Pope at Angelus: Love is always demanding

Pope Francis says that in order to be saved we must love God and our neighbour – "and this is not comfortable."

Pope Francis on Amazon: That forest lung is vital for our planet

Pope Francis prays that Amazon fires might be contained as possible.

“Religions for Peace” pledge concrete actions for common good of mankind

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Cardinal Hummes: stop the predators of the Amazonian rain forest

In the preface to a new book published ahead of the October Pan-Amazonian Synod of Bishops, Brazilian Cardinal Cláudio Hummes reflects on “New models of development”, and on the dangers facing the whole of the Amazon region.

UN calls for eliminating violence against religion

The International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion and Belief was observed by the United Nations for the first time on Thursday, August 22.

Holy See-Vietnam Joint Working Group concludes talks

A two-day meeting of the Vietnam-Holy See Working Group concluded in the Vatican on Thursday. The Group on Friday issued a joint statement regarding the issues discussed.

Indonesia bishop urges calm in Papua, denounces racism

Violence has flared in Indonesia’s provinces of Papua and West Papua, following reports about security forces and angry mobs allegedly maltreating and hurling racist taunts at Papuan university students in East Java.

Kenyans commemorate the death of Fr. John Anthony Kaiser

On 24 August 2000, the Catholic Church in Kenya received shocking news of the untimely death of a well-known priest, Fr. John Anthony Kaiser. His body was found at Morendat near Naivasha town along the Nakuru-Nairobi Highway. The cause of his death could not be ascertained immediately, but it later became clear that unknown assailants had murdered him

Bishop of Salford launches Laudato si Centre

The English Bishop for the Environment, John Arnold is responding to the challenge of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the care for creation, by launching a project in his diocese aimed at encouraging environmental sustainability

Australia Bishops: overcoming fear toward migrants and refugees

The Catholic Church in Sydney, Australia, is celebrating the Week of Migrants and Refugees, from 19 to 25 August. Fear, they say, deprives us of an opportunity to encounter the Lord in others.

Bishops of Latin America: If the Amazon suffers, the world suffers

The Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM) express their deep concern for destructive fires burning the world’s forests.

US Bishop says death penalty is an “attack on human dignity”

As the US state of Texas executes a man on death row, Bishop Frank Dewane of Florida reasserts the Catholic Church’s stance on the death penalty.

Reflections for the XXI Sunday

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the twenty-first Sunday in ordinary time. He says that Jesus clearly explains that anyone who follows him through the narrow gate of sacrificial serving and sharing love will be saved.

Caritas India responds to countrys monsoon disaster

Father Paul Moonjely, executive Director of Caritas India, told Vatican News how through its partners at the local diocesan level, they are trying to reach out to people hit by floods and landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains.

Benin Bishops say political mediation continues

The Bishops of Benin say they are continuing with their mediation efforts to resolve the political crisis in the country that followed disputed elections in April. Their statement comes after some media outlets reported that the Church had withdrawn from negotiations.

Young people work for peace at World Youth Parliament

Young people from around the world take part in the 5th World Youth Parliament, hosted at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, in Spain.

Bishops of England and Wales renew call to care for creation

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference issues a statement calling for the development of a “Christian spirituality of ecology” which begins in personal and family life.

Asian Catholic communicators vow to build healthier communities

The Asian chapter of SIGNIS, the global forum of Catholic audio-visual communicators, released a message at the end of their assembly in New Delhi, India, August 4-8.

Pakistans religious minorities ask government for protection and rights

Pakistan’s religious minorities have submitted a 10-point memorandum asking Prime Minister Imran Khan and his government to adopt policies to safeguard the rights of minorities and women.

Church commemorates 140th anniversary of Knock apparition

Wednesday August 21st, marks the 140th anniversary of the Apparition at Knock, in which the Blessed Virgin Mary; St Joseph; Saint John the Baptist; and Christ, as the Lamb of God upon the altar, appeared to townspeople in a small village in western Ireland.