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Fr Cantalamessa gives first Advent reflection to Pope and Roman Curia

The Preacher of the Papal Household, Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, gives his first Advent reflection at the Redemptoris Mater Chapel in the Apostolic Palace. Below is the full text of his sermon.

Pope to Italian notaries: Uphold the law in justice and charity

Pope Francis meets with representatives of Italy’s National Notary Fund, and urges notaries public to mediate the law in respect for the dignity and rights of their clients.

Massive strikes interrupt France's daily life

Massive strikes over proposed pension reforms bring France to a stand-still, gripping transport systems, closing schools, and leaving garbage piled high. The hardest hit is the French capital Paris where many residents and tourists struggle to cope with the most significant public sector actions in decades.

Burkina Faso bishop: ‘the West is ignoring the plight of Christians in West Africa’

The Catholic Bishops of Burkina Faso send their condolences to the Federation of Evangelical Church Mission in the country following an attack on the weekend that killed over a dozen people in a Protestant church.

School in NE India run race for safety of women

Students of Newman School in Arunachal Pradesh state concluded their annual sports day by running a race calling for awareness and action against violence and outrage against women in the country.

The story of a priest held hostage by Isis

Father Jacques Mourad is a Syrian-Catholic priest. In 2015, he spent five months as a hostage of jihadist terrorists in Syria. He describes it as a spiritual experience and says it was praying the Rosary and recalling the teachings of Jesuit Father Paolo Dall’Oglio that gave him peace and strength.

Pope welcomes another group of refugees from Lesbos accompanied by Card. Krajewski

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski left for Lesbos on Monday. This new mission follows that of last May and comes after the visit of Pope Francis to Lesbos in 2016. The Apostolic Almoner will return next Wednesday with a group of 33 refugees. Another 10 will arrive by the end of the year. Assistance for all of them will be provided by the Holy See and the Sant'Egidio Community.

Pope's December prayer intention: The future of the very young

Pope Francis on Thursday released a video message accompanying his prayer intention for December, which this month is "The future of the very young".

Pope’s dream for Jesuits in Thailand and Japan: a young church close to the people

During his Apostolic Journey to Thailand and Japan, November 19-26, Pope Francis, who is a Jesuit, had separate private meetings with the Jesuits in Bangkok and Tokyo. The conversation of the Pope has now been published by the respected Jesuit periodical, “La Civiltà Cattolica”. We bring you summaries of the issues raised during the two meetings.

Pope and Grand Imam propose a World Day of Fraternity to the UN

The request was delivered to the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, by the High Committee for Human Fraternity, established to promote the objectives of the Document on Human Fraternity. In addition to a World Day, the group also proposed a World Summit on Human Fraternity.