Pope creates new Indian Diocese of Kuzhithurai, appointing Fr. Jerome Dhas Varuvel as its first bishop.
To care for their families, their spiritual and personal lives, their work, and to care for others: that’s what Pope Francis urged Vatican employees in Christmas greetings Monday.
Saying that the Church is a mother, not an entrepreneur, he warns that power and egoism make us sterile.
The IV European Conference of Youth will be held in Rome at the Pontifical College Maria Mater Ecclesiae from the 11 to 13 December. On the occasion of the conference Pope Francis sent a letter to the President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko.
Pope Francis on Sunday invited the faithful to listen carefully when God knocks at their door. “Too often – he said – Jesus passes by in our lives, he sends an angel and we are so caught up in our thoughts and concerns we do not even notice”.
The Vatican's Permanent Observer to the UN has welcomed the organizatiuon’s proposed framework for upcoming negotiations on the post-2015 agenda. Archb. Bernadito Auza says he agrees with the main points of the "Food for Thought Paper" which sets out modalities for the new SDGs.
In preparation for the General Synod of Bishops on the family, set for October 4th to 25th 2015, the Synod Secretariat has announced the publication of its preparatory document, known by its Latin name, the ‘Lineamenta
Pope Francis, at his weekly General Audience, began a new series of reflections focused on the Family. This week he recalled the October Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family.
Archbishop Wenski of Miami welcomes the U.S./Cuba agreement to normalize their relations.
Over one hundred bishops, priests, deacons and seminarians will meet in Rome in January 2015 for the Second International Conference of the English-speaking Confraternities of Catholic Clergy.
The President of the Australian Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, has expressed “deep sympathy” and offered prayers for all those affected by the hostage attack which took place yesterday at a cafe in downtown Sydney.
In Christmas message, Jerusalem patriarch criticizes all violence.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Théodore-Adrien Sarr from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of Dakar in Senegal in accordance with canon 401 § 1 of the code of Canon Law.
Three Christian Church associations of India express “serious concern” over harrasment of Christians in the country.
Jordan’s Prince El Hassan bin Talal has praised progress in interfaith dialogue following last week’s Third Catholic-Muslim Summit. The Summit, organized by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, took place in Rome from 2-4 December.
Tghe Year of Consecrated Life is a year in which the Church as a whole reflects on the charisms of the religious in the context of new evangelization and family.
Caritas Jordan's Program Manager says for peace in the region, it is critical that the Middle East learns "how to accept its Christian minority" amid a scenario that has many Jordanians fearful of the threat from Islamic State militants
After over 50 years of hostility, this week, with the help of Pope Francis, the United States and Cuba promised to work toward the establishment of full diplomatic relations.Cuba's President is welcoming the initiative, but advuses it won't change the overall political system in Havana.
Hungarian authorities say every week hundreds to thousands of often exhausted refugees, including children, arrive in the country.
Deadly suicide attacks in Yemen kill 26, including school students
Australian authorities are investigating the motives behind a hostage situation in Sydney which has left three people dead and several others injured.
The United Nations Human rights agency has expressed concern about a pattern of detentions and prosecutions in Sudan in recent months.
Global population living six years longer than in 1990 - study
Seven people were killed Monday when suspected Islamic extremists struck in two state capitals in northeastern Nigeria
Reports that the Syrian government killed dozens of civilians during air-strikes on the Islamic State group's main city of Raqqa have generated expressions of horror from the international community
Ukraine’s security service says it has foiled a Russian-backed terrorist plot aimed at causing mass casualties in the capital Kiev. The alleged plot added to tensions between the West and Russia, which on Saturday threatened to retaliate for new sanctions.
Adam Simmermacher, fought for Germany in WWI. This year, his grandson Günther has made a new translation of his grandfather’s memoirs into English, which will be officially released next year with the title “A Soldier for the Kaiser”.
(Vatican Radio) 'Vatican Weekend' for December 21, 2014 features Jill Bevilacqua's reflection on the Sunday gospel and a bird's eye view of the Vatican week presented by EWTN's bureau chief here in Rome, Joan Lewis.
Jill Bevilacqua brings us a Gospel reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent.
As world leaders meet in New York on Tuesday at a UN Summit to discuss the global fight against climate change, a new report by faith-based organizations highlights the crucial role a new set of Sustainable Development Goals must play in meeting the challenge.
The Superior General of the Society of Jesus has called on his confreres to enter a period of discernment ahead of the gathering that serves as the order's highest governing instrument, in 2016
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on 'Gaudete' Sunday blessed the so called 'bambinelli', the little figurines of Baby Jesus to be placed in the crib on Christmas eve. Veronica Scarisbrick takes you to visit one such crib or 'presepe' in the Roman Church of Santa Maria in Via.
(Vatican Radio) Monsignor Philip Whitmore brings us a musical meditation for the Second Sunday in Advent. One in which he explains how the hymns we sing during Advent take the preaching of John the Baptist as a starting-point.
(Vatican Radio) Our popular 'Latin Lover', Carmelite Father Reginald Foster chats to Veronica Scarisbrick about issues related to Christmas both quirky and informative. The conversation begins with a focus on the modern trend to deprive this day of its Christian character.
Created in 2013 by SECAM, the Catholic News Agency for Africa (CANAA) is gathering stories from a variety of sources to make them available to the local churches on the continent and beyond.
Holy Cross priest Fr Arul Raj is the National Director of the Holy Cross Family Ministries in India, based in Bangalore city. In a two-part interview he spoke to us about the challenges that India's Catholic families face. Listen to Part 2 today.
29 Sunday in Ordinary time: The Lord Jesus categorically refuses to be drawn into a pointless argument about paying taxes to Caesar..
The readings focus on the circumstances leading up to the first coming of Jesus which sets the pattern for his coming to us now and at the end of time. The Gospel stresses the key role of Mary in the work of our salvation