Pope Benedict unveiled a new Vatican agency to promote “new evangelization.
”Its job will be to combat the “de-Christianization” of countries that were first evangelized centuries ago.
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The Catholic Church around the world needs to reach out to the churches in the Middle East and be a source of hope for its people, said Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto.
Pope Benedict said persistent world hunger calls for global reforms that focus on long-term solutions as well as short-term emergency food aid.
The papal nuncio to the United Nations challenged the international community Oct. 21 to unite in a fight against global poverty, which he called “an insult to our common humanity.”
All Catholics are called to spread the good news of salvation and support the Church’s missionary mandate, Pope Benedict said on World Mission Sunday.
The number of refugees is growing and resettlement space is shrinking, highlighting a need for international solutions, a Vatican official said.
The Diocese of Rome formally opened the sainthood process for Vietnamese Cardinal Francois Nguyen Van Thuan, who spent 13 years in prison in communist Vietnam — nine of them in solitary confinement.
Poland’s Catholic bishops have warned government leaders and legislators not to back a law allowing in vitro fertilization, adding that the practice resembled Nazi-era eugenics.
Canadian Catholics have raised more than $3 million to help flood victims in Pakistan through the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.
A fixed calendar of annual pilgrimages for bishops from around the world should be set to ensure that the Holy Land is constantly filled with pilgrims, Armenian Archbishop Emmanuel Dabbaghian of Baghdad proposed.