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Martyred Polish priest beatified in Krakow by Cardinal Semeraro

Mon, 06/17/2024 - 01:49

The Prefect of the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints presides over the beatification in Krakow of martyred diocesan priest, Fr. Michał Rapacz, killed at the age of 42 by the communist regime. He praised his legacy in "spreading love for Christ" as "the only effective antidote to atheism, materialism and all worldviews that threaten human dignity."

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Ukraine Peace Summit overshadowed by children's disappearance

Sun, 06/16/2024 - 09:22

The final declaration at this weekend's so-called "peace summit" of world leaders in Switzerland on ending the war in Ukraine was not heading for unanimous support despite concerns about the impact of the armed conflict on those whose lives have just begun.

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Israel declares military pause on Gaza highway for aid shipments

Sun, 06/16/2024 - 08:12

Israel has announced a ‘daily tactical pause’ in military operations in parts of southern Gaza.

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Pope decries massacres in DRC and appeals for protection of civilians

Sun, 06/16/2024 - 05:56

Pope Francis appeals to DRC authorities and to the international community to do everything possible to stop violence in the eastern part of the country and protect civilians. He also asks for prayers for peace in all countries wracked by war.

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Pope at Angelus: Be generous and confident sowers of the Gospel

Sun, 06/16/2024 - 05:06

During the Sunday Angelus Pope Francis explains how the Kingdom of God is like the farmer who plants seeds that silently and steadily sprout and grow to maturity, just as the Lord places seeds of His word and grace in us helping always that we grow in maturity of faith.

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Sudanese civilians facing extreme levels of violence, abuse, malnourishment

Sat, 06/15/2024 - 08:41

In its fourteenth month, the war in Sudan shows no sign of abating, and international observers and humanitarian actors ask for protection for civilians who are paying the highest price.

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 G7 agrees on 50 billion for Ukraine as battles rage

Sat, 06/15/2024 - 08:26

U.S. President Joe Biden has announced that the Group of Seven (G7) Western economies have agreed to use frozen Russian state assets to give tens of billion in aid to war-torn Ukraine. The announcement comes as fighting continues on the battlefields.

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Israeli raid destroys Gaza homes, 19 reported killed

Sat, 06/15/2024 - 08:26

At least 28 people have been killed and dozens wounded in Israeli bombing of three homes in Gaza City.

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Pope to business leaders: Philanthropy is not enough

Sat, 06/15/2024 - 08:01

Pope Francis meets with managing directors and employees of major companies and banks, urging them to employ the poor and the young in their businesses.

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Lord's Day Reflection: 'The seed of a fruitful harvest'

Sat, 06/15/2024 - 08:00

As the Church marks the Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time, Fr. Edmund Power, OSB, offers his thoughts on the day’s liturgical readings under the theme: “The seed of a fruitful harvest".

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Is Myanmar the most violent country in the world?

Sat, 06/15/2024 - 05:17

Myanmar has been described as the most violent place on Earth as it faces severe economic and humanitarian crises due to ongoing conflict, and past conflicts, with widespread displacement, poverty, and restricted humanitarian access.

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Pope Francis meets with world leaders at G7 summit

Fri, 06/14/2024 - 14:01

At the G7 summit in southern Italy, Pope Francis holds one-on-one meetings with the leaders of the US, Ukraine, India, Kenya, France, Turkey, Canada, and Brazil.

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IOR reports net profit of 30.6 million euro in 2023

Fri, 06/14/2024 - 11:00

The Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR) publishes its Annual Report for 2023, revealing a 30.6 million euro profit.

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G7 agrees on 50 billion for Ukraine as battles rage

Fri, 06/14/2024 - 09:32

U.S. President Joe Biden has announced that the Group of Seven (G7) Western economies have agreed to use frozen Russian state assets to give tens of billions in aid to war-torn Ukraine. The announcement comes as fighting continues on the battlefields.

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News from the Orient – June 14, 2024

Fri, 06/14/2024 - 09:25

In this week's news from the Eastern Churches, produced in collaboration with L'Œuvre d'Orient, Cardinal Sako returns to Baghdad, Germany hosts a peace conference for Ukraine, and a Lebanese town is plunged into a political crisis.

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Artificial Intelligence and the Human Factor

Fri, 06/14/2024 - 08:30

Our Editorial Director reflects on an event in 1983, when a man saved the world from a nuclear war that could have been triggered by the error of a machine.

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Pope to G7: AI is ‘neither objective nor neutral’

Fri, 06/14/2024 - 07:05

In an address to the G7 summit, Pope Francis discusses the threat and promise of artificial intelligence, the ‘techno-human condition’, human vs algorithmic decision-making, AI-written essays, and the necessity of political collaboration on technology.

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Who are the African Religious serving on Congregational Leadership Councils in Rome?

Fri, 06/14/2024 - 06:00

Last month’s Rome conference on Africa Day, organised by African religious men and women serving in various generalates of religious congregations, provided a window into Africa’s contribution to the universal Church. These African religious men and women are providing much-needed leadership not just as heads of their congregations but also as ordinary council members of congregational councils or leadership teams.

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Holy See calls for urgent climate action and migrant protection

Fri, 06/14/2024 - 05:17

Addressing the 34th Standing Committee on Programs and Finance of the IOM, Archbishop Ettore Balestrero emphasises the urgent need for a comprehensive, human-centred approach to climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and the protection of climate migrants.

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Hollerich: ‘The seeds of a synodal church are already sprouting’

Fri, 06/14/2024 - 04:55

Theologians evaluating contributions for the upcoming Second Session of the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops have concluded their reflections, with work on the “Instrumentum laboris” for the Second Session of the General Assembly of the Synod continuing.

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