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Pope: Church's social doctrine makes us agents of hope

Pope Francis highlights the importance of linking memory, baptism and hope, in his message to participants in the 10th annual Festival of the Social Doctrine of the Church.

UNICEF Executive Director: Children’s lives at risk in Ethiopia

The Executive Director of the UN Children’s agency, UNICEF, says children’s lives and well-being will be put at immediate risk if fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region further escalates.

Gospel Truth: First Sunday Advent, 29 November

In this week's edition of "Gospel Truth”, the late Jill Bevilacqua and Seán-Patrick Lovett bring us readings and reflections from the Gospel of St. Mark 13:33-37 of the First Sunday of Advent.

“Set Your Captives Free”: ACN report on kidnapped and jailed Christians

Every month, more than 300 Christians in 50 countries of the world are kidnapped or unjustly jailed because of their faith. The dramatic figure emerges from the latest report by “Aid to the Church in Need” (ACN), released on Wednesday.

Holy See calls for universal adherence to Convention on Cluster Munitions

The Holy See's Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva calls for universal adherence to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

US Supreme Court says New York cannot limit attendance in places of worship

The United States Supreme Court blocked enforcement of an executive order by New York governor Andrew Cuomo restricting attendance in houses of worship due to the Covid-19 emergency.

German Day of Prayer dedicated to persecuted Christians in Syria and Iraq

"Solidarity with persecuted and oppressed Christians in our time" is the initiative of the German Bishops’ Conference that began in 2003. To this end, a Day of Prayer is held each year on December 26, the feast of the first Christian martyr, St. Stephen, to focus on a particular part of the world where Christians are discriminated against and harassed.

Pope thanks Argentinian women’s network for pro-life commitment

Pope Francis, in a letter, reiterates the importance of protecting life against attempts to legalise the practice of abortion in Argentina.

Pope sends support to Cube Radio’s Advent initiative

Pope Francis thanks a Catholic radio station in northern Italy for hosting an Advent program, supported by Vatican News, to help prepare listeners to celebrate the Birth of Jesus.

Pope Francis prays for late Diego Maradona

Pope Francis recalls Diego Armando Maradona in prayer following the Argentine soccer champion's death at the age of 60 on Wednesday.