Events

  • Young Sri Lankan Buddhists too would like to have a WYD

    Young Sri Lankan Buddhists too would like to have a WYD

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    For some young people, an international event like World Youth Day is an opportunity "to share feelings, opinions and ideas, suggesting new paths to the world." This year in Rio, there will not be a Sri Lankan delegation.

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  • South Asia`s disunited nations prevent effective flood relief

    South Asia's disunited nations prevent effective flood relief

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    A lack of co-operation between South Asian countries is preventing timely flood warnings that could save lives and property during the monsoon season. Erratic and extreme rainfall is causing catastrophic flooding, most recently in northwest India and Nepal ...

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  • A day in the life of Pope Francis

    A day in the life of Pope Francis

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The first few hours of Francis’ day are dedicated to prayer and meditation on the Readings which the Pope comments on, in the brief homilies he gives in his morning masses in the chapel of the place he likes to call the “boarding school”, commonly known as St. Martha’s House: a simple...

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  • Pontifical Council issues message for World Tourism Day 2013: Tourism and Water

    Pontifical Council issues message for World Tourism Day 2013: Tourism and Water

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    With St. Francis, the “Little Poor” of Assisi, we raise our hymn to God, praising him for his creatures: “Praised be to you, my Lord, for sister Water, which is very useful and humble and precious and pure”.

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  • Vatican finances presented to Economic Council of Cardinals

    Vatican finances presented to Economic Council of Cardinals

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    On Tuesday Wednesday (July 2 and 3rd), the meeting of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of Organisational and Economic Problems of the Holy See took place in Vatican City, presided over by Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone . Particularly noteworthy was the visit ...

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  • For solidarity without boundaries

    For solidarity without boundaries

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Lampedusa is just one of many points of convergence around the globe where different worlds meet. The vast range of refugees routes extends to include those in boats who make their way to Australia, Yemen, Italy or Malta; by truck crossing the Sahara desert to the north ...

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  • Pope Francis in close-up - Seasoned Vatican observer spots some trends and looks ahead

    Pope Francis in close-up - Seasoned Vatican observer spots some trends and looks ahead

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The first 100 days of a pope are not like the first 100 days of a president or prime minister or a CEO. A pope thinks long-term, and is under less pressure to put forward a series of short-term goals or programs. Most of the issues facing a pope transcend ...

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  • Land tenure: breaking the cycle of poverty

    Land tenure: breaking the cycle of poverty

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    “Land is this basic thing that allows us to build up and help people get out of poverty”. Amanda, who started working at Landesa in 2010, says she is gratified and rewarded by her work as her prime interest is trying to get people out of poverty. Land rights, she says ...

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  • Pope Francis` first encyclical,

    Pope Francis' first encyclical,

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Pope Francis' first encyclical, entitled “Lumen Fidei”, will be published on Friday 5 July. The document, described as “not very extensive” by the director of the...

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  • IOR Director and Deputy Director resign. Communique` of the Press Office of the Holy See

    IOR Director and Deputy Director resign. Communique' of the Press Office of the Holy See

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    President Ernst von Freyberg to assume General Director duties ad interim – IOR-Directorate offers resignations – Promontory seconding top level executives to fill the roles of Deputy Director and Chief Risk Officer

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  • Mindanao group wins top peace award

    Mindanao group wins top peace award

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    An interreligious peace movement in troubled Mindanao has won the prestigious Goi Peace Award, a Japanese prize previously given to Microsoft founder Bill Gates and the former president of Costa Rica.

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  • Philippine Christians unite to tackle trafficking

    Philippine Christians unite to tackle trafficking

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Catholic and Protestant Churches in the Philippines have formed an alliance against humann trafficking following a damning assessment last week by the US State Department.

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  • Solidarity with Hindu pilgrims affected by floods

    Solidarity with Hindu pilgrims affected by floods

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Bishops' Conference of India sends a message to monsoon victims. Deathly toll of more than 150 victims in Uttharkhand:, at least 50 thousand pilgrims still stranded by landslides. Diocesan Caritas and NGOs alongside state agencies in rescue operations.

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  • Pope to FAO: more must been done to end scandal of starvation

    Pope to FAO: more must been done to end scandal of starvation

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    “Something more can and must be done” for the millions of people who are “still suffering and dying of starvation”, something which is “truly scandalous” in this day and age. Moreover, the current global crisis cannot “continue to be used as an alibi” for people, ...

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  • Pope: We see the face of Christ in refugees

    Pope: We see the face of Christ in refugees

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Pope Francis has spoken about World Refugee Day , which falls Thursday June 20th, making an impassioned appeal for people and institutions around the world to come to the aid of the countless families forced to flee their homelands because of violence and persecution.

