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The Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue releases a message for the feast marking the birth, enlightenment, and passing of the Buddha. Venerable Maha Ghosanda, a witness to the horrors of the Cambodian genocide, called for the removal of “the landmines of hatred from our hearts.”

| 06/05/2024
| VATICAN

From the Vatican new call for peace in the Middle East. But also a thought for the ‘tormented Ukraine’ that ‘suffers so much’. Best wishes to the brothers and sisters of the Orthodox Churches for Easter celebrated today, according to the Julian calendar. ‘May the Risen Lord comfort the communities that are in trial’. 

| 05/05/2024
| VATICAN

The pontiff met with the Jordanian monarch today at the Vatican. The Holy See noted the "cordial" conversation and the two sides’ shared commitments. For the Jordanian priest, the bilateral relationship is well established with Jordan as a “model” of Christian-Muslim relations. Both are concerned about the escalation in the region, while stressing the importance of tourism, especially “religious tourism”.

| 02/05/2024
| JORDAN – VATICAN

On the occasion of a recent international meeting in Rome with 300 priests from every continent, Francis addresses a letter to all parish priests, urging them to “Experience the joy of being true fathers, who do not dominate others but rather bring out” their “precious possibilities”.

| 02/05/2024
| VATICAN

In the general audience Francis renewed his invitation to pray for peace. In the catechesis he reflected on the theological virtue of faith. "Its great enemy is not reason, but fear". A gift that "must be asked daily, so that it may be renewed in us".

| 01/05/2024
| VATICAN

During the historic visit to the city on the lagoon, the pontiff met with 80 inmates at the Giudecca Women's Prison, “a harsh reality, but a place of moral and material rebirth.” At the Holy See's pavillion for the 2024 Biennale “With My Eyes”, Francis addressed the artists, stressing the “contribution of women”. He also said: “There is joy and suffering that come together in a unique form in women.”

| 28/04/2024
| VATICAN

At his Wednesday audience, Francis repeated that "War is always a defeat." Through the intercession of John Paul II 10 years after his canonisation, the pontiff called for "the gift of peace" in Ukraine and Myanmar too. In the catechesis on the life of grace according to the Spirit, he stressed that the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity are an "antidote to self-sufficiency".

| 24/04/2024
| VATICAN

In St Peter's Square, Pope Francis remembers Palestine, Israel and Ukraine, as well as all the "prisoners of war." Today's catechesis focused on temperance, “the virtue of the right measure”. A sensitive person “does not weep over himself. In defeat, he rises up again; in victory, he is capable of returning to his former reserved life.”

| 17/04/2024
| VATICAN

The Holy See has officially announced the long journey to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and Singapore. Card Goh of Singapore hopes the pope will bring to his predominantly Chinese city, “renewed fervour to all Catholics [. . .], especially in these most challenging of times”. It will also be the first time a pontiff visits Dili since independence. For Card Carmo da Silva, the Holy Father comes to “strengthen Timor-Leste’s Church in the faith and love of Christ.”

| 12/04/2024
| VATICAN
by card. Anthony Poola *

The Archbishop of Hyderabad looks at the media reaction to the declaration released by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith on human dignity. The media are “focused on gender theory, sex change, surrogacy etc., but” people who “struggle with poverty, exploitation, discrimination, lack of access to primary healthcare” cannot leave others indifferent.

| 11/04/2024
| INDIA

The Vatican Secretary for Relations with States presides over Mass in the cathedral, the focal point of this historic trip for the local Church since the breaking of diplomatic relations between Hanoi and the Vatican in 1975. In the meeting with the foreign minister, the hope of 'reaching other important goals' among them, Pope Francis' visit.

| 11/04/2024
| VIETNAM

A call for peace from St Peter's Square, and reminder of teh ongoing Asian conflict, along with Palestine, Israel and the 'tormented Ukraine'. During his catechesis on the virtue of fortitude, Francis said that it leads one to say no to the 'wickedness' of the world, such as wars and violence. "A Christian without courage is a useless Christian," he added. 

| 10/04/2024
| VATICAN

The Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith released a new doctrinal declaration on the respect due to the person "beyond all circumstances”. It says no to any attempt to weaken human rights for those who are most vulnerable, but also to any attempt to obscure the sexual difference between men and women. For Cardinal Fernandez, it provides an overview on human beings.

| 08/04/2024
| VATICAN

In a telegram signed by Card Parolin, the pontiff assures "heartfelt solidarity and spiritual closeness" to the affected population. The latest death toll now stands at 12, but more could be added in the coming days. Rescuers found most of the missing and displaced, including 400 people stuck in a luxury hotel in the Taroko Gorges National Park.

| 05/04/2024
| TAIWAN - VATICAN

This morning Francis received in audience the participants in the first meeting between the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue and the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. In his address, he underlined three "aspects" to focus on, namely respect for diversity, environmental commitment to the common home, and the promotion of peace.

| 04/04/2024
| VATICAN

At the general audience in St Peter's Square, Francis spoke about the seven aid workers from World Center Kitchen NGO killed by an Israeli drone in the Gaza Strip. In his address, the pontiff renewed his call for humanitarian aid to the Gazan population. He also showed a rosary and a New Testament that belonged to a Ukrainian soldier who died in the "folly of war". His weekly catechesis to the faithful centred on the virtue of justice.

