• Water a crucial element for health of people and planet

    Sep 20, 2020

    Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, Permanent Observer of the Holy See, addressing the 45th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday says, "water is the most essential element for life, and the future of humanity depends on our capacity to guard it and share it."

  • Vatican-China deal can help ‘normalise life of the Church’

    Sep 19, 2020

    The Vatican expects to renew its interim deal with China on the appointment of bishops, as part of efforts to “normalize” the life of the Catholic Church in China, Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said Sept 14.

  • Pope to take his post-pandemic pleas to global stage

    Sep 19, 2020

    Since COVID-19 was officially recognized as a pandemic in early March, the pope has been urging individuals, organizations and governments to recognize the inequalities the pandemic has highlighted in economics and access to health care and education, as well as the ways current patterns of production and consumption have damaged the environment.

  • We must return to the Eucharist

    Sep 19, 2020

    In a letter to the leaders of the world’s episcopal conferences, the head of the Vatican’s office for worship and sacraments said that Catholic communities should return to Mass as soon as it can be done safely, and that the Christian life cannot be sustained without the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Christian community of the Church.

  • Cardinal Tagle tests positive for coronavirus

    Sep 19, 2020

    Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the head of the Vatican’s evangelisation congregation, tested positive for coronavirus on Sept 10, but is asymptomatic.

  • Pope Francis' new prayer card features grandmother and grandchild from Romania

    Sep 18, 2020

    Pope Francis’ newest prayer card, which he hands out to the people he meets, features a grandmother and grandchild from his trip to Romania in early summer 2019.

  • Pope Francis thanks elderly and sick priests for their faithful witness

    Sep 18, 2020

    The Pope sends a message to those participating in the Day of Prayer and Fraternity for elderly and sick priests in the Italy’s Lombardy region.

  • An encyclical for all brothers and sisters

    Sep 17, 2020

    While waiting to know the contents of the document, there has been some discussion about the title and how to translate it inclusively. An encyclical, though, is per se a universal text, and Pope Francis truly wants to speak to the heart of each and every person. The Holy See Press Office announces that the text will be published on 4 October.

  • Beatification cause opened for spiritual son of Padre Pio

    Sep 17, 2020

    An Italian archbishop has opened the cause for beatification of a Capuchin friar and spiritual son of St. Padre Pio.

  • Archbishop Gallagher's mission in Belarus

    Sep 17, 2020

    The Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, made a visit to Belarus from September 11 to 14. A few highlights of his trip follow.