EU Awards top human rights prize to Belarus opposition

The European Union has awarded its top human rights prize to the Belarus opposition movement and its leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. They received the Sakharov Prize for their challenge to what EU leaders view as Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko’s long, hard-line reign.

Hariri returns as Lebanon’s new Prime Minister

Lebanon has named the former Prime Minister Saad Hariri as new premier, with 65 votes out of 128, to form a cabinet.

State of emergency lifted in Thailand

Thailand on Thursday lifts an emergency decree aimed at ending months of protests against the government and monarchy.

India: three bishops on hunger strike for educational rights

Protesting against the infringement on the constitutional rights of Catholic educational institutions, three bishops in India advocate for the payment of teachers’ salaries in state-aided Church-run schools in Kerala.

Pope Francis appoints new Bishop in Canada

Pope Francis appoints Bishop Thomas Dowd to the Diocese of Sault Sainte Marie in Canada.

Gospel Truth: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 25 October

In this week’s edition of “Gospel Truth”, the late Jill Bevilacqua and Seán-Patrick Lovett bring us readings and reflections from the Gospel of St. Matthew 22:34-40 of the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Communiqué on extension of the Provisional Agreement between Holy See and China

The Holy See Press Office releases a communiqué on the extension of the Provisional Agreement between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China
regarding the appointment of Bishops

Holy See and China renew Provisional Agreement for 2 years

The announcement was made through a statement issued by the Holy See Press Office: “The initial application has been positive, thanks to the good communication and cooperation between the parties”. An article follows that will be published in today’s edition of L’Osservatore Romano to explain the motivations behind the decision.

African Union condemns the killing of protesters in Nigeria

Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has denounced the killing of unarmed protesters in Nigeria.

Cardinal Czerny: Pope Francis’ social teaching inspires a Church "going out"

Cardinal Michael Czerny reflects on Pope Francis’ pontificate, saying that his words and gestures are means to better understand the Holy Father’s social teaching.