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Africa Vatican

Cardinal Sarah cautions against Christian disunity 

Cardinal Robert Sarah has warned that disunity among followers of Christ is counterproductive to the mission of witnessing the Gospel message and evangelisation. Source: CNA.

Architecture Vatican

Restoration works begin on Bernini’s baldachin ahead of Jubilee Year

Scaffolding is going up around the 30-metre-tall baldachin over the main altar in St Peter’s Basilica to allow restorers to start cleaning, repairing and revitalising this masterpiece ahead of the Church’s Jubilee Year in 2025. Source: CNS.

Refugees Vatican

Vatican announces theme for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development has announced the theme for the 110th World Day of Migrants and Refugees – “God walks with his people”. Source: Vatican News. 

Prayer Vatican

Vatican issues new resource for Year of Prayer

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelisation has issued a new resource on prayer aimed at inviting the faithful to “intensify prayer as a personal dialogue with God” and to reflect on their faith and commitment in today’s world. Source: Vatican News.

United States Vatican

Vatican’s decision on blessings a sign of Church ‘decentralisation’ 

The Vatican’s decision to allow varying implementations of its recent document on blessings for people in irregular and same-sex unions is part of a “great move toward decentralisation” in the Church, a US cardinal has told an education congress. Source: Angelus News.

Seniors Vatican

World Day for Grandparents and Elderly to highlight loneliness

“Do not cast me off in my old age” is the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the fourth World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, the Vatican has announced. Source: CNA.

Middle East Vatican

Israel objects to Cardinal Parolin’s remarks on Gaza war

The Israeli Embassy to the Holy See has defined as “regrettable” remarks by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, saying that Israel’s attacks on Gaza have been excessive. Source: America Magazine.

Pope Francis Vatican

Blessing should not be denied to anyone: Pope

People who act shocked that a priest would bless a gay couple but have no problem with him blessing a crooked businessman are hypocrites, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: NCR Online.

Ecumenism Vatican Women

Female Anglican bishop participates in Council of Cardinals meeting

Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals concluded a meeting at the Vatican yesterday, reflecting on “the role of women in the Church”. Source: CNA.