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Caritas Oceania: united by faith and the ocean

The urgent need to care for the environment, in particular the ocean, coping with Covid and nurturing the faith were top priorities at the just concluded Caritas Oceania Annual Forum.

African Church leaders appeal for unity to overcome challenges

African Church leaders appeal for unity and communion in Christ who helps overcome all divisions in order to confront the many challenges facing the continent and our world.

UN: Six months after coup, Myanmar’s situation is worsening

Amidst Myanmar’s worsening humanitarian situation, with growing numbers of displaced people, a food crisis and a surge in Covid-19 infections, the United Nations has pledged its continued solidarity and presence with the people.

South Sudan: Include religious leaders in national peace initiative, Bishops urge President Kiir.

This week, Catholic Bishops in South Sudan paid a solidarity visit to President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

Pope: Cardinal Vanhoye preached the Gospel with generosity

Pope Francis sent a message of condolence on the death of Jesuit Cardinal Albert Vanhoye, who died 29 July in Rome, aged 98. He had been the oldest member of the College of Cardinals. He was created Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, who called him “a great exegete.”

German bishops appeal for Madagascar, plagued by drought, hunger

A new UN report has singled out Madagascar as one of the world's two newest "highest alert" hunger hotspots.

UN warns of acute food insecurity in 23 hunger hotspots

In a new report, the FAO and WFP warn that fighting, red tape, and lack of funding are blocking famine relief efforts, leading to worsening acute food insecurity in the world.

A clarion call to end the scourge of Human Trafficking

Pope Francis joins religious organizations and world leaders in calling for an end to the scourge of human trafficking on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

Laudato sí Movement consolidated and renewed

The Global Catholic Climate Movement on July 29 changed its name to Laudato sí Movement (LSM). Climate and integral ecology are at the heart of the Movement, which takes its cue from Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on care for our common home. Speaking with Vatican News, the executive director of LSM, Tomás Insua, speaks about a “synodal journey” aimed at a deeper ecological conversion. As the Movement continues to renew itself, Pope Francis offers a word of thanks for its work.

Angola: Listening to and participating in the enthusiasm of communities

In the diocese of Viana, Angola, meetings have been underway for almost a month in parishes, groups, movements and Christian communities to provide everyone with training and information on the diocesan synodal assembly that will be held in mid-October, a step towards the Synod of Bishops in 2023. Fr. Domingo Pestana, the coordinator of the commission and of the secretariat created with the aim of listening to and gathering the contributions of each person, reflects on the initiatives.