World Council of Churches expresses deep solidarity on Ebola

Vatican Radio – The World Council of Churches has expressed deep concern and solidarity with the people of countries affected by the Ebola Virus Disease. World Council of Churches (WCC) Acting General Secretary Dr. Isabel Apawo Phiri has said this in a letter to the Liberian Council of Churches. Writing from Geneva, Switzerland, Dr. Apawo…

Fighting continues in eastern Ukraine

Vatican Radio – Fighting raged Sunday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk despite a request from the pro-Russian separatists for a cease-fire to prevent what they call a “humanitarian catastrophe.” At least one person was killed and 10 injured in the latest shelling that started early Sunday and continued throughout the day, officials said….

Fr Lombardi on Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to Korea

Vatican Radio – At a press conference in the Vatican on Thursday Fr. Federico Lombardi briefed journalists on Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to Korea which will take place from August 13th to 18th. It will be his third foreign journey and it will also mark the third trip of a Pope to the Asian nation….

Archbishop Tomasi calls for assistance, protection for Iraqi Christians

Vatican Radio – In light of the growing crisis for Iraqi Christians, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva, spoke with Vatican Radio and expressed his perspective on an effective response of the international community. “At this moment, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, and other members of the…

Pope sends plea for peace via Twitter

Vatican Radio – In a renewed plea for peace, Pope Francis sent the following message through his Twitter account today at 10:00 am: “I ask all Catholic parishes and communities to offer a special prayer this weekend for Iraqi Christians.” #prayforpeace. The pope sent a series of three message yesterday to urge Catholic faithful to pray…

Pope to send envoy to Christians forced from their homes in Iraq

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Given the “grave situation in Iraq,” Pope Francis has asked Cardinal Fernando Filoni to travel to the region to meet church and government officials, but especially to meet Christians chased from their homes by militants of the Islamic State. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said Aug. 8 the pope chose…

Caritas official: Emotional toll in Gaza worse than physical damage

AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — The head Caritas in Jerusalem expressed grave concern for the Gaza Strip’s residents with fighting once again erupting between Israel and Hamas. Father Raed Abusahlia, president of Caritas Jerusalem, said the physical damage caused by the intensive aerial bombardments of Gaza’s decrepit infrastructure will require years of rebuilding, but he said…

As Ebola deaths rise, Ghana’s bishops urge screening at seaports

ACCRA, Ghana (CNS) — As the World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency in West Africa, Ghana’s bishops urged their government to be extra vigilant in screening people who enter the country by sea. To avoid Ebola spreading from other West African countries to Ghana, officials at all entry points “should be alert…

Pope’s finance chief talks Vatican reform

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis wants a “poor church for the poor,” but that “doesn’t necessarily mean a church with empty coffers,” said Cardinal George Pell, “and it certainly doesn’t mean a church that is sloppy or inefficient or open to being robbed.” A month after unveiling a “new economic framework for the Holy…