Vatican

  • A Holy Week without processions or washing of the feet

    Feb 19, 2021

    Note from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on the celebrations of Holy Week in times of Covid-19. "It is suggested to facilitate and privilege the media coverage of the celebrations presided over by the bishop, encouraging the faithful who are unable to attend their own church to follow the diocesan celebrations as a sign of unity".

  • Pope to Proclaim the Promise Congress: 'Dream and look ahead!'

    Feb 19, 2021

    Pope Francis sends a video message to participants of the 2021 Religious Education Congress hosted online by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. This year marks the Congress's 65th anniversary and the 50th of its Youth Day. 56 speakers from around the US will give talks hoping to inspire and transform Church members in proclaiming the Gospel, giving voice to justice, and serving others.

  • Pope gifts Roman Curia book on spirituality to accompany annual retreat

    Feb 19, 2021

    This year, the annual retreat for the Roman Curia will be observed individually from 21-26 February. To accompany this time of prayer, Pope Francis has gifted the participants a book on spirituality titled “Abbi a cuore il Signore.”

  • Our Fathers: What is it like to be the child of a priest?

    Feb 19, 2021

    Coping International founder Vincent Doyle, himself the child of a priest, accompanies others in the same situation through a web site and now through a published book: ‘all for the Body of Christ’, he says.

  • Croatia ‘severely tried by earthquakes but strong in faith’ – Nuncio

    Feb 18, 2021

    Ahead of his meeting with Pope Francis on Thursday, the Apostolic Nuncio to Croatia describes the pain endured in the Balkan nation due to a pair of damaging earthquakes and the ongoing pandemic.

  • Pope to Brazilians: Lent, a time to be brothers and in dialogue

    Feb 18, 2021

    As the Brazilian Bishops' Conference (CNBB) and the National Council of Christian Churches (CONIC) kick of their joint Ecumenical Fraternity Campaign (CFE) on Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis urges Christians in the country to overcome divisions and unite around life in order to overcome the pandemic.

  • British Bishops decry discriminatory resuscitation orders

    Feb 18, 2021

    The Bishops of England and Wales issue a statement in which they describe DNACPR orders for people with learning disabilities as "shocking" and “unacc

  • Pope at Ash Wednesday Mass: ‘Lent is a journey of return to God’

    Feb 17, 2021

    Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Ash Wednesday in St. Peter’s Basilica, and urges Christians to experience Lent as a return journey toward the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • Pope Francis updates Vatican legal code

    Feb 17, 2021

    Pope Francis has issued a motu proprio updating the Vatican penal code, adapting it to the “changed sensibilities of the times.” Among the provisions: the new norms abolish the “processo in contumacia” and ensure that a single office can prosecute a case throughout the different stages of the judicial process.

  • Colombians welcome Pope’s praise of efforts to protect Venezuelan migrants

    Feb 17, 2021

    The Bishops of Colombia welcome Pope Francis’ recent appeal for Venezuelan migrants, as well as the government’s decision to provide protection for the 1.7 million of them in the country.