| 03/04/2024
| VATICAN
by Fady Noun

Led by Mohammed Sammak and Fayçal Sinno, the delegation visited the Holy See for the first time. The meeting with Card. Parolin and the greeting to Pope Francis. The aim is to develop a cooperation agreement at the level of Christian and Muslim educational institutions. A meeting with Fr. Youssef Nasr, secretary of the Lebanese Catholic schools, is planned for the end of Ramadan. 

| 03/04/2024
| LEBANON - VATICAN

In his Urbi et Orbi Easter message, Francis called for a general prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine, along with a ceasefire and the release of hostages in Gaza. He noted that “the path of reconciliation in the midst of hatred” begins from the Jesus’s tomb. His thoughts also turned to Myanmar, “torn for years now by internal conflicts,” and to children unborn because of abortion. May Christ who “has set us free” also remove the “stone of human trafficking” and free its victims.

| 31/03/2024
| VATICAN
by Giorgio Bernardelli

The texts of the meditations personally written by the pontiff for this year's Good Friday evening celebration. In the Year of Prayer he has proclaimed in view of the Jubilee, a path full of indications on this fundamental dimension of Christian life. Persecuted Christians and all those who suffer the tragedy of war entrusted to the name of Jesus.

| 29/03/2024
| VATICAN

Francis dedicated the homily of the Chrism Mass, which he delivered personally in the Vatican Basilica, to Peter's tears. In the life of the spirit, “if we fail to weep, we regress and grow old within, whereas those” who “wonder in the presence of God, grow and mature.” In the afternoon, he will visit the women’s section of the Rebibbia prison to celebrate the Mass in Coena Domini and take part in the rite of the Washing of the Feet.

| 28/03/2024
| VATICAN

The tragedy of war in the land of Jesus (and "martyred Ukraine") are the focus of the Holy Week general audience. Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanan, Israeli and Palestinian fathers who lost their daughters in the war, are among those present. “They don't look at the wickedness of the war," the pontiff said about them. In a letter, he also expresses his closeness to the Catholics of the Holy Land, grateful to them for their “ability to hope against all hope”.

| 27/03/2024
| VATICAN

Francis expressed relief at the release of a teacher and four religious in Haiti, seized by criminal gangs. He urges the faithful to pray for “populations tormented by war”, especially Syrians, crushed by 13 years of war.

| 17/03/2024
| VATICAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

The Final Declaration of the Third Christian-Taoist Colloquium held these days in Hong Kong promoted together with all six religious communities present in the metropolis. The secretary of the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue, Msgr Indunil Kodithuwakku Kankanamalage: "A moment of profound openness and mutual listening. Meeting opens our eyes to others'.

| 15/03/2024
| VATICAN - ASIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

Pope Francis has authorised the promulgation of the heroic virtues of the prelate who died in 1953, considered "the Newman of the East” in his native India. ““Our Church has been praying fervently for many years” for this day, Card Baselios Cleemis told AsiaNews. Thus, “his unconditional commitment to Providence” has been recognised. The latest papal decrees also recognise the miracle that will lead to the beatification of Istifan al-Duwayhi, the great Maronite patriarch of the 17th century.

| 14/03/2024
| VATICAN - INDIA – LEBANON

The Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences is holding a workshop to explore how the knowledge of aboriginal communities and the scientific world can, together, meet major global challenges. Pope Francis urges governments “to acknowledge and respect the rich diversity within the great human family.”

| 14/03/2024
| VATICAN

A seminar sponsored in Taiwan by the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue with Fu Jen Catholic University in a move to formulate some guidelines on a confrontation that the focus on the Chinese world makes increasingly necessary. Also starting tomorrow in Hong Kong is the third Christian-Taoist Dialogue.

| 10/03/2024
| ECCLESIA IN ASIA

Dedicated to the last of the deadly sins the catechesis of today's general audience back in St Peter's Square. On the path of Lent the invitation to "free yourself from everything that masks your life in order to return with all your heart to God who loves us with eternal love". "Let us continue to pray for those who suffer the horror of war".

| 06/03/2024
| VATICAN

At the Angelus, Francis called on the parties to reach an "immediate ceasefire" and release the hostages. He also urged “safe access" to humanitarian aid. On disarmament, he says that “it is a duty" that requires the courage for the entire “family of nations”.

| 03/03/2024
| VATICAN

Pope Francis' appeal 25 years after the entry into force of the Ottawa Treaty that banned them. At the Synod of Armenian Catholics the closeness to the Nagrono-Karabakh refugees. In the catechesis, reflection on the deadly vices of envy and vainglory.

| 28/02/2024
| VATICAN

At the end of the Marian prayer the Pope recalled the anniversary of the war in Ukraine: "So many victims, wounded, destruction". He called for a 'diplomatic solution' that would lead to peace. He also looked with sorrow at the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria. Sympathy to the people of Mongolia for the record cold wave.

| 25/02/2024
| VATICAN
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