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Pope to Scholas students: Rediscover life's playful dimension

Vatican News - Thu, 05/23/2024 - 11:09

Pope Francis closes the first ‘International Meeting of Meaning' in the Vatican, organised by Scholas Occurrentes in collaboration with CAF - Development Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean, and responds candidly to four questions.

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Pontifical Academy for Life: Palliative care is a collective responsibility

Vatican News - Thu, 05/23/2024 - 11:04

As an interfaith Symposium on Palliative Care wraps up in Toronto, Canada, an official from the Pontifical Academy for Life highlights the need for a wide-ranging and international perspective on the moral, ethical, practical and spiritual dimensions of end-of-life care.

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EU Bishops lament conversion of Instanbul Orthodox church into a mosque

Vatican News - Thu, 05/23/2024 - 10:46

The Bishops of the European Union release a statement saying Türkiye’s decision to turn the ancient Byzantine Church of Saint Savior in Chora into a mosque “further dilutes the historical roots of Christian presence in the country.”

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Holy See urges effective protection of civilians in warzones

Vatican News - Thu, 05/23/2024 - 07:26

Addressing an open debate in New York on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations decries attacks on civilian infrastructure, use of indiscriminate weapons in populated areas and increased attacks on humanitarian personnel.

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South Sudan: Missing priest, Fr Luke and his driver declared dead

Vatican News - Thu, 05/23/2024 - 07:06

South Sudan’s Diocese of Tombura Yambio has officially declared a missing priest, Fr Luke Yugue Mbokusa, and his driver, Mr Michael Gbeko, formally dead.

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Fiducia supplicans: Fernández visits Tawadros

Vatican News - Thu, 05/23/2024 - 06:36

The meeting in Cairo centred on the Coptic Orthodox Church’s March 2024 declaration rejecting "same-sex marriage".

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Pope thanks sister-led anti-trafficking network for 15 years of work

Vatican News - Thu, 05/23/2024 - 05:50

In a message to Talitha Kum, Pope Francis urges the anti-trafficking network to continue to "stand by the victims, listen to them, help them get back on their feet".

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Pope to Hospitaller and Camillian Sisters: ‘Be audacious in love for the sick'

Vatican News - Thu, 05/23/2024 - 04:44

Welcoming the Sisters Hospitallers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Daughters of St. Camillus, Pope Francis urges them to be audacious and “mad of love” for the sick and poor they assist as their founders were.

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Pope reminds plastic surgeons that true beauty reflects the image of God

Vatican News - Thu, 05/23/2024 - 03:54

Pope Francis reflects on the true nature of beauty during his address to a group of plastic surgeons.

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Pope Francis clears path for canonization of Blessed Carlo Acutis

Vatican News - Thu, 05/23/2024 - 03:38

Pope Francis recognizes a miracle attributed to Blessed Carlo Acutis and another to Blessed Giuseppe Allamano, and approves the canonization of 11 martyrs in Syria.

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Archbishop Thattil: Union with Rome central to Syro-Malabar identity

Vatican News - Wed, 05/22/2024 - 09:51

Major Archbishop Raphael Thattil, the newly-elected head of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, speaks to Vatican News about the ancient Church he leads.

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Paladino unveils 'Cross of Joy' for World Children’s Day in Rome

Vatican News - Wed, 05/22/2024 - 08:04

Renowned artist Mimmo Paladino creates a 4-metre-tall "Cross of Joy," blending Christian and fairytale imagery, for World Children’s Day in Rome on May 25-26.

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Norway, Spain and Ireland to recognize state of Palestine

Vatican News - Wed, 05/22/2024 - 07:23

Norway, Spain, and Ireland have announced that they will formally recognize Palestine as a state next week.

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South Africa: Bishop Rodrigues calls for peaceful and fair elections

Vatican News - Wed, 05/22/2024 - 06:36

Ahead of the scheduled 29 May general elections in South Africa, the liaison Bishop for the Department of Catholic Social Action of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) has called on eligible voters to choose leaders with ethical and moral values

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Pope prays for Christian Unity with ecumenical delegation from Hong Kong

Vatican News - Wed, 05/22/2024 - 04:33

Pope Francis greets a delegation from the Hong Kong Christian Council and prays for Christian Unity together with the members of the delegation.

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Pope Francis: World needs peace in this time of war

Vatican News - Wed, 05/22/2024 - 03:50

Pope Francis invites everyone to pray for peace in our world "at war," and urges us to not forget Ukraine, Palestine, Israel, Myanmar, and all countries suffering due to conflicts.

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Pope at Audience: Humility essential for Christian life, brings world peace

Vatican News - Wed, 05/22/2024 - 03:11

Concluding his General Audience cycle of catecheses on the virtues, Pope Francis speaks about the virtue of humility as we acknowledge that we are creatures of God and strive to live accordingly.

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Pope Francis: Palliative care a sign of closeness to those who suffer

Vatican News - Tue, 05/21/2024 - 15:36

Pope Francis addresses a message of hope to participants in the International Interfaith Symposium on Palliative Care, saying we are called to accompany those who suffer and who have difficulty finding reasons for hope.

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Academics gather in the Vatican for the International Meeting of Sense

Vatican News - Tue, 05/21/2024 - 10:10

Scholas Occurrentes and the Development Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean – organize the International Meeting of Sense gathering prominent research figures and young people in the Vatican from May 21-23 to discuss some of the most important issues of our time.

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100 years of soil science: 'So much hope for the future, so much to do!'

Vatican News - Tue, 05/21/2024 - 09:58

After three days of debates, testimonies, shared experiences, ideas and proposals, the International Union of Soil Sciences conference in Florence, Italy concludes with a view to the future. Vatican News' Francesca Merlo reviews the event during which, she says, the alarm was raised about the damage wreaked on soil in particular by salinisation, climate change and war. However seeds of hope, she concludes, are being sown on a daily basis.

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