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No to war and terrorism

“Never again one against the other, never, never again! ... Never again war!”. Paul VI’s call for peace before the General Assembly of the United ...

Physical and spiritual strength

“It will be a long and difficult journey” and “it will require physical and spiritual strength”, Patriarch Kirill said, before boarding a helicopter on Thursday ...

God’s dream

“The family is founded upon an indissoluble, unitive and procreative marriage and belongs to God’s “dream”, and that of the Church, for the salvation of ...

New dicastery for laity, family and life

On Thursday afternoon, 22 October, at the beginning of the general congregation of the Synod of Bishops, the Holy Father made the following announcement: “I ...

Hope, not trepidation

Msgr Pio Vito Pinto, Dean of the Roman Rota, one month after the 8 September promulgation of the two motu proprii that will enter into ...

​Social justice as a remedy to war

“A propitious occasion” to “renew responsibility by seeking ways to prevent all threats of armed conflict, through the promotion of greater social justice, freedom and ...

Charity in the lab

On a red-topped white jar, an adhesive label reads: Benzyl benzoate 20%. Healthcare professionals recognize it as one of the most effective treatments for scabies. ...

On the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has published a proposal to encourage the faithful to organize in their particular Churches an hour of Eucharistic ...

Our Lady of Częstochowa

Something new awaits the many faithful, pilgrims, tourists and the poor who visit the offices of Papal Charities. The Black Madonna of Częstochowa — hung ...

The world seen from China

On 29 July there was an exhibit in Macau which even included reproductions of maps from the Vatican Apostolic Library. The initiative was included as ...

Man and nature with one voce

Man and nature together in a cry against oppression, violence and contamination. One voice seeking justice. This is how the three-day meeting organized by the ...

A tale of compassion from the First World War

There is an unfamiliar but deeply significant aspect of the Gallipoli campaign, whose centenary we have just celebrated on 25 April. Many know the broad-brush ...

Paris is the last chance

The next climate summit in Paris (cop21) may be the “last effective opportunity” to negotiate arrangements that keep human-induced warming “to a limit safe for ...

A moral issue

It is first and foremost the poor who pay the price of climate change. Therefore tackling the causes of this phenomenon represents a “moral” duty ...

A worldwide anti-trafficking agency

There is need for a worldwide anti-trafficking agency with the authority to apply the protocols signed by various States.This is one of the proposals developed ...

Against modern slavery

“Buddhists and Christians: Together to Counter Modern Slavery” is the title of the message which the Pontifical Council for Interreligius Dialogue sent to Buddhists for ...

The pebble and the 'colomba'

“The Church that Francis wants is open and close to the suffering. This is why the Pope was very glad that we could be present ...

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran swears in as Camerlengo

Pope Francis received Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, on Monday morning, 9 March, for his swearing-in ceremony as Camerlengo ...

Making the Church a “safe home”

The members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors gathered in Plenary Assembly February 6-8, in Rome. The members who took part in ...

Unity best not be left to dictators

There's encounter, there's prayer, there's suffering. But there still is no consensus. This is the current state of health of ecumenismaccording to Cardinal Kurt Koch, ...

What must be done

“The Holy See wishes to express its appreciation to the local Catholic Church in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone for its timely response to the ...

Faster and more effective

Rescriptum ex audientia sanctissimiThe Motu Proprio Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela (SST) of 30 April 2001, amended on 21 May 2010, details which crimes are reserved to ...

New 5-year term of the International Theological Commission

The following is a press release concerning the conclusion of the eighth five-year term of the International Theological Commission and the appointment of the new ...

Bringing the solidarity of the Pope

Cardinal Fernando Filoni interprets his mission as Pope Francis’ Personal Envoy to Iraq as one of bringing the solidarity of the Pontiff and of the ...

The four eyes principle

Pope Francis wants a “poor church for the poor,” but that “doesn't necessarily mean a church with empty coffers”, said Cardinal George Pell, “and it ...

Transparent, straight-forward and efficient

A transparent, straight-forward and efficient institute in line with all other structures within in the Holy See, that “with the support of the Holy Father ...

Galaxies come to the Vatican

Galaxies, collections of billions of stars in beautiful spirals or elegant elliptical clouds, were once called “island universes” because they seemed so distant that they ...

The intolerable financial control of peoples

We cannot continue to tolerate financial markets which govern the destiny of peoples rather than serving their needs. And one of the most nefarious effects ...

Strengthening the framework

The Autorità di Informazione Finanziaria (aif) of the Holy See and the Vatican City State has presented its Annual Report for 2013. The report reviews ...

It is our longing that unites us

On the occasion of the Buddist feast of Vesakh, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, granted the following interview to ...

Twenty years for life

“Twenty years of an institution like ours is the equivalent of twenty days of a person's life. This is to say that ours is a ...

Defending the rights of minors

At the end of its 65th session, the Committee on the Rights of the Child has published its Concluding Observations on the reviewed Reports of ...

Cardinal Sarah visits territories affected by typhoon in the Philippines

On behalf of Pope Francis, Cardinal Robert Sarah, President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, is visiting the Philippines from 26 to 31 January. He ...

Ecumenism and the philosophy of encounter

In past months we have seen images of Syrians fleeing their country to seek refuge in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. The plight of these refugees ...

Ecumenism under a lucky star

This year the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January) is under an especially lucky ecumenical star. The theme of the Week is taken ...

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