2024 - 03:41

Pope Francis presides over Mass on the Solemnity of the Epiphany, and recalls three ways that imitating the Three Kings may lead us closer to God.

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Maronite bishops sound the alarm over Gaza war extending to Lebanon

Vatican News - Fri, 01/05/2024 - 07:58

Closing their monthly meeting Bkerké, the Lebanese bishops issue a statement calling for the international community to step in to prevent a new full-scale war between Hezbollah and Israel, and for a permanent ceasefire in the Holy Land.

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Lord's Day Reflection: ‘Attraction, Indifference and Repulsion’

Vatican News - Fri, 01/05/2024 - 07:31

As the Church marks the Epiphany of the Lord, Fr. Marion Nguyen, OSB, offers his thoughts on the day’s liturgical readings under the theme: “Attraction, Indifference and Repulsion”.

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Sudan paramiliary chief commits to ceasefire amid continued fighting

Vatican News - Fri, 01/05/2024 - 05:34

Following a series of meetings with African Heads of State, the Sudanese paramilitary leader says he is committed to a cease-fire to end the devastating war that has wrecked his country. However, fighting continues unabated, and no date or location for talks between the warring parties has been announced.

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