In his address to Kazakhstan clergy on Thursday morning, Pope Francis held up the example of Gertrude Detzel - a Russian-German lay woman in the process of beatification – who “brought the love of Christ to the world” despite living in a time of great Christian persecution.
Estonian Lutheran Archbishop Urmas Viilma, a participant at the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Kazakhstan, upholds Pope Francis’ call for dialogue “with everyone” to end the war in Ukraine and in other parts of the world for the good of humanity.
Pope Francis departs Kazakstan on Thursday afternoon, closing his 38th Apostolic Journey abroad, and is expected to arrive back in Rome after participating at the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.
Thit Duc Thien, Secretary General of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, describes the significance of the interreligious gathering in Kazakhstan, saying it shows the importance of coexisting peacefully to address the world’s most pressing questions.
In his concluding remarks at the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, Pope Francis urges all religions and societies to involve women and young people in the quest for world peace.
Concluding the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Nur-Sultan, interreligious leaders from around the world adopt a declaration expressing a common desire to work towards a better world, while condemning violence in the name of religion.
Correspondent Deborah Castellano Lubov following Pope Francis' address to clergy workers Tuesday morning, where Pope Francis leaves the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Later this afternoon in Nur-Sultan, the Pope will speak at the conclusion of the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions before departing for Rome.
About 500 youths from Zimbabwe’s eight Dioceses have marked the beginning of a long journey to the World Youth Day 2023 celebrations scheduled for Lisbon, Portugal.
In his address to the Church's ministers in Kazakhstan, Pope Francis encourages bishops, priests, and religious men and women to embrace their spiritual inheritance with joy and “bear generous witness to it,” in order to testify to the promise of Christian hope.
Our correspondent in Nur-Sultan, Deborah Castellano Lubov, shares expectations as Pope Francis arrives on Thursday morning to meet with Bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated persons, seminarians and lay pastoral workers at the Cathedral of the Mother of God of Perpetual Help in Nur-Sultan, Kazakstan.
Following Pope Francis' participation at an interfaith congress and Mass for the country's small Catholic community, our correspondent in Nur-Sultan takes us through the events of the second day of his Apostolic Journey to Kazakhstan.
Fr Anthony Corcoran, SJ, the Apostolic Administrator of Kyrgyzstan, describes the excitement of the Holy Father's visit to neighbouring Kazakhstan, and recalls the Pope's important words of encouragement to the small Catholic minorities in the Central Asian countries.
Vatican News' correspondent in Kazakhstan, Deborah Castellano Lubov, offers her take at the end of the second day in Nur-Sultan, which concluded with Pope Francis presiding over Holy Mass for over 6,000 faithful.
American-born Rabbi Marc Schneier, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, and a participant at the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, underscores the importance of religion in peace-building and speaks against imposing religious beliefs on others.
On the occasion of Pope Francis’ three-day Apostolic Journey to Kazakhstan, the Archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow has organized a special pilgrimage to the Central Asian nation running from 12-15 September. The Auxiliary Bishop of Moscow explains the importance of their participation and of the Pope’s visit to the region for Russian Catholics at this difficult time.
At the end of Mass in Nur-Sultan, Pope Francis prays for all the war-stricken areas in the world, including Ukraine, and calls for dialogue on the path towards peace, and for everyone to come to the aid of those who suffer.
Pope Francis presides over Mass for the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross at the EXPO Grounds in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, and says that from the crucified Jesus, Christians learn “love, not hatred; compassion, not indifference; forgiveness, not vengeance.”
The Holy See and the Republic of Kazakhstan sign a bilateral agreement in order to strengthen bonds of collaboration by facilitating the granting of visas for Church personnel coming from abroad to work among the Kazakh faithful.
Our Editorial Director reflects on Pope Francis’ address to Kazakh authorities on the first day of his Apostolic Journey to Kazakhstan, saying it contains an appeal for international leaders to stop reinforcing “opposing blocs” into which the world has plunged once again.