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Pope’s closeness to La Palma people hit by volcano

The Pope has sent a video message to the inhabitants of La Palma, in the Canary Islands, which was hit by volcanic eruption for 3 months.

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Southern African bishops hold plenary assembly in person

The bishops are meeting physically for the first time since 2020. The Synodal process is the leading theme of the meeting.

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U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON – On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States legalized abortion nationwide in its decision on Roe v. Wade. Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities called on the faithful to “pray, fast, and work for the day when the gift of every human life is protected in law and welcomed in love” on the anniversary of the court’s decision.

Archbishop Lori’s full statement follows:

“January 22 marks the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision making abortion legal in all 50 states.

“The Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion is a response of love for both mothers and their children in the womb. The Church’s teaching proclaims a message of life, reminding us that every life is a sacred gift from God from the moment of conception until natural death.

“In remembrance of the tragic anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and in petition for full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life for all individuals, the Catholic Church in the United States recognizes the National Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. We invite all Catholics and people of good will to fast and pray on this day, and frequently between now and June, when we anticipate a decision by the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. We pray that this important case might reverse Roe and its unjust abortion license.

“We cannot build a truly just society and remain complacent when faced with the massive impact of Roe v. Wade, which has taken over 60 million lives since 1973. May we pray, fast, and work for the day when the gift of every human life is protected in law and welcomed in love.”

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Tonga: Church in Oceania banding together to send aid

The Church in Papua New Guinea is collecting funds working with its partners across Oceania to send humanitarian aid to the tsunami-struck people of Tonga, according to Fr. Giorgio Licini.

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#IamChurch: The Word of God in lives of people with disabilities

Promoted by the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, the #IamChurch initiative consists in five videos demonstrating the daily struggles of persons with disabilities who, far from feeling burdensome or "set aside", provide their own specific contribution within their ecclesial communities. "The Word of God in the lives of people with disabilities" is the title of the fifth and final video.

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Archbishop Longley: The journey together towards Christian Unity

As the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity continues, the Co-Chair of the Anglican–Roman Catholic International Commission, Archbishop Bernard Longley reflects on the immense work done and the road still to travel towards the goal of full visible unity.

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European Bishops appeal for peace and support for Ukraine

The Presidency of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences invites the international community to offer its support to Ukraine in the face of mounting fears of a possible Russian military offensive.

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Archbishop Gallagher: Diplomacy of values to foster the meeting of peoples

In his speech at the meeting "The diplomacy of values and development", organized in Rome by the International Association "Carità Politica", the Secretary for Relations with States stresses that in the face of common challenges that require shared solutions, "the diplomacy of values aims to promote the good of the human family beyond any particular interest".

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Tigray Church denounces conflict, loss of lives in Ethiopian region

The Catholic Diocese in Ethiopia’s strife-torn Tigray region is denouncing the worsening humanitarian situation, and seeking to reach out to the suffering people amid numerous constraints.

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Pope to CDF: Judicial action alone is not enough to fight abuse in the Church

Pope Francis meets with members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the occasion of their Plenary Assembly, and focuses on the importance of three words during their mission: dignity, discernment, and faith.

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