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This May the Holy See is to present its initial report on the Convention against Torture (CAT) to the relevant UN committee. Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed this in a statement to...
President Barack Obama has named members of the presidential delegation that will attend the canonizations of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II, the White House has announced. The highly...
The words Hosanna in the highest, sung during Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, hold special significance for the Ukrainian people during this time of crisis, said Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk...
A wildfire has engulfed a huge swathe of the Chilean port city of Valparaiso, killing 12 people, and leaving thousands homeless. The fire, which broke out on Saturday, April 12, continues to blaze....
The entire square fell silent when the Pope began his Palm Sunday homily, marking the start of Holy Week. Francis looked serious and deep in concentration as he left his prepared text to one side and...
Pope Francis has reiterated human life is sacred and inviolable during a meeting with Italy’s Pro-Life Movement (Movimento per la Vita), adding every civil right is based on the “first and most...
The Vatican has told the United Nations that fertility and pregnancy must not be treated as a ‘disease.’ An official statement from the Holy See’s Holy See’s Permanent Observer mission to UN’s...
Pope Francis welcomed on Wednesday, April 9, a delegation coming from the Holy Land during an audience with the faithful. Addressing thousands of people gathered at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican...
A Ukrainian Catholic bishop warned his church could lose its legal status in Crimea under Russian rule and pledged to use “all possible means in the international arena” to defend it. “Greek Catholic...
“Human life is sacred and inviolable” and “every civil right is based on the “first and most fundamental right,” the right to life.” “The unborn child in the womb is the most concrete example of...
At the end of the general audience at St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, April 9, Pope Francis called out “No more war! No more destruction!” The Pope expressed “profound sorrow” for the death of...
The relationship between Christianity and the Cross and our own sins was the focus of Pope Francis’s reflections at his Mass on Tuesday, April 8, in the Santa Marta residence. In his homily, the Pope...
In the March-April 2014 issue of the two-monthly Italian magazine Terrasanta, Manuela Borraccino interviews Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect, in the Vatican, of the Congregation for the Oriental...
At the Angelus on Sunday, April 6, 2014, Pope Francis spoke on the day’s Gospel, which relates the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. This miracle, the Pope said, “is the culmination of...
A new exhibition featuring Biblical texts and rare manuscripts is under way in the Braccio di Carlo Magno Museum in the Vatican. Titled “Verbum Domini II” God’s Word Goes Out to the Nations: the...
Pope Francis has approved a proposal on the future of the Institute for Religious Works, commonly known as the “Vatican bank,” affirming its importance for the good of the Church. “The IOR will...
“Arise! Shine, for your light has come, the glory of the LORD has dawned upon you" (Is, 60:1): this is the motto for Pope Francis’ upcoming Apostolic Voyage to Korea (August 14-18 2014), the first...
“The army has been more present in our region in the past few weeks,” the Bishop of Yola,a city near Cameroon, where three missionaries have been kidnapped, told “Vatican Insider”. “When I learnt...
The Holy Father has sent a message to Ignatius Aphrem II, the new Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, congratulating him on his election. Pope Francis expresses his joy at...
In his remarks following the Angelus, Pope Francis also noted the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. After assuring the people of Rwanda of his spiritual closeness to them, he invoked “upon...