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Pope Back To Full-time Work With Call For Lebanon Aid

Pope Francis returned to work full-time on Wednesday following a colon operation, urging the international community to help a struggling Lebanon. The 84-year-old took time to bless children and pose for selfies in the Vatican at the weekly general audience one month to the day after the delicate operation, which saw him hospitalised for over a week.
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Vatican releases rules for online learning for ecclesiastical universities

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education encouraged pontifical universities to expand educational opportunities to those who would normally be unable to attend classes in-person full time, but could manage coursework online, such as prisoners, migrants, the homeless, monks, contemplative nuns and even busy bishops. “By making...
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Pope's prayer intention for August: Church on the way

Pope Francis releases the prayer intention for the month of August, inviting everyone to work for a transformation of the Church - a work that begins with “a reform of ourselves” through an experience of prayer, charity and service, inspired by the Holy Spirit. In his video message for his...
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Pope Francis appeals for Lebanon on first anniversary of Beirut explosion

On the first anniversary of a massive explosion in Beirut which claimed many lives and caused widespread destruction, Pope Francis appeals for the Middle Eastern country of Lebanon, calling on the international community to provide “concrete assistance.”. VATICAN CITY:. Pope Francis during his weekly General Audience appealed for what he...

Pope at Audience: There is only one Gospel

“When it comes to the Gospel and to the mission to evangelize, Paul is enthusiastic,” said Pope Francis at Wednesday’s General Audience. “Everything in him is dedicated to this proclamation, and has no interest other than the Gospel.”. Headed down a wrong path. The Holy Father is continuing his catechesis...

Myanmar Church invites all religions to national prayer campaign

In Myanmar, the serious political, socio-economic, human rights and humanitarian crises unleashed by the Feb. 1 military coup, have been exacerbated by a raging third wave of Covid-19 infections, with an acute shortage of oxygen and the most basic healthcare almost absent. In this worsening situation, the Catholic bishops of the country have called for a national prayer campaign against the pandemic that is threatening the country and the world.

Pope Francis to resume General Audiences in Paul VI Hall

Following the summer break in July, Pope Francis will resume holding his weekly General Audience, beginning this Wednesday, 4 August. Pope Francis’ General Audiences will resume this week on August 4. As is customary, the regular Wednesday meetings were suspended throughout the month of July to allow for a period of rest.

Why visiting Indonesia should top Pope Francis’ list

Pope Francis was supposed to visit Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea late last year, but the trip was canceled when the world succumbed to the Covid-19 pandemic. The pope’s eagerness to make the trip was revealed to respected Muslim cleric Yahya Cholil Staquf of Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia’s largest Islamic organization, after he met Pope Francis at the Vatican in early 2019 to discuss ways to address interreligious conflicts.

Pope resumes general audiences after summer break

Pope Francis has resumed his general audiences, the Holy See announced on Monday. The weekly audience in the Vatican audience hall is planned for this Wednesday. According to media reports, it was sometimes moved there in previous years when it was very hot. Before the summer break, the 84-year-old held...

A clarion call to end the scourge of Human Trafficking

Pope Francis joins religious organizations and world leaders in calling for an end to the scourge of human trafficking on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. ROME: Over the course of his pontificate, Pope Francis has repeatedly decried the scourge of human trafficking as a crime against humanity. Economy...