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Pope Francis meets participants in an international conference on eradicating child labor at the Vatican's Consistory Hall, Nov. 19, 2021.

Pope Francis: Persistence of child labor is ‘shocking and disturbing’

Nov 19, 2021

By CNA Staff

Around 150 million children are forced to work worldwide. Read more

Pope Francis with Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in the Vatican, Nov. 10, 2017.

Pope Francis: Justice and peace commissions offer an ‘indispensable service’

Nov 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope said that justice and peace could be built only through ‘two paths.’ Read more

Nancy Pelosi in the Vatican with Cardinal Turkson

Nancy Pelosi discusses environment, migration, and human rights at Vatican

Oct 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

The House Speaker met with leaders of the Vatican’s social development office. Read more

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, at a Vatican press conference, July 7, 2020.

Cardinal Turkson talks Biden, Holy Communion on HBO

Oct 4, 2021

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Peter Turkson appeared to reject claims that President Joe Biden should be denied Holy Communion over his staunch pro-abortion... Read more

Sr. Alessandra Smerilli speaks at a press conference at the Vatican on July 7, 2020.

Pope Francis names religious sister to No. 2 position in Vatican’s social development office

Aug 26, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, 46, was appointed ‘ad interim.’ Read more

Mafia. Public Domain via Pixabay.

Vatican creates group to study separating mafia from the Catholic Church

May 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The group is being established in honor of Rosario Livatino, a Catholic judge killed by the mafia. Read more

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in London, England, on March 14, 2011. Credit: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk.

Cardinal Turkson marks World Health Day with call to rethink healthcare

Apr 7, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Peter Turkson has called for a rethink of healthcare in his message for this year’s World Health Day. Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, speaks at a press conference in Rome, Sept. 28, 2017.

Vatican hosts webinar on disarmament and interreligious dialogue

Mar 23, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican has hosted a webinar on “advancing integral disarmament” amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

Pope Francis, pictured on October 4, 2014.

Pope Francis offers support to beleaguered Christians of Syria and Iraq

Dec 11, 2020

Pope Francis urged Catholic charities Thursday to continue supporting embattled Christian minorities in Syria and Iraq.  Read more

The livestock carrier Gulf Livestock 1, pictured in 2016.

Pope Francis gives financial aid to families of shipwreck victims

Oct 21, 2020

The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis will be sending financial aid to families whose loved ones went missing when... Read more

Pope Francis with Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in the Vatican, Nov. 10, 2017.

Vatican-funded projects in Latin America to focus on coronavirus

Aug 4, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Vatican foundation for Latin America will fund 168 projects in 23 countries, with most projects focusing on the effects... Read more

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, at a Vatican press conference July 7, 2020.

‘You are not forgotten,' Vatican cardinal tells seafarers on Sea Sunday

Jul 12, 2020

A Vatican cardinal urged Catholics Sunday to exercise a “preferential option for the poor” for seafarers serving on the front... Read more

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, at a Vatican press conference July 7, 2020.

Vatican cardinal: peace is threatened as health and economic crises continue

Jul 7, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Vatican cardinal has said that the world is facing a “tsunami” of humanitarian crises caused by the coronavirus emergency,... Read more

Cardinal Turkson visits a Romani camp in Castel Romano June 13, 2020.

Cardinal Turkson delivers face masks, care packages to Romani families

Jun 15, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Peter Turkson delivered face masks and care packages over the weekend to Romani families in need on the outskirts... Read more

Boatmen in Guwahati Assam, India.

Vatican to mark 5th anniversary of Laudato si’ with year-long celebration

May 19, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican will on May 24 launch a year-long celebration of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical Laudato si’ to mark its... Read more

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

'Prayer is our strength': Cardinal Turkson's message during coronavirus pandemic

Mar 11, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Peter Turkson sent a message Wednesday encouraging Catholics to see the sacrifices required to slow the spread of coronavirus... Read more

Love for neighbor includes care for the planet, Vatican official says

Sep 3, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Taking care of the planet is ultimately about justice for the poor and about loving one’s neighbor as one’s self,... Read more

South Sudanese refugees queue to receive water at a refugee camp near Kosti, Sudan, June 2017.

Pope Francis advocates for global access to clean drinking water

Nov 8, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis spoke of the importance of increasing access to clean drinking water around the world Thursday, calling current statistics... Read more

A shelter in Escuintla, Guatemala, after the Fuego volcano erupted June 3, 2018.

Pope donates to volcano relief efforts in Guatemala

Jun 19, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Following the largest volcanic eruption in Guatemala in four decades, Pope Francis has sent $100,000 to assist in the emergency... Read more