Bishop Paul McAleen welcomes Pope Francis’ message for the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees saying they have a valuable contribution to make to society.
Escalating violence in the province of Papua, Indonesia, has prompted Church leaders in the region to call on the military and separatist groups to declare a ceasefire in order to find “a dignified, humane, open, and respectful solution” to the crisis.
A missionary collaborator is the sole victim of a mine that exploded when a car of the Catholic Mission of Niem drove over it. Locals suspect that the mine was probably set by rebels active in the region.
Beginning on Wednesday, 12 May, Pope Francis’ General Audiences will be open once again to in-person participation of the faithful.
The Council of Cardinals discuss the impact of the Covid-19 crisis around the world, and the Church's response to it, during a virtual meeting held on Thursday afternoon. The also continue talks on the upcoming Apostolic Constitution which will focus on the organisation of the Roman Curia.
The Pontifical Swiss Guard welcome 34 new recruits to their ranks, and recall their 500-years-plus of history in service to the Pope.
The worst-affected countries last year were Burkina Faso, South Sudan and Yemen. Outside Africa, Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria and Haiti featured were among the 10 worst food crises last year.
At a private audience on Thursday morning, Pope Francis welcomed the President of the Swiss Confederation, Guy Parmelin, where both expressed appreciation for the good relations and the desire to continue working together on international issues.
Pope Francis on Thursday receives 34 new members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, ahead of their swearing-in ceremony, telling them that the qualities of courtesy and helpfulness in their work “are a beautiful testimony and a sign of the Church's welcome.”
Pope Francis has sent a message to Cardinal Oswald Gracias expressing his closeness with the people severely hit by record infections and deaths.
Pope Francis expresses closeness to the Bishops of Argentina as they pray the Rosary for the health of the Argentine people and for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic. He also urges them to remember all that Our Lady has done in the country, as a strong memory guarantees a secure future.
Pope Francis highlights the importance of inclusiveness and fraternity in his 2021 Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, stressing that an ever wider “we” will help renew the human family, build a future of justice and peace, and ensure that no one is left behind.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrates Holy Mass for the Swiss Guard on the day new recruits take their oath of loyalty to Pope Francis and his successors.
The UN’s children fund says the first wave of Covid-19 cost the lives of 228,000 children and 11,000 mothers in the region.
The Archbishop of Tuam in Ireland, Michael Neary, welcomes Pope Francis’ invitation to the International Shrine at Knock to join in May’s marathon prayer initiative for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Timor has joined the government’s rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts following the destruction caused by cyclonic rains a month ago.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has welcomed the Biden administration's decision to raise the refugee admission cap from 15,000 to 62,500 during the fiscal year.
The Pontifical Mission Societies begin preparations to mark the 200th anniversary of their foundation, which takes place on 3 May 2022.
At the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis focuses his catechesis on contemplative prayer, and says contemplation helps guide us in following Jesus along the path of love.
The Catholic Church in Ranchi has tried reaching out to those hit by the pandemic and its adverse effect on the economy.