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Pope Francis donates $170,000 to Church in Syria

Meeting with Syrian Bishops in Damascus, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri announced that the Holy Father will give a contribution to their charitable work for the most needy in the country. On the first day of his visit to Syria, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches also presided at a Divine Liturgy with Patriarch Youssef Absi, and met 100 youths.

Moldova, Europe's poorest nation, facing gas shortages

Europe's poorest nation is immersed in a natural gas crisis. Moldova's government says Russia threatens to take off natural gas supplies if it does not pay hundreds of millions of dollars ahead of winter. Russia has denied claims that it uses natural gas to discourage Moldova's ongoing moves toward the West.

Pope willing to travel to Canada on pilgrimage of healing and reconciliation

A statement issued by the Holy See Press Office says the Pope has indicated he is willing to visit Canada on a date to be settled in due course.

Kenya: Drought situation in Marsabit worsening, Bishop Kihara says.

Bishop Kihara of the Catholic Diocese of Marsabit says that the situation in the whole county of Marsabit is dire. There is no food and no water in the area.

Angola: Severe drought drives humanitarian crisis

Fr. Pio Wacussanga, a parish priest working in Angola’s arid southern region, highlights the plight of the people in the face of the country’s worst drought in forty years.

COMECE urges EU leaders to join efforts to tackle climate emergency

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, President of the European Bishops Conferences (COMECE), urges leaders of EU institutions to take a joint stand at the upcoming UN COP26 Climate Conference towards reducing the effects of the climate emergency.

French priest and human rights activists highlight plight of migrants in Calais

The French Interior Ministry sends a mediator to make contact with three activists who are on a hunger strike in a Calais church demanding protection for migrants.

Pope Francis: Love alone attracts and changes the human heart

At the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis reflects on the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

New Apostolic Nunciature office opens in Armenia

A new office of the Apostolic Nunciature to Armenia opens on Wednesday in the capital, Yerevan. It will not, however, replace the official Apostolic Nunciature in Tbilisi, Georgia, which serves as the Holy See’s diplomatic mission to Georgia and Armenia

Pope encourages Order of Malta in its process of renewal

One year from the appointment of Cardinal Silvano Tomasi as his Special Delegate to the Sovereign Order of Malta, Pope Francis has granted him new powers and confirmed his absolute trust in the Cardinal in his endeavor to “ensure a spiritual and moral renewal of the Order takes place.”