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Pope: Christians must tend to Christ’s wounds in humanity

Fri, 04/05/2024 - 02:50

Pope Francis recalls the 800th anniversary of the stigmata of St. Francis of Assisi, and encourages Friars Minor to offer God’s forgiveness and mercy to all who suffer in body and spirit.

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Archbishop Gallagher in Panama to mark 100 years of diplomatic relations

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 10:12

The Vatican Secretary for Relations with States wraps up a four-day visit to Panama marking the centenary of diplomatic relations with the Holy See.

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Israel claims ‘tragic error’ after targeting aid workers

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 09:50

The Israeli army makes an admission of fault after its Monday attack on a humanitarian convoy killed seven aid workers of the ‘World Central Kitchen’.

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New Church statistics reveal more Catholics, fewer vocations

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 08:00

The Holy See publishes the 2024 Pontifical Yearbook and the 2022 Statistical Yearbook of the Church, detailing the numbers of bishops, priests, men and women religious, and deacons throughout the world.

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Harmonies of faith: a cultural journey within the Jubilee of Hope

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 07:12

The Dicastery for Evangelization presents a host of cultural initiatives that will accompany the faithful as they prepare to welcome and celebrate the 2025 Jubilee Year.

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Pope assures victims of Taiwan quake of solidarity and closeness

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 06:34

Following the 7.4 magnitude quake that hit Hualien City, Taiwan, on Wednesday, Pope Francis sends a telegram of condolences to the president of the Chinese Regional Bishops’ Conference of Taiwan.

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UN: ‘Alarming’ rise in civilian deaths from landmines

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 04:56

A new study suggests that civilian casualties from landmines almost tripled between 2022 and 2023. Recently, Pope Francis warned that mines “continue to strike innocent civilians, particularly children.”

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Pope Francis: A priest's primary obligation is to keep love alive

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 03:43

Speaking with members of the Pontifical Latin-American, Brazilian, and Mexican Colleges, Pope Francis reflects on love, calling it “a central theme in the life of priests.”

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Pope: Interreligious dialogue fosters peace and respect for diversity

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 02:40

Pope Francis encourages people of all religions to promote diversity, peace, and care of creation, as he meets with participants in the first Colloquium between the Holy See and the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.

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WCC condemns killing of seven WCK aid workers in Gaza

Wed, 04/03/2024 - 10:20

The World Council of Churches general secretary joins in strongly condemning the killing of seven aid workers from the World Central Kitchen bringing desperately needed food to Gaza.

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Catholic leaders in Syria fear more suffering for their people amid Gaza conflict tensions

Wed, 04/03/2024 - 09:09

The Apostolic Vicar of Aleppo and the Maronite Archbishop of Damascus voice concern for a possible escalation of conflict in the Middle East and express gratitude for Pope Francis’ words recalling the continuing suffering of Syrians in his Easter "Urbi et Orbi" message.

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Nine killed and over 900 injured by earthquake in Taiwan

Wed, 04/03/2024 - 08:37

The strongest earthquake in 25 years rocks Taiwan during the morning rush hour Wednesday, killing nine people and injuring nearly 1,000.

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Ukraine's president meets Christian leaders

Wed, 04/03/2024 - 07:49

Volodomyr Zelenskyy, the President of Ukraine, meets with Bishops of the country’s Latin-Rite Catholic churches and with representatives of Ukrainian Protestant communities.

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Nicaragua: 11 evangelical pastors sentenced

Wed, 04/03/2024 - 07:44

Judges have sentenced the Protestant ministers to more than a decade in prison, as part of a continuing crackdown on the church in the country.

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Haiti: Religious seminary stormed by armed gangs

Wed, 04/03/2024 - 07:29

The Haitian Conference of Religious decry their country’s chaotic situation, after gangs stormed the Petit Séminaire Collège St. Martial, a seminary run by the Fathers of the Holy Spirit.

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Holy See: 'Nuclear deterrence is an illusion'

Wed, 04/03/2024 - 06:45

Addressing the UN Disarmament Commission in New York, the Vatican Permanent Observer to the United Nations reaffirms that the logic of deterrence is illusionary and calls for the adoption of a binding international treaty to regulate artificial intelligence modelled on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

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South Africa: Limpopo bus tragedy - “One human life lost is one too many,” says Bishop Sipuka

Wed, 04/03/2024 - 06:13

The loss of one human life “is one too many,’ says the President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) and Bishop of Umtata Dicose, following the horrific crash on the R518 Mmamatlakala Pass in Limpopo that claimed the lives of 45 people on Holy Thursday.

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Telling Our Resurrection Stories: Victory over pain, tears and death

Wed, 04/03/2024 - 04:51

The Christian celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead at Easter is for us a victory beyond human imagination. Jesus, the Son of God and rejected Messiah, had suffered the humiliation, pain and shame of the crucifixion and death on the cross. On the third day he rose from death as a sign of God’s power and triumph of evil, darkness and death.

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Pope Francis remembers young Oleksandr, slain Ukrainian soldier

Wed, 04/03/2024 - 03:13

The Holy Father remembers at his weekly General Audience, 23-year-old Oleksandr, a Ukrainian soldier, with his whole life ahead of him, who was killed in the war, as Pope Francis revealed he was holding the late soldier's rosary and Gospel in his hands.

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Pope appeals for ceasefire in Gaza

Wed, 04/03/2024 - 03:00

Pope Francis makes his latest vehement plea for a ceasefire in Gaza, and appeals, once again, for "working tirelessly" for an end to the war, especially for the "suffering and exhausted civilian population," during his Wednesday General Audience in the Vatican.

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