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Mission of the secretary of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” in Damascus

Vatican City, 31 October 2014 (VIS) – From 28 to 31 October the secretary of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”, Msgr. Giampietro Dal Toso, visited Damascus in order to attend the meeting of the assembly of Catholic bishops in Syria. Msgr. Dal Toso also met with various institutions, especially Catholic, that are currently involved in humanitarian aid activities in the country.

Pope Francis' prayer intentions for November

Vatican City, 31 October 2014 (VIS) – Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for November is: “That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others”. His intention for evangelisation is: “That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors”.

Pope at Mass: Love and justice are more important than attachment to the laws

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis lamented the case of Christians who are so attached to the laws that they neglect the concepts of love and justice. His words came on Friday during his homily at the morning Mass celebrated in the Santa Marta residence.  

Pope: Seek the unity which is the work of the Holy Spirit

(Vatican Radio) On Friday Pope Francis met with members of the “Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowship.” The group is in Rome for its Sixteenth International Conference, which has for its theme “Praise and charismatic worship for a New Evangelization.”

Listen to Christopher Wells' report: 

Rediscovery of synodal process at the Synod on the Family

(Vatican Radio) On Thursday the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldissseri, met with a group of British parliamentarians at the Vatican.

Sistine Chapel conference: Restoration and beyond

(Vatican Radio) A international conference marking the 20th anniversary of the restoration of Michelangelo’s frescos in the Sistine Chapel is into its final day.

The two day event organised by the Vatican Museums is entitled “The Sistine Chapel 20 years later: New breath, new light.”

Listen to Lydia O’Kane’s interview with Arnold Nesselrath of the Vatican Museums.

Audience with a delegation of the Old Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Union of Utrecht- Unity begins with a change of heart

“The path towards unity begins with a change of heart, an interior
conversion”. Pope Francis emphasized this when he met with a delegation of
the Old Catholic Bishops’ Conference of
the Union of Utrecht. He referred to the
“increasing distance between us on matters of ministry and ethical
discernment”. The Pope also reflected on “our shared ecumenical journey” which
demonstrates the need for “convincing witness to the truth and values of
the Gospel” in a Europe which is “ so confused about its own identity and

The Holy See at the UN General Assembly: lasting peace based on mutual trust, beyond the logic of nuclear deterrent

Vatican City, 30 October 2014 (VIS) – On 14 October, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Holy See Permanent Observer at the United Nations, spoke during the General Debate of the UNGA First Committee held in New York. “The past year has seen progress on the elimination of chemical weapons”, he affirmed; “yet reports of the continued use of chemical weapons, including chlorine gas, reminds the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate once and for all chemical weapons and any use as a weapon of dual-use chemicals”.

Pope meets with leaders of Old Catholic Bishops Conference

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met for the first time on Thursday with a delegation of the Old Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Union of Utrecht, reflecting on the shared ecumenical journey since the group broke away from Rome in the 18th century over questions of papal authority. The group was led by the Archbishop of Utrecht Dr Joris Vercammen, president of the International Old Catholic Bishops Conference.

Philippa Hitchen reports

Pope at Mass: Christian life is a continuous battle against the devil

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis described Christian life as a continuous battle being waged against Satan, the world and the passions of the flesh. His comments came during his homily at Mass celebrated on Thursday morning at the Santa Marta residence. He stressed that the devil exists and we must fight against him with the armour of truth.

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