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Ukraine's Shevchuk: 'Rules of war cannot be dominated, only God can save us'

Vatican News - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 07:30

In an interview with Vatican Media six months since the outbreak of war in Ukraine, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, calls the conflict "a global threat to humanity" and expresses gratitude to Pope Francis for his closeness.

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Pope Francis at the service of peace

Vatican News - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 06:58

As Ukraine prepares to mark six months of war, we recall Pope Francis' countless appeals for peace and the promotion of human fraternity over conflict, even at a time when the "diabolical and perverse logic" of weapons seems to prevail.

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UNICEF: Nearly 1,000 children killed or injured in Ukraine

Vatican News - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 05:31

Nearly 1,000 boys and girls have been killed or injured in the war in Ukraine, the Executive-Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Catherine Russell says in a statement emphasizing the need for peace.

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Pope: All movable assets of Holy See to be managed by IOR

Vatican News - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 05:18

Pope Francis issues a brief rescript to clarify that the Institute for the Works of Religion has exclusive competence for managing all of the Holy See’s movable and liquid assets, ordering Holy See dicasteries and entities to transfer all financial assets to the IOR.

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Logo of Pope’s visit to Kazakhstan unveiled

Vatican News - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 05:06

The Vatican publishes the logo for Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Kazakhstan, which will take place on 13-15 September under the motto “Messengers of Peace and Unity.”

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Nigeria: Four nuns kidnapped in Imo State

Vatican News - Mon, 08/22/2022 - 12:01

Four Reverend sisters of the Congregation of the Sister of Jesus the Savior were kidnapped along the Okigwe-Umulolo road on their way to Mass on Sunday.

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Angola: Novena prayers for peaceful and successful general elections.

Vatican News - Mon, 08/22/2022 - 11:53

Catholics in Angola are praying the novena so that the country will have peaceful and successful general elections scheduled for 24 August

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Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences celebrates 50 years

Vatican News - Mon, 08/22/2022 - 11:48

Celebrations are underway as the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) marks fifty years of its existence, beginning on Monday with an inauguration at the shrine of Thai martyred priest, Blessed Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung. The events are taking place in the context of its first ever General Conference.

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Aid to the Church in Need highlights plight of persecuted Christians

Vatican News - Mon, 08/22/2022 - 11:33

As the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief is observed, the Pontifical Charity, Aid to the Church in Need (UK) is calling on the British government to take action to protect those who are persecuted for their faith.

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Cardinal Becciu to participate in the next consistory

Vatican News - Mon, 08/22/2022 - 10:57

Cardinal Angelo Becciu has revealed that he has received an invitation from the Pope to take part in the meeting of cardinals on 27 August.

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People hope and pray for freedom of Bishop Alvarez and others

Vatican News - Sun, 08/21/2022 - 09:11

Regional correspondent James Blears reports that the move to calm or intensify the crisis of Bishop Rolando Alvarez lies in the hands of Nicaragua's government, after federal police have placed the prelate under house arrest.

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Uganda: Archdiocese of Gulu prepares to celebrate the beatification of Comboni missionary priest.

Vatican News - Sun, 08/21/2022 - 07:12

Gulu’s Archbishop, John Baptist Odama, has said preparations for the beatification of Italian Comboni missionary, Fr Giuseppe Ambrosoli, who lived and worked in the Archdiocese of Gulu, are underway.

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Pope expresses closeness to Ukraine experiencing immense cruelty

Vatican News - Sun, 08/21/2022 - 07:02

Following the Angelus, Pope Francis once again called for support for the people of war-stricken Ukraine through abundant prayer and humanitarian solidarity.

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Pope expresses sorrow for Nicaragua, says dialogue should be basis for a respectful coexistence

Vatican News - Sun, 08/21/2022 - 06:36

At the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis expresses his sorrowful concern as tensions continue to rise in Nicaragua, where the government is imposing further restrictions on the local Church.

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Pope at Angelus: Enter the 'narrow door' by serving God and others

Vatican News - Sun, 08/21/2022 - 05:23

Reflecting on the Sunday Gospel reading before leading the Angelus, Pope Francis encourages us to "strive to enter through the narrow door," meaning that to enter into God’s life and salvation, we need to pass through Him, to welcome Him and His Word.

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Estonia: Martyred bishop’s message of peace amid war in Europe

Vatican News - Sun, 08/21/2022 - 03:18

As Estonia marks the 31st anniversary since its independence from the Soviet Union, the foreign ministry hosts an exhibit on the life of Archbishop Eduard Profittlich, with the nation’s Ambassador to the Holy See saying the martyred Jesuit missionary continues to offer a message of peace and faith.

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Dignity and hope: Caritas Ukraine's aid to displaced people

Vatican News - Sat, 08/20/2022 - 12:54

Volunteers at Caritas Donetsk share their stories of escaping war and how their own experiences can help provide support and hope to refugees in Ukraine.

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Ukraine suspected of drone attack in Crimea

Vatican News - Sat, 08/20/2022 - 09:12

A suspected Ukrainian drone strike targeted Russia's famed Black Sea Fleet in Crimea as Kyiv allegedly stepped up attacks against Russian targets in the peninsula. The attacks in Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014, came amid concerns about a possible nuclear catastrophe as a Russian-Ukrainian military standoff continued around Europe's largest nuclear power plant.

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Nicaraguan police arrest Bishop Álvarez, priests and assistants

Vatican News - Sat, 08/20/2022 - 08:51

Bishop Rolando Álvarez is under house arrest in Nicaragua's capital Managua after being detained by police.

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Deadly hotel siege in Mogadishu continues

Vatican News - Sat, 08/20/2022 - 07:14

At least 12 people have been killed in Somalia after al Qaeda-linked militants attacked a popular hotel in Mogadishu.

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