Category Archives: Vatican

Pope writes Syrian president, urging him to protect civilians, seek peace

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to put an end to his country’s eight-year-long conflict and seek reconciliation for the good of the nation and its vulnerable people. “The … Continue reading

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Pope issues sanctions against former West Virginia bishop

By Rhina Guidos  Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston announced July 19 sanctions from the Vatican — including taking away the faculties of celebrating Mass — against a former West Virginia bishop who stepped down last … Continue reading

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Dialogue with indigenous: Understanding that ‘we are simple stewards’

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — By convening a special synod on the Amazon at the Vatican in October, Pope Francis will be giving greater exposure to the church’s deep concern for the people and the … Continue reading

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Synod emphasizes church’s mission to defend the vulnerable, cardinal says

By Junno Arocho Esteves  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The objective of the upcoming Synod of Bishops for the Amazon is to highlight the need for religious, political and social leaders to come together and defend the dignity … Continue reading

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Being curator of meteorites allows Jesuit to ‘find God’ in all things

By James Ramos  Catholic News Service HOUSTON (CNS) — At the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo near Rome, Jesuit Brother Robert Macke finds his work as the curator of meteorites for the Vatican Observatory — formally founded in 1891 by … Continue reading

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Vatican Museums loan Leonardo da Vinci work for special anniversary

By Carol Zimmermann  Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci with a painting by the artist that will draw crowds but … Continue reading

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Vatican City State set to end sale of single-use plastics

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After current supplies run out, Vatican City State will no longer be selling any single-use plastic items on its tiny territory. While the European Union pledged in May to ban … Continue reading

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