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Pope to Mission Societies: 'Be creative and tenacious"

Vatican News - Sat, 05/25/2024 - 05:45

Pope Francis receives in audience the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) gathered, in Sacrofano, near Rome, for their Annual General Assembly, and encourages them to be creative and tenacious in the face of difficulties, recalling the example of martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for their faith.

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Children – Be united with Jesus: Celebrating World Children’s Day

Vatican News - Sat, 05/25/2024 - 05:12

Pope Francis declared the 25th and 26th of May 2024 to be the celebration of the first World Children’s Day at the Vatican. “Behold, I make all things new” (Rev 21:5) is the theme for this year’s event. In his letter addressed to children, Pope Francis says to them, “All of you, girls and boys, are a source of joy for your parents and your families, but also for our human family and for the Church, in which each of us is like a link in a great chain stretching from the past to the future and cov

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Pope Francis tells youth in Rome to be true to themselves

Vatican News - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 12:43

Pope Francis meets with some 80 boys and girls of a Rome parish who are preparing to celebrate the Jubilee Year and chats with them about their life of faith and prayer.

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Pope to SOMOS Community Care: Bring care and familiarity to those who suffer

Vatican News - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 11:19

Pope Francis highlights the irreplaceable role of family doctors in healthcare, emphasising their dual mission of professional competence and familial warmth.

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News from the Orient – May 24, 2024

Vatican News - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 09:51

In this week's news from the Eastern Churches, produced in collaboration with L'Œuvre d'Orient, Patriarch Pizzaballa visits Gaza’s Catholic parish, Cairo sees a cultural venue reopen, and Mosul takes a few steps toward normality.

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Bishops of England and Wales issue document on disarmament

Vatican News - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 08:28

“Called to be Peacemakers” is the title of a new document released this week by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales which presents a Catholic approach to arms control and disarmament amid ever growing international tensions.

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Pope mourns late Rector of Catholic University of Sacred Heart

Vatican News - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 07:47

Pope Francis expresses his closeness and prayers to all those mourning the late Rector of the Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Professor Franco Anelli, who died at the age of 60.

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Papua New Guinea: Hundreds feared dead in massive landslide

Vatican News - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 06:03

Well over 100 people are believed to have been killed in a landslide that buried a remote village in Papua New Guinea, one of the nations Pope Francis is scheduled to visit in September.

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Pope to Jesuit educators: Always put the person at the centre

Vatican News - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 05:21

Pope Francis urges Jesuit educators to prioritise holistic education centered on Jesus, while fostering service and academic rigor to build a more fraternal society.

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Catholic youth ministers meet near Rome to prepare for WYD 2027

Vatican News - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 04:36

The International Congress on Youth Ministry, organised by the Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life, is taking place near Rome at a crossroads between World Youth Day in Lisbon 2023 and the next WYD in Seoul in 2027.

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Holy See: Efforts to help Africa must support, not impose

Vatican News - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 04:32

Addressing the Security Council Open Debate on Maintenance of International Peace and Security, Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, suggests two ways to help strengthen the role of Africa in ensuring its own security.

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Symposium on Palliative Care: 'Hope is always possible'

Vatican News - Thu, 05/23/2024 - 17:57

As the international interfaith symposium on palliative care, entitled, “Towards a Narrative of Hope,” concludes in Toronto, participants affirm that hope is always possible, even in life’s most challenging moments.

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Pope to Scholas students: Rediscover life's playful dimension

Vatican News - Thu, 05/23/2024 - 11:09

Pope Francis closes the first ‘International Meeting of Meaning' in the Vatican, organised by Scholas Occurrentes in collaboration with CAF - Development Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean, and responds candidly to four questions.

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Pontifical Academy for Life: Palliative care is a collective responsibility

Vatican News - Thu, 05/23/2024 - 11:04

As an interfaith Symposium on Palliative Care wraps up in Toronto, Canada, an official from the Pontifical Academy for Life highlights the need for a wide-ranging and international perspective on the moral, ethical, practical and spiritual dimensions of end-of-life care.

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EU Bishops lament conversion of Instanbul Orthodox church into a mosque

Vatican News - Thu, 05/23/2024 - 10:46

The Bishops of the European Union release a statement saying Türkiye’s decision to turn the ancient Byzantine Church of Saint Savior in Chora into a mosque “further dilutes the historical roots of Christian presence in the country.”

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Holy See urges effective protection of civilians in warzones

Vatican News - Thu, 05/23/2024 - 07:26

Addressing an open debate in New York on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations decries attacks on civilian infrastructure, use of indiscriminate weapons in populated areas and increased attacks on humanitarian personnel.

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South Sudan: Missing priest, Fr Luke and his driver declared dead

Vatican News - Thu, 05/23/2024 - 07:06

South Sudan’s Diocese of Tombura Yambio has officially declared a missing priest, Fr Luke Yugue Mbokusa, and his driver, Mr Michael Gbeko, formally dead.

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Fiducia supplicans: Fernández visits Tawadros

Vatican News - Thu, 05/23/2024 - 06:36

The meeting in Cairo centred on the Coptic Orthodox Church’s March 2024 declaration rejecting "same-sex marriage".

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Pope thanks sister-led anti-trafficking network for 15 years of work

Vatican News - Thu, 05/23/2024 - 05:50

In a message to Talitha Kum, Pope Francis urges the anti-trafficking network to continue to "stand by the victims, listen to them, help them get back on their feet".

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Pope to Hospitaller and Camillian Sisters: ‘Be audacious in love for the sick'

Vatican News - Thu, 05/23/2024 - 04:44

Welcoming the Sisters Hospitallers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Daughters of St. Camillus, Pope Francis urges them to be audacious and “mad of love” for the sick and poor they assist as their founders were.

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