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May 13th, 1981: Remembering that fateful day

Vatican News - Wed, 05/12/2021 - 07:42
Forty years ago the shocking assassination attempt on the life of John Paul II took place in Saint Peter's Square. It’s a day that entered our collective memory when love and prayer defeated hatred.
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Catechists: The African Church’s unsung heroes.

Vatican News - Wed, 05/12/2021 - 06:53
Pope Francis’ decision to institute the lay ministry of Catechist should hopefully bring about long-overdue recognition to an essential segment of the African Church often eclipsed by priests and religious sisters.
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Cardinal Ladaria to US Bishops: Debate on Communion and abortion should not lead to division

Vatican News - Wed, 05/12/2021 - 05:40
Cardinal Luis Ladaria, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, writes to US Bishops urging them to preserve unity amid discussions on pro-life issues. He notes that it would be misleading if the impression were given that abortion and euthanasia alone constitute the only grave matters of Catholic moral and social teaching.
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Pope recalls 40th anniversary of attack on Saint Pope John Paul II

Vatican News - Wed, 05/12/2021 - 04:48
In his greetings to pilgrims present in the Courtyard of St Damasus for the weekly General Audience Pope Francis recalled the attack on St Pope John Paul II 40 years ago, the liturgical feast of Our Lady of Fatima and he invited the faithful to recite the Holy Rosary for the end of the pandemic.
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Pope at General Audience: ‘Jesus is with us at all times although we may not know it'

Vatican News - Wed, 05/12/2021 - 03:22
Pope Francis continues his cycle of catechesis dedicated to Christian prayer during the weekly General Audience reflecting on how prayer is sometimes hard and on how many great Christian figures struggled to overcome discouragement and crisis in times of trial.
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Indian Church extends hand to ease pandemic crisis

Vatican News - Tue, 05/11/2021 - 09:15
Cardinal Oswald Gracias explains how the Church's social arm and its healthcare sector are responding to the critical emergency of the nation under massive waves of Covid-19 cases and deaths.
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The ministry of catechist: A service with ancient roots that looks to the future

Vatican News - Tue, 05/11/2021 - 08:55
The Pope’s decision to institute the lay ministry of catechist is the fruit of a journey intuited by Pius XII and sanctioned by the Second Vatican Council and by the Synods of Bishops, especially the Synod for Amazonia. It is a service that is always necessary for evangelisation.
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Eight Killed In Russian School Shooting

Vatican News - Tue, 05/11/2021 - 08:24
Russian authorities say a young gunman has attacked a school in the Russian city of Kazan, killing eight people — seven eighth-grade students and a teacher. Some 21 others were hospitalized with wounds. President Vladimir Putin has expressed outrage about the bloodiest school attack in some time and ordered stricter weapons regulations.
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Bishops of Britain and Scotland call for protection of vulnerable migrants

Vatican News - Tue, 05/11/2021 - 08:16
In a letter to authorities, the Bishops of Britain and Scotland highlight some areas of concern in the UK’s New Plan for Immigration and encourage all to break down the walls that separate us in order to build bridges that foster a culture of encounter.
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Jerusalem: Patriarchs and Heads of Churches appeal for an end to violence

Vatican News - Tue, 05/11/2021 - 05:35
As violence continues to escalate in Jerusalem, the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches of the Holy City appeal for an intervention on the part of the International Community.
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Pope establishes ministry of catechist

Vatican News - Tue, 05/11/2021 - 04:34
With a new Apostolic Letter issued “motu proprio,” Pope Francis establishes the lay ministry of catechist, intended to respond to an urgent need for the evangelisation of the modern world, and undertaken in a “secular” manner, avoiding clericalisation.
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Afghanistan: Taliban announce three-day ceasefire for Muslim holiday

Vatican News - Tue, 05/11/2021 - 04:31
Afghanistan’s Taliban have announced a three-day truce that coincides with Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of the month of Ramadan.
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Ukraine: a flame that warms the poor and lights up Creation

Vatican News - Tue, 05/11/2021 - 03:40
The "Candles of Stritennya" is an initiative, carried out by the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church's Office for Ecology in the effort to provide aid to poor people in the Eastern European nation. It stems from the wish to care for Creation in line with Pope Francis’ Encyclical "Laudato sì".
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The new working class and the Pope's duty to be an "advocate of the poor"

Vatican News - Tue, 05/11/2021 - 02:53
Fifty years ago, ‘Octogesima adveniens’ was published. In it, Pope Paul VI spoke about the exodus toward the large urban centers, about the dignity of women and the pluralism of political options. He criticized Marxist and liberal ideologies and defended the “duty-right” of the Church to express itself regarding social issues.
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Over 1,000 migrants arrive on Italian island

Vatican News - Mon, 05/10/2021 - 11:37
Thousands of migrants have reached Italy following a dangerous sea crossing since the start of the year.
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New Vatican working group aims to excommunicate mafia members

Vatican News - Mon, 05/10/2021 - 09:35
A new working group established by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development has as its aim the excommunication of members of organized-crime groups.
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Canadian Bishops launch new system for reporting sexual abuse

Vatican News - Mon, 05/10/2021 - 09:27
The Bishops of Canada launch a new national, bilingual service for reporting situations of sexual abuse, either committed or covered-up by a Bishop, furthering their commitment to protect minors and vulnerable persons.
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Germany: Several churches offer “blessing service for lovers”, including homosexual unions

Vatican News - Mon, 05/10/2021 - 09:10
Over 100 Catholic churches in Germany are holding public religious ceremonies with a "blessing for lovers", especially on Monday. The celebrations are also expressly open to same-sex couples.
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Formation of priests: A combination of strength and mercy

Vatican News - Mon, 05/10/2021 - 08:03
Vatican News continues with its inside look at the history, objectives and “mission budgets” of the various Vatican dicasteries assisting the Pope in his pastoral ministry. Here featured is the Congregation for Clergy with an interview with the Prefect, Cardinal Beniamino Stella.
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Pope Francis meets with President of Latvia

Vatican News - Mon, 05/10/2021 - 07:31
Pope Francis receives the President of Latvia, Mr. Egils Levits, in audience on Monday morning in the Vatican.
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