Pope Francis calls for urgency in joint efforts on the path towards protecting our planet, in two separate video messages for Earth Day 2021.
By Vatican News staff writer
Commemorating the 51st Earth Day on Thursday, Pope Francis sent two video messages reminding everyone of the importance of working together to protect our planet.
In a message for the Leaders Summit on Climate, the Pope said the initiative sets world leaders on a path towards the COP26 meeting to take place in Glasgow, Scotland, in November 2021.
He said the Leaders Summit encourages nations to “take charge of the care…
Korean Cardinal Andrew Soo-jung Yeom, Archbishop of Seoul and Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang, announces the dedication of the Diocese of Pyongyang to Our Lady of Fatima on 15 August.
The Diocese of Pyongyang, North Korea, is to be dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima on 15 August, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Archbishop of Seoul and Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang, Cardinal Andrew Soo-jung Yeom, made this announcement in his message for the liturgical Solemnity. He said that the assumption into heaven of Our Lady “is a sign of hope for us, the faithful, because…
The Mission Basilica San Buenaventura becomes the sixth Minor Basilica in the State of California, and the 88th in the United States.
“With all praise and glory to God, Pope Francis has elevated Mission San Buenaventura to the status of a Minor Basilica, the first basilica in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.” The announcement of the papal honour was made on the Mission’s website on Wednesday, the feast of St Bonaventure.
The Mission San Buenaventura was founded on Easter Sunday, 31 March 1782, by Fra Junipero Serra. It was the ninth and last of the historic missions founded by the…
A new development in Mexico`s fifteen year ongoing drug war, with drones packed with plastic explosives being dropped on Police Officers from the sky.
The attack happened near to the City of Aquililla in the Western Mexican State of Michocan. Police Officers had been trying to fill trenches dug and barricades placed over a road, when two drones, fitted by plastic explosives designed to remotely detonate, fell on them out of the sky. Two Police Officers were wounded, but have been treated in hospital and sent home.
In August a raid discovered explosive drones in a car of the Jalisco…
Vatican News’ Devin Watkins reports
Pope Francis invites Catholics and Marian Shrines around the world to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Catholics across the globe are encouraged to dedicate the Marian month of May to praying for an end to the pandemic.
The initiative, behind which the Pope has thrown his support, involves 30 Marian Shrines from various parts of the world.
The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization announced the news with a press release on Wednesday afternoon.
It takes place under the theme “The whole…
Catholics in Canada prepare for the National Week for Life and the Family focused on the family as a domestic church.
Ahead of the National Week for Life and the Family, the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has reminded that, as a domestic Church, all Christian families are called to proclaim joyfully the good news of salvation, in spite of their human weaknesses.
The event is celebrated by Church in Canada annually to encourage families to live the Gospel of life and family and includes a March for life in Ottawa. …
Caritas Philippines and several bishops are decrying the lifting of the moratorium on mining in the country, saying it will have a “devastating effect on marginalized communities”.
Caritas Philippines, the social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), as well as several bishops have criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to lift a nine-year moratorium on new mining deals. They say the move will likely have a catastrophic effect on poor and marginalized communities.
Duterte signed an Executive Order on April 14, lifting a 9-year moratorium on new mining deals imposed in 2012 by former President Benigno Aquino…
Pope Francis sends medical and surgical equipment to Colombia, which is struggling to treat Covid-19 patients.
By Vatican News staff writer
Pope Francis has made another donation, consisting in life-saving respirators and other equipment, to hospitals struggling to cope with the covid-19 pandemic.
Through the channels of the Apostolic Nunciature in Bogotà, four respirators and several containers of PPE equipment needed to treat patients infected with the coronavirus have been distributed to hospitals in Colombia.
According to the Colombian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Luis Mariano Montemayor, has sent the Pope’s gifts to some of the worst-hit areas…
Pope Francis highlights the need for solidarity in the face of the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic in a message to the participants of the 27th Ibero-American Summit taking place on 21 April.
Pope Francis on Wednesday sent a message to the Secretary-General of the Ibero-American Secretariat, Rebecca Grynspan Mayufis, and to all the Heads of State and Government participating at the 27th Ibero-American Summit.
The summit, which is taking place on Wednesday in Andorra, will see leaders from Latin American countries gather for discussions under the theme: “Innovation for Sustainable Development — Objective 2030.”
In his message…
US Bishops advocate for peace, healing, and reconciliation following a verdict in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, convicted for the tragic death of George Floyd last year.
US Bishops are calling for racial healing and reconciliation in the wake of a verdict in the trial of a police officer involved in the death of 46-year-old George Floyd.
On Tuesday, a jury found former Minnesota police officer, Derek Chauvin, guilty of the murder of African-American George Floyd, on a Minneapolis street last year.
On 25 May, 2020, Chauvin was filmed kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for more than…