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Council of Cardinals reflects on life of Church in pandemic

The Council of Cardinals discuss the impact of the Covid-19 crisis around the world, and the Church’s response to it, during a virtual meeting held on Thursday afternoon. The also continue talks on the upcoming Apostolic Constitution which will focus on the organisation of the Roman Curia.

New Swiss Guards swear their oath at Vatican ceremony

The Pontifical Swiss Guard welcome 34 new recruits to their ranks, and recall their 500-years-plus of history in service to the Pope.

155 million faced acute food insecurity in 2020

The worst-affected countries last year were Burkina Faso, South Sudan and Yemen. Outside Africa, Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria and Haiti featured were among the 10 worst food crises last year.

Pope Francis meets with President of Swiss Confederation

At a private audience on Thursday morning, Pope Francis welcomed the President of the Swiss Confederation, Guy Parmelin, where both expressed appreciation for the good relations and the desire to continue working together on international issues.

Pope Francis greets new Swiss Guard recruits

Pope Francis on Thursday receives 34 new members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, ahead of their swearing-in ceremony, telling them that the qualities of courtesy and helpfulness in their work “are a beautiful testimony and a sign of the Church’s welcome.”

Pope’s closeness to India as it struggles against Covid-19

Pope Francis has sent a message to Cardinal Oswald Gracias expressing his closeness with the people severely hit by record infections and deaths.

Pope: "A strong memory guarantees a secure future"

Pope Francis expresses closeness to the Bishops of Argentina as they pray the Rosary for the health of the Argentine people and for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic. He also urges them to remember all that Our Lady has done in the country, as a strong memory guarantees a secure future.

Pope calls for joint efforts on path towards an ever wider "we"

Pope Francis highlights the importance of inclusiveness and fraternity in his 2021 Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, stressing that an ever wider “we” will help renew the human family, build a future of justice and peace, and ensure that no one is left behind.

Cardinal Parolin to Swiss Guard: Welcome call to mission

Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrates Holy Mass for the Swiss Guard on the day new recruits take their oath of loyalty to Pope Francis and his successors.

UNICEF says Covid-19 hitting children hard in South Asia

The UN’s children fund says the first wave of Covid-19 cost the lives of 228,000 children and 11,000 mothers in the region.