Global Church News

  • Meeting of Families - Joy for the World

    Apr 07, 2017

    Pope Francis has written a letter to Cardinal Kevin Farrell outlining his vision for the 9th World Meeting of Families, which will take place in Dublin in August 2018.

  • Ireland facing large decline in priest numbers

    Apr 07, 2017

    In one Irish diocese, the number of active priests may halve in fewer than 15 years. As a result, Bishop Francis Duffy of Ardagh and Clonmacnois has aimed to prepare his flock to take on more active roles.

  • Cambodia slaps ban on sale of breast milk

    Apr 07, 2017

    Cambodia banned the export of breast milk on March 28, ending a business of a U.S.-based company that had been selling the milk in the United States.

  • Nations have a moral duty to destroy nuclear weapons

    Apr 07, 2017

    “The threat of mutually assured destruction through nuclear weapons cannot be the basis for an ethics of fraternity and peaceful coexistence among peoples and states,” the Vatican’s delegate said in an address to a UN session on nuclear disarmament.“

  • Vatican official hopes Trump can be persuaded to change policies

    Apr 07, 2017

    The Vatican hopes that U.S. bishops and others will continue to raise their voices in defense of the obligation to fight climate change and, in time, can persuade U.S. President Donald Trump to change his position, a top Vatican official said.

  • Cardinal Tagle to wash feet of drug addicts on Holy Thursday

    Apr 07, 2017

    In the past years, the Archbishop of Manila observed the Holy Thursday tradition washing the feet of the elderly, women, and people with disabilities

  • French lady writes Way of Cross meditations

    Apr 07, 2017

    Pope Francis has chosen the French biblical scholar Anne-Marie Pelletier to write the meditations that will guide him and thousands of pilgrims during the Way of the Cross service at Rome’s Colosseum.

  • Philippine church program offers hope to drug addicts

    Apr 07, 2017

    Shirtless men engage in casual chatter in street corners, mothers cradle their infants in the alleys, while children run around the narrow streets of a village in the Philippine capital Manila.

  • Thousands of people make a pilgrimage for peace

    Apr 07, 2017

    Great participation of Catholics and non-Catholics in the annual Lenten march for peace 20 km. The pilgrims walked through the night for 7 hours until the Mass in the Basilica of Mount Mary. Card. Gracias: "Peace, harmony and brotherhood will prevail." Large presence of young people.

  • Vatican calls on Jains to work together for peace and non-violence, starting with families

    Apr 07, 2017

    The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue yesterday, March 29 released a message for the Jain festival of Mahavir Jayanti titled Christians and Jains: Together to foster practice of nonviolence in families, signed by Pontifical Council President Card Jean-Louis Tauran and Secretary Mgr Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot.