Food Systems Pre-Summit highlights the need to act together

The UN Food Systems Pre-Summit in Rome aims to prepare the ground for a New York event that will provide solutions and kick-start action to combat global food insecurity and injustice.

Pope Francis: UN Food Summit an opportunity to build a more just world

Pope Francis sends a message to the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres on the occasion of the UN Pre-Summit on Food Systems, which is taking place in Rome from the 26-28 July.

Santiago di Compostela Jubilee: A time of grace, healing and encounter

The Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Julián Barrio Barrio celebrates Mass on Sunday to mark the feast of St James, the Apostle.

Religious Sisters organise a Day of Prayer for eSwatini and South Africa.

Following the social unrest that engulfed South Africa and eSwatini recently, women religious leaders in Southern Africa organised an online Day of Prayer to intercede for their countries.

Pope: Grandparents, elderly are bread that nourishes our life

In his homily on the first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, Pope Francis insists on the importance of young and old coming together in a covenantal sharing of life.

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly is the “ultimate gift

The founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association says the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly is an acknowledgment of the vital role they play in family life.

UN hails Olympic spirit despite pandemic

The United Nations chief says the Olympic spirit “inspires and unifies us in troubled times”.

Challenges in time of pandemic: APSA publishes its balance sheet

The 2020 balance sheet of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, APSA, made public for the first time, shows decreased contributions to the Roman Curia and decreased profits from investments. APSA’s president, Archbishop Nunzio Galantino, says APSA has been able to help those in financial difficulty; and notes that, although income has been reduced during the pandemic, there are nonetheless positive results as difficulties have brought out the desire to act “as a Church.”

Guerrero: 2020 was a difficult year, but better than expected

The Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy explains the Holy See’s consolidated balance sheet: the deficit is €66.3 million, but Peter’s Pence subsidized less than in previous years, increasing contributions made to the Churches most in need.

Irish Bishop: Grandparents, elderly have much to teach young about the faith

As the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July, Bishop Denis Nulty, chair of the Irish Bishops’ Council for Marriage and the Family says grandparents have a lot to teach young people, and are the unsung heroes of the pandemic.

Sister Becquart: there is no synodality without spirituality

The Under-Secretary of the Synod of Bishops recalls the themes of the 1 July Day of Study and Reflection noting that as Pope Francis has stated, the synodal experience is a journey of listening to the Holy Spirit.

US expands visa scheme for Afghan helpers

US lawmakers have voted to expand a visa programme for Afghans facing retribution for helping American troops and diplomats during two-decade war in Afghanistan.

Prayer for World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

The Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life on Friday released the video-prayer for the Catholic Church’s first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will be observed worldwide on Sunday, July 25.

Zambian Bishops denounce pre-election violence.

Catholic Bishops in Zambia say the country’s motto of “One Zambia, One Nation” is under threat going by the prevalence of pre-election violence and hate speech perpetrated by political cadres at the instigation of politicians.

US Cardinal advocates for rights of undocumented migrants

Speaking at an immigration reformation rally in the United States, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washing DC speaks of the rights of immigrants to peace and inclusion, and calls on Law-makers to pass immigration reform legislation.

Norway “united in grief” on 10th anniversary of Utøya attack

Norwegian Bishop Erik Varden speaks of the "grief and perplexity" of Norwegians on the tenth anniversary of the extremist attacks in Oslo and the island of Utøya, which left 77 people dead and scores more wounded.

Talitha Kum: Break the cycle of trafficking with “Care”

Talitha Kum, the global anti-trafficking network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons launches a new campaign focused on a care-centered model to break the cycle of human trafficking.

Myanmar Church moved by solidarity of Philippine Church

The Philippine bishops dedicated July 19 as a “Day of Solidarity with Myanmar”. On that day, they asked churches across the nation to toll their bells at noon and at 6:00 pm, and recite a prayer they composed for Myanmar.

Cardinal Grech: The Church is synodal because it is a communion

Interview with the Secretary of the Synod of Bishops: “Synodality is the form that realizes the participation of all the people of God in mission.”

Tokyo Archdiocese cancels pastoral programme for athletes due to pandemic

Ahead of the opening ceremony for the 32nd Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday the Tokyo Archdiocese has cancelled its pastoral programme for athletes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.