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'New Martyrs Commission' in first phase of work

Vatican News - Mon, 11/13/2023 - 08:54

The Dicastery for the Causes of Saints hold a meeting to outline methodologies and commitments in view of the Jubilee Year in 2025, identifying over 550 martyrs whose circumstances of death and service are known to the Church.

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Fighting continues outside Gaza's Al-Shifa hospital

Vatican News - Mon, 11/13/2023 - 08:44

Fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants outside Gaza's largest hospital has prompted thousands of people to flee from the sprawling medical facility.

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Seventh Buddhist-Christian Colloquium kicks off in Bangkok

Vatican News - Mon, 11/13/2023 - 06:38

The Seventh Buddhist-Christian Colloquium themed “Karunā and Agape in Dialogue for Healing a Wounded Humanity and the Earth,” is taking place from 13-16 November 2023, at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Angelicum hosts conference on St Thomas Aquinas

Vatican News - Mon, 11/13/2023 - 05:28

The Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas – known as the Angelicum from Thomas’ title of “Angelic Doctor” – hosts a two-day Conference on Thomas Aquinas: Magister Spiritualis (“Spiritual Master”).

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DRC: Church in Kinshasa prepares to celebrate Day of Diakonia.

Vatican News - Mon, 11/13/2023 - 05:10

There is need to be aware and objectively assess the needs of those in need so that we can respond effectively and appropriately to them. This is the appeal launched by Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo, the Archbishop of Kinshasa, on the occasion of the upcoming World Day of the Poor, commemorated in the Archdiocese of Kinshasa as the Day of Diakonia.

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Vatican's Mater Ecclesiae Monastery becomes home for contemplative nuns

Vatican News - Mon, 11/13/2023 - 05:07

The Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican becomes a "home" for contemplative orders. The monastery was the residence of Benedict XVI for about ten years after his resignation in 2013, Pope Francis has asked its doors now be opened to Argentinian Benedictine nuns.

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Pope thanks School Sisters of Notre Dame for 'making Christ visible'

Vatican News - Mon, 11/13/2023 - 05:00

Pope Francis welcomes the School Sisters of Notre Dame on the occasion of their 25th General Chapter, and thanks them for making Christ visible by their presence, faith, hope and charity.

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UNICEF: Millions of children globally face water scarcity due to climate change

Vatican News - Mon, 11/13/2023 - 04:33

According to a UNICEF report, one in three children globally live in areas with limited access to water. It warns that the threat posed by climate change will worsen the situation by 2050 as 35 million more children are predicted to experience water stress.

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UN concern over humanitarian situation in Sudan

Vatican News - Sun, 11/12/2023 - 08:27

As Pope Francis appeals for the traumatic situation, the United Nations has expressed alarm over the humanitarian situation in Sudan.

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Pope: Pray for COP28 and thanks to Laudato Si’ Action Platform

Vatican News - Sun, 11/12/2023 - 07:19

Following the Sunday Angelus catechesis, Pope Francis paid tribute to the two year anniversary Laudato Si’ Action Platform that aims to sensitize and promote care for the environment. And he asked everyone remember in their prayers the forthcoming UN Conference on Climate Change in Dubai.

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Pope expresses closeness to suffering Palestinians and Israelis

Vatican News - Sun, 11/12/2023 - 06:19

Pope Francis says he remembers every day the suffering Palestinians and Israelis, praying for them, and he offers his "embrace" at this "dark moment." He appeals for a stop to the violence, immediate rescue efforts and huminatarian aid for all.

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Pope appeals for humanitarian aid for people in war-torn Sudan

Vatican News - Sun, 11/12/2023 - 05:51

Pope Francis makes a heartfelt appeal to leaders in Sudan to facilitate access to humanitarian aid for the suffering people, and to work toward a peaceful resolution to the civil war with the help of the international community.

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Pope at Angelus: Do I nourish the 'oil' of my soul?

Vatican News - Sun, 11/12/2023 - 05:09

During his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis reflects on the Parable of the Ten Virgins, and emphasizes the need to be prepared, by cultivating the 'oil' of the soul, and dedicating time each day to that which really matters and draws us closer to the Lord and others.

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New York's first Perpetual Adoration chapel: a place of 'encounter with Christ'

Vatican News - Sun, 11/12/2023 - 03:00

Fr. Boniface Endorf, Pastor at St. Joseph Church in the Greenwich Village neighborhood, presents the new space, inaugurated last July, highlighting the presence of people of all different backgrounds as "a great gift for the whole Archdiocese."

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Catholic Bishops urge Zambians to embrace unity and safeguard the country’s democracy.

Vatican News - Sat, 11/11/2023 - 13:17

The Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) has released a detailed Pastoral Statement on the State of the Nation to comprehensively address concerns affecting the country’s socio-political life.

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Kenyan Catholic Bishops urge Government to find solutions to the high cost of living.

Vatican News - Sat, 11/11/2023 - 12:18

The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops has, again, called on the Government and other stakeholders to review and study ways of addressing and mitigating the effects of the high cost of living that has deeply affected and shaken the social fabric of the Kenyan people.

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Caritas Internationalis urges immediate ceasefire in the Holy Land

Vatican News - Sat, 11/11/2023 - 10:44

The global Catholic charitable confederation, Caritas Internationalis appeals for a ceasefire in the Holy Land in a statement entitled “Now is the time for peace.” The Catholic confederation calls for unimpeded humanitarian access to the population of 2.3 million in Gaza, while also appealing for a release of all Israeli hostages.

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Fostering peace and humanity in the heart of New York's Parks

Vatican News - Sat, 11/11/2023 - 09:13

As winter sets in, St Joseph’s Church in New York’s Greenwich Village increasingly becomes a point of reference for many of the city’s homeless.

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Lord's Day Reflection: ‘Tearing apart the veil of death’

Vatican News - Sat, 11/11/2023 - 09:11

As the Church marks the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Fr. Luke Gregory, OFM, offers his thoughts on the day’s liturgical readings under the theme: “Tearing apart the veil of death”.

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Israel intensifies Gaza offensive

Vatican News - Sat, 11/11/2023 - 07:40

Israeli forces are intensifying their offensive in Gaza city around one of the main hospitals.

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