Vatican Secretary for Relations with States and International Organizations, Monsignor Paul Richard Gallagher, is on an official visit to Tirana, where he was received by Foreign Minister Olta Xhaçka this Saturday.
Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople will pay a visit to Lithuania next week, Vilnius confirmed on Friday.
Address of the Hiero-Archimandrite of the Kyiv-Pechersk Holy Dormition Lavra, Metropolitan Epiphany, To the brothers of the Lavra and the public
NNA - Greek Melkite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and all the East Yusuf al-Absi, and Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X Yazigi, as well as Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Avram II, met today with Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban, within the framework of their official visit to Hungary.
Addressing a group of refugees arriving in Europe through the ‘Humanitarian Corridors’ project, Pope Francis said the initiative protects the dignity of migrants, breaks down walls of indifference, and provides a hopeful vision for the future in Europe.
As we commemorate the ten-year anniversary since the College of Cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio to lead the Catholic Church, on 13 March 2013, we speak to Marco Impagliazzo, President of the Community of Sant'Egidio, on Pope Francis' closeness to the poor, the discarded, and those on the peripheries.

Escapist distractions amid Russia’s war

A bombastic language and lack of content have produced a soporific and deadly effect on ordinary Russians, prey to despair amid fears of another military call-up. Online, a surreal diatribe about gorgonzola describes, better than any other example, Russians’ desire “not get involved", to turn away from feelings of guilt and shake off the rhetoric of "traditional values".
Other news of the day: China plans to train 5,000 security personnel from several countries, India and Germany are negotiating over six submarines, the bird flu appears in Cambodia, wealth gap in South Korea gets worse, ultranationalists in Siberia target a rabbi.
We, the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, call upon all parties in the Holy Land to practice restraint and self-control. We have been constantly warning of an exploding, senseless cycle of violence that will only cause hurt and suffering to everyone.
In an interview with Vatican Media, Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin shares his hopes that Pope Francis' upcoming Apostolic Visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan will help promote an end to the violence that wounds both nations, saying the Pope's presence "could mark a turning point in the often tragic events in these countries."
Svitlana Dukhovych, with Vatican News' Ukrainian programme, gives her testimony of reporting on the war in Ukraine, on the occasion of the International Day of St Francis de Sales, organised by the French Federation of Catholic Media, the Dicastery for Communication, SIGNIS and UCSI (25-27 January 2023).
During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Vatican Media welcomes students from the Institute, headquartered in Geneva and founded in 1946, which Pope Francis visited during the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.

Vatican Secretary of State to visit Azerbaijan

Baku, January 14, AZERTAC
Secretary of State of the Holy See Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said he will visit Azerbaijan as he met with Azerbaijani Ambassador to the Holy See Ilgar Mukhtarov.
Prior to the religious ceremony, Patriarch Pizzaballa said during the press conference held by the Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM): "We pay prime attention to this holy place and affirm our support for the project designed to develop the Baptism Site which was announced by His Majesty King Abdullah II and His Royal Highness Prince GhaziI Ibn Mohammad."
The annual Holy Land Coordination begins on Saturday 14 January, when Bishops from 11 countries will gather in Jordan to meet with the Christian community. There are more than 200,000 Christians in the country. Its Catholic parishes, schools and social projects form an important part of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

