Prefect of Dicastery for Communication: Tornielli and Monda are bridge-builders

Paolo Ruffini, Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication, describes the appointments of an Editorial Director of the Dicastery and of a new Editor-in-Chief of the “Osservatore Romano” as important steps in his commitment to reform Vatican Media.

Pope makes new appointments at Vatican Media

The Vatican Press Office on Tuesday announced that the Pope has appointed an Editorial Director for the Dicastery of Communication and an Editor-in-Chief for the “Osservatore Romano”.

Pope, UN, Caritas focus on people on the move on International Migrants Day

While Pope Francis posted a tweet on International Migrants Day, the UN and Caritas Europa called for making migration work for all.

Pope Francis: Good politics is at the service of peace

The Holy See Press Office publishes Pope Francis’ Message for the 52nd World Day of Peace.

Nigerian Bishops direct priests not to be involved in partisan politics

Nigeria’s Catholic Bishops have directed priests and people of consecrated life not to be involved in active partisan politics nor publicly support any politician or political party, as this is against the Church’s teaching, Canon Law, and policy.

39-year old Metropolitan Epiphanius elected head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The first Primate of the new Ukrainian Autocephalous Church is elected at a Council of Unification in Kiev.

Happy 82nd Birthday, Pope Francis!

As Pope Francis celebrates his 82nd birthday on Monday, well-wishers in the Vatican and around the world send their greetings.

New book explores war damage in Aleppo

The first book to examine the effects of the Syrian civil war upon the ancient city of Aleppo has been published.

Pope Angelus: Invitation to Joy on “Bambinelli Sunday”

Pope Francis at the Sunday Angelus blesses the “Bambinelli” and says this third Sunday of Advent invites us to be joyful.

Vatican Christmas Concert highlights refugees

The Paul VI hall is the place to be this Saturday evening as Italian and International artists perform in the Annual Vatican Christmas concert.

Pope Francis receives Italian Prime Minister Conte

Pope Francis on December 15 received Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, for a private audience in the Vatican.

Former Indian President in Christmas message wishes brotherhood, peace for nation

Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee was chief guest at a pre-Christmas celebration hosted by India’s Catholic bishops in New Delhi on December 13.

Two Pakistani Christians sentenced to death for blasphemy

Two brothers, Qaisar and Amoon Ayub have been in Jhelum Jail since 2015. Their death sentence was delivered in prison on Dec. 13 for security reasons.

Pope invites poor people to Christmas lunch

A group of poor people near Rome has been invited to a Christmas lunch on December 18 offered by the athletes of Italy’s finance police.

Guatemalan migrant girl dies after crossing US/Mexico border

A seven-year old Guatemalan girl who crossed the US border with Mexico, along with her undocumented father, has died in the custody of the US Border Patrol, despite efforts to treat severe dehydration and shock.

US Bishops approve $4 million in grants to Church in Latin America

The Conference of Catholic Bishops of the United States (USCCB) has approved $4 million in grants to the Church in Latin America, including funding for youth ministry, catechesis and natural disaster recovery assistance.

Pope to artists: ‘You help the Church express its mission’

Pope Francis meets on Friday with the artists who will perform in the Vatican’s Christmas concert on Saturday telling them that their creativity has always helped to express the Church’s mission.

Thomas Merton enjoys greater influence 50 years after death

Fifty years have passed since the death of Thomas Merton, one of the greatest American spiritual figures of the 20th century, yet his influence is “wider now than when he was alive”.

COP24: Call for climate action as summit nears conclusion

Final negotiations are continuing at the COP24 Climate Conference in Poland where a draft is expected to be presented which includes a rule book to implement the Paris pact.

UAE Christians ‘enthusiastic’ about Pope Francis’ visit

Christians in the United Arab Emirates are looking forward to Pope Francis’ visit in February, and many are hoping to participate in the Mass that he will celebrate.