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Pope launches Scholas International with U2's Bono, says girls must be educated

Pope Francis takes part in the festive launch of the Scholas Occurrentes International Movement, along with U2 singer Bono Vox, and appeals for girls around the world to receive a good education.

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Archbishop Gallagher: ‘Seeing war in Ukraine on TV is not same as in person’

On the sidelines of his visit to Ukraine, the Vatican Secretary for Relations with States says the war has created “a tremendous humanitarian crisis” and praises the local Church’s efforts to support people in distress.

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U.S. Bishops’ Chairman on International Justice and Peace on Renewed Engagement with Cuba

WASHINGTON – On May 16, the U.S. Department of State announced the Biden Administration’s intention to renew relations with Cuba. Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace welcomed the news:

“We commend the Administration’s renewed interest in restarting U.S. engagement with Cuba. Recognizing that points of contention remain between our two countries, Cuba’s punitive isolation has not produced the economic and social change that the United States has sought to effect. 

“The expansion of travel opportunities for U.S. citizens, as well as the lifting of onerous remittance limitations, will strengthen familial, economic, and social ties between our countries. Cuba’s developing civil society and private sector depend on the leadership provided by active U.S. civil society engagement in Cuba. 

“The U.S. bishops, including the Cuban-American bishops, in conjunction with the Holy See and the bishops of Cuba, continue to stress the vital importance of bilateral engagement and mutually beneficial trade relations between the United States and Cuba as the key to transformative change on the island.”


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Pope meets editors of ten Jesuit magazines

Meeting with editors of 10 various Jesuit publications, Pope Francis spoke about the war in Ukraine, the life of the Church, and the synodal journey.

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Archbishop Gallagher visits Kyiv on second day in Ukraine

The Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, continues to bear witness to Pope Francis' closeness and solidarity with the war-torn population of Ukraine, making a stop on Wednesday in the western city of Lviv before traveling on Thursday to Kyiv.

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Cardinal Nichols: Ukrainian mothers & children rescued from human traffickers

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster who leads the Santa Marta Group, says implementing existing best practices are helping rescue human trafficking victims even if eradicating the scourge, especially amid wars, remains an uphill battle. The Cardinal spoke during a press conference held in Vatican Radio's Sala Marconi following the Group's meeting with Pope Francis on Thursday.

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Pope to Romanian College: Be true to your roots to bear fruit

Pope Francis receives in audience the Community of the Pontifical Romanian College “Pio Romeno” on the occasion of the eighty-fifth anniversary of its establishment by Pope Pius XI.

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Pope: ‘Church must help heal human destructiveness’

Pope Francis praises the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Institute of Psychology for its 50 years of service, saying the Church must offer the world competent formators to respond to the destruction of war and conflict rooted in human nature.

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Pope praises work of Santa Marta Group to combat human trafficking

Meeting participants of the Santa Marta Group Conference, Pope Francis thanks them for their ongoing commitment in the fight against the scourge of human trafficking.

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Cardinal Becciu questioned about London investments

The 15th hearing of the Vatican trial on alleged misuse of funds from the Secretariat of State held on Wednesday focused on Cardinal Angelo Becciu’s responses to questions posed by the Deputy Promoter of Justice, Alessandro Diddi.

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