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Pope laments deadly construction site incident in Florence

Vatican News - Sat, 02/17/2024 - 07:49

Pope Francis sends his condolences to the Italian city of Florence after a pylon collapsed at a construction site for a new supermarket killing four people.

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Fears mount of Israeli offensive in Rafah

Vatican News - Sat, 02/17/2024 - 07:36

Palestinians in Rafah are fleeing towards northern Deir al Balah amid fears of an Israeli ground operation.

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Nicaragua strips national Scout Association of legal status

Vatican News - Sat, 02/17/2024 - 07:09

Nicaragua’s government shuts down the country’s Scout Association and several other non-governmental organizations.

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Pope creates study groups to explore themes from Synod’s first session

Vatican News - Sat, 02/17/2024 - 05:02

Pope Francis establishes study groups to explore various themes that emerged from the Synod session in October 2023, and sets the dates for the second session of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly.

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Pope Francis: Churches should lift our hearts to praise God

Vatican News - Sat, 02/17/2024 - 04:30

Pope Francis invites the construction board of the Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona to assure that pilgrims lift their hearts to God when they enter the majestic church.

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Cardinal Parolin: Navalny's death surprises us and fills us with sorrow

Vatican News - Fri, 02/16/2024 - 12:01

The Cardinal Secretary of State expresses sorrow for the death of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny.

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Human fraternity: Young people prepare guide to solidarity for universities

Vatican News - Fri, 02/16/2024 - 10:03

Eleven university students from around the world travel to Abu Dhabi to discuss how the principles of the Document on Human Fraternity can be concretely realized.

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Humanitarian agencies push for urgent Gaza ceasefire

Vatican News - Fri, 02/16/2024 - 09:32

A letter co-signed by a group of international peacebuilding and human rights organizations, with decades of experience in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, pressures the UK Prime Minister to demand a stop to the Israeli offensive and call for a ceasefire.

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Dicastery for Evangelization decries kidnappings in Nigeria

Vatican News - Fri, 02/16/2024 - 08:48

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu send a message to Nigerian Bishops expressing the solidarity of the Vatican Dicastery with those affected by the kidnapping crisis.

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Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny dies aged 47

Vatican News - Fri, 02/16/2024 - 08:44

Russian prison officials say jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny - a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin - has died. The 47-year-old allegedly "fell ill" during a walk, fainted, and died quickly after that. But questions remain about the circumstances surrounding his sudden death.

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Senegal's top court rules election delay unlawful

Vatican News - Fri, 02/16/2024 - 08:11

West Africa's main regional bloc, ECOWAS, calls on authorities in Senegal to set a new date for the presidential election in accordance with the Constitutional Council's decision that its postponement was unconstitutional.

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Vatican marks first commemoration of Coptic Martyrs

Vatican News - Fri, 02/16/2024 - 07:10

Nine years ago, twenty-one Coptic men were executed by ISIS on a beach in Libya. Now, for the first time, their feast day has been observed by the Catholic Church.

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Pope to Italian seminarians: The Church is a "work in progress"

Vatican News - Fri, 02/16/2024 - 05:33

Meeting with seminarians and community members of the Neapolitan Seminary "Alessio Ascalesi", reminds them that the Church is an “open construction site “where the faithful walk together in synodality, listening to the Holy Spirit and the signs of our time.

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New Centre for ethics unites Jews and Christians in Rome

Vatican News - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 11:08

The Centre for Ethics at the Isaac Abarbanel University Institute, the academic institution of higher education and research affiliated with the “Marshall T. Meyer” Seminary is inaugurated in Rome. The new centre was created in collaboration with Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

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Knights of Columbus invite Catholics to participate in Novena for peace in Ukraine

Vatican News - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 10:46

The Knights of Columbus encourage all Catholics to pray together for peace and healing in Ukraine. The Novena begins on February 15 and will last nine days until February 24, the 2-year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Rabbis and scholars thank Pope for sowing friendship amidst animosity

Vatican News - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 10:18

In a letter to Pope Francis, a group of Rabbis and scholars of Jewish-Christian dialogue express gratitude to Pope Francis for his “outstretched hand to Jews worldwide” and for “his active opposition to anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism."

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UNHCR: Humanitarian crisis in conflict-torn North Kivu is “tragic”

Vatican News - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 08:49

Amid the resurgence of fighting in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and increased humanitarian crisis, the UN Refugee Agency is urging all parties to protect civilians, and establish safe corridors for humanitarian aid.

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Nigerian Bishops: Our dear country is becoming a hostile killing field.

Vatican News - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 08:02

Apart from the challenges of insecurity, the Nigerian Bishops say that day-to-day living is also fast becoming an ordeal for millions of Nigerians because of pervasive poverty and a harsh environment.

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Israeli troops enter Nasser hospital in Khan Younis

Vatican News - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 07:26

Israeli forces have stormed the Nasser hospital in Khan Younis.

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‘Loneliness’ at heart of Pope’s theme for 4th Grandparents Day

Vatican News - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 05:15

Pope Francis releases the theme for his message for the 2024 World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly: “Do not cast me off in my old age”.

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