Huge blaze at Brazil museum

An investigation is already underway into a gigantic blaze at Brazil`s two hundred years old National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, which has gutted large parts of the building, destroying priceless and irreplaceable heritage.

Bl Anna Kolesárová numbered among the virgin martyrs

Anna Kolesárová was beatified in Lokomotiva soccer stadium in Kosice, Slovakia, on Saturday, by the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints with 30,000 people in attendance.

Pope Francis receives Vespa scooter from enthusiasts

Pope Francis greets an Italian group of Vespa motorcycle enthusiasts, who gave him a special scooter to be auctioned off for charity.

Philippine Bishops vow to prevent clerical sexual and other abuse and cover-ups

Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has issued a pastoral letter on the sexual and other abuses by some clerics and religious in the Church around the world.

Pope Angelus: Vigilance against hypocrisy, worldly contamination

Pope Francis during his Angelus on Sunday tells the faithful to look to the true meaning of religion which is, remaining faithful to the Word of God and being vigilant against the pollution of hypocrisy, vanity and greed.

Pope Francis appeals for Syria at Angelus

Pope Francis appeals for Syria and invites the international community to use dialogue and diplomacy to help safeguard civilians in the country.

US halts funding to UN agency for Palestinian refugees

The United States says it is cutting all funding for the United Nation’s Palestinian refugee agency, despite supplying nearly 30 percent of the total budget for the UNRWA.

New Philippine ambassador to Holy See begins her mission

Ms. Grace Relucio Princesa presented her credentials to Pope Francis on Sept 1, at the start of her diplomatic mission to the Holy See.

Pope urges sustainability, just distribution of earths resources

Pope Francis on September 1 met a group of 100 entrepreneurs who on the occasion of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation held a discussion in Rome on sustainable business practices.

Pope Francis: Care for water is urgent imperative

Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation focuses on water as a precious resource and describes access to it as a human right.

Estonians pray and fast on Sept. 1 for Popes upcoming visit

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the three Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, September 22 to 25. He is visiting Estonia, August 25.

Pope Francis invites all to unite in prayer for our common home

Pope Francis invites all to pray on the fourth World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, September 1, and says he is thankful for the “various initiatives” planned in various places by various religious denominations.

Church in Australia responds to the Royal Commission

The Australian Bishops and religious leaders respond on Thursday to the Royal Commission report, addressing victims of sexual abuse and their loved ones, the Catholic community, government and the people of Australia, saying it is a “significant step”.

Archdiocese of Bombay launching “Green Diocese” initiative

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay has announced that the “Green Diocese” initiative will be flagged off on September 1, the Catholic Church’s World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

Pope Francis: Christianity threatened by rampant relativism

Speaking to participants in the General Chapter of the Oblates of St. Joseph on Friday, Pope Francis says the Christian faith is threatened by the rampant relativism of modern society.

Mexico: where tens of thousands disappear

Disappearances in Mexico have reached crisis point with few cases investigated and still fewer resolved.

Water and Faith Day, fighting for water for all

"Water and Faith Day" is commemorated on August 30th this year to help the 2 billion people worldwide who do not have access to clean water gain this fundamental human right.

Pope Francis and his confidence in journalists

When a group of young people began chanting the name of their Bishop at Wednesday’s General Audience, some people thought they were chanting the name of a prominent critic of the Pope. Careful journalism reveals what really happened.

Where are our loved ones? Remembering those who have disappeared

Today the world remembers those who have disappeared, both recently and long ago. On this International Day of Enforced Disappearances, people demand answers.

Life, family and religious freedom: announcing the Gospel of Life in Bolivia

The XI International Congress “Life, Family and Religious Freedom”, taking place at the Bolivian Catholic University of St Paul in La Paz on Friday, brings together people and organizations working to protect the rights of the family.