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Following is the full text of the message the Holy Father to the young people preparing for the 29th World Youth Day 2014, which will take as its theme: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is...
On February 6, 2014, the Bilateral Commission of the Holy See and the State of Palestine, which is responsible for finalising the text of a Global Agreement following on the Basic Agreement, signed...
Following is the statement issued by the Holy See following the publishing of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) report: According to the proper procedures foreseen for the parties to...
Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, will visit the Vatican and meet Pope Francis on April 3. A statement from her press secretary states the Queen is coming to Rome in response...
On Sunday, February 2, Pope Francis celebrated the 18th World Day for Consecrated Life highlighting the fact that at the centre of Consecrated Life there is always Jesus. During his homily at Mass in...
He's nowhere near Santa Claus yet, but Pope Francis gets so much mail that the tiny office that deals with it is swamped and working overtime. "Mostly, they are requests for comfort or prayers,"...
Police have said they recovered the relic of Blessed John Paul II, a day after they found the stolen gold reliquary. The relic consists of a bloody fragment from the cassock the late pontiff was...
At least 53 people have been killed, when a terrorist group attacked a church in Nigeria as Mass was being celebrated, while more than one hundred people were killed in another village the same day....
Pope Francis was officially proclaimed a superhero. His weapons include a rosary hanging around his neck, and a briefcase pack with values, and even a scarf of his favourite soccer team's colours....
A religious reliquary containing blood from the late Pope John Paul II has been stolen from a remote mountain church in Italy, with speculation that a Satanic group could be behind the theft. A team...
“A sign of hope amid so much violence and despair”. This is how Mgr Louis Sako, Chaldean archbishop of Kirkuk, described the ordination of three new deacons that has taken place in Ankawa, Kurdistan...
Gunmen have bombed and fired upon a Catholic parish in Borno State, which is located in northeastern Nigeria, and killed 22 worshippers, according to a Reuters news agency report. The gunmen also...
Pope Francis has prayed for an end to violence in Kiev, calling for dialogue between the Ukraine government and opposition amid fears fierce protests could develop into a wider civil conflict. "I...
The private papers of Blessed John Paul II will be released in Polish next month in a book titled, “I am so much in God’s hands. Personal records 1962-2003”, from the Krakow-based publisher Znak. The...
Queen Maria Cristina of Savoy (1812-36), whose husband ruled the largest of the Italian kingdoms before national unification, has been beatified in Naples. The daughter of King Victor Emmanuel I of...
Today François Hollande held a 35 minute meeting with the Pope, followed by another meeting with the Secretariat of State, Mgr. Pietro Parolin and the Holy See’s “foreign affairs minister”, Mgr....
Following the meeting of French President Francois Hollande and Pope Francis, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed that the Holy Father had begun work on a draft text on the topic of...
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill said he is hoping the Geneva II conference will put an end to the war in Syria. Patriarch Kirill called on all people of good will to stop the escalation of...
Pope Francis has sent a message to participants at the World Economic Forum currently convening in the Swiss resort city of Davos. Catholic Church leaders are among those taking part in the four-day...
In his message to mark the hundredth World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis urged countries to welcome and respect migrants and refugees and not to treat them as “pawns on the chessboard of...