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Pope Francis prays for tsunami-hit Tonga

1 hour 24 min ago

Pope Francis expresses his spiritual closeness to the people of the Pacific island nation of Tonga, following the eruption the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano which unleashed a destructive tsunami.

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Pope sends aid to Philippine typhoon victims and migrants on Polish border

3 hours 55 sec ago

Pope Francis sends aid to the victims of a deadly typhoon in the Philippines, as well as to migrants who are stranded on the border between Poland and Belarus.

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Pope at Audience: Joseph's paternity reflects God's tender love

4 hours 11 min ago

Continuing his catechetical series on Saint Joseph, Pope Francis looks at his role as a loving father, reflecting God's tenderness, is the experience of feeling loved and welcomed in all our weaknesses and transformed by His love.

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Madagascar: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Toamasina.

Tue, 01/18/2022 - 12:16

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is taking place from 18 to 25 January. The Archdiocese of Toamasina in Madagascar has planned joint ecumenical events with other Christian denominations.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Ecumenism, from the pandemic to the Synod

Tue, 01/18/2022 - 12:02

As the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins, Bishop Brian Farrell from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity reflects on some of the aspects that may have had an effect on Christian unity during this historic period.

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EU Bishops look forward to working with Roberta Metsola

Tue, 01/18/2022 - 08:21

Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi, delegate of the Bishops’ Conference of Malta to COMECE, says he is proud the new European Parliament President is a compatriot of his, and expresses confidence for a fruitful working relationship between EU lawmakers and the Church.

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Seven detained Tigrayan nuns released in Ethiopia

Tue, 01/18/2022 - 07:33

Six religious sisters of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent and an Ursuline nun were released by Ethiopian security forces on 15 January after over 40 days of detention.

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Caritas Australia appeals for funds for Tonga

Tue, 01/18/2022 - 07:11

After a massive underwater volcanic eruption in Tonga on 15 Jan. and a subsequent tsunami, Caritas Australia is collecting funds to reach out to affected communities in the Polynesian kingdom.

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CAR Bishops denounce exploitation of resources undermining the country

Tue, 01/18/2022 - 05:55

A statement released by the Catholic Bishops of the Central African Republic lambasts a protracted culture of corruption in the country that together with the abuse of foreign parties creates the conditions for the continuing exploitation of natural resources and international marginalization.

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Fr. Patton: Holy Land is where Christians live in concrete unity

Tue, 01/18/2022 - 04:49

The Custos of the Holy Land, Fr. Francesco Patton, describes the Pope’s audience with The Holy Land Review, and affirms that local Christians of various confessions seek to live in concrete unity.

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Caring for the earth, hope for the most vulnerable

Tue, 01/18/2022 - 04:23

The Treviso-based Foundation “Oltre il Labirinto” (“Beyond the Labyrinth”), created to welcome, care for, protect and promote the inclusion of young people with autism, is relaunching its project “Farm4Autism”. The President, Mario Paganessi: Laudato si’ continues to inspire our work. There is no concern, respect or care for the environment that does not come hand-in-hand with a sincere love for human persons, above all for the weakest and most needy.

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US Church gearing up for the annual 9 Days for Life

Tue, 01/18/2022 - 03:49

The Catholic Church in the United States is set to hold it’s annual novena for the protection of life from January 19-27. “9 Days for Life” is sponsored by the Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities to commemorate the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion. It coincides with the 49th annual March for Life in Washington.

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Pope receives Chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency

Mon, 01/17/2022 - 10:16

Pope Francis received this Monday morning Željko Komšić, the current Chairman of the Collegial Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina, who met afterwards with Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, the Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States.

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Suspect identified in Betrayal of Anne Frank

Mon, 01/17/2022 - 09:12

A six-year international investigation has identified a suspect who may have betrayed famous Jewish diarist Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis. Jewish notary Arnold van den Bergh, has been accused by a team that included a retired agent of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI.

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US bishops urge Americans to follow Martin Luther King's prophetic witness

Mon, 01/17/2022 - 07:04

As Americans honour the memory of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., the Bishops of the United States call on all people of goodwill to continue to draw from his example and to carry on his work for equality and justice in American society.

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Raphaël Bedros XXI opens Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Beirut

Mon, 01/17/2022 - 07:00

In the Armenian-Catholic Cathedral of St. Elijah and St. Gregory the Illuminator in the Lebanese capital, the Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian Catholics, Raphaël Bedros XXI Minassian, invites everyone to overcome differences by looking to Christ the Redeemer and the mystery of the Eucharist.

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Pope to Holy Land Review: Tell the story of fraternity in the Middle East

Mon, 01/17/2022 - 05:44

Pope Francis urges the journalists of The Holy Land Review to tell the world the story of fraternity among Christians and among all the children of Abraham.

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Pray for unity, pray for the synod

Mon, 01/17/2022 - 05:12

For the forthcoming 2022 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Cardinal Mario Grech and Cardinal Kurt Koch invite all Christians to pray for unity and to continue to journey together.

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Pope: Search for Christian unity must be a journey together

Mon, 01/17/2022 - 04:20

Pope Francis welcomes an ecumenical delegation from Finland to the Vatican, on the eve of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

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Netherlands partially lifts Europe’s toughest lockdown

Sun, 01/16/2022 - 09:12

The Netherlands government has only partially lifted Europe's toughest coronavirus lockdown, prompting protests with bars and other businesses reopening despite prohibitions.

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