AID FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE HORN OF AFRICA

VATICAN CITY,  (VIS) - The Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” today released the following communique: “As the Holy Father Benedict XVI recalled in an appeal he made following the Angelus on Sunday 17 July, the famine caused by a drought in the Horn of Africa is provoking a critical...

Irish priests will refuse to break seal of confession if proposal becomes law

Dublin, Ireland,  (CNA).- Catholic priests in Ireland are prepared to “strongly” resist a proposed law that would require them to disclose information learned in confession. “More than any other issue, it is probably the one that will unite both the liberal and conservative wings of the Church,”...

DECLARATION CONCERNING ILLEGITIMATE ORDINATION IN CHINA

VATICAN CITY,  (VIS) - At midday today the Holy See released an English-language declaration regarding the episcopal ordination of Fr. Joseph Huang Bingzhang, which took place on Thursday 14 July in the diocese of Shantou (Province of Guangdong, Mainland China). “1. Fr. Joseph Huang Bingzhang,...

Catholic aid agency appeals for help as 10 million face starvation in East Africa

Dadaab, Kenya,  (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.K.-based Catholic Agency for Overseas Development is appealing to the world on behalf of 10 million East Africans facing starvation and death due to a severe drought. “As we are talking now, we’re seeing 10 million people at risk,” said the agency’s...

The desperate plight of Catholics in Vietnam – one priest’s story

Rome, Italy,  (CNA).- “If I return now, they will throw me in jail and kill me.” These are the frank words that mark an encounter with Father Peter Nguyen Khai, a 41-year-old Vietnamese priest living in Rome. His crime? Not hiding his Catholic faith. “My parents taught me how to pray daily and keep...

AN INITIATIVE TO PROMOTE NEW EVANGELISATION

VATICAN CITY, (VIS) - Speaking on Vatican Radio, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation, announced a new pastoral initiative being promoted by his dicastery. The initiative has the name of “Metropolis Mission” and will begin in...

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