Pope announces that the Church has 19 new Blesseds

After reciting the Angelus along with thousands gathered in St Peter’s Square on Saturday, Pope Francis announced that 19 martyrs were beatified in Algeria.

Pope makes surprise “Mercy Friday” visits to Rome residences for the sick

Pope Francis pays surprise visits to two communities in Rome’s periphery that care for the sick and a group of intellectually challenged children.

Remote northeast Indian village in Arunachal Pradesh gets region’s biggest church

Neotan villagers received their new Sacred Heart Church on December 5, the day 19 years ago when they embraced Christ.

Irish Bishops’ Winter Meeting focuses on various topics

The Bishops of Ireland met together on 4 and 5 December discussing such issues as the recent abortion referendum, Brexit, youth ministry, safeguarding children, and the publication of a book inspired by Amoris Laetitia.

Pope Francis to visit the United Arab Emirates in February

The Vatican announced that Pope Francis is scheduled to travel to the United Arab Emirates in February to participate in an interfaith meeting.

Pope at Audience: During Advent, ask Jesus to teach us to pray

At the Wednesday General audience, Pope Francis began a new cycle of catechesis, which will focus on the Lord’s prayer.

Pope sends telegram following death of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush

Pope Francis and the U.S. Bishops assure the Bush family of their prayers, as four former U.S. presidents and President Donald Trump gather at the National Cathedral in Washington DC to pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush.

Cardinal Tagle visits Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

During his visit to Bangladesh, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, president of Caritas Internationalis appreciated Caritas Bangladesh’s work for Myanmar’s Rohingya minority Muslim refugees in the country.

CAFOD: Action and ambition needed on climate change

As the COP24 Climate Conference continues in Poland, CAFOD the official aid agency for the Catholic Church in England and Wales, stresses the importance of committing to renewable energy and what message it is bringing to this summit.

COP24: Climate summit focuses on Paris Agreement rule book

The COP24 Climate Conference taking place in Katowice, Poland continues Tuesday with negotiators getting down to the finer points of the meeting.

Ireland and Britain fight modern slavery

The Ambassadors of Ireland and Britain to the Holy See speak about their respective government’s anti-slavery policies at an event remembering the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

Parolin at Cop24: Working together to build our common home

Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, addressed the High-Level Segment of Cop24 in Katowice, Poland, on Monday, urging the achievement of the Paris Agreement goals and collaboration in building our common home.

Talitha Kum: Women Religious Against Modern Slavery

The International Union of Superiors General (UISG) hosted a panel discussion on Monday regarding the efforts women religious are making against modern forms of slavery and human trafficking in Sub Saharan Africa.

Pope urges Jesuit students to found themselves, grow and mature in Jesus

Pope Francis on Dec. 3 met the students and staff of the Jesuit International College of the Gesù of Rome, on the occasion of their 50th anniversary this year.

Pope Francis: Peace is everyone’s responsibility

Pope Francis meets with the Citadel of Peace Association, praising their work in the field of conflict resolution and supporting their Appeal to the UN.

Pope at Mass: Advent is a time for purifying the faith

At the daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis describes Advent as a good opportunity to understand more fully the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, and to cultivate a personal relationship with the Son of God.

Pope at Angelus: Opening our hearts to welcome Jesus

Wakefulness and prayer are two key attitudes that will help us have a good Advent, says Pope Francis during the Sunday Angelus.

Pope lights candle for peace in Syria

During the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis calls for prayers and concrete aid for Christians to remain in Syria.

World Aids Day: Progress made but more needed

On this World Aids Day we look at how the Church is playing its part in the area of advocacy in terms of access to treatment for those living with HIV and the prevalence of the virus thirty years on.

Pope calls for solidarity and nearness to victims of addiction

Pope Francis on December 1 addressed participants in a 3-day Vatican conference on drugs and addictions.