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Pope Francis to Diakonia of Beauty: ‘Be cantors of harmony’

Vatican News - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 03:45

In his address to the French Diakonia of Beauty Association, Pope Francis invited group members to be “cantors of harmony” between peoples, cultures, and religions; and between humanity and the environment.

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Rachel Goldberg Polin: Prayers for blessed Lent, quick return of Israeli hostages

Vatican News - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 01:46

Rachel Goldberg Polin, mother of Hersh and spokesperson for the families of Israeli hostages taken by Hamas on October 7, 2023, wishes all Christians a blessed Lent as we prepare for Easter.

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Pope at Ash Wednesday Mass: Jesus calls us to return to our heart this Lent

Vatican News - Wed, 02/14/2024 - 10:25

Pope Francis celebrates the beginning of Lent with Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina, and calls on the faithful to take up Jesus’ invitation to “return to the heart.”

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Cameroon: Sisters of Charity in the fight against poverty and prostitution

Vatican News - Wed, 02/14/2024 - 09:15

In Ngaoundal, Cameroon, the nuns of Saint Jeanne Antida Thouret run a women's training centre and two clinics, and according to the sister who runs it "Since we have been here there have been improvements in the condition of women".

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Stop the carnage

Vatican News - Wed, 02/14/2024 - 08:00

Our Editorial Director reflects on Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin's remarks about the 30,000 people who have died in Gaza since the start of the Israel-Hamas war.

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Pope to IFAD: Our food waste could feed all the hungry

Vatican News - Wed, 02/14/2024 - 07:58

In a message to the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Pope Francis warns of the dangers of food waste, highlighting that it damages the climate whilst it could feed the world's hungry.

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Pope to Brazilian Catholics: Fraternity can heal every division

Vatican News - Wed, 02/14/2024 - 07:00

Pope Francis invites Brazilians to take part in the 2024 Fraternity Campaign to raise awareness about people facing hunger, as the local Church initiative marks its 60th anniversary.

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Archbishop Shevchuk: War crimes in Ukraine must be condemned

Vatican News - Wed, 02/14/2024 - 05:48

The leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, insists war crimes must be condemned. Addressing an "Aid to the Church in Need" conference alongside the Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine, he highlights the horrors of the ongoing war in his country including the killing and suffering of children and families.

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“A living martyr”: Pope Francis pays tribute to Cardinal imprisoned for three decades

Vatican News - Wed, 02/14/2024 - 05:02

At his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis pays tribute to Cardinal Ernest Simoni, who was imprisoned by the communist regime in Albania for twenty-eight years.

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Pontifical Commission, University of Santa Croce join forces to protect minors

Vatican News - Wed, 02/14/2024 - 04:00

In their common mission of preventing abuse and protecting minors and vulnerable adults within the Church, the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross sign a collaboration agreement.

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Pope Francis remembers suffering Ukraine and Holy Land

Vatican News - Wed, 02/14/2024 - 03:20

Suggesting Lent presents an opportunity for conversion, Pope Francis appeals for closeness to all those suffering from wars, especially in Ukraine, Palestine, and Israel.

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Pope at Audience: Everything is possible with patience of faith

Vatican News - Wed, 02/14/2024 - 02:40

At the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis continues his catechesis cycle on the virtues and vices, focusing on acedia, or laziness, which he says can be overcome with the patience of faith.

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International pressure grows for ceasefire in Gaza

Vatican News - Tue, 02/13/2024 - 10:27

The Director of the CIA is due in Egypt for discussions on a Qatari-brokered ceasefire plan to halt fighting in Gaza in exchange for Hamas freeing Israeli captives.

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Ghana’s young people to observe Lent through environmental stewardship campaigns.

Vatican News - Tue, 02/13/2024 - 09:30

A group of young people in Ghana is embarking on an innovative initiative to infuse new meaning into the observance of Lent by engaging in environmental stewardship campaigns.

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COMECE and CIDSE reiterate call for corporate accountability

Vatican News - Tue, 02/13/2024 - 08:50

Ahead of the imminent vote by the Council of the European Union on the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD), COMECE and CIDSE issue a joint statement urging Governments to adopt new legislation to better protect human rights and the environment.

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Indian farmers teargassed as they march on Delhi

Vatican News - Tue, 02/13/2024 - 08:35

Indian security forces fire water canons and tear gas in an attempt to stop thousands of farmers marching on New Delhi after talks with the government fail in a scenario tinged with political interests.

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Holy See: education, work, support to family keys to eradicate poverty

Vatican News - Tue, 02/13/2024 - 06:54

Addressing the UN's 62nd Session of the Commission for Social Development, the Holy See's Permanent Observer to the United Nations reaffirms the crucial importance of ensuring access to education, decent work and protecting the family to eradicate poverty.

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Haiti's Bishop Dumas: Church and people tired of kidnappings, killings

Vatican News - Tue, 02/13/2024 - 06:22

In an interview with Vatican News, Bishop Pierre-André Dumas of Anse-à-Veau-Miragoâne and vice-president of the Haitian Bishops Conference decries the unabated violence in the Caribbean country, as he, with the Episcopal Conference, appeal to authorities to intervene wisely for the good of the entire nation.

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Pope Francis to visit Venice Art Biennale in April

Vatican News - Tue, 02/13/2024 - 05:10

Pope Francis will travel to the northern Italian city of Venice on April 28 to visit the local Church community and the 2024 Venice Art Biennale.

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EU Justice and Peace Commissions appeal for diplomacy to end Ukraine war

Vatican News - Tue, 02/13/2024 - 04:00

A statement released by the Secretaries General of the Justice and Peace Commissions of the European Union calls for the intensification of multilateral efforts to pressure the Russian Federation to end the bloodshed in Ukraine.

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