Vatican News’ Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ reports

In a video message sent Saturday to participants in the VAX Live concert, Pope Francis stresses the need for deep healing, both from the effects of the Covid-19 virus and the virus of individualism and closed nationalism.

“Receive a cordial greeting from this old man, who does not dance or sing like you, but who believes as you do that injustice and evil are not invincible,” said Pope Francis in a video message to participants at “VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World.”

The event, which takes place on Saturday, aims to…

Vatican News Sunday Gospel with a reflection from the Holy Father

Jesus said to his disciples:

“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
and remain in his love.

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you
and your joy might be complete.

This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

You are my friends if you do what I command you. I…

Diocese of Timika, Papua

Vatican News reports

Indonesian police carry the coffin of an officer killed in a gun battle in Papua, Indonesia (AFP or licensors)

Escalating violence in the province of Papua, Indonesia, has prompted Church leaders in the region to call on the military and separatist groups to declare a ceasefire in order to find “a dignified, humane, open, and respectful solution” to the crisis.

Vatican News staff reporter

The Church in the province of Papua in Indonesia is calling on military leaders and rebel groups to declare a truce to avoid the risk of escalation of violence in the region.

Church leaders have expressed concern that a recent move by the government to add separatists to a list of terrorist groups could exacerbate…

Catholic Mission of Niem

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Soldier patrol the streets in Central African Republic to maintain order (AFP or licensors)

A missionary collaborator is the sole victim of a mine that exploded when a car of the Catholic Mission of Niem drove over it. Locals suspect that the mine was probably set by rebels active in the region.

By Vatican News staff writer

A vehicle belonging to the Catholic Mission of Niem, in the Central African Republic, exploded on a landmine on Wednesday, killing a young collaborator attached to the Mission and injuring two others, including a priest.

The Niem Mission is entrusted to the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Betharram (Societas Presbyterorum Sacratissimi Cordis Iesu de…

Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales

Vatican News reports

Migrants in a rubber boat attempting to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe (ANSA)

Bishop Paul McAleen welcomes Pope Francis’ message for the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees saying they have a valuable contribution to make to society.

By Vatican News staff reporter

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI)

Relatives in protective gear bury a victim who died of Covid-19. (AFP or licensors)

Indian Christians observed a day of fasting and prayer on Friday for deliverance from the scourge of Covid-19 that has ravaged the nation with massive waves of infections and deaths, stretching the nation’s healthcare system to breaking point.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) called for a day of fasting and prayer on the first Friday of May. Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), called for the observance, proposing to bishops across the nation to gather in their cathedrals or bishops’ houses at around midday to pray.

For his Archdiocese…

The Office of Papal Charities

On Saturday, the Vatican will be offering Covid vaccines to the homeless and vulnerable people. The Office of Papal Charities is coordinating the initiative, which will take place in the Paul VI Hall.

Meanwhile, the “suspended vaccine” campaign, which has already made it possible to help countries in serious difficulty due to the pandemic, is continuing, with contributions exceeding expectations.

It is a request that came spontaneously from those who live on the streets, who have been struck by the generosity of the Pope, and his desire to help the most vulnerable and those most exposed to Covid-19.

Cardinal Konrad…

The Vatican

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The Courtyard of Saint Damasus in the Vatican

Beginning on Wednesday, 12 May, Pope Francis’ General Audiences will be open once again to in-person participation of the faithful.

The Pope will once again be holding his weekly General Audience in the Courtyard of St Damasus, beginning on Wednesday 12 May, with the faithful able to attend in person. The Holy See Press Office made the announcement on Thursday evening, reporting what had been communicated by the Prefecture of the Papal Household.

Pope Francis, in keeping with anti-Covid health measures, began holding the General Audience virtually from the Library of the Apostolic Palace. Public attendance at the General Audience…

Art That Comforts

Vatican Museums & Vatican News feature with words from the Popes

Bernardo Daddi, (Firenze c. 1290–1348) Martyrdom of St Stephen, c. 1345, Tempera on wood, From a predella containing the Stories of St Stephen, 26,5 x 30 cm, Vatican Museum, Art Gallery, © Musei Vaticani

Beauty creates communion. It unites onlookers from a distance, uniting past, present and future. Pope Francis has recalled this on a number of occasions. The Church has always translated the universality of the Good News into the language of art.

From this premise, this dramatic moment in history characterized by uncertainty and isolation, gives rise to this initiative which is a partnership between the Vatican Museum and Vatican News: Masterpieces from the Vatican Collection accompanied by comments from the words of the Popes.

Benedict XVI, Way of the Cross at the Colosseum, 6 April 2012

Beauty That Comforts

Vatican Museums & Vatican News feature with words from the Popes

Florentine School, XV century, Portion of a predella: Saint Catherine liberated from the demon, Vatican Museum, Art Gallery, © Musei Vaticani

Beauty creates communion. It unites onlookers from a distance, uniting past, present and future. Pope Francis has recalled this on a number of occasions. The Church has always translated the universality of the Good News into the language of art. From this premise, this dramatic moment in history characterized by uncertainty and isolation, gives rise to this initiative which is a partnership between the Vatican Museum and Vatican News: Masterpieces from the Vatican Collection accompanied by comments from the words of the Popes.

Pope Francis, message for the 24th World day of the sick 2016

Vic Alcuaz

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