In death, Pell remains a polarising figure

It would be hard to name an Australian more polarising than George Pell.
The sudden death of the cardinal, once a right-hand man of the Pope, led to an outpouring of sadness and gratitude for his service by many devout Catholics across the nation and the globe. The bells at St Patrick’s Cathedral in East Melbourne rang for 30 minutes to mark his death and flags outside were flown at half-mast.
As the Church in Cuba celebrates the 25th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II’s historic visit to the island nation on 21-25 January 1998, Pope Francis sends a letter encouraging Cubans to continue walking together in faithful hope to build a better future.
Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - Homosexual behavior does not conform to the Bible and to the creative will of God, who «created Adam and Eve». This was reiterated by Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II, in an Egyptian television interview, Pope Tawadros also referred to specific programs introduced in kindergartens and primary schools that belong to the Coptic Church to raise boys and girls and protect them from theories and theses considered ambiguous and not compliant with the Bible regarding issues related to the relationship between the sexes and sexual orientation.
Yangon (Agenzia Fides) - "We urgently ask the parties for a ceasefire. We ask that they lay down their arms and seek a peaceful solution. We see many people suffering and it is necessary to create humanitarian corridors in areas of extreme humanitarian crisis, which allow all organizations, local and foreign, to assist displaced people", says to Agenzia Fides Joseph Kung, a lay Catholic from Yangon, head of a private university institute, interpreting the feelings and desires of Catholics and many other citizens of other confessions, in the country tormented by an internal conflict between the army and the Popular Defense Forces (PDF), born in the aftermath of the coup.
Currently, he notes, there is an urgent need "to alleviate the suffering of the millions of people who, in many areas of the country, have been forced to flee their homes and seek precarious shelters".
Ishtiaq Saleem is accused of posting pictures of the Prophet Mohammad’s name in Arabic tattooed on his body. Upon his arrest, he was beaten. His wife proclaims his innocence, saying that he is illiterate and the victim of a "conspiracy" based on religion. Pakistan’s electronic crimes law as well as blasphemy legislation are used to target religious minorities.
by Martha Zhao Beijing (Agenzia Fides) - Exactly one hundred years after his arrival in Beijing, the figure of Cardinal Celso Costantini, the first Apostolic Delegate in China, is being rediscovered and his topicality is reinforced also in the Chinese academic world. On the morning of today, Friday, December 23, a Seminar dedicated to the theme of Sino-Vatican relations during the Republic of China, centered precisely on the figure of Constantine, was organized at the History Department of the East China Normal University, (ECNU), founded in 1951 in Shanghai.
The Chaldean patriarchs spoke to AsiaNews about the pope emeritus who died this morning. A "man of God” with a "luminous" face, one day he will be proclaimed "doctor for what he has left". He had a bond of "deep closeness" with the Muslim world. He supported the synod on the Middle East in 2010.
The Holy Synod said on Thursday they will elect the new Archbishop out of the triumvirate on Christmas Eve.
Speaking to the media after a meeting of the Holy Synod, Paphos bishop Georgios, the caretaker of the throne, said the members of the Holy Synod will decide among the three who gathered the highest number of votes by the public on Sunday.
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky urges his people to celebrate the birth of Jesus despite Russian attacks devastating his wartorn nation. His appeal comes as many Ukrainians celebrate Christmas in bomb shelters.
Vatican City, Dec 25, 2022 / 05:00 am
The World Council of Churches (WCC) has been actively engaged since 2017 with the churches and different religious leaders in Iraq to promote social cohesion as a means towards sustainable peace.
Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of a married couple with seven children who were killed by the Nazis for hiding a Jewish family in their home in Poland.
Atchaneh (Agenzia Fides) - An unprecedented and in some respects historic meeting between the leaders of the Churches of the Syriac tradition, to discuss and reflect together on the emergencies and problems faced by Christian communities in the Middle East, in the light of the common spiritual heritage and of the teaching of the Fathers of the Church. This is the only ecclesial meeting convened today, Friday, December 16, at Atchaneh (Lebanon), at the headquarters of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate. The meeting, convened by the Syriac-Orthodox Patriarch Mar Ignatius Aphrem II, sees the participation, among others, of the Syriac-Catholic Patriarch Ignace Youssif III Younan, the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Raï, the Assyrian Patriarch Mar Awa III and the Chaldean Patriarch Luis Raphael Sako. 
On December 16 the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church - Bulgarian Patriarchate posted the results of its meeting on December 13. The results are as follows:
Jerusalem (Agenzia Fides) - On December 13th, 2022, the Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land (ACOHL) organized a conference for the launching of two new offices: the Safeguarding Office & the Professional Legal Office, which aim to provide support and advice to the Catholic Church in the Holy Land. The conference, which included opening speeches by His Beatitude Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, and Mgr Adolfo Tito Yllana, Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy Land, was meant to present the purpose of these offices to the religious congregations and institutes of the Holy Land.