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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

The presentation of Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones at the Vatican, May 17, 2018.

Vatican offices urge re-calibration of financial markets

May 17, 2018

By Elise Harris

Two Vatican offices called Thursday for the development of new forms of economy and finance with  regulations directed to the... Read more

Central American migrants in Mexico.

Vatican aims to 'change the narrative' on migrants, refugees

Mar 7, 2018

By Elise Harris

For the Vatican's point man on migration, ever since the crisis reached a fever pitch in 2015, the mass movement... Read more

A hospital in Aleppo.

In Syria there are more deaths from lack of healthcare than from bombs

Nov 17, 2017

By Elise Harris

Though the Syrian civil war has de-escalated in recent months, the Holy See's nuncio to the country says its problems... Read more

Vatican to host nuclear disarmament conference

Nov 7, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican is preparing for a conference on nuclear disarmament this week in the wake of an international effort to... Read more

Vatican official laments lack of fair trade label for commercial fishing

Sep 20, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

An upcoming world congress by the Catholic organization Apostleship of the Sea will focus on the plight of fishermen, who... Read more

Cardinal Turkson: Marijuana debate ignores ethical questions

Jun 26, 2017

By Elise Harris

The Vatican's top personality on social justice issues has voiced his concern for the increased demand for drugs, including recreational... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Jan. 25, 2015.

Pope picks secretary for Dicastery on Integral Human Development

Jun 16, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Friday, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ pick of human rights expert Fr. Bruno-Marie Duffé for secretary of the Dicastery... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, April 13, 2016.

In book foreword, Pope Francis calls corruption a 'cancer'

Jun 15, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis, in a foreword to a work by Cardinal Peter Turkson, has said corruption infects the world like a... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, March 22, 2017.

For Francis, human development is about 'integrating body and soul'

Apr 4, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Tuesday Pope Francis spoke about what an ‘integral human development’ looks like, saying that development must include the whole... Read more

Access to water is a basic human right, concerns 'the common good'

Feb 24, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Vatican seminar on water held this week highlighted the complex challenges faced around the world in making the basic... Read more

Vatican unveils updated healthcare charter as new ethical questions arise

Feb 10, 2017

By Elise Harris

The Vatican has issued an updated version of their charter for healthcare workers, removing question marks from modern ethical concerns... Read more