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On the field for peace

Pope Francis announced that on 29 May another “Match for Peace” will be played at Rome's Olympic Stadium, following the one on 1 September 2014. ...

Defending freedom of religion

Mr Chairman,Participating for the first time at an OSCE Ministerial Council as Secretary for the Holy See’s Relations with States, I would like to begin ...

One-third of the population without medicine

Geneva, 10 June 2015Mr. President,I join previous speakers to congratulate you on your election. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about one-third of the ...

Between dignity and transcendence

The call to place men and women at the heart of Europe's political project – men and women, that is to say, not as “citizens” ...

Memory, courage, utopian vision

To “progress towards the future” we need “memory, courage, a sound and humane utopian vision”: the Pontiff recalled this to the members of the Council ...

Behind the Pontiff's addresses in Strasbourg

The trip was short — extremely short — only about four hours on French soil. It was the shortest international visit by a Pontiff in ...

A moral duty

Throughout the world there are increasing appeals for prayer but also for concrete acts of solidarity, as well as appeals calling for an end the ...

Only a humble church can heal

“In these days we have come together to hear success stories of progress that has been made worldwide. We are pleased to hear from those ...

Aid and protection for migrants

Recognition for the Pope's work for migrants, the priority of saving lives in aiding international migration flow, and support for the European Union's efforts to ...

Concrete steps against modern slavery

The following is the English text of the discourse that Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, gave ...

Food security is a challenge for the future

Throughout history, thanks to the inventiveness of farmers and pastoralists over millennia and, more recently, to the creativity of scientists and engineers, food production has ...

To end the proliferation of nuclear weapons

The following is the original English text of the intervention given on 16 September in Vienna by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States, ...

The G20 document with not mention of Syria

The G20 summit in the Russian capital has confirmed the division in the international community on the Syrian crisis and, above all, on military intervention ...

People before patients

An interdisciplinary approach to therapies, parental involvement, persistence in completing treatment, with special attention to the spiritual and ethical dimension as well as the speed ...

A future to protect

On 27 September World Tourism Day will be celebrated on the theme chosen by the World Tourism Organization this year: “Tourism and water: protecting our ...

The scandal of hunger

The Pope strongly condemned the abundance of food because the total production levels are sufficient to end hunger. And still today millions of people are ...

No agreement on the weapons treaty

The Secretary General of the United Nations said he was deeply disappointed with the failure of the Final United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade ...

Unity among Christians for peace in the Middle East

Christians in the Middle East “face painful trials and difficulties which are a source of deep concern to us all”. They must work together “in ...

If relativism is taken as a norm

ROME, 16. “There is a real risk that moral relativism, which imposes itself as a new social norm, will come to undermine the foundations of ...

Nine hundred years of serving the poorest in the world

A look at the most difficult humanitarian situations where aid was provided in 2012 and the announcement of the celebration of the 900th anniversary of ...

The light that leads to justice and peace

“Christ's light is the lamp for our feet that shows us the way toward justice and peace”. These are the words of hope that are ...

The strength of the relationship between the United Kingdom and the Holy See

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester took part today, 1 December, Feast of the English Martyrs, in the commemoration of the 650th anniversary of the ...

For a humanity free from hunger

Setting humanity free from hunger is possible. Benedict XVI is certain of it and even points out how: it would suffice to abandon policies “that ...

A tired continent in an identity crisis and which must rediscover the meaning of the absolute

“Europe no longer knows exactly what its role in the world is”, it “retreats” into a perspective which from a historical viewpoint is “losing”, “it ...

Who is paying for the crisis?

By the year 2020, 70 million more people will be living in dire poverty. And in this same period more than 400,000 children will not ...

Job emergency number one

A new report has come out for clarifying and overcoming the employment problem in Europe. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva today published a ...

Young people weary of seeking work

The global rate of unemployment among the young in 2012 has reached its maximum since the crisis began and no decrease can be expected until ...

Priority placed on growth

More effort to promote growth does mean giving up on severity. The G8 at Camp David, which concluded on Saturday, could mark a turning point ...

Efforts converge to strengthen a dialogue of culture and peace

Introduction. The Delegation of the Holy See wishes to thank His Excellency Mr. Audronius Ažubalis, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, as well as the ...

Listen to the voice of indigenous people

No one knows the environment and land more than indigenous populations. In the area near the North Pole, for example, it is these populations which ...

Safeguarding Christians against every discrimination

The following is the statement given by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States, given on 12 September at an OSCE ( Organization for ...

Indulgences on the occasion of the 26th World Youth Day

Apostolic Penitentiary Madrid Decree The Plenary Indulgence is granted to the faithful who, on the occasion of the 26th World Youth Day, will gather in ...

A solidarity without pauses

There has been an emergency situation in the Horn of Africa for a few weeks now. Yes, the situation still has not been resolved, because ...

The cost of the euro’s survival

“Let us not be under any illusions, the situation is very serious: the future of the euro is at stake.” The realism of the President ...

The UN returns to the most devastated areas of Somalia

For the first time in more than a year and a half, the United Nations is preparing to distribute aid to populations in areas of ...

The worst disaster

The worst humanitarian disaster in the world is occurring in Somalia, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Antonio Guterres, said yesterday after visiting the ...

Selfishness and food speculation are the cause of hunger in the world

Despite the commitments made by the international community, the number of hungry people in the world has not fallen and children are the first victims ...

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