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Conjoined twins can have ‘normal lives’ after Vatican hospital performs separation surgery

2020-07-09T12:05:09+08:00

CNA Staff, Jul 8, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Twins who were conjoined at the head are likely to return home within months from the Vatican’s pediatric hospital where their bodies were successfully separated by doctors, and they have a high chance of living normal lives, the hospital’s chief neurosurgeon told CNA. The Bambino Gesù Hospital announced the successful separation surgery July 7, saying it was the first operation of its kind in Italy and probably the world.   Separate due gemelle siamesi unite per la testa. È il primo intervento di questo tipo in Italia e, probabilmente, l'unico al [...]

Conjoined twins can have ‘normal lives’ after Vatican hospital performs separation surgery2020-07-09T12:05:09+08:00

Pope Francis calls on Christians to recognize the face of Christ in migrants

2020-07-09T00:00:07+08:00

Vatican City, Jul 8, 2020 / 06:05 am (CNA).- Pope Francis offered Mass Wednesday asking the Virgin Mary to help Christians recognize the face of Christ in each migrant and refugee. “As we undertake to seek the face of the Lord, we may recognize Him in the face of the poor, the sick, the abandoned, and the foreigners whom God places on our way. And this encounter becomes for us a time of grace and salvation, as it bestows on us the same mission entrusted to the Apostles,” Pope Francis said in the Casa Santa Marta chapel July 8. “May [...]

Pope Francis calls on Christians to recognize the face of Christ in migrants2020-07-09T00:00:07+08:00

Bishop’s brother appointed brother bishop in Savannah

2020-07-09T00:00:06+08:00

Vatican City, Jul 8, 2020 / 05:35 am (CNA).- Pope Francis appointed Fr. Stephen D. Parkes as the next bishop of Savannah, Georgia, Wednesday. The Holy See press office announced July 8 that Parkes, a priest of the Diocese of Orlando, would succeed Bishop Gregory Hartmayer, who was appointed archbishop of Atlanta in March. Parkes, 55, currently serves as pastor of Annunciation Catholic Church in Longwood, Florida. His older brother, Gregory Parkes, is bishop of St. Petersburg, Florida.   A day of great joy as my brother, Fr. Stephen Parkes, is appointed Bishop of Savannah by Pope Francis! Blessed to [...]

Bishop’s brother appointed brother bishop in Savannah2020-07-09T00:00:06+08:00

Vatican cardinal: peace is threatened as health and economic crises continue

2020-07-08T00:00:07+08:00

Vatican City, Jul 7, 2020 / 07:40 am (CNA).- A Vatican cardinal has said that the world is facing a “tsunami” of humanitarian crises caused by the coronavirus emergency, conflict, and decreased security around the globe. Echoing Pope Francis, Cardinal Peter Turkson called July 7 for a global ceasefire during the pandemic so that assistance can safely be provided to those in need, especially in countries with ongoing conflict such as Yemen and Venezuela. Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, also noted a critical need for disarmament, proposing that money used to finance arms be redirected [...]

Vatican cardinal: peace is threatened as health and economic crises continue2020-07-08T00:00:07+08:00

Pope Francis to celebrate Mass marking anniversary of Lampedusa visit

2020-07-07T00:00:07+08:00

Vatican City, Jul 6, 2020 / 06:45 am (CNA).- Pope Francis will celebrate Mass Wednesday marking the seventh anniversary of his visit to the Italian island of Lampedusa. The Mass will take place at 11 a.m. local time July 8 in the chapel of the pope’s residence, the Casa Santa Marta, and will be livestreamed. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, attendance will be restricted to staff of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Department for Promoting Integral Human Development. Pope Francis visited the Mediterranean island on July 8, 2013, shortly after his election. The trip, his first pastoral visit [...]

Pope Francis to celebrate Mass marking anniversary of Lampedusa visit2020-07-07T00:00:07+08:00

Pope Francis commends UN Security Council for global ceasefire resolution

2020-07-06T00:06:10+08:00

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2020 / 06:20 am (CNA).- Pope Francis applauded the United Nations Security Council Sunday for its recent resolution calling for an immediate global ceasefire amid the coronavirus pandemic. “The call for a global and immediate ceasefire, which would allow the peace and security necessary to provide the urgently needed humanitarian assistance, is commendable,” Pope Francis said after his Angelus prayer July 5. “I hope that this decision will be implemented effectively and promptly for the good of many people who are suffering. May this Security Council resolution become a courageous first step towards a peaceful future,” [...]

Pope Francis commends UN Security Council for global ceasefire resolution2020-07-06T00:06:10+08:00

Pope Francis makes donation to World Food Programme as pandemic causes rising hunger

2020-07-04T00:00:09+08:00

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2020 / 08:35 am (CNA).- Pope Francis has made a donation to the World Food Programme as the organization works to feed 270 million people this year amid rising hunger caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Coronavirus infection levels have been rising in Latin America and Africa at a moment when food stocks in some parts of the world are already low, leaving more people vulnerable to food insecurity, according to the World Food Programme website. The Vatican announced July 3 that Pope Francis would donate 25,000 euros ($28,000) as “an expression of his closeness to those [...]

Pope Francis makes donation to World Food Programme as pandemic causes rising hunger2020-07-04T00:00:09+08:00

European bishops call for EU support of persecuted Christians in Nigeria

2020-07-04T00:00:07+08:00

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2020 / 05:30 am (CNA).- The president of the European bishops’ commission has promised persecuted Christians in Nigeria that he will advocate for increased support from the European Union.  Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, who leads the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), wrote a letter to the Nigerian bishops stating that the commission will advocate for EU assistance and cooperation with the Nigerian authorities to combat violence and persecution.  The cardinal expressed solidarity with Nigerian Christian communities, who, he wrote, are “living a situation of continuous attacks by terrorists, insurgents and militias, that [...]

European bishops call for EU support of persecuted Christians in Nigeria2020-07-04T00:00:07+08:00

Vatican financial watchdog hails ‘rising trend’ in reports to Promoter of Justice

2020-07-04T00:00:06+08:00

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2020 / 04:30 am (CNA).- The Vatican’s financial watchdog authority reported Friday that it received 64 suspicious activity reports in 2019, 15 of which it forwarded to the Promoter of Justice for possible prosecution.  In its annual report, released July 3, the Financial Intelligence Authority (Autorità di Informazione Finanziaria, or AIF) hailed “the rising trend in the ratio between reports to the Promoter of Justice” and cases of suspicious financial activity. The report comes ahead of a scheduled inspection by Moneyval, the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering watchdog, which has put pressure on the Vatican to [...]

Vatican financial watchdog hails ‘rising trend’ in reports to Promoter of Justice2020-07-04T00:00:06+08:00

Schoenstatt Movement rejects accusations of sex abuse against founder

2020-07-03T12:05:00+08:00

CNA Staff, Jul 2, 2020 / 05:05 pm (CNA).- The Schoenstatt Movement has rejected a researcher’s claims that its founder engaged in sexual abuse, saying that any past allegations against him would have already been considered in the Vatican’s review of his proposed beatification. “We firmly reject the accusation that Joseph Kentenich was guilty of sexual abuse of members of the Institute of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary,” Juan Pablo Catoggio, International President of the Schoenstatt Work, said in a July 2 statement. “His behavior toward other persons – especially women – was always marked by a pronounced reverence and [...]

Schoenstatt Movement rejects accusations of sex abuse against founder2020-07-03T12:05:00+08:00