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New Vatican document lists ‘grave violations’ of human dignity

Vatican News - Mon, 04/08/2024 - 05:00

The Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith’s new document 'Dignitas infinita' took five years to complete, and builds on the papal magisterium of the last decade: from war to poverty, from violence against migrants to violence against women, from abortion to surrogate motherhood to euthanasia, from gender theory to digital violence.

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Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference releases national code of conduct

Vatican News - Mon, 04/08/2024 - 04:11

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference releases "Integrity in Our Common Mission": a national code of conduct ensuring safety and zero tolerance for clerical abuse.

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Ukrainian civilians suffer more deaths

Vatican News - Mon, 04/08/2024 - 03:44

Pope Francis's appeal to pray for peace in Ukraine comes as that war-torrn nation reels from massive Russian strikes that, besides soldiers, also killed more than a dozen civilians over the weekend. Russia, in turn, has accused Ukraine of hitting Europe's largest nuclear power plant.

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Zimbabwe: As the country’s crops fail due to drought, Bishops appeal for help

Vatican News - Sun, 04/07/2024 - 11:49

Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe appeal to Catholic Agencies to serve people from starvation after the country’s president declared the 2023/2024 agricultural season a national disaster.

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Argentinean padel champion visits Vatican

Vatican News - Sun, 04/07/2024 - 09:08

On the day Pope Francis recalls the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace celebrated on 6 April during the Regina Coeli, Argentinean padel champion, Fernando Belasteguín, visits the "Santa Marta" Pediatric Dispensary accompanied by members of Vatican Athletics.

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Lesotho mothers trying to cope with drug addicted children

Vatican News - Sun, 04/07/2024 - 06:31

Mrs Pontsho Florina Tumisi, a widow and mother of two children is a member of the Saint Anne’s Catholic sodality in Lesotho. When she found herself dealing with her daughters’ drug addiction, she reached out to other mothers facing trials.

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Israeli demonstrators call for release of hostages

Vatican News - Sun, 04/07/2024 - 06:19

Israeli media says police in Tel Aviv forcibly dispersed tens of thousands of anti-government protestors, who had gathered to demand the release of hostages seized by Hamas six months ago.

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Pope: Sport must foster social friendship and fraternity

Vatican News - Sun, 04/07/2024 - 06:09

Recalling the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, Pope Francis upholds the core values of sports in building fraternity. During the Regina Coeli prayer, he also remembers victims of a bus crash in South Africa.

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Pope: May the Lord give leaders the capacity to pause and mediate for peace

Vatican News - Sun, 04/07/2024 - 05:30

Pope Francis reiterates his appeal for negotiated solutions to the ongoing wars in Ukraine, Palestine and Israel.

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Pope at Regina Coeli: Have faith in the Risen Christ

Vatican News - Sun, 04/07/2024 - 05:06

On the second Sunday of Easter, Pope Francis emphasises the transformative power of encountering the risen Jesus, urging believers to embrace faith, prayer, and love and spread Easter joy.

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Cardinal De Donatis appointed new Major Penitentiary

Vatican News - Sat, 04/06/2024 - 08:28

The Vicar General for the Diocese Rome succeeds Cardinal Mauro Piacenza at the head of the Apostolic Penitentiary.

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Concerns remain of Gaza aid routes, new crossings needed says UN

Vatican News - Sat, 04/06/2024 - 07:31

The United Nations and aid agencies have expressed doubt that Israel’s promises to open more aid routes into Gaza will be enough to ease the plight of starving Palestinians.

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Haiti: Global indifference to an escalating humanitarian crisis

Vatican News - Sat, 04/06/2024 - 06:37

The situation in Haiti continues to worsen as armed and ferocious gangs cause widespread violence and displacement, while the international community remains largely indifferent to the escalating humanitarian crisis.

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Pope: Don’t be ashamed to cry before the pain of others

Vatican News - Sat, 04/06/2024 - 05:01

Marking the 50th anniversary of the St. Angela Merici Foundation, Pope Francis receives a group of its members and reflects on its mission to serve the most vulnerable.

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Pope: Red Cross' humanitarian work shows that fraternity is possible

Vatican News - Sat, 04/06/2024 - 04:30

Meeting members of the Italian Red Cross in the Vatican, Pope Francis praises its “irreplaceable service” ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and other disasters.

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Holy See: International cooperation needed to tackle crimes against humanity

Vatican News - Fri, 04/05/2024 - 11:18

At the 78th UN General Assembly, the Holy See supports new measures to address crimes against humanity, asking that they be extended to prevent individuals from being extradited to countries where they risk torture or the death penalty.

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Pope visits with 35 priests at St. Henry parish in Rome

Vatican News - Fri, 04/05/2024 - 10:36

Pope Francis makes a pastoral visit to St. Henry Parish in Rome's 11th Prefecture, meeting with 35 priests and Auxiliary Bishop Daniele Salera.

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Camillian priest in Haiti: ‘Amid gang warfare Church must bring hope’

Vatican News - Fri, 04/05/2024 - 08:55

Father Robert Daudier, director of the Foyer San Camillo in the gang-controlled municipality of Croix de Bouquet, near Port-au-Prince, speaks to Vatican News about how the Camillian-run Catholic health facility is managing to cope with the constant threat of bandits, and how the Church tries to bring hope to the suffering Haitian population

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New aid routes into Gaza to open after US intervention

Vatican News - Fri, 04/05/2024 - 06:33

Israel says it will open and expand three crossings to Gaza to allow the delivery of more humanitarian aid.

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International conference in Rome demands abolition of surrogacy

Vatican News - Fri, 04/05/2024 - 05:34

For two days, international experts, with the Holy See's participation, gather in Rome to discuss issues surrounding surrogacy, and to demand its abolition.

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