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A veteran condemned to death: the story of James Daily

Vatican News - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 09:20

From Vatican Media, one of the stories from "death row" by Dale Recinella, the former Wall Street finance lawyer who, with his wife Susan, assists prisoners in Florida.

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Canadian bishops on why prostitution must not be decriminalized

Vatican News - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 08:49

The Canadian Commission for Justice and Peace reiterates that prostitution must continue to be criminalized. It says that treating sex as ‘work’ masks the physical, psychological and sexual violence inflicted on the prostituted person.

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Blessed Titus Brandsma on the road to sainthood

Vatican News - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 06:15

Pope Francis authorizes the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a series of Decrees including the recognition of a miracle attributed to Blessed Tito Brandsma, who was killed “in hatred of the faith” in the Dachau concentration camp in 1942.

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Holy See: Joint efforts needed in fight against human trafficking

Vatican News - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 06:04

Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, highlights the importance of partnerships and collaboration among States, as well as faith-based and civil organizations to combat the scourge of trafficking in persons.

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Pope to Pauline Family: Preach Christ with prayer and all available media

Vatican News - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 06:02

Pope Francis meets with members of the Pauline religious family for the 50th anniversary of the death of their founder, and upholds Blessed Giacomo Alberione as a prophetic witness of the mission to preach Christ through all the means of modern communication.

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Pope receives Lebanese prime minister Najib Mikati in audience at Vatican

Vatican News - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 05:32

Lebanese prime minister Najib Mikati was received at the Apostolic Palace on Thursday morning.

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Pope to persons with disabilities: “The Church is truly your hom

Vatican News - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 05:32

The Vatican on Thursday released the message of Pope Francis for the UN's International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December.

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Pope to Greece. An overview of the Church in the country

Vatican News - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 05:11

After visiting Cyprus from 2-4 December Pope Francis will travel to Greece where he will visit Athens and the island of Lesbos, which he visited in 2016. We offer an overview of the Catholic community in this Orthodox country and of the challenges facing the local Catholic Church today.

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Pope to Cyprus: an overview of the Church in the country

Vatican News - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 05:10

Pope Francis is set to visit Cyprus and Greece from 2-6 December. He will spend the first two days of the visit in Cypriot capital Nicosia and then travel to Greece on 4 December visiting Athens and Lesbos until 6 December. The following is an overview of the nation's ancient Catholic community and of the religious and cultural context of the country.

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Vatican: Assisted suicide not an answer to suffering

Vatican News - Wed, 11/24/2021 - 10:16

The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life has commented on what will be Italy’s first legal "medically-assisted suicide" case.

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Pope: Catholic universities showcase bond between faith and science

Vatican News - Wed, 11/24/2021 - 09:52

Pope Francis pens the preface to a book covering the history of the Italy-based Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, and highlights the importance of the Church’s work of education.

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Pope donates oxygen-generating machine to Baghdad hospital

Vatican News - Wed, 11/24/2021 - 09:34

The Pope’s donation of an oxygen production plant to St. Raphael Hospital in Baghdad has been indispensable for treating patients during the Covid-19 health emergency.

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Talitha Kum calls for action against trafficking

Vatican News - Wed, 11/24/2021 - 09:33

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, marked annually on 25 November, the Talitha Kum network of religious sisters is calling for more commitment to eradicate the scourge of human trafficking.

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Pope offers prayers for victims of Bulgaria bus crash

Vatican News - Wed, 11/24/2021 - 08:31

Pope Francis prays for the people who died in a fatal bus crash in Bulgaria on Monday. He also conveys his closeness to the injured and the families of those affected by the incident.

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Cardinal Maradiaga: Ecclesial Assembly aims to revitalize Church

Vatican News - Wed, 11/24/2021 - 06:25

Speaking to participants at the Ecclesial Assembly of the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga recalled the importance of educating the faithful about the concept of synodality. He acknowledges the fears of some who prefer to maintain things the way they are, but also the the great hopes of those "who dream of a Church with open doors." He underscores the urgency of renewing the Church in innovative ways with ideas that reform and revitalize.

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FAO report: Three billion people cannot afford a healthy diet

Vatican News - Wed, 11/24/2021 - 06:10

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) report for 2021 stresses the need to make agri-food systems more resilient to shocks and stresses, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, extreme weather conditions and armed conflicts.

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Church expresses concern amid rising insecurity in Burkina Faso

Vatican News - Wed, 11/24/2021 - 06:04

Thousands have died and millions have become internally displaced amid the prevailing insecurity in Burkina Faso and a conflict which generates multi-sectorial humanitarian needs. In the face of these challenges, the Church continues to do its part to provide support for people in need.

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Pope at Audience: St. Joseph a model for meaningful human relationships

Vatican News - Wed, 11/24/2021 - 02:26

Pope Francis continues his catechesis series on St. Joseph at the Wednesday General Audience, and says that Joseph shows that even those who appear on the margins of society have a special role in God’s plan of salvation.

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Bulgaria: at least 46 killed in bus crash

Vatican News - Tue, 11/23/2021 - 11:50

A bus crash in Bulgaria leaves 46 people dead, including 12 children.

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Caritas on aid in Latin America and Caribbean: Solidarity is our mission

Vatican News - Tue, 11/23/2021 - 11:45

Caritas Internationalis hosts its fifth webinar on "promoting social justice through sustainable opportunities and building community resilience". Focusing on the Latin America and the Caribbean, the webinar saw members of various Caritas organisations across the region describe the realities of their work.

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