During the Sunday Angelus Pope Francis greeted the Polish pilgrims who will be visiting the Shrine of Our Lady in Piekary Śląskie in Poland which draws thousands of women and young people on this day.
Pope Francis unites his voice with the Bishops of Niger appealing for peace in the country, and offers his prayers for the efforts of the international community to find a peaceful solution for the good of all the people of Niger and the Sahel region.
Fr. Marek Pisarek, OMI, Parish Priest in Yellowknife, Canada, tells Vatican News of the struggles to evacuate some 20,000 people for a 1,500 km single lane drive, with one gas station, amid the blazing wildfires threatening their city in the nation's Northwest Territories. He thanks God everyone has been evacuated and is now safe.
Pope Francis writes the preface to the Italian edition of Dorothy Day's autobiography, entitled, “I found God through His poor. From atheism to faith: my inner journey" (Libreria Editrice Vaticana-LEV). Dorothy Day (1897-1980), founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, journalist, writer, pacifist and activist, is remembered for her commitment to the poor and social justice.
During his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis insists that Jesus cannot resist us when we insistently turn to Him in prayer, and calls for us to become concrete in our faith by cherishing our personal relationship with Christ.
On World Humanitarian Aid Day, Pope Francis reiterates his call for reducing military spending to provide for growing humanitarian needs, thus converting “ the tools of death into tools of life” for the most vulnerable in war and disaster-stricken areas.
The Catholic Church in Burundi recently gathered on Assumption Day, 15 August 202, in the diocese of Gitega, to conclude the celebrations of the 125 years of Evangelisation.
In an interview with Vatican News, the President of the Bishops' Conference of Pakistan, Archbishop Joseph Arshad of Islamabad-Rawalpindi, who saw firsthand of the suffering and displaced Christians, appeals for prayer on Day of Prayer for Pakistan in the wake of the violent mob violence against Christian places of worship and homes in Jaranwala, and insists work must be done to prevent misuse of laws and to bring justice to those who abuse them.
Pope Francis dials mother of the 24-year-old, Luca, who died of a virus days after attending the WYD in Lisbon, who says the Holy Father 'cried with me' and 'consoled me as if he were my father.'
In the wake of Cardinal Pietro Parolin's visit to South Sudan, Bishop Christian Carlassare of Rumbek says there can be no peace in the country "if we are not able to change pace and restore dignity to the people".
Ecuador votes in a Presidential Election on Sunday, in the aftermath of the assassination of a candidate by organized crime.
Dr. Sergei Chernishuk, the Deputy Director of Ohmatdyt, Ukraine’s largest pediatric hospital, highlights the importance of providing physical and psychological care for children affected by the ongoing war.
Father Arturo de Sosa, SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, expresses solidarity with the Jesuit Central American Province after the forced closure of the Central American University (UCA) in Managua by the Nicaraguan government.
The Catholic Bishops of India urge citizens to rise above their differences and work towards bringing peace to people in Manipur, as the nation celebrated its 76th anniversary of independence.
Pope Francis establishes the "Pan-American Committee of Judges for Social Rights and Franciscan Doctrine (COPAJU)" as a Private Association of the Faithful with an international character, and creates the "Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Institute of Legal Research" as a dependent organization under it.
Lorenzo Pasteris, Administrative Director of Doctors with Africa CUAMM in Ukraine, describes the medical services provided to people who have endured trauma due to the ongoing war.
Students of the Catholic School of Health Sciences in Shisong, Cameroon, receive awareness and practical training on ecological conversion from various Laudato si’ facilitators.
Archbishop Hubertus van Megen, the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan, offers his thoughts on Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin's recent visit to the country, and says Christians need to incarnate our faith and stand with our sisters and brothers who are suffering.
Pope Francis offers great encouragement to the 44th Meeting of Friendship Among Peoples, whose theme this year is 'Human existence is an inexhaustible friendship." The Rimini Meeting, named for the Italian sea town in which it takes place annually, is organized by the Communion and Liberation Movement, and takes place from 20 - 25 August 2023.
Fr. Mirosław Kalinowski, rector of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, says over 80 percent of prisoners who obtain a university degree while in prison do not reoffend, highlighting his institution's unique status as one of the few universities in the world that conducts regular courses in prison.