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Head of Asian bishops: Pray for Hong Kong amid China crackdown

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo has appealed to Christians and all people of faith “to pray for Hong Kong” following the imposition by China of a new national security law. → Read More

Read: The letter Pope Francis wrote Benedict when his brother died

In the letter, Francis reveals that Benedict was the first to inform him of the sad news. → Read More

Vatican summons U.S. and Israeli ambassadors over plans to annex Palestinian territories

The late-evening statement signaled the Vatican’s wish to let the whole world know that it fundamentally disagrees with any annexation. → Read More

Vatican prosecutors investigate administration of St. Peter’s Basilica complex

The Vatican announced that Pope Francis has appointed a special commissioner to modernize and reorganize those same administrative and technical offices, improve transparency, and update their statutes. → Read More

Benedict XVI’s last remaining sibling, Georg Ratzinger, has died

Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Benedict XVI, died on July 1 at the age of 96. → Read More

Amazon churches create transnational body to implement synod proposals

Vatican officials said the Ecclesial Conference of the Amazon aims to be “an effective channel for taking up, from within the territory, many of the proposals that emerged” at the Pan-Amazonian synod. → Read More

Pope Francis emphasizes the need for unity and prophecy in the church

Peter and Paul, Pope Francis noted, provide valuable role models to encourage us toward unity and prophecy. → Read More

At Angelus, Pope Francis calls for more protection of refugees during coronavirus pandemic

“The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the need to ensure the necessary protection for refugees.” → Read More

Pope Francis thanks Italian doctors and nurses in first public audience since lockdown

“You have been one of the pillars of the whole country,” the pope said in his first public audience since lockdown. → Read More

In a new book, the Vatican presses practical implications of ‘Laudato Si’

The text seeks “to relaunch the rich contents” of an encyclical still relevant today and even more so in the light of a world hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. → Read More

Pope Benedict XVI makes surprise visit to gravely ill brother in Germany

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, 93, flew to Germany this morning to visit his brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, 96, who is gravely ill at his residence in Regensburg. → Read More

Pope Francis on the Feast of Corpus Christi: the Eucharist heals our wounded memory

“Jesus approaches us gently, in the disarming simplicity of the host. He comes as bread broken in order to break open the shells of our selfishness.” → Read More

Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of the Poor amid pandemic: We are all responsible

“Until we revive our sense of responsibility for our neighbor and every person, grave economic, financial and political crises will continue,” the pope said in his message for the World Day of the Poor. → Read More

Pope Francis sets ups new fund for workers left out of coronavirus support

“As bishop of Rome, I have decided to institute in the diocese the ‘Jesus the Divine Worker Fund’ to affirm the dignity of work,” Pope Francis said. → Read More

Pope Francis: ‘We have the chance to reverse course to a better, healthier world.’

Pope Francis: “The protection of the environment and respect for the biodiversity of the planet are issues that affect us all. We cannot pretend to be healthy in a world that is sick.” → Read More

Pope Francis on the death of George Floyd: We cannot tolerate racism and claim to defend life

“We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.” → Read More

Pope Francis opens path to beatification for the founder of the Knights of Columbus

The pope also announced plans to canonize Charles de Foucauld, César de Bus and Maria Domenica Mantovani. → Read More

Pope Francis: ‘I share the impatience’ to bring about Christian unity

“One thing is certain,” Pope Francis writes. “Unity is not chiefly the result of our activity, but a gift of the Holy Spirit. Yet, unity will not come about as a miracle at the very end. Rather, unity comes about in journeying.” → Read More

Arturo Sosa remembers his predecessor, Adolfo Nicolás

Father Nicolás “was not the kind of leader who says, ‘I am the one who knows everything.’ He really trusted in people, and he listened.” → Read More

Pope Francis advocates renewal of the Pontifical Mission Societies

The church’s mission “is the work of the Holy Spirit and not the consequence of our ideas and projects,” the pope said. → Read More