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Stories from parishes, dioceses, religious orders and community groups all over the world. It also includes stories on specific topics such as the Vatican, the Pope, missionaries, aid projects, aid agencies, health & natural disasters.


Relive the Palm Sunday Procession in Jerusalem - video

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Because of the coronavirus emergency, the Palm Sunday procession in Jerusalem has not taken place this year. This is an event of great joy which usually attracts thousands of faithful from all over the world every year.

Although there was no procession this year, the Franciscan Custos of the Holy has shared a short video of last year's procession, to remember together the entrance of Jesu...

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Pope's Holy Week Message + video link

Pope Francis has issued a video message this evening - before the start of Holy Week. The official translation of the Pope's video message is below:

Dear friends, good evening!

This evening I have the chance to enter your homes in a different way than usual. If you allow me, I would like to have a conversation with you for a few moments, in this time of difficulty and of su...

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Pakistan: Christians denied food aid during COVID-19 crisis

Reports from Pakistan that Christians and other minorities are being denied food aid distributed in response to the coronavirus emergency have been strongly condemned by the director of a Catholic human rights organisation.

Christians in Karachi have gone on record as saying that NGOs operating in the port city providing food to the homeless, were refusing to give food vouchers to members...

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Cardinal speaks out on China's moral culpability for the global pandemic

Cardinal Charles Bo

Cardinal Charles Bo - Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar, says China's "lies and propaganda have put millions of lives around the world in danger" - that instead of profiting from the pandemic they need to fund relief and restitution. In this statement he courageously highlights the systematic violation of human rights by the regime..

Cardinal Charles writes:

Last Fri...

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'Do not lose hope', global charity tells cruise ship crews

Global maritime charity Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) has reached out to cruise ship crew members as many are left stranded on board with vessels not being allowed to berth at ports.

In a letter sent to cruise companies Costa Cruises, MSC Cruises and Grandi Navi Veloci, Stella Maris Genoa Director Deacon Massimo Franzi told crew members: "You are not alone... you are not abandone...

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Vatican issues major document on water

Viiiage pump in Longoro, Uganda - image CAFOD

At the end of the month in which World Water Day 2020 has celebrated, the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development has announce the publication of 'Aqua fons vitae. Orientations on Water, symbol of the cry of the poor and the cry of the Earth' - "rooted in the Social Magisterium of the Popes and inspired by the work carried out by members of the national and local Church in ...

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China: "We are all sisters and brothers"

This is the tenth exclusive ICN report from a Catholic - who lives in Wuhan and prefers to remain anonymous - giving a first-hand account of the situation in the Chinese city which was the original centre of the Coronovirus pandemic.

The Archdiocese of Dublin encourages a unique form of ongoing education for its priests and permanent deacons. Each year a study trip to another cou...

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Mozambique: Jidahists say 'We'll be back'

Bishop Lisboa © ACN

A spate of attacks by Jihadists - including the dramatic seizure of a port town - have left the people "terrified" of a growing campaign of insurgency, according to a leading bishop.

After the brief capture of Mocímboa da Praia - a district capital of 20,000 inhabitants, in Cabo Delgado province, north Mozambique - Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa of Pemba told Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)...

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Pope appeals for global ceasefire amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Pope Francis has joined UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in calling for an immediate global ceasefire as the world faces the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last Monday, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, urged warring parties across the world to "lay down their weapons" in support of the bigger battle against Covid-19. "The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war...

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Philippines: Caritas Kindness Stations during pandemic

Fr Edwin is Director of Caritas Philippines and Director of the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA).

The Philippine government on March 17, 2020 declared a State of Calamity throughout the country for the period of six months due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. An Enhanced Community Quarantine covering the entire Luzon Island was imposed until April 14, 2020, requirin...

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Palestine: Israelis demolish emergency Coronivirus clinic

Image:  'Aref Daraghmeh (B'Tselem)

Israeli forces entered a Palestinian village in the northern Jordan Valley on Thursday and confiscated materials being used to build an emergency clinic to deal with people affected by the Coronavirus.

'Israeli Civil Administration' officials came to the village of Khirbet Ibziq with a military escort, bulldozer and two trucks equipped with cranes to demolish the community clinic and emer...

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Mongolia's only native bishop has died

Mgr Giuseppe Ma Zhongmu Tegusbeleg, the only Mongolian bishop, died last Wednesday at the age of 101. Bishop Ma was an unofficial bishop, not recognized by the Chinese state, which considered him a simple priest. For the Holy See he was bishop of Ningxia, a diocese that includes part of the autonomous region of Ningxia, part of northern Shaanxi and part of northern Inner Mongolia.

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Bishop appeals for people in Holy Land affected by COVID-19

Separation Wall around Bethlehem

Bishop Declan Lang, Chair of the Holy Land Coordination has urged Catholics to support people in the Holy Land affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"As we approach Easter amid this global pandemic, we must not forget the impact on our sisters and brothers in the land of Christ's birth, death and resurrection," he said.

"Not only is this a major healthcare crisis, but necessary closure...

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Syria: Nun sends message of love, prayers and solidarity

An intrepid nun, who coordinates emergency relief in Syria, has responded to the coronavirus pandemic by sending a message of prayer and solidarity to friends and benefactors of a leading Catholic charity.

In an audio message sent today (Friday, 27th March), Sister Annie Demerjian, a leading Syria project partner of Aid to the Church in Need, tells the charity's supporters: "do not panic"...

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