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UN decries attacks on democracy and Church in Nicaragua

Vatican News - Sat, 08/20/2022 - 06:19

Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has called attention to the serious obstacles facing democracy in Nicaragua and expressed grave concerns over the attacks against the Church and civil society organizations. Meanwhile, messages of solidarity from around the world are reaching the Bishop of Matagalpa and the Nicaraguan Church.

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Cardinal Ouellet firmly denies accusations of inappropriate conduct

Vatican News - Fri, 08/19/2022 - 10:40

Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet responds forcefully to a woman’s accusations of inappropriate behaviour, saying that, if a civil inquest is opened, he intends to participate actively so that his innocence would be recognized.

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Bishop Bertin optimistic about future relations with new Somali Government

Vatican News - Fri, 08/19/2022 - 10:02

The Apostolic Administrator of Mogadishu, Somalia, recently joined a delegation of Catholic Church leaders to meet high-ranking Somali officials to discuss about the ongoing severe drought in the Horn of Africa country and “confessional relations”. He says he is satisfied with the results and hopes that good relations will open opportunities for Christians in Somalia to worship more freely.

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Laudato Si’ Movement launches new leadership training course

Vatican News - Fri, 08/19/2022 - 09:08

Registration is now open for a new leadership training course called “Laudato Si’ Animators Program” which seeks to train Catholics who want to serve their communities according to the teachings of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’.

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Sierra Leone: Bishop Paganelli calls for dialogue, calm in wake of protests

Vatican News - Fri, 08/19/2022 - 07:58

The Apostolic Administrator of Makeni Diocese, Bishop Natale Paganelli, encourages Sierra Leoneans to put the common good of the country first and to embrace peaceful dialogue after days of deadly anti-government protests which left several people dead.

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Peruvian bishops: Seek a way out of the crisis, recover hope

Vatican News - Fri, 08/19/2022 - 07:31

The Bishops of Peru conclude their 123rd Plenary Assembly and speak out on the current political crisis affecting the country, urging civil authorities to seek an urgent way out of the “profound social and political crisis” Peru is going through.

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Caritas Internationalis warns humanitarian situation worsening globally

Vatican News - Fri, 08/19/2022 - 06:49

As the international community marks World Humanitarian Day, Caritas Internationalis draws attention to the tragic worsening of the humanitarian situation globally resulting from the impact of climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine. The Catholic international network of 162 Catholic relief, development and social service organizations, warns that if no immediate action is taken, the global humanitarian crisis is likely to continue to worsen.

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Pope to Rimini meeting: Spread in the world a passion for the person

Vatican News - Fri, 08/19/2022 - 05:10

Pope Francis invites the faithful to collaborate on the path of promoting friendship among peoples and to spread a passion for the person, in his message to the 43rd Meeting of Friendship Among Peoples, taking place from 20 - 25 August.

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Colombian rebels release hostages to aid peace talks

Vatican News - Fri, 08/19/2022 - 04:18

The National Liberation Army, the ELN, which has waged violence against the Colombian government for more than half a century, has released six hostages to enable peace talks to resume.

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Pope Francis to attend first-ever ‘Vitae’ Summit in the Vatican

Vatican News - Fri, 08/19/2022 - 03:01

The Vitae Global Foundation announces plans for its first-ever summit to take place in the Vatican with the participation of Pope Francis, gathering together world-renowned artists to help start a cultural transformation to benefit the common good.

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Pope Francis sends condolences for Coptic church fire in Egypt

Vatican News - Thu, 08/18/2022 - 12:57

Pope Francis offers his condolences to the Coptic Orthodox Church in the wake of a fire at a church in Giza, Egypt, which killed at least 41 people, including a bishop and several children.

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Appeal from SIGNIS Congress: Share stories that enhance peace

Vatican News - Thu, 08/18/2022 - 11:06

In a final statement at the conclusion of the SIGNIS World Congress 2022, participants say they are leaving the event "spiritually and professionally enriched."

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Ouellet: Pope finds insufficient grounds for canonical investigation

Vatican News - Thu, 08/18/2022 - 10:26

Pope Francis' decision is based on a preliminary investigation by a Jesuit priest into the allegations of sexual assault more than ten years ago, made by a woman against Cardinal Ouellet.

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Brazilian Bishops ask for peace and justice in Nicaragua

Vatican News - Thu, 08/18/2022 - 08:32

In a letter signed by the members of the Presidency of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB), the prelates say they pray peace and justice may restored in the Central American nation as the local Church faces growing harassment from the Sandinista regime.

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Asian Bishops to inaugurate General Conference

Vatican News - Thu, 08/18/2022 - 06:47

The Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences requests prayers from the faithful as it prepares to inaugurate the FABC 50 General Conference in August, with the aim of charting their direction for the coming years.

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Caritas Poland: ‘Many Poles have helped Ukraine and pray for peace’

Vatican News - Thu, 08/18/2022 - 06:25

As Russia’s war continues to ravage Ukraine, Caritas Poland’s head of communications describes the ongoing outpouring of humanitarian assistance offered by some 80 percent of Polish households.

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WHO Chief: Tigray worst disaster on Earth

Vatican News - Thu, 08/18/2022 - 06:16

The World Health Organization's director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, calls the situation in Tigray the 'worst humanitarian crisis in the world,' with six million unable to access basic services.

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Afghanistan: Massive explosion rips through Kabul mosque

Vatican News - Thu, 08/18/2022 - 04:50

A huge blast at a packed mosque in Kabul on Wednesday killed more than twenty people and injured dozens more. The apparent bomb attack occurred during evening prayers.

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Cardinal Ranjith reacts to Pope Francis' 100,000 Euro gift for Sri Lanka's families

Vatican News - Thu, 08/18/2022 - 04:21

In an interview with Vatican News, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo, expresses gratitude to Pope Francis for - 'out of his own volition' - giving 100,000 Euros to support some 400 families who were affected by the 2019 deadly Easter church bombings which claimed 269 lives.

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