• Sub-zero selfie
    Icicles hang from a fountain in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
  • The Francis effect

    Pope Francis greets a boy as he arrives to lead his general audience in Paul VI hall at the...

  • A blessing for the baby Jesus
    A boy holds his Nativity scene as Pope Francis leads the Angelus in St Peter’s Square December
  • Hoping for ‘Cuba Libre’
    Cuban expatriates hoping for a new chapter of freedoms in their country celebrate the death of
  • Securing the Holy Door
    Pope Francis closes the Holy Door of St Peter’s Basilica to mark the closing of the jubilee Yea
  • What might have been
    A New York supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton reacts to news of her d
  • In memory of the migrants
    A woman holds up a cross as people pray along the US-Mexico border fence in Ciudad Juarez, Mexi
  • Prayers for Italy
    A statue of Mary is seen in a collapsed church after an earthquake in Borgo Sant’Antonio near V
  • Children of war
    Iraqi children who escaped fi erce fi ghting in Mosul rest on the ground October 20 upon reachi
  • Haiti struggles in hurricane’s wake
    A child cries while being treated at a cholera treatment centre on October 9 after Hurricane Ma

It was the stuff of high drama and historic import. As the final minutes of 2016 ticked away in an expectant Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), New Year spectacles could do little to distract the eyes of the nation from talks taking place in the capital Kinshasa, the outcome of which would dictate the chances of peace or continued violence in...

It says something of the state of the nation when a quiet day of non-events gains more column inches with the international media than a 5.3 magnitude earthquake just days before.An understanding of this apparent skewing of priorities comes when El Salvador is identified as the source for both stories. On January 4, media reported with bored...

The bishops of Malta have issued guidelines allowing for people living in “irregular” unions to receive Communion.In a new 35-page document dealing specifically with implementation of the section of the papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia on divorced-and-remarried Catholics (Chapter VIII), the bishops go beyond the language of the...

Bishop appeals for clemency in church shooting caseBishop Robert E. Guglielmone, in whose Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina, the killer Dylann Roof launched his deadly gun attack on a Baptist church has issued a message on the sanctity of life after the murderer was handed a death sentence by a court.“The Church believes the right to...

A chapel built over the ruins of the Great Synagogue of Palermo in Sicily has been transferred to the Jewish community to renew Jewish worship on the site for the first time in 500 years.An official ceremony on January 12 saw the Oratory of Santa Maria al Sabato transferred from the control of the Archdiocese of Palermo on the anniversary of the...

The head of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference has issued a plea to his government to open humanitarian channels to allow the Church’s aid agency Caritas to distribute desperately needed medicines and basic goods.Addressing a gathering of his fellow prelates in Caracas, Archbishop Diego Rafael Padrón Sánchez said the ongoing economic...

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al Sisi has pledged to construct the nation’s largest church as part of the massive project to create a new capital city. During his official visit to St Mark’s cathedral in Cairo to join with Pope Tawadros II and other members of the Coptic Church for the January 6 Christmas celebrations, the...


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