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"For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil." 1Pet 3: 17
Reading of the Day

"They said to him, ‘Sir, give us this bread always.’ Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day." Jn 6: 34 - 40


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Pope at Audience: vocal prayer is a sure way speak with God
Pope at Audience: vocal prayer is a sure way speak with God - Vatican News21 April 2021. Pope Francis reflects on the importance of vocal prayer in his catechesis during Wednesday’s General Audience.

By Christopher Wells


Pope sends respirators and PPE equipment to Covid-struck Colombia
Community members of the Wounaan ethnic group in Colombia's Choco department await a medical check-up
21 April 2021. Pope Francis sends medical and surgical equipment to Colombia that is struggling to treat Covid-19 patients.

By Vatican News staff writer


Aid to the Church in Need warns of threats to religious freedom
A statue of the Risen Christ, splattered with blood from a bomb attack in Sri Lanka in 2019
20 April 2021. International pastoral aid organization Aid to the Church in Need says religious freedom is severely violated in one out of every three countries.

By Vatican News staff reporter


First World Day for Grandparents and Elderly scheduled for 25 July
First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly scheduled for 25 July
20 April 2021. The Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life announces the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly under the theme “I am with you always”.

By Vatican News staff writer


Pope Francis to ordain nine priests for the Diocese of Rome
Priestly ordination at St. Peter's Basilica, 201919 April 2021. Pope Francis will ordain nine deacons to the priesthood at St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday, 25 April. All nine of them are currently on retreat in preparation for their priestly ordination.

By Vatican News staff writer


Pope appeals for peace and reconciliation in eastern Ukraine
A service-member of the Ukrainian armed forces observes separation line near the city of Donetsk18 April 2021. Speaking after the Regina Coeli prayer in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis expresses his hope for a decrease in military activities and tension in eastern Ukraine and prays for the suffering population.

By Linda Bordoni


Pope at Regina Coeli: Christianity is relationship, care and joy
Pope Francis during Regina Coeli18 April 2021. On the Third Sunday of Easter Pope Francis reflects on how being a Christian is not first of all a doctrine or a moral ideal, it is the living relationship with Him.

By Linda Bordoni


Vatican pays tribute to Prince Philip
A man holds a painting of Prince Philip outside Windsor castle
17 April 2021. In a homily during a remembrance service for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died on 9 April, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher recalls the Prince's honourable and faithful service to the Queen, his country and the world.

By Vatican News staff writer


German Ecumenical Week for Life focuses on "Life when Dying"
"Life when Dying" is the theme of the 2021 Ecumenical Week for Life in Germany17 April 2021. Ecumenical Week for Life in Germany: Bishop Losinger warns that assisted suicide fatally leads to admitting euthanasia.

Starting from today, Christian Churches in Germany will be celebrating their 26th Ecumenical Week for Life. The week has been organized since 1994 by the Catholic Bishops Conference (Dbk) together with the Evangelical Church of Germany (EKD) to raise awareness in the Church and larger society on the dignity of every human life.


Pope: Promote a politics not only for people, but with people
Pope: Promote a politics not only for people, but with people - Vatican News15 April 2021. Pope Francis sends a video message to participants in an international conference entitled "A Politics Rooted in the People" and urges them, like a good shepherd, to put the most vulnerable first.

By Vatican News staff writer


Vatican sends greetings to Muslims as Ramadan begins
Muslims gather inside the Great Mosque in Paris during a meeting with French Muslims authority to determine the start of the Ramadan in Paris16 April 2021. The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue releases a message addressed to "all Muslim brothers and sisters" to show solidarity and friendship as they start their month of Ramadan and look ahead to ‘Id al-Fitr. By Vatican News staff writer

Pope Francis: Prayer made St Teresa of Ávila an exceptional woman
St Teresa of Avila
15 April 2021. Pope Francis sends a video message on the occasion of the International Congress "Mujer exceptional", or Exceptional Woman, dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the proclamation of St. Teresa of Ávila as a Doctor of the Church.

By Lydia O'Kane


Pope at Audience: Church is the house and school of prayer
Pope Francis at the General Audience of April 14, 2021.
Continuing his catechesis on Christian prayer at the weekly General Audience in the Vatican, Pope Francis explains that prayer belongs to the very essence of the Church, without which she cannot carry out her evangelising mission and service to others.

By Robin Gomes


Pontifical Council for Culture to explore holistic path to health
ITALY-HEALTH-VIRUS-NURSING HOME
15 April 2021. An International Conference organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Cura Foundation focuses on the holistic dimension of health and wellbeing which must include the relationship between mind, body and soul.

By Vatican News staff writer


Cardinal Sako: Pope's presence in Iraq broke 'barrier of fear' for local Christians
Pope Francis arrives at the Stadium in Erbil on 7 March
15 April 2021. Iraqi Cardinal Sako meets the Middle East Council of Churches to discuss the outcome of the Pope’s Apostolic Visit to Iraq.

By Lisa Zengarini


Pope at Audience: Church is the house and school of prayer
Pope Francis at the General Audience of April 14, 2021.
14 April 2021. Continuing his catechesis on Christian prayer at the weekly General Audience in the Vatican, Pope Francis explains that prayer belongs to the very essence of the Church, without which she cannot carry out her evangelising mission and service to others.

By Robin Gomes


Pope: St Teresa of Ávila shows importance of women in Church and society
Saint Teresa of Ávila
13 April 2021. Pope Francis marks the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Teresa of Ávila as a Doctor of the Church, and stresses her importance even today, especially in highlighting the role of women in the Church and in society.

By  Vatican News staff writer


European Churches celebrate 20th anniversary of 'Charta Oecumenica'
A church at the Ecumenical Community of Taize
13 April 2021. Churches in Europe are preparing to celebrate 20 years since the signing of the European Ecumenical Charter, with Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco and others thanking God for the advances made by the global ecumenical movement.

By Lisa Zengarini


The sharing of goods and the social function of private property
Pope Francis during Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday in the church of Santo Spirito in Sassia
12 April 2021. In his homily on Sunday, 11 April, Pope Francis commented on the custom of the early Christians of sharing everything. We take a look at developments of the social Magisterium of the past century, which harken back to the great Fathers of the Church.

By Andrea Tornielli


Cardinal Ouellet highlights importance of theological reflection on priesthood
A priest at prayer12 April 2021. The Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops emphasizes the need for a deeper ecclesiology in the Church’s reflection on the dimensions of the priesthood, ahead of a Symposium on the theology of priesthood slated for next year.

By Vatican News staff writer