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Pope: Liturgy is a personal and communal encounter with God

Fri, 05/10/2024 - 05:10

Pope Francis receives liturgists from Spain and encourages them in their sanctifying work to bring God's closeness to all through the sacred Liturgy.

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Pope: Consumerism, not overpopulation, to blame for world hunger

Fri, 05/10/2024 - 04:56

Speaking at a conference in Rome on boosting birth rates, Pope Francis says that “The problem is not how many of us there are in this world, but rather what kind of world we’re building.”

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News from the Orient – May 10, 2024

Fri, 05/10/2024 - 03:00

In this week's news from the Eastern Churches, produced in collaboration with L'Œuvre d'Orient, Orthodox Christians celebrate the Sacred Fire Ceremony in Jerusalem, Europeans hold an ecumenical prayer service, and Islamic extremists attack two villages in Egypt.

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Pope: May the Jubilee be a time to rediscover, proclaim, build hope

Thu, 05/09/2024 - 11:28

Pope Francis calls Christians to be builders of hope as he celebrates Vespers after presiding at the ceremony to officially proclaim the Jubilee of 2025.

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Pope proclaims Jubilee: ‘May hope fill our days!’

Thu, 05/09/2024 - 10:52

At a ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica on Ascension Thursday, Pope Francis solemnly proclaims the upcoming Jubilee Year 2025 at a ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica, consigning the Bull of Indiction – “Spes non confundit. Hope does not disappoint” – to the Archpriests of the Papal Basilicas and representatives of the world’s bishops.

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Pope Francis sends aid to flood-stricken Brazilians

Thu, 05/09/2024 - 10:36

The Archbishop of Porto Alegre and President of the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops (CNBB), Archbishop Jaime Spengler, confirms that through the Apostolic Almoner, Pope Francis has sent a sum of about 100 thousand euros to the Brazilian Nunciature.

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Fierce Ukrainian-Russian clashes as Moscow warns West

Thu, 05/09/2024 - 10:08

As Russia marks the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, President Vladimir Putin accuses the West of risking a global armed conflict. In Ukraine, the war rages on.

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#BeHuman event for a global pact on fraternity

Thu, 05/09/2024 - 08:41

The 10-11 May event will bring together 30 Nobel Prize winners and top figures of international organizations for a dialogue on peace, with children meeting Pope Francis on Saturday.

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Ethiopian Bishop: Prayer and justice can heal our social divisions

Thu, 05/09/2024 - 07:36

An Ethiopian Bishop urges religious leaders to act as mediators to heal the African nation’s political and social divisions.

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On Europe Day COMECE and CEI call for a new European humanism

Thu, 05/09/2024 - 06:51

As the European Union marks its annual Europe Day on 9 May, the President of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and the president of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) Cardinal Matteo Zuppi urge the EU to rediscover its founding values of peace, unity and solidarity.

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Pope mourns victims of attack on refugee camp in DR Congo

Wed, 05/08/2024 - 15:35

Pope Francis expresses sorrow for an attack on a refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo and appeals to political leaders to work "in the service of peace and fraternity.“

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Vatican conference on building a network of "cities of refuge"

Wed, 05/08/2024 - 10:15

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences hosts a conference focusing on the transformative potential of art, commencing with the inauguration of the "Changes" photo exhibition.

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Pope urges parish priests to become missionaries of synodality

Wed, 05/08/2024 - 08:25

Pope Francis releases a mandate for the parish priests who were gathered for the “Parish Priests for the Synod” international meeting in Rome last week, urging them to become missionaries of synodality to their fellow parish priests.

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Nigerian nun organizes Yak Iyamma Team to fight human trafficking

Wed, 05/08/2024 - 07:36

Trafficking in persons has been a cruel reality in Nigeria since the 1980s, one that is unfortunately still present. In response to an appeal made by the Bishops of Nigeria and Major Superiors to join in the fight against human trafficking, Sister Anthonia M. Essien, HHCJ, and her team have launched awareness raising programs in rural villages in Akwa Ibom State.

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Israel reopens vital Gaza crossing point

Wed, 05/08/2024 - 06:59

Israel says it has reopened one of the main crossing points into Gaza just days after a Hamas rocket attack.

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Pope: Migration is the antidote to demographic decline

Wed, 05/08/2024 - 06:26

Pope Francis reflects on the need for new models of action for fair, just and dignified work for all people of our world and highlights the urgency of good policies for migrants.

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DRC: Bishops condemn bombing of IDP camps near Goma

Wed, 05/08/2024 - 06:25

Following the 3 May twin bombing of the Lac Vert and Mugunga Internally Displaced Persons Camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s eastern region, which claimed the lives of at least 12 persons and injured hundreds, the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) has expressed its indignation and condemnation.

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Logos and mottos for Pope’s visit to Asia released

Wed, 05/08/2024 - 05:00

Later this year, Pope Francis will travel to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste, and Singapore. The logos and mottos for these visits, released today, offer a glimpse into this upcoming journey, which will be the Pope’s longest ever.

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Anti-semitism and Palestine

Wed, 05/08/2024 - 04:29

David Neuhaus, S.J., Professor of Scripture in Israel and Palestine, is a long-term member of the Holy Land Catholic Church's Justice and Peace Commission. In this article, he reflects on the catastrophe of anti-Semitism for Jews and Palestinians and on current definitions of anti-Semitism that, he says, delegitimize the struggle for justice and peace in Palestine today.

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Pope: May St. Stanislaus obtain for us gift of peace

Wed, 05/08/2024 - 04:14

Pope Francis recalls that Poland observes the feast of its patron saint, St. Stanislaus of Krakow, on Wednesday, and encourages the Polish faithful to ask for his intercession for peace for Europe and the world.

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