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Flaminia Giovanelli Says Revolution in Church Isn’t Just That of Women, But of Laypeople

A top Vatican official has said the revolution taking place in the Church is not just of advancing women, but also laypeople. In an interview with ZENIT, Flaminia Giovanelli, the under-secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, a position appointed by the Pope, spoke on the role of women in the Ch…

Pope to Visit Sri Lanka and the Philippines in Middle of January 2015

The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will visit Sri Lanka and the Philippines in the middle of January. In an unannounced briefing in the Vatican Press Office this afternoon, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi…

Pope Surprises on Private Visit to Caserta

Pope Francis has met privately with Evangelical pastor and friend Rev. Giovanni Traettino in Caserta, southern Italy. After the private visit this morning with the friend he’s known since early ministry in Buenos Aires, the Pope surprisingly met with the Community of the Pentecostal Church of Reconciliation — wh…

Pope at Caserta: How to Inherit the Kingdom of God

Pope Francis says Christians who wish to inherit the kingdom of heaven must place God first in their lives and say no to corruption and violence. The Holy Father made these comments during his homily at a public Mass in the southern Italian city of …

Bishop Shomali Says Situation in Gaza ‘Literally Deteriorating’

The auxiliary bishop of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, William Shomali, has said the situation in Gaza is “literally deteriorating” and has called for an immediate ceasefire. In a telephone interview with ZENIT Wednesday, Bishop Shomali shared the real situation in Gaza from both a Palestinian and an Israel…

Archbishop Sleiman: Real Actors in Iraq Are Foreign Governments and Big Oil

Latin rite Archbishop Jean Benjamin Sleiman of Baghdad has shared his views on the situation in Iraq and for its Christians. In addition to discussing the events of Iraq and Mosul with ZENIT Wednesday, he also discussed the roles of the Church, gove…

Papal Astronomer: Real Science Is Not the Realm of Atheists or Egoists

Catholics need to be more courageous in showing that religion and science co-exist says the papal astronomer who has just been awarded one of the world’s most prestigious awards in science. Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, who was honored last week with the Carl Sagan Medal for “outstanding communication by an act…

Pope to Visit Italian City of Caserta On Two Days This Month

The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will visit the city of Italian city of Caserta on 26 and 28 July, splitting the visit into private and public events. In a statement, the Holy See Press Office said that in the afternoon of Saturday 26, “upon invitation by the bishop of the diocese Giovanni D’Avise, he …

Il Volo: Award-Winning Trio Taking World by Storm Speaks to ZENIT on Faith, Family, Francis

An international, award-winning musical group that has gained recognition from some of the world’s most famous singers has shared with ZENIT details often not discussed in interviews. The Italian trio, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca G…

Cardinal Turkson: Pope Criticizes Problems of Market Economy, Not Capitalism

Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson has suggested that a papal visit to Africa is not far-fetched. In a wide-ranging interview with ZENIT, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace discusses whether his dicastery could be reformed, whether the Pope will visit Africa, and what the Pope really means…

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