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Bethlehem’s Holy Family Maternity Hospital: a birthplace of hope

Just 1500 steps from the grotto where Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Order of Malta’s Holy Family Hospital continues to provide excellent care to mothers and babies of all creeds and needs. As Christmas approaches in this holy place, the Hospital prepares to deliver its 100,000th baby!

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Sexual violence in DRC: 'International community cannot turn a blind eye'

Nobel peace prize laureate, Doctor Denis Mukwege, meets with Pope Francis shortly before the Holy Father's visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the doctor works tirelessly to save the lives of women who have suffered sexual violence at the hands of rebels in the country.

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Iran executes man arrested during protests

Iran says it has executed a prisoner arrested during the ongoing anti-government protests.

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Cardinal Ambongo: 'How long will this killing in DRC continue?'

Congolese Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo speaks to Vatican News about the ongoing violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the failure of the international community to prevent it, and Pope Francis’ upcoming visit.

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Pope: Christian workers must feel at home in Church communities

Pope Francis meets with members of the Movement of Christian Workers, and calls for labourers to renew society through solidarity and work for the common good.

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Cardinal Cantalamessa: Hope helps us on our personal journey of sanctification

In his second homily for Advent season 2022, Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa highlights the importance of Christian hope, and encourages the Church to offer the world this gift of hope that has eternity as its horizon, and as guarantor, Jesus Christ and His resurrection.

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Nuncio to Ukraine: Real peace needed as winter frost sets in

Residents of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv seek to resume their everyday lives and return to Mass as engineers try to restore regular power and heating, with Archbishop Kulbokas noting that the power surges break many appliances but people keep up their hope.

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Pope to Archdiocese of Rosario: 'Be missionaries of peace'

Pope Francis sends a video message to the Archdiocese of Rosario, in Argentina, as the faithful there celebrate a special Marian Year to mark the 250th anniversary since the arrival of the image of the Virgin of the Rosary, the diocese's Patroness.

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Pope Francis brings the prayers of the world to Our Lady

Pope Francis prayed before the Column of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday, during which time he prayed for all the people on earth, old and young, and for peace, especially in Ukraine.

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Full text of Pope Francis' prayer on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Below is the full text of Pope Francis' prayer on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

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