Palm Sunday marked in Manila and NE India

Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle on Palm Sunday urged Christians to fight evil with good, not violence. Meanwhile in remote northeast India, in Miao Diocese, a group of young people went on a penitential walking pilgrimage and prayed for the nation.

Holy Week in the Indian Diocese of Karwar

The bishop of Karwar in Southern India highlights the importance given to Holy Week in his Diocese.

Notre Dame fire: Pope Francis expresses closeness, assures prayers

Pope Francis is praying for the Catholics of France, as well as for the people of Paris and all those striving to cope with the fire that ravaged the Cathedral of Notre Dame on Monday evening.

Pope Francis visits Pope emeritus on eve of Benedict’s birthday

At the beginning of Holy Week, Pope Francis makes a special visit to the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery to offer Easter greetings to the Pope emeritus, Benedict XVI.

Notre Dame Cathedral fire: the Holy See expresses shock and sad

The ad interim Director of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, has issued a brief statement in reaction to the devastating fire that engulfed the Cathedral of Notre Dame on Monday.

Benedict XVI’s birthday and that “penitential” approach that unites two pontificates

The Pope Emeritus’ birthday this year is accompanied by a debate on his recent letter regarding abuse. An analysis of three documents reveals a common thread that unites the Pope and the Pope Emeritus in the fight against this scourge.

Indonesia election: Church urges clean politics vs corruption, violence

The world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation goes to the polls on April 17, in which incumbent president Joko Widodo is pitched against his old rival, Prabowo Subianto.

Sudanese protesters keep up pressure on military to step aside

In the Sudanese capital Khartoum, protesters on Monday blocked an attempt to break up a sit-in outside the Defence Ministry, where demonstrators have been pushing for a quick transition to civilian rule.

Palm Sunday – Card. Gracias urges Christians to alleviate suffering, injustice

Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay, ushered in the Holy Week with a Palm Sunday, urging Christians to speak out against all that kills life and is unjust.

Pope to amateur athletes: Have clear goals in life

The educational and formational work of the National Amateur League for Italian football “deserves to be appreciated and encouraged”, Pope Francis says.

AFRICA: A month after Cyclone Idai, 1.6 million children need help says UNICEF.

At least 1.6 million children need urgent assistance – in healthcare, nutrition, protection, education, water and sanitation – one month after Cyclone Idai devastated parts of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, UNICEF has said.

Pope to Youth: Let Apostolic Exhortation be a guide to faith and service

Pope Francis during the Angelus recalls that Palm Sunday is also diocesan World Youth Day and invites young people to live out the fruits of the Synod, in the form of the Apostolic Exhortation, Christ is alive.

Pope Palm Sunday: Jesus destroys triumphalism by his Passion

Pope Francis during Mass on Palm Sunday tells the faithful, “there is no negotiating with the cross: one either embraces it or rejects it. By his self-abasement, Jesus wanted to open up to us the path of faith and to precede us on that path.”

Pope to students: dont be slaves to your mobile phones

Pope Francis receives students and teachers of a Rome high school in the Vatican, encouraging them to cultivate passion and curiosity and warning them against dependency on their mobile phones.

ICMCS Mons. Vitillo: Trafficking needs to be talked about more

The General Secretary of the International Catholic Migration Commission talks about the scourge of Human Trafficking and his participation at a recent Vatican conference on the issue.

Mozambique awaits Pope Franciss message of hope and renewal

Pope Francis will visit flood-ravaged Mozambique during a three-nation apostolic journey in September. With the help of a local journalist we shine the spotlight on some of the issues the country is dealing with.

The gesture of the Servant of the Servants of God

The significance of Pope Francis’ action at the conclusion of the spiritual retreat for peace in South Sudan.

Pope Francis: Confraternities are leaven of solidarity in society

Pope Francis greets a confraternity from Spain celebrating its 400th anniversary, and invites its members to make the Church a place of welcome for the poor and marginalized.

Holy See urges decent work, social justice for all

Archbishop Bernadito Auza, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the UN addressed a high-level meeting marking 100 years of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Sudans civil society calls for strong AU response to the coup in Khartoum

There is growing scepticism in Sudan with an army coup that ousted Omar al-Bashir, the President of Sudan. Protesters defied an army curfew Thursday night and now want a civilian-led transitional government.