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Catholic Bishops in Kenya Urge Government to Support UN Treaty on Business, Human Rights

Catholic Bishops in Kenya are calling on the government of the East African nation to fully support the revised draft of the United Nations (UN) Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights at the ongoing negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland.

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International Catholic Entity Protests UN Women’s Campaign for Gender-Neutral Language

The leadership of CitizenGo, a Catholic organization spearheading family issues, has petitioned officials of The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), protesting against campaigns for gender neutrality that advocate for “scrapping the words ‘feminine’ and ‘woman’”. 

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Lobby Government to Participate in UN Conference: Kenya's Bishops Charge Lawmakers

Catholic Bishops in Kenya are urging Members of Parliament (MPs) to pressurize the government to “actively participate” in the planned United Nations (UN) Binding Treaty negotiations.

Poster for the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Credit: United Nations

Church Leaders in Zimbabwe Urge Government to Bring All Cases of Disappearance to Closure

On the commemoration of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, members of the Churches Converge on Conflict and Peace (CCCOP) in Zimbabwe, a consortium of church organizations working for peace, have called on their country’s government to bring all cases of missing persons to a close.  

A section of beneficiaries of Center Kër Don Bosco, an initiative of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Senegal that aims to empower girls and women through education/ Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians Address Inequality in West Africa, Facilitate Formal Education in Senegal, Mali

On the occasion of the annual World Day against Trafficking in Persons marked July 30, members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have highlighted their initiatives in addressing the challenge of inequality in West Africa, a factor that contributes to human trafficking.

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World Hunger “a crime that violates basic human rights”: Pope Francis to UN Chief

The pope called for a “new mindset” in the battle against malnutrition.

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Ecosystem Degradation "a clear outcome of economic dysfunction": Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Friday that environmental degradation is “a clear outcome of economic dysfunction.”

World Food Program head David Beasley meets Pope Francis at the Vatican Jan. 28, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Meets World Food Program Head as Agency Warns about Child Hunger

Pope Francis met on Thursday with the head of the World Food Program, as the organization issued a warning that more than 300 million children are going hungry amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Interrupted Assistance Posing Multiple Threats to Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia: Cleric

The “sudden interruption” of assistance to Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia amid the ongoing violent conflict in Tigray region is posing multiple threats to hundreds of thousands of Eritreans, a Catholic Cleric known for his ministry with refugees and migrants crossing from North Africa to Europe has said.

Map showing the Sahel region.

Caritas Internationalis Officials Highlight Five Lines of Action to Address Sahel Crisis

The leadership of the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis (CI), has outlined five lines of action that could help address the crisis in the Central Sahel region, which comprises the West African nations of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. 

The Single Ballot ticket for the October 31 presidential election in Ivory Coast.

Ivory Coast’s “pre-election situation worrying,” Cleric Says, Highlights Peace Initiatives

Ahead of Ivory Coast’s Presidential election scheduled for Saturday, October 31, a Cleric ministering in the West African nation says the pre-election mood is a cause for concern and highlights some initiatives Church leaders are undertaking to advocate for peace amid rising tensions.

