Flowers and toys are placed in a makeshift memorial in front of a residential building in Dnipro (AFP or licensors)Caritas Donetsk is providing support to victims of a Russian missile attack that struck an apartment building in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro on Saturday. By Christopher WellsThe destruction of a large apartment building in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro is “a great tragedy,” according to Mila Leonova, the communications officer for Caritas Donetsk (Ukraine). “We need to understand how we can help these people,” said Ms. Leonova, who noted that volunteers are working day and night to provide relief. “They died in our city,” Ms. Leonova said. In the long term, Caritas reported that local authorities have stated the greatest need is restoration and repairs in order to provide housing for victims of the attack.
Pope Francis greets Vatican employees and their families in the Paul VI Audience Hall for the traditional exchange of Christmas greetings and urges them to be builders of of peace in their own environment. By Lisa ZengariniAddressing Vatican employees with their families during his annual Christmas greetings, Pope Francis encouraged them to face the difficulties of life with faith, and to be artisans of peace starting from their own family and environment. Pope Francis noted, although this critical phase has passed, the pandemic has left its marks: not only in material and economic terms, but also on people's lives and relationships. Be witnesses and artisans of peaceA second wish Pope Francis expressed was that we all may be “witnesses and artisans of peace”. No gossipThe Pope, hence, called upon Vatican employees to be builders of peace starting from their families and from the environment in which they live and work.1 month ago Vatican News
In the wake of the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, we recall his historic visit to the headquarters of Vatican Radio in 2006, and his invitation for Vatican media to engage in the “great dialogue of truth”. By Veronica ScarisbrickOn 3 March 2006, Benedict XVI took part in a live broadcast of Vatican Radio during a visit to its headquarters to mark the Radio’s 75th anniversary. There were not many occasions where the late Pope Emeritus would speak off-the-cuff in public without the help of a written text prepared beforehand. “I gladly came among you, to this beautiful venue of Palazzo Pio, which the Servant of God Paul VI wanted to make available to Vatican Radio. The late Pope Emeritus prays in the chapel of Vatican Radio's headquartersRadio a ‘force for peace’The late Pope Emeritus intervention was not tightly choreographed beforehand.1 month ago Vatican News
Pope Francis writes the preface for author Edith Bruck’s just-released book “Sono Francesco” – “I am Francesco,” a reflection of the Pope’s exceptional visit to the writer’s house in February 2021. By Sophie PeetersIn her new book “Sono Francesco” Hungarian writer and Holocaust survivor Edith Bruck reminisces on the incredible visit of Pope Francis to her home last year. The meeting took place on 20 February after the Pope was emotionally struck while reading her story of surviving deportation to several Nazi concentration camps. Breaking bread together is a simple gesture, the Pope reflected, “like a prayer”. “Sono Francesco” beautifully recounts the meeting that gave the Pope “so much strength, hope, and sense of gratitude” which, the Pope concluded in his preface, can be shared with those who read it; “at least that is my hope.”3 months ago Vatican News
The Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, highlights the late Pope Emeritus’ ability to bring the Gospel of Christ to the modern world, citing his international bestselling "Jesus of Nazareth" trilogy. He therefore got to know the late Pope Emeritus very well. In a personal recollection of the late Pontiff, the Italian-born Cardinal describes him as a “prophet of our time”. He also notes that Joseph Ratzinger had to face the reality of a changing world which, as he repeated several times, was becoming “liquid”, and losing its “spiritual, moral, ethical references”. This theological masterpiece summarizing his thought, says Cardinal Filoni, is not a biography of Jesus, but rather “the encounter of today's man with the Gospel and in the Gospel.”1 month ago Vatican News
Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher was in Algeria on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 25 and 26, to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Algeria and the Holy See. Archbishop Jean-Paul Vesco of Algiers says that the welcome accorded to the Holy See's "number three" testifies to the attention paid to the small Christian community of Algeria. Archbishop Vesco noted that it is “a visit to a great sacred space and communion,” adding that these exchanges are "extremely important". Read also 25/10/2022 Gallagher in Algeria for 50 years of diplomatic relations with Holy See The Secretary for Relations with States and International Organizations, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, is visiting Algeria, where he meets with civil and religious leaders and ...Service to the needyArchbishop Gallagher's visit also comes less than a month before the closure of Caritas Algeria. "The presence in Algiers of the Pope's representative and the closure of Caritas are two different events," says Archbishop Vesco.3 months ago Vatican News
Pope Francis has named Robert Francis Prevost, an Augustinian missionary who has been serving as Bishop of Chiclayo in Peru, as the new prefect for the Dicastery of Bishops. Bishop Prevost succeeds Cardinal Marc Ouellet, both as prefect and as president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. Biography of Robert Francis PrevostRobert Francis Prevost, 67, was born in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on 14 September 1955. He has been bishop of Chiclayo since 26 September 2015. Pope Francis appointed him a member of the Congregation for the Clergy in 2019 and a member of the Congregation for Bishops in 2020.9 days ago Vatican News
The Vatican's customary briefing on the papal Christmas celebrations broadcast globally offers details on the Christmas Mass during the Night and the Christmas Day Message and Urbi at Orbi blessing. Special emphasis will be given in remembering the Ukrainian people and all those suffering in wars around the world. The Christmas eve Mass will include the participation of around 120 broadcast media outlets and networks, while close to 170 for the Christmas Day Urbi et Orbi. Vatican News will provide live streaming on the Vatican News website and on Facebook with live translation and commentary in eight languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, German, Chinese and Arabic both on Christmas eve and Christmas day. He recalled words from the Pope's 2023 Message for the World Day of Peace and how the virus of war is even more difficult to defeat than viruses affecting the human body.1 month ago Vatican News