News from the Vatican

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Pope Francis Lenten Message

Pope Francis on Israel and Palestine

“I continue to follow with great sorrow what is happening in Israel and Palestine. I renew my appeal for the freeing of the hostages and I strongly ask that children, the sick, the elderly, women, and all civilians not be made victims of the conflict. Humanitarian law is to be respected, especially in Gaza. Please, let no more innocent blood be shed, neither in the Holy Land nor in Ukraine, nor in any other place! Enough! Wars are always a defeat, always!”


War in the Holy Land

The Independent Catholic News website has published two papers by Cardinal Pizzaballa and Cardinal Bo on the Israel - Palestine conflict. Please click on the links below to be taken to website and read what they have to say.






Holy Land: Cardinal Pizzaballa addresses entire diocese | ICN


Grandparents and the Elderly 2023

World Communications Day 2023

Please find below a copy of the Holy Father's document on World Communications Day which this year is on Sunday 21st May.

Continental Stage of the Synodal Way - December 2022


The document which is the synthesised from consultation of countries and diocese across Europe can be viewed by clicking the link here. It is the European version of the work that was undertaken in our own Archdiocese over the last two years. The document, which echoes a large number of the developments identified in our own Synod submission will be the focus of the synodal processes being undertaken in Q1 2023. As per our recent documents, it is written in plain english and is easily read.

World Day of Migrants and Refugees: Sunday, 25 September 2022


The Church has been celebrating the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) since 1914. It’s always an occasion to express concern for different vulnerable people on the move; to pray for them as they face many challenges; and to increase awareness about the opportunities that migration offers.


The Vatican has a dedicated section for Migrants and Refugees. It is directed personally by Pope Francis and aims to help the Church, and others, to accompany those forced to flee and make sure they are not shut out or left behind.