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ACN: We need our priests and they need ongoing formation

Vatican News - Sat, 02/10/2024 - 10:04

Over one thousand priests from over sixty countries attend a conference on ongoing priestly formation, emphasising the increasing demands of priestly service in today's world and the importance of ongoing support and learning.

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Rohingya refugees: victims of global silence

Vatican News - Sat, 02/10/2024 - 09:33

Seven years since violence broke out in Myanmar, Rohingya refugees continue to live in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar, where conditions are dire and prospects of returning home are still distant.

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War in Sudan risks inflaming other fragile African countries

Vatican News - Sat, 02/10/2024 - 08:00

The former Apostolic Nuncio to Sudan and Eritrea, Archbishop Luis Miguel Muñoz Cárdaba, explains to L’Osservatore Romano the root-causes and implications of the ongoing conflict ravaging Sudan.

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Lord's Day Reflection: ‘A leper came to Jesus’

Vatican News - Sat, 02/10/2024 - 08:00

As the Church marks the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Fr. Luke Gregory, OFM, offers his thoughts on the day’s liturgical readings under the theme: “A leper came to Jesus".

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Sudan: ‘A hunger catastrophe in the making’

Vatican News - Sat, 02/10/2024 - 08:00

As armed conflict lashes Sudan, the UN World Food Programme warns that a humanitarian crisis could soon unfold in certain areas despite its efforts to distribute food aid and cash assistance to over 19 million people each month.

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In war-torn Sudan, every other person needs humanitarian aid

Vatican News - Sat, 02/10/2024 - 08:00

Far from the eyes of the world, a ten-month civil war in Sudan has robbed its people of everything: their safety, their homes, and their livelihoods.

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Fears of famine in northern Gaza

Vatican News - Sat, 02/10/2024 - 07:40

A United Nations agency working in Palestine says Israel has rejected half of the aid requests submitted by the agency for the Gaza Strip.

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Pope to policemen: Peace does not happen overnight

Vatican News - Sat, 02/10/2024 - 05:23

In a meeting with the police officers who work in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis says that “the dark side of our human nature” requires a response from individuals who “when faced with evil, do not stand by and watch.”

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Pope to Italian craftsmen: 'World needs artisans of peace and fraternity’

Vatican News - Sat, 02/10/2024 - 05:20

Pope Francis addresses members of the Italian craftsmen association and encourages them to be artisans of peace, fraternity, and beauty.

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Cardinal Czerny concludes South Sudan visit with appeal to leave violence behind

Vatican News - Fri, 02/09/2024 - 11:56

On the last day of his week-long visit to South Sudan, Cardinal Michael Czerny blesses a boat named after St. Josephine Bakhita, the patron saint of human trafficking victims.

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Archbishop of Buenos Aires: Argentinians awaiting Pope Francis' visit

Vatican News - Fri, 02/09/2024 - 09:31

Archbishop Jorge Ignacio García Cuerva says the people of Argentina are waiting for a visit from their pastor, Pope Francis.

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Pope Francis sends condolences for death of Namibian President Geingob

Vatican News - Fri, 02/09/2024 - 08:07

Pope Francis offers his condolences for the death of Namibian President Hage Geingob, who died earlier this month at the age of 82.

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Pope mourns former President Sebastián Piñera of Chile

Vatican News - Fri, 02/09/2024 - 08:00

Pope Francis expresses his condolences for the tragic loss of former President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, who died as he piloted a helicopter struck by inclement weather, and remembers him as a man of great faith and intellect.

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Haitian bishops call on PM Henry to step aside amid protests

Vatican News - Fri, 02/09/2024 - 06:52

Amid violent protests calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, the Catholic Bishops of Haiti urge the government "to take wise decisions for the good of the entire nation,” while urging Haitians not to yield to violence.

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Woman and authority as depicted on 4th century Christian sarcophagi

Vatican News - Fri, 02/09/2024 - 05:50

Religious life, both contemplative and active, as we know it today, has evolved over two millennia. In this second of four essays, Christine Schenk describes original research into the archaeological evidence for early Christian women found on late 3rd to early 5th century sarcophagus friezes.

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South Africa's Bishops encourage faithful to cast votes in elections

Vatican News - Fri, 02/09/2024 - 05:16

Ahead of the upcoming 2024 General Elections in South Africa, the Catholic Bishops in South Africa, Botswana, and Eswatini, issue a collective pastoral letter, appealing to the faithful to vote, consult the Bishops' Conference's made-available guidance and resources, and recite their proposed election prayer.

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Poland's President Duda visits Rwanda's Kibeho Marian Shrine.

Vatican News - Fri, 02/09/2024 - 05:08

On an official tour of three Eastern African countries, the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, has visited Rwanda's Marian Shrine of Kibeho.

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Pope: Mama Antula's unshakeable holiness was driven by trust in God

Vatican News - Fri, 02/09/2024 - 03:50

Pope Francis welcomes pilgrims from Argentina for the canonisation of Blessed Maria Antonia of Saint Joseph de Paz y Figueroa, known as Mama Antula, and praises her holiness, faith, and perseverance.

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Parolin: The farmers must be listened to; dialogue is needed

Vatican News - Thu, 02/08/2024 - 11:31

Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin responds to reporters’ questions on the sidelines of an event for the 40th anniversary of the Agreement amending the Concordat between Italy and the Holy See, and the presentation of a Declaration of Intent concerning the new headquarters of the Bambino Gesù Hospital.

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Yemen: The best form of help would be peace

Vatican News - Thu, 02/08/2024 - 09:59

The ongoing conflict in Gaza continues to cause tensions in the Red Sea and the already suffering nation of Yemen suffers the consequences that exacerbate an already desperate humanitarian crisis.

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