Fears of disease as earthquake cleanup continues, building codes questioned.
The death toll in the deadly earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria tops 41,000, with millions left without a shelter in both nations. Meanwhile Turkish authorities are focusing on shoddy building practices which are being blamed for exacerbating the destruction.
Dicastery for the Eastern Churches: Maronite priest appointed as Secretary
Until now Rector of Antonine University in Baabda, Lebanon, Michel Jalakh previously served as Secretary General of the Middle East Council of Churches.
Pope sends aid to quake-struck Turkey and Syria: ‘Don’t forget those who suffer’
Pope Francis sends aid to earthquake-struck communities in Syria and Turkey, through the Dicastery for the Service of Charity.
European Bishops join outcry over crackdown against Church in Nicaragua
In a statement signed by Archbishop Gintaras Grušas, the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE), expresses its closeness to detained Bishop Álvarez and the Church in Nicaragua as it faces ongoing crackdown by the Sandinista government and asks for prayers for dialogue and peace.
When women were stronger than an earthquake
From earthquake-ravaged Turkey, a story of love and courage, as a group of nurses in the hospital of Gaziantep risk their lives to protect premature babies.
Syriac Catholic Archbishop: We must listen to the needs of the faithful
Speaking to Vatican News at a synodal assembly in the Middle East, Archbishop Youhanna Jihad Battah urges his fellow bishops to consult the faithful: “We cannot give orders and make decrees with knowing about their needs.”
Networking, becoming ecological guides: the Sisters’ project for the Common Home
“Sowing Hope for the Planet” is an initiative promoted by the UISG (the International Union of Superiors General) and associations connected with it, in order to make Laudato sí a reality: sharing ideas, formation, and synergetic action aimed at curing a sick planet.
Patrick Fletcher: ‘It's moving to see love for the Church expressed’
Canadian theologian Patrick Fletcher reflects on continental stage of synodal process which he hopes will implement what Vatican II taught about the vocation of the baptized.
Pope at Audience: Preach God’s nearness with our meekness
At the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on the Christian proclamation of God’s nearness, and urges us to draw strength from our relationship with Jesus in order to preach the Gospel together in meekness.
North America Virtual Assemblies: ‘exercise of coming together as Church'
Barbara Dowding participated in the local Vancouver synod ten years ago as well as in the current synod process. She appreciates how ‘people felt quite free to express their opinions and their thoughts and their desires’ in the Virtual Continental Assemblies.
North American Synod writing retreat: discernment marks first full day
Delegates from the United States and Canada discern the action of the Holy Spirit, the joy of the Gospel, those people whose voices are missing, and steps to take to become a more synodal Church.