News Around Christendom

A psychotherapist and nun helping people overcome trauma

By Sr Theresien Bartonova I belong to the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy of Saint Charles Borromeo. We are a very active congregation, but, at the same time, the contemplative aspect is fundamental for us. Our mission is to be close to those who suffer. Our first sisters cared for plague victims on the streets of Nancy in France, ...

Read More »

DISTRUST, SUSPICION: CATHOLIC PRIESTS IN NIGERIA CALL FOR REORIENTATION OF CITIZENS

By Josef Ishu In the wake of so much distrust, suspicion and rejection in Nigeria today, the Catholic priests in the country have canvassed for reorientation of the citizens. The clergymen, under the auspices of the Nigeria Catholic Diocesan Priests’ Association (NCDPA) made the call at the end of their 33rd Annual General Meeting held at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, ...

Read More »

Pope Francis: ‘Media professionals must engage with audience’

By Devin Watkins Pope Francis speaks with Members and employees of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication, and urges media professionals to let their heart and Christian values shine through in their work. As the Dicastery for Communication held its plenary assembly, Pope Francis met with Members and employees of Dicastery’s various branches, which includes Vatican News. The Pope gave his ...

Read More »

Pope Calls for Transformation of Economy for Common Good

By Francesca Merlo Pope Francis meets with a group of entrepreneurs from Spain, and highlights the importance of transforming the global economy, so that everyone can benefit from it, especially the poor and marginalised. Addressing a group of entrepreneurs from Spain in the Vatican’s Consistory Hall, Pope Francis welcomed and greeted them, describing their presence as “a sign of hope”. ...

Read More »

Pope: Synod Assembly of Bishops to be held in 2023 and 2024

By Devin Watkins Pope Francis announces that the Assembly meetings of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality will take place in two sessions: in October 2023 and October 2024. The Synod of Bishops’ meetings in the Vatican—originally scheduled to be held in October 2023—will now also take place in October 2024, as part of the same Synod but held in ...

Read More »

POPE JOHN XXIII SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL DIPLOMACY

By Linda Bordoni October 12, 1962: John XXIII’s appeal to States to heed “anguished cry for peace” On 12 October 1962, day two of the Second Vatican Council and amid the unfolding Cuban Missile Crisis, Pope John XXIII addresses diplomats accredited to the Holy See, noting that Heads of State bear responsibility for the fate of nations and urging them ...

Read More »

Pope Francis on Vatican II anniversary: ‘May the Church be overcome with joy’

By Hannah Brockhaus On the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to leave behind criticism and anger and to live the faith with joy. “May the Church be overcome with joy. If she should fail to rejoice, she would deny her very self, for she would forget the love that begot her,” ...

Read More »

Climate change documentary features Pope Francis

By Hannah Brockhaus Pope Francis is featured in a documentary film on climate change and the environment that premiered at the Vatican on Tuesday. “The Letter,” which can be streamed for free on YouTube Originals starting Oct. 4, follows a climate activist, an indigenous leader, a climate refugee, and married marine biologists as they travel from their corners of the ...

Read More »

Church, community help one another in inland Florida county hit hard by Ian

By Jean Gonzalez The 7-year-old boy who sat with his family in the cafeteria of Hardee Junior High School was too shy to say his name. He smiled as he sipped the straw in his can of Coke Zero, but he didn’t eat much of the hot meal in front of him — a small piece of chicken, rice and ...

Read More »

Pope Francis: The first element of discernment is prayer

By Hannah Brockhaus Prayer is the first element of discernment, Pope Francis said in his general audience message on Wednesday. “To discern we need to be in an environment, in a state of prayer,” he said Sept. 28 in St. Peter’s Square. “We resume our catecheses on the theme of discernment,” the pope said, “because the theme of discernment is ...

Read More »