Friday, April 19, 2024

From the Vatican


Vatican Document on Human Dignity Condemns Gender Transition, Surrogacy, Abortion

The Vatican’s top doctrinal office issued a declaration on the theme of human dignity on Monday that addresses growing concerns such as gender theory, sex changes, surrogacy, and euthanasia in addition to abortion, poverty, human trafficking, and war.

Pope Francis Announces Year of Prayer to Prepare for 2025 Jubilee

Pope Francis announced the start of a Year of Prayer on Sunday in preparation for the Catholic Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year.

Vatican Responds to Widespread Backlash on Same-Sex Blessing Directive

The Vatican’s doctrine office issued a response on Thursday to “clarify the reception of Fiducia Supplicans” amid widespread international backlash to the Vatican’s recent declaration on same-sex blessings.

Vatican Unveils Nativity Scene Honoring St. Francis of Assisi and Devotion’s 800-Year-Old Origin

The Vatican unveiled its annual Nativity scene earlier this evening, paying special tribute to the origins of the beloved tradition on its 800th anniversary.

Pope Francis Names New Auxiliary Bishops of Philadelphia

Pope Francis has appointed Father Keith J. Chylinski, Father Christopher R. Cooke, and Father Efren V. Esmilla as auxiliary bishops of Philadelphia. The appointments were publicized in Washington, D.C. on December 8, 2023, by Cardinal Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Pope Francis to COP28: Environmental Destruction is ‘an Offense against God’

Pope Francis called the destruction of the environment “an offense against God” in a message given to the participants in the U.N. climate summit on December 2.

Pope Francis Announces Prayer Vigil, Day of Fasting for Peace in Israel-Hamas War

Pope Francis at the end of his general audience on Wednesday morning announced another day of prayer and fasting for an end to the Israel-Hamas war.

Pope Francis, Jerusalem patriarch call for peace after Hamas attack

Pope Francis and the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem called for peace after Israel declared “war” following a major attack by Hamas fighters over the weekend.

Pope Francis Issues New Call for Dramatic Climate Change Measures

Pope Francis released a new document on October 4 on the environment that he has described as the “second part” of his 2015 encyclical Laudato Si', and which warns of “grave consequences” if humanity continues to ignore the threat of climate change.

Pope Francis: Synod on Synodality’s Primary Task ‘to Refocus our Gaze on God’

Pope Francis opened the Synod on Synodality’s three-week assembly on October 4 with a call to remember that the Church exists to bring Jesus to the world and should face today’s challenges with a gaze fixed on God rather than “political calculations or ideological battles.”

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