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  • Pope Francis: Lower defences and open doors

    Pope Francis: Lower defences and open doors

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Dialogue, discernment, and frontier: These were the three words that the Pope suggested to the personnel of the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica (Catholic Civilization), which is published in Italian from Rome, whom he received in audience in the morning 14.6.2013.

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  • Forced migration: Pastoral Guidelines

    Forced migration: Pastoral Guidelines

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    A new document dealing with the issue of forced migration was presented Thursday at the Holy See Press office by the Presidents of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People and the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.

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  • Politicians and Hindu leaders join Pope Francis to defend man and the environment

    Politicians and Hindu leaders join Pope Francis to defend man and the environment

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Nepali politicians, Hindu leaders and scientists have welcomed the words of Pope Francis, and are spreading the papal message issued yesterday for World Environment Day in favour of a "culture of solidarity and encounter" that protects the "human person [that] is now in danger."

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  • The Apostleship of Prayer in cyberspace

    The Apostleship of Prayer in cyberspace

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    In this time of technological advance and growing democratization of information thanks to the possibilities of new media, why not use Social Media to inform Facebook and Twitter users of the latest news from the Catholic Church?

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  • The Pope commented on the day`s readings: The isolated conscience

    The Pope commented on the day's readings: The isolated conscience

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Egoism leads nowhere. Love, however, frees. Therefore, those who are able to live their lives as “a gift to give others” will never be alone and will never experience “the tragedy of the isolated conscience”, easy prey of that “evil repaying Satan” ever “ready to swindle” those who choose his path...

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  • Pope appeals for calm in Venezuela, relief for China`s earthquake victims

    Pope appeals for calm in Venezuela, relief for China's earthquake victims

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    On Sunday Pope Francis made a series of appeals following the midday recitation of the Marian prayer, Regina Caeli, with thousands of faithful in St Peter’s Square. The Holy Father appealed for calm in Venezuela following hotly contested presidential elections and ...

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  • Pastor launches new Qu`ran burning stunt

    Pastor launches new Qu'ran burning stunt

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    A top Muslim cleric has asked Christians to support a protest against a new plan to burn copies of the Qu’ran. Announced in a press release this week from Terry Jones, an American pastor who has gained notoriety through past anti-Islamic initiatives, the latest stunt would involve the

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  • Adult stem cell conference: A cultural perspective

    Adult stem cell conference: A cultural perspective

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    An International Conference on adult stem cell research is due to open on Thursday in the Vatican. The event three day event entitled “Regenerative Medicine: Fundamental Change in Science and Culture, brings together politicians, medical researchers and

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  • Angelus: Pope wishes youth a Good Journey to WYD 2013

    Angelus: Pope wishes youth a Good Journey to WYD 2013

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    At the end of this morning’s Mass for Palm Sunday (24 March 2013), and before praying the Angelus, the Pope called upon the intercession of our Lady, particularly in favour of those suffering with tuberculosis and young persons...

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  • Ecumenical network observes World Water Day

    Ecumenical network observes World Water Day

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    World Water Day, initiated by the United Nations in 1993, is celebrated each year on 22 March to promote activities addressing water issues. In a side event on “Living Water: Towards a Water-Secure World” at the forum, along with other religious leaders, EWN coordinator Dinesh Suna spoke about the role of faith-based ...

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  • Homily for inaugural Mass of Petrine Ministry

    Homily for inaugural Mass of Petrine Ministry

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    I thank the Lord that I can celebrate this Holy Mass for the inauguration of my Petrine ministry on the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the patron of the universal Church. It is a significant coincidence, and it is also the name-day of my venerable predecessor: we are ...

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  • Peres invites Pope Francis to Israel

    Peres invites Pope Francis to Israel

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    President Shimon Peres on Thursday invited Pope Francis to visit Israel, the day after the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was elected as pontiff by the College of Cardinals. Speaking to a visiting delegation of Church leaders from Poland, Peres said ...

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  • Humble pope may signal change for Asia

    Humble pope may signal change for Asia

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Catholic leaders and civil society organizations said on Friday that the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis signals hope that the Vatican will pay closer attention to the needs of the poor throughout the world, particularly Indonesia....“Yesterday I read an article saying that [then] Cardinal Bergoglio ...

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  • The Cardinals who will elect the Pope

    The Cardinals who will elect the Pope

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Categorizing the cardinals from area of origin, the 60 European cardinals come from: Italy: 28. Germany: 6. Spain: 5. Poland: 4. France: 4. Austria: 1. Belgium: 1. Switzerland: 1. Portugal: 2. Netherlands:1. ....

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  • Conclave: Black smoke at ballot I

    Conclave: Black smoke at ballot I

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    (Vatican Radio) There was no doubt about it: it was shortly after 7:40 pm Tuesday evening in Rome that the charcoal black smoke came billowing out of the smokestack above the Sistine Chapel, signalling that Cardinals meeting in day one of their conclave were....

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