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UNICEF Executive Director: Childrens lives at risk in Ethiopia

The Executive Director of the UN Children’s agency, UNICEF, says children’s lives and well-being will be put at immediate risk if fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region further escalates.

“Set Your Captives Free”: ACN report on kidnapped and jailed Christians

Every month, more than 300 Christians in 50 countries of the world are kidnapped or unjustly jailed because of their faith. The dramatic figure emerges from the latest report by “Aid to the Church in Need” (ACN), released on Wednesday.

US Supreme Court says New York cannot limit attendance in places of worship

The United States Supreme Court blocked enforcement of an executive order by New York governor Andrew Cuomo restricting attendance in houses of worship due to the Covid-19 emergency.

Pope Francis thanks Argentinian womens network for their commitment against abortion

Pope Francis, in a letter, reiterates the importance of protecting life against attempts to legalise the practice of abortion in Argentina.

German Day of Prayer dedicated to persecuted Christians in Syria and Iraq

"Solidarity with persecuted and oppressed Christians in our time" is the initiative of the German Bishops’ Conference that began in 2003. To this end, a Day of Prayer is held each year on December 26, the feast of the first Christian martyr, St. Stephen, to focus on a particular part of the world where Christians are discriminated against and harassed.

Pope sends support to Cube Radios Advent initiative

Pope Francis thanks a Catholic radio station in northern Italy for hosting an Advent program, supported by Vatican News, to help prepare listeners to celebrate the Birth of Jesus.

Eritrean Bishops call for peace in Ethiopias Tigray region

Eritrean Bishops appeal for peace in Ethiopia’s troubled Tigray region, stressing that there are no winners in war

French Bishops call for “realistic” measures for the resumption of Masses

France will start to ease its COVID-19 lockdown this weekend ahead of the Christmas holidays. But in a statement, the French Bishops’ Conference has expressed disappointment at measures concerning the resumption of public worship, and is calling for clarification on the matter.

Holy See: Interreligious dialogue only path to peace, freedom

The Holy See’s representative at the UN in Geneva attends the launch of a book on interreligious dialogue, and says peace and true freedom are only possible when based on dialogue.

Pope at Audience: Love is mystical root of believers life

Pope Francis reflects on the prayer of the early Church at the General Audience on Wednesday

One-third of women live in fear of violence

Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a Catholic organization in Spain laments the fact that 30 percent of women across the globe live in fear of violence.

New bishop appointed in China

Bishop Thomas Chen Tianhao will head the diocese of Qingdao. The Director of the Holy See Press Office explains the appointment falls within the framework of the Provisional Agreement between the Holy See and China.

Middle East Council of Churches appeals for stability in the Caucasus

A statement issued by the Middle East Council of Churches calls on Armenia and Azerbaijan, as well as on international stakeholders to ensure that a recent ceasefire for the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region holds.

Chilean Archbishop denounces shooting of two minors in foster home

Following the injuring of two minors in a police-involved shooting at a foster home in Chile, the Archbishop of Concepción highlights some of the social, moral and political challenges facing the South American nation.

WMO alarmed over record CO2 levels in atmosphere

The United Nations agency says that concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere reached a record level last year. The situation continues to worsen this year despite the industrial slowdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mexico: Festival of the Virgin of Guadalupe cancelled due to pandemic

The Church and the Government of Mexico City, have combined to cancel the popular annual Festival of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the Capitol, to protect the faithful from the increasingly encroaching Pandemic.

28 November: an unprecedented Consistory in times of Covid-19

The Vatican confirms that two Cardinals-designate will not be present in Rome on Saturday to receive their red hats from Pope Francis.

Pope authorizes 8 decrees on candidates to sainthood

With the decrees, Pope Francis has taken 134 persons a step closer to sainthood.

Germany warns of Coronavirus vaccine race between rich and poor

After Pope Francis urged solidarity, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has asked for a fairer distribution of possible coronavirus vaccines among poorer nations. Her appeal came while several countries in Europe and beyond hope to start with vaccinations ahead of Christmas.

Catholic charities new initiative for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Caritas, JRS and CRS have joined hands in a new project to assist thousands of Rohingya people who have fled to Bangladesh from their homes in Rakhine state in neighbouring Myanmar.