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Diplomacy Vatican

Australian ambassador to Holy See marks Day of Women in Diplomacy

Marking the annual International Day of Women in Diplomacy, Australian ambassador to the Holy See, Chiara Porro, has discussed the challenges and rewards of the job and the crucial perspective women bring to international relations. Source: Vatican News.

Discipleship Vatican

Show the world God’s closeness with love and hope: Pope

Pope Francis appeared in the window of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Sunday to make his first public speech since his release from hospital, urging Christians to show the world the closeness of God by “performing many deeds of love and hope”. Source: CNA.

Peace Vatican

Pope, political leaders and Nobel laureates call for peace and solidarity

Pope Francis has called on all warring peoples to recognise fraternity as a “light that stops the night of conflicts”. Source: CNS.

Finance Vatican

Vatican Bank reports increased profit, recovery of stolen funds

The Institute for the Works of Religion, often referred to as the Vatican Bank, made a net profit of 29.6 million euros (about $A47.5 million) in 2022, a 63 per cent increase from the profit reported in the previous year (18.1 million euros), according to its annual report. Source: NCR Online.

Ukraine Vatican

Papal envoy meets Ukrainian President

Pope Francis’ envoy to Ukraine, Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, yesterday finished a “brief but intense” two-day visit to Kyiv, which included a meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Source: CNA.


Penitential rite held after naked man stands on St Peter’s Basilica’s main altar

Two days after a naked man stood on the high altar of St Peter’s Basilica in a shocking security breach, the basilica’s archpriest on Saturday held a penitential rite as required by canon law in cases where sacred places have been desecrated. Source: CNA.

Families Vatican

Vatican launches compact for families with Pope’s support

Pope Francis urged Catholics not to resign themselves to “the decline of the family” in a letter released for the launch of a Vatican compact for families. Source: CNS.

Social media Vatican

Vatican releases guidelines on ‘how to love your neighbour’ on social media

Attention #CatholicTwitter and keyboard warriors: The Vatican has released recommendations for how better to “love your neighbour” on social media. Source: The Tablet.

Health Vatican

Nuncio updating Vatican on Calvary hospital takeover plans

The Pope’s ambassador to Australia, Archbishop Charles Balvo, says he is keeping the Vatican informed about the ACT Government’s planned takeover of Calvary Public Hospital Bruce. Source: Canberra Times.