Over one million children – or the entire child population - in Gaza have been left with nowhere safe to go as ground military operations were launched in Khan Younis following the collapse on Sunday of the truce between the Israeli government and Hamas.
A new UNICEF report states that one in five children among the 40 wealthiest nations faces poverty, lacking basic necessities like food and housing.
Programmes’ Coordinator of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) speaks to Vatican News about its work to bring the voice of African small traditional producers at the climate negotiations in Dubai.
Among the hostages taken by Hamas militants in their incursion into Israel on October 7 there are several Bedouins, including 16-year-old Aisha who was kidnapped along with her father and two siblings.
Ahead of the COP28 in Dubai, running from 30 November to 12 December, we offer a general overview of the United Nations climate change conferences and their outcomes.
The Custos of the Holy Land, Fr. Francesco Patton, reiterates the need for a long-term political solution to the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict that recognizes the right to the existence of both peoples.
The Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis shares insights into the organization's humanitarian efforts amid the conflict in the Holy Land and speaks of the despair of the people and the need for peace for all.
Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa hails Hamas’ release of some hostages and Israel’s corresponding release of Palestinian prisoners as a first step toward the end of the war in the Holy Land, and calls for interreligious dialogue and new political perspectives for Gaza.
Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin reflects on current developments in a world at war and offers his perspective on words Pope Francis used during his General Audience when he lamented the suffering of the people in the Holy Land due to the conflict between Israel and said: “this is not war; this is terrorism.”
The pause in the fighting in the Holy Land, initially due to start on Thursday, has been moved to Friday, as fighting continues.
The Vatican Secretary of State welcomes the hostage agreement reached between Israel and Hamas, and expresses hope “for a peaceful solution to the bloody conflict in the Middle East."
Rachel Goldberg, whose son was kidnapped by Hamas on October 7, says after meeting with Pope Francis that “I really felt his empathy”.
Suhair Anastas lived in Gaza city until four days ago. She was part of the group of Palestinians who met with Pope Francis on Wednesday morning to share their stories.
At an UNCTAD meeting on economic development in Africa, the Holy See's Permanent Observer, Archbishop Ettore Balestrero, underscores the Church's support for human development and the need for peace and prosperity throughout the continent.
The Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva expresses his "deep concern" over the deaths of five thousand Palestinian children in Gaza, and condemns Hamas' attack on Israel on 7 October.
Pope Francis holds a telephone call with Argentina’s President-elect Javier Milei after his victory in Sunday’s presidential elections.
On World Children’s Day we cannot but take stock of how children are paying the highest price in ongoing conflicts.
International doctors who’ve visited the Al Shifa hospital in Gaza following an Israeli raid on the complex, say it now resembles ‘a death zone’.
Pope Francis renews his call for peace as he calls for prayers for people suffering in Myanmar, Ukraine, Palestine and Israel, and he highlights the fact that the only ones who gain from war are the manufacturers of weapons.
Amidst increasing violence between rebels and government forces in Myanmar, Christians in the country ask Aid to the Church in Need for prayers.
The newly-appointed Archbishop of Homs, Syria, Archbishop Julian Yacoub Mourad, reiterates that the two-state solution for Israel and Palestine is the only way toward a just and sustainable peace in the entire region, decrying the political agendas of international powers.
Over 400 Jewish scholars and rabbis pen an open letter to Pope Francis, expressing their trust in the enduring friendship between Jewish and Christian communities amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip.
In an interview with Vatican News, Jerusalem-based Professor Mustafa AbuSway describes the “unbridled carnage” in Gaza, and thanks Pope Francis for his efforts for a ceasefire, saying “we need to hear his voice more and more.”
The UK Supreme Court's ruling against the Rwanda asylum plan, as highlighted by Aisha Dodwell from CAFOD, underscores the urgent moral obligation to ensure safe routes for asylum seekers and advocates for compassionate and just migration policies aligned with the teachings of Pope Francis.
In a wide-range interview to L’Osservatore Romano on the current war between Hamas and Israel, Senior lecturer Amnon Aran of London's City University says the two-state solution in Israel-Palestine is the only viable solution but, at present, is still a long way off.
Sudan faces a harrowing humanitarian crisis due to ongoing conflict, causing widespread displacement, shortages of essentials, and loss of lives.
As the Israel-Hamas war continues to unfold, the World Council of Churches joins worldwide calls for a humanitarian ceasefire and urges the international community to re-engage for a just and sustainable peace in the Holy Land.
In an interview with Vatican News Christian Professor Walid Basha speaks about the fears of a second Israeli invasion in the West Bank, as violence in the the larger of the two Palestinian territories increases dramatically.
Notwithstanding a recent bomb attack that damaged the house of Salesian religious sisters in Sudan's capital, local residents are asking the religious to continue to stay with them, to provide food, basic needs and hope.
Yigal Carmon, president of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), discusses the war in Gaza and hopes for an end to the conflict in the following interview with L’Osservatore Romano.
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