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Papal diplomat: Pope’s words having impact in Holy Land

POPE Francis’ words on the conflict in Gaza are having an impact in the Holy Land and on a “truly tragic” situation, the apostolic delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine has said. In an interview with Vatican Radio, Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, who is a former apostolic nuncio to Australia, said the Pope’s words had had “a major impact” and were relayed ... Read More »

Council of Cardinals meeting described as ‘free, frank, friendly’

THE pontifical councils on the laity and the family were studied in particular depth at the latest meeting at the Vatican of the Council of Cardinals. This was reported in a statement from the Vatican on July 4. The statement on July 4, the last day of the gathering, described the latest meeting of the council as “free, frank and ... Read More »

Cardinals discuss structure of Vatican Bank ‘in depth’

Pope Francis and cardinals

THE Vatican has said the council of eight cardinals tasked with reforming the Roman Curia met on the morning of July 1 at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, as planned. It said Pope Francis is participating in all the meetings; on the morning of July 2, he participated in the entire meeting, as the general audiences have been suspended. Secretary of ... Read More »

Pope calls bishops to imitate St Peter’s trust in God

Pope Francis

POPE Francis, preaching on the feast of Sts Peter and Paul, said the witness of St Peter reminds us “that our true refuge is trust in God”. Thousands of faithful gathered in St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday to celebrate the feast. Pope Francis presided at the Mass, which saw the traditional presence of the delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of ... Read More »

Leader decries attacks

PATRIARCH Gregory III Laham says the “greatest pastoral care and responsibility” lies in “conserving and maintaining” a presence in Syria, “despite crises, wars, the rise of fundamentalism and rejection by others.” The leader of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church said this while he was addressing the annual meeting of the Holy Synod of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. The patriarch ... Read More »

Iraq bishops meeting to discuss nation’s crisis

Iraq attack

CATHOLIC bishops from Iraq are meeting this week to come up with a “rescue plan” amid growing fears that the ISIL Islamist attacks have put Christianity at increased risk of being extinguished from the country. The meeting of the Chaldean hierarchy, which starts on June 24, comes after the military success of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) ... Read More »

The Pastoral Project of ‘Evangelii Gaudium’

Evangelii Gaudium

By Ann Schneible “THE Pastoral Project of Evangelii Gaudium” is the title of an international meeting to be held at the Vatican later this year for all those engaged in pastoral care. The meeting, which is being organised by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, will reflect on the central themes of Pope Francis’ first apostolic ... Read More »

Pope to visit Albania

POPE Francis has announced he will visit Albania in September, and has implored faithful worldwide to pray for those suffering in Iraq. Following the midday Angelus prayer on June 15, the Pontiff announced that on September 21, he will visit the Albanian city of Tirana. “With this brief trip I wish to confirm in the faith the Church in Albania, ... Read More »

US nuncio notes five challenges for Catholic educators


Here is an edited version of the May 28 address given by the apostolic nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, to the Centre for Catholic Education and Faith-Based Leadership at its 20th Annual Catholic Education Executive Leadership Dinner. WE know well that Catholic education is more needed today in our culture than at any other time. Our young people are facing ... Read More »

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