Pope to Italian Bishops: A synodal Church is open to everyone
As the Italian Bishops conclude their 77th General Assembly, Pope Francis urges the Italian Church to continue journeying together on the synodal path to promote the "co-responsibility" of laypeople and clergy and build a less clerical Church.
UNICEF: Climate crisis disproportionately affects children in East Asia-Pacific
Children in East Asia and the Pacific are facing more environmentally-related hazards as extreme weather events in the region significantly increased over the past five decades, a UNICEF report reveals.
Pope to Nuns: 'Be loving mothers with rolled-up sleeves'
Pope Francis encourages the Little Missionary Sisters (also known as Don Orione Sisters) to be loving mothers and to serve others tenderly.
Pope appeals for a renewal of our relationship with Creation
Pope Francis' message for the 2023 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation is released focusing on the theme, “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.”
Eucharistic Congress in Ecuador to offer sign of hope for nation
The president of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses gives details on the 2024 meeting to be held in Quito, Ecuador, from 8 to 15 September, noting how it will offer an occasion to "awaken spiritual dynamism and help the Catholic Church examine and foster evangelization."
Mexico: Another priest shot dead
A Priest has been shot dead in the troubled Western Mexican State of Michocan. He's the ninth to have been murdered nationwide during the last four years.
Filipino priest returns ‘empty-handed’ from mission to halt fossil fuel financing
The Filipino priest who went to Europe in a bid to stop fossil financing in his region in the Philippines comes home disappointed with top banks’ response to his team’s appeals.
Pope clarifies duties of the Auditor General during sede vacante
Pope Francis issues a rescript clarifying the functions and characteristics of the office entrusted with auditing the institutions of the Holy See and Vatican City State.
Camillian Vocation Director in the Philippines: 'Preach the Gospel, heal the sick'
Korean Brother Andrew Yeongmin Kang invites Catholics in the Philippines to relive the Camillian pledge of sharing God’s merciful love with the sick and to bear witness in serving everyone in the healthcare community.
Sudan: Despite ceasefire no scale-up of humanitarian relief
Clashes between rival military factions continued overnight in parts of Sudan's capital, on the second full day of a week-long ceasefire designed to allow for the delivery of aid and hopefully lay the ground for a more lasting truce.
Rome conference looks at cities as centres for ecology and education
The director of Scholas Ocurrentes speaks to Vatican News about the organisations' "Eco-Educational Cities" conference, currently underway in Rome, which aims to encourage mayors to promote education and sustainability.
Speaking with the heart: Nigeria’s Comweek at a glance.
The Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has described the just-ended Communications Week in Nigeria as “innovative and highly informative, thus expanding the voice of the church.”
Pope Francis expresses closeness to Chinese Catholics 'who suffer'
Pope Francis expresses closeness to Catholics in China, including those who suffer, and calls on the faithful to pray that the Gospel may be proclaimed in its fullness, as the Church marks the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China.
Pope at Audience: Korean St. Andrew Kim Taegon 'embodied apostolic zeal'
At his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis praised Saint Andrew Kim Taegon for embodying apostolic zeal, and upheld the heroic witness of the first native priest of Korea and a martyr for the faith, who persevered in showing the love of God to his compatriots despite persecution and hardships.
‘Defending Dignity’ and changing lives in South Africa
The number of people trapped in human trafficking more than doubled last year in South Africa and observers warn the figures are rising. A South African rights activist talks about her struggle to pressure the government to promulgate better policies as she strives to rescue women and girls from the streets and help them regain their dignity and a future.
Filipino Rogationist priests and brothers encourage a culture of vocation
Fr. Arreza, a Rogationist priest in the Philippines, invites Catholics to answer the universal call to pray for vocations and strengthen the importance of faith and guidance in society.
Sisters in Dialogue urge action to protect biodiversity and the environment
Efforts to protect biodiversity and implement outcomes of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) are key to securing the health and future of humanity and the planet, according to the coordinator of "Sowing Hope for the Planet", a network of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG).
Cardinal Parolin: Blessed Pope John Paul I was 'an effective peacemaker'
The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, praises Pope John Paul I's immense impact as a peacemaker during his brief, 34-day pontificate, as he presents a new book entitled "The Magisterium of John Paul I. A historical and theological study through archival papers".
Sudanese war triggers grave consequences for region and beyond
A fragile one-week ceasefire in Sudan appears to be in jeopardy as artillery fire continues to resound in parts of Khartoum where armoured vehicles patrol the streets and warplanes fly overhead.
Pope to attend 'Not Alone' international meeting on Human Fraternity
The International Meeting on Human Fraternity, entitled “Not alone” (#notalone), will be held in St. Peter’s Square, as well as simultaneously in eight other squares around the world, in the presence of Pope Francis, on 10 June.