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How clearing landmines can save an entire community

Vatican News - Thu, 02/29/2024 - 03:36

The HALO Trust works to clear landmines and other explosive remnants of war left behind by conflicts, as well as to educate communities on how to rebuild their lives in the safest way possible.

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Increased Arctic warming may accelerate climate change

Vatican News - Thu, 02/29/2024 - 03:28

As part of a study on future climate change forecasts, researchers from University College London find that increased warming in the Arctic will be responsible for breaching the Paris Agreement’s 2°C threshold eight years earlier than if the area was warming at the average global rate.

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Pope tells Argentinian judges to let Jesus guide efforts to protect rights

Vatican News - Wed, 02/28/2024 - 08:30

Warning against profound injustices existent in our times, Pope Francis sends video message to the Pan-American Committee of Judges for Social Rights and Franciscan Doctrine in Argentina, and encourages them in their work to protect the rights of the vulnerable and suffering.

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Slavery in the tea plantations of Sri Lanka

Vatican News - Wed, 02/28/2024 - 08:22

When you sip tea, remember what goes into its production: stories of slavery affecting entire families.

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Nicaragua’s government continues crackdown

Vatican News - Wed, 02/28/2024 - 07:58

Ten foundations, religious associations, universities and NGOs are the latest entities to be banned by Nicaragua’s government.

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Save the Children warns urgent action needed to avert famine in Gaza

Vatican News - Wed, 02/28/2024 - 07:35

The desperate humanitarian crisis in Gaza requires a massive and immediate response according to aid organization, Save the Children, which is calling for an end to restrictions that are hampering the delivery of emergency aid. An estimated 12,500 children have died since the start of the conflict.

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Pope Francis visits Rome hospital for diagnostic tests

Vatican News - Wed, 02/28/2024 - 06:12

Following the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis, who has been suffering from mild flu symptoms in the past days, visits Rome’s Gemelli Hospital on the Tiber Island for some diagnostic tests.

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Pope decries use of landmines 'which continue to target civilians and children''

Vatican News - Wed, 02/28/2024 - 05:23

Marking the upcoming anniversary of the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty Pope Francis expresses sympathy for the victims of anti-personnel mines “that continue to target civilians years after hostilities end”, and he gives thanks to those who work in demining.

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Rome: Jesuit archives on the Holocaust to be digitalized

Vatican News - Wed, 02/28/2024 - 05:12

The Archive of the House of the Superior General of the Society of Jesus signs an agreement with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum to digitize archival material related to the Holocaust.

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Meeting with Armenian bishops, Pope Francis prays for peace

Vatican News - Wed, 02/28/2024 - 04:33

“How many conflicts and massacres have we witnessed, always tragic and always pointless?” the Pope asks. “Let us all take up the cry for peace."

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Pope at Audience: God's power is made perfect in weakness

Vatican News - Wed, 02/28/2024 - 02:40

During his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis continues his catechesis series on virtues and vices, this week focusing on the sins of envy and vainglory, suggesting there are remedies to each, both of which involve making ourselves less at the center, embracing weakness, and letting God operate in our lives.

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Pope calls for prayer for Burkina Faso, Haiti

Vatican News - Wed, 02/28/2024 - 02:20

At the conclusion of the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis invites the faithful to pray for Burkina Faso and for Haiti, and not to forget the people of Ukraine, of Palestine and Israel, and all those suffering due to war.

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