The permanent representative of the Holy See to the OSCE, Monsignor Janusz Urbańczyk, recommends joint efforts in tackling the deep-rooted causes of trafficking in persons through promoting policies capable of guaranteeing work for everyone, while respecting their human dignity.
Pope Francis leads the Holy Rosary in the Vatican Gardens at the conclusion of the “Marathon of Prayer” for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resumption of work and social activities.
At least 192 people have been killed, including 55 children, since the escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine began last week. Calls for an end to the hostilities pour in from different quarters amid the rising death toll, with Pope Francis speaking by phone to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Pope Francis presides over a special Mass for Myanmar Catholics living in Rome and joins them in prayers for peace.
With a new Apostolic Letter issued “motu proprio,” Pope Francis establishes the lay ministry of catechist, intended to respond to an urgent need for the evangelisation of the modern world, and undertaken in a “secular” manner, avoiding clericalisation.
Pope Francis calls for peace and a shared solution to the violence occurring in Jerusalem, as Palestinian protesters continue to clash with Israeli police.
Pope Francis on Thursday receives 34 new members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, ahead of their swearing-in ceremony, telling them that the qualities of courtesy and helpfulness in their work “are a beautiful testimony and a sign of the Church's welcome.”
Coronavirus cases in India surge past the 20 million mark, while hospitals continue to face a shortage in oxygen supplies.
Reminding the faithful that we have entered the Marian month of May and of the daily “Prayer Marathon” initiative, Pope Francis invites everyone to pray for peace and reconciliation in Myanmar.
The number of people killed by an explosion and subsequent fire at a hospital in Baghdad has risen to 82.
In 2020, there was a 67% increase in the number of murders of indigenous leaders, compared to 2019.
The collapse of the global economy has contributed to worsening conditions for the very poor in the Caribbean nation of Haiti, according to Fr Richard Frechette with the "Fondazione Rava”.
According to Amnesty International, Eritrean soldiers opened fire on civilians in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, killing three people and wounding at least 19.
In the Myanmar military’s crackdown against opponents of its Feb. 1 coup, places of worship of all religious affiliations are being targeted with raids by security forces in search of protesters, alleged illegal activities or insurgents.
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has sent a telegram on the Pope’s behalf to Colombia's bishops expressing concern over the dramatic situation in the southern part of the country.
The Church in Ethiopia, through its Social and Development Commission, is working hard to provide much-needed support to people in need. Last year the Commission implemented 189 projects in various parts of the country. In 2021, the Church plans to mobilize over 2.8 million Birr ($6.05 million USD) to benefit more than seven million citizens.
Bishop Badejo of Nigeria has called upon leaders in Nigeria and all over the world to work for a better world.
World leaders ramp up their condemnation of the military coup leaders as Myanmar's death toll crosses the grim total.
On the eve of Pope Francis' apostolic visit to Iraq, the secretary-general of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity underscores the values of solidarity and coexistence emphasized by the Pope in his encyclical Fratelli tutti.
Pope Francis will be leaving soon for the most difficult and most important journey of his pontificate. On the agenda: Expressing his closeness to Christians, support for the reconstruction of a nation devastated by war and terrorism, reaching out to our Muslim brothers and sisters. When he arrives in Iraq, Pope Francis will fulfil one of John Paul II’s dreams.
TEHRAN (AA): The Taliban on Monday said the agreement reached between the group and the US last year stipulates the “formation of an inclusive Islamic government” in Afghanistan.
GENEVA (AA): At least 49 higher-income countries have administered over 39 million jabs against COVID-19, but the World Health Organization chief warned Monday the planet is on the “brink of a catastrophic moral failure” in getting vaccines to the poorest nations.
GENEVA (AA): Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis with nearly 80% or more than 24 million of its people needing humanitarian assistance and protection and more than 13 million in danger of starving to death, the UN humanitarian office said Monday.
BHUBANESWAR, INDIA, December 22, 2020 (Hindustan Times): Nearly 22 antique statues, some of them made of Ashtadhatu alloy ("of eight metals"), have allegedly been stolen from a 13th century Shiva temple in Khurda district late on Monday night.
RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA): Israeli forces rounded up 413 Palestinians in raids across the occupied West Bank in November, according to Palestinian NGOs on Saturday.
(LWI) - “I need to use the settings on my phone to silence those little pings that come up every time an email or a message comes in.
At least three people were murdered in an horrific attack on Thursday at the Basilica of Notre Dame in Nice. French bishops express their pain and closeness to the victims.
The Bishops of Belgium issue a letter ahead of the feast of All Saints and the commemoration of All Souls, highlighting the challenges presented by the Coronavirus pandemic.
In the wake of the brutal murders of several school children in southwestern Cameroon on Saturday, Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba reflects on the nation’s socio-political crisis, and thanks Pope Francis for his words of consolation and support.
The Pope on Sunday expresses his concern at continuing violence in Nigeria, and appeals for social harmony in the promotion of justice and the common good.
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