Holy See concerned over growth in cybercrime, drug trafficking

Archbishop Bernadito Auza, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York, addressed a UN General Assembly meeting on October 4 on crime prevention and international drug control.

Young Catholic from Vietnam challenges the Church

Joseph Cao Huu Minh Tri, from Vietnam, is an auditor at the Synod of Bishops. He expresses a challenge for the Church to help young people realize its beauty.

Young Joe to Bishops: A savvy youth needs a savvy Church

31 year-old Joe, representing New Zealand and Samoa, is one of the young people in Rome to address the Synod of Bishops whom he says sound in tune with what young people want.

Pope at Santa Marta: Hypocritical Christians behave like pagans

Pope Francis, in his homily at the daily Mass at Casa Santa Marta, reflects on the hypocrisy of the “just,” who treat their Christianity “like a social habit.” They do not bring Jesus into their daily life, and so they cast him from their hearts. When we act like that, the Pope says, “we are Christians, but we are living like pagans!”

Pope Francis at a coffee break

Pope Francis shares some lighter moments at a coffee break during the second day of the Synod of Bishops.

Synod: Church should be a home for the young

Twenty speakers address the Synod of Bishop during Wednesday’s afternoon session of the General Assembly. The bishops are focusing on the first part of the Instrumentum laboris

Cardinal Napier of Durban shares his impression on the synod

On day two of the synod on young people, South African Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier speaks to Vatican News about his impression so far

Caritas Indonesia faces big challenge in reaching disaster survivors

In an interview, Fr. Banu Kurniatanto, Director of Caritas Indonesia, spoke about plans to reach the survivors of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the Central Sulawesi Province on September 28.

Reflections for the XXVII Sunday

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the twenty-seventh Sunday in ordinary time. He says that the readings are about the bond of love that marriage creates between a man and a woman, a bond that God intends to be permanent.

Bishop Keenan on accompanying youth in the digital world

Bishop Keenan on accompanying youth in the digital world

Synod: Bp Keenan. Youth seek Church that leads them to Christ

Bishop John Keenan of Paisley speaks about a Church that accompanies its young people and the Scottish Bishops’ recent Ad Limina visit.

Pope Francis greets 2 Chinese bishops

Pope Francis greets two bishops from continental China as they arrive for the second day’s session of the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocation discernment.

Pope Francis: Synod is a time for sharing

Pope Francis leads the assembled gathering in the Liturgy of the Hours, and gives the opening address at the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

Synod on Young People: Moment of Grace

The XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops begins on Wednesday. The Synod’s theme is Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”.

Pope tells Synod Fathers not to allow past mistakes crush their dreams and hopes

Pope Francis celebrated the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops on Wednesday expressing his trust in young people, whom he said, are called to help renew the Church’s capacity to dream, to hope and to build a better world.

Italian Church lends a hand to Indonesias population hit by quake, tsunami

Caritas Italy and Caritas Ambrosiana are channeling a sum of €130,000 through Caritas Indonesia-Karina for the affected people of Central Sulawesi province.

Orthodox leader expresses concern for Greece

The head of the Greek Orthodox Church, Archbishop Hieronymos II of Athens, expresses his deep concern for the state of the country, including its foreign and domestic policies.

UN holds up Gandhis non-violence as path to peace, development

The UN General Assembly in 2007 established the International Day of Non-Violence on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.

Pope at Mass: Guardian angels, our daily gate to the Father

On the Memorial of the Guardian Angels, Pope Francis dedicated the Mass to the 25 years of religious life of a nun present at the celebration. Taking his inspiration from the Readings, he praised the role of the protectors God places by our side: the angels, whom he calls our companions, guardians, and guides along the path of our life, and gateways that open the way to God.

Indonesian Catholic Church reaches out to victims of quake, tsunami

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake and a devastating tsunami struck Palu and other parts of Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province on September 28., killing at least 840 people.