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Next Synod of Bishops in 2022; theme to be decided by Pope

At a meeting of the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis decided that the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be held in two years’ time, in autumn. He will decide on one of three themes presented to him.

Pope receives Željko Komšić of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Pope Francis on Saturday morning received in audience Željko Komšić, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Call for an end to violence against children in Myanmar

A children’s rights group expresses concern after 20 children are injured in shelling in Rakhine state.

Pope: Vatican legislative reforms are part of the mission of the Church

Pope Francis speaks at the opening of the judicial year of the Tribunal of the Vatican City State, expressing his confidence in the work of the judicial authorities, and noting that recent financial investigations were prompted by reports originating within the Vatican itself.

Caritas Philippines takes measures to prevent clergy sexual abuse

Caritas Philippines said it will make proactive background checks of all its directors at the national and diocesan levels regarding sex abuse.

The Holy See and PRC: pursuing the path of dialogue

Within the context of the Munich Security Conference, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.

Montenegro's prime minister, top Serbian Orthodox bishop discuss new law

The prime minister of Montenegro has met with the top Serbian Orthodox Church bishop in the Balkan nation to defuse mounting tensions over a new law on religious rights. Their meeting follows widespread protests against the legislation.

Indian Church renews its commitment to dialogue for social harmony

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), the apex body of the Catholic Church in India is currently holding its plenary assembly in Bengaluru on the theme “Dialogue: The Path to Truth and Charity”.

Honduras MS-13 gang attacks courtroom to free leader

Heavily-armed gunmen storm a courtroom in Honduras to free a top leader in the violent MS-13 gang, killing 4 police officers in the process.

‘Children are hope’: a children’s book by Pope Francis

A book for young children entitled “I Bambini sono speranza” with texts by Pope Francis is presented by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.