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The Pope and the new Cardinals visit Benedict XVI

Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, greeted and blessed the 13 new Cardinals whom he met in the chapel of the “Mater Ecclesiae” monastery in the Vatican after the consistory.

Ethiopia: Government launches offensive on Mekelle

Ethiopian government forces have reportedly launched an offensive to capture the regional capital Mekelle in the north of the country. Pope Francis has repeatedly appealed to the parties involved to refrain from violence and protect civilians.

Belarus President prepared to resign under new Constitution

Belarus' longtime President Alexander Lukashenko says he is prepared to resign if a new constitution is adopted. His announcement follows months of protests against his disputed re-election in August.

Cardinal Gregory’s vision: protect, care for and strengthen the flock

On Saturday afternoon, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington DC became Cardinal Wilton Gregory. At that moment, he also became the first African-American Cardinal.

Pope urges new cardinals to stay on the Lord’s road

Pope Francis urged new cardinals he created on Saturday not to stray away from “journeying on God’s road”. The red colour of the cardinals’ attire, which symbolizes blood, he warned, “can, for a worldly spirit, become the colour of a secular ‘eminence’”.

The Church’s new cardinals – who’s who?

Who are the 13 new cardinals created by Pope Francis from around the world? They hail from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe...

Cardinal Nichols: 'No to cuts on expenditure for overseas aid'

Cardinal Vincent Nichols expresses concern at government plans to cut expenditure on aid to poor countries.

Covid: after State and Market, now is the time for Community

Pope Francis is certain of this and is repeating it to everyone: we will emerge either better or worse after the pandemic The global crisis requires that the parameters of human co-existence be rethought through the lens of solidarity. Based on this foundational idea, the "Covid-19: Building a Healthier Future" has been created in collaboration with the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, to offer a vision that might lead to the beginning of a new fraternity after the pandemic.

Advent in a time of pandemic

As governments look to easing COVID-19 restrictions over the Christmas holidays, bishops conferences in a number of countries are putting measures in place for the Advent season that encourage people to share hope.

Pope appeals for end to violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

Pope Francis appeals for an end to violence and the restoration of peace in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, as the Prime Minister announces an assault on the regional capital.