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October - dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary

October is traditionally the month dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. Many Rosary events will be taking place in homes, churches and shrines around the world.

In London, the Rosary is prayed live on-line at the National Rosary Shrine at St Dominic's Church, Haverstock Hill.

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Vatican at UN: Statement on Women

Ms Francesca DiGiovanni

On October 1, Ms Francesca DiGiovanni, Undersecretary for the Multilateral Sector of the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, prepared a pre-recorded intervention from the Vatican to be given during today's United Nations High-Level Meeting on the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995. The Statements f...

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Let's talk about faith and money - Jesus did

The Director of Church Action for Tax Justice talks about the difference our faith makes to how we use our own money and to the wider economy.

Earlier this year, Pope Francis said this: "Structures of sin today include repeated tax cuts for the richest people, often justified in the name of investment and development, and tax havens for private and corporate profits, plus the possibility...

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Cardinal Parolin

Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo met with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, at the Vatican yesterday.

Responding to questions from journalists, the Director of the Holy See's Press Office, Matteo Bruni, said: "During this morning's talks between the Secretary of State of the United States of America, Mi...

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China: Village notice prohibits conversion to Christianity

New 'village rules' introduced in Huang Fei village, Yingjiang County in Yunnan, near the China-Burma border, state that anyone who converts to Christianity will face financial penalties or even the confiscation of their land. Huang Fei village is inhabited by members of the Dai ethnic group.

The notice, seen by Christian Solidarity Worldwide and believed to have been posted in early Sept...

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Viewpoint: Corruption and spread of Covid-19

Fr Shay Cullen

There are many global threats facing the world today. The most serious in everybody's mind is the coronavirus pandemic with 200,000 dead in the USA alone and spreading. It is a cause of shock and realization that we humans for all our economic, military and medical power is very weak and vulnerable to the invisible virus that has invaded our world, our communities, families and our bodies. Some...

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Moneyval team begins evaluation visit to Vatican

Cardinal Parolin addresses Moneyval team

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, has received members of the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Measures against Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism (Moneyval) of the Council of Europe, which began its evaluation visit to the Vatican on Wednesday. By Vatican News

In a statement the Holy See Press Office said the visit "is held in the context o...

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WCC gravely concerned by escalation of conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh

Rev Prof Dr Ioan Sauca - image Vatican News

World Council of Churches (WCC) interim general secretary Rev Prof Dr Ioan Sauca expressed grave concern over the renewed and very serious escalation of conflict in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region since Sunday 27 September - reportedly following an attack by Azerbaijan's military forces - which has already resulted in dozens of casualties including civilians, and which risks provoking a wi...

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Vatican at UN: Pandemic shows we cannot live without one another

Archbishop Gabriele Caccia

Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, spoke 0n 29 September at the annual High-Level Meeting of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Group of Friends, which this year was held virtually. The theme of the Meeting was "Shaping a Better World: Building Cohesive and Inclusive Societies in a Challenging COVID-19 Environment."

In his rema...

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Cameroon: Bishops join ecumenical call for end to violence

Young family in Cameroon

Bishop Declan Lang and Bishop Philip Egan have added their voices to an ecumenical statement calling on the UK government and the international community to respond, robustly, to the violence in Cameroon.

In the country's Anglophone region, longstanding grievances against the central government have spilled into conflict during recent years, with thousands of people killed or driven from ...

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Pandemic triggers new sense of global identity in young people

Almost 40% of young people have felt more aware of being part of a global community since the coronavirus pandemic began, aid and development charity Christian Aid has revealed today. In a survey by Savanta ComRes, commissioned by the charity, 39% of people aged 18-34 said they felt more part of a global community than before the virus outbreak. This compares with just 21% of people aged over 5...

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India: Seven Christians attacked by 'Cow Vigilantes'

Seven Christians belonging to the Khariya tribal group in Bheri Kudar village, Simdega District, Jharkhand state in north east India were attacked on 16 September by a mob who were responding to allegations that the Christians were involved in the trade of beef.

The attack took place at approximately 6am when a mob of about 60 to 70 people from another village, led by the business class ...

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Open Letter to Pope Francis regarding title of forthcoming encyclical Fratelli Tutti + COMMENT

Dear Pope Francis,

This letter has been distributed for signature by the Catholic Women's Council - a coalition of Catholic women's networks from around the world, campaigning for the full recognition of women's dignity and equality in the Church.

We represent the broad diversity of the Catholic tradition on many issues, and we do not speak with one voice. However, we are committed ...

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Vatican appeals for 300,000 seafarers stranded at sea by Covid

image: ICN/JS

It is estimated that more than 300,000 seafarers and marine personnel are currently stranded at sea, due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, has appealed for their safe passage home.

As the Catholic Church marks 100 years of its ministry to seafarers, the Vatican is calling on governments, interna...

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