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Pope extends Eastern Catholic Patriarchs’ jurisdiction over Arabian Peninsula

Pope Francis extends the jurisdiction of Eastern Catholic Patriarchs over the Arabian Peninsula, in response to requests from the Patriarchs, for the greater spiritual good of the faithful.

Gospel Truth: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 9 August 2020

In this week's edition of "Gospel Truth”, the late Jill Bevilacqua and Seán-Patrick Lovett bring us readings and reflections from the Gospel of St. Mathew 14:22-33.

Japan marks 75 years since atomic bombing of Hiroshima

Survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima remember the victims with a solemn commemoration, 75 years after the attack, as Catholic Bishops warn against growing threats to global peace.

Pope chooses six women as lay experts for Council for the Economy

Pope Francis appoints thirteen new Members to the Vatican’s Council for the Economy.

CDF: Baptisms conferred with arbitrarily modified formulas are not valid

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith affirms that Baptisms administered with modified formulas are invalid, including: “We baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.

Pope expresses closeness to Japan on 75th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing

Pope Francis writes a message to the Governor of the Hiroshima Prefecture on the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, expressing his closeness and calling for an end to the use of nuclear weapons.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 75 years after the nuclear holocaust

Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed by two atomic bombs on 6 and 9 August 1945. Almost a year ago, Pope Francis visited both cities during his Apostolic Journey to Japan.

Hollerich: EU bishops suffering with and praying for Lebanon

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg, the president of the European bishops’ conferences, issues a message of condolence following Tuesday’s explosions in Beirut.

Pope visits Saint Mary Major on feast of Basilica's dedication

Pope Francis visits the Basilica of Saint Mary Major on Wednesday afternoon, where he prays before the image of Our Lady, Salus Populi Romani.

Caritas launches emergency plan to assist victims of Beirut explosion

Caritas Internationalis launches an emergency plan to assist victims of Tuesday’s massive explosion at the port in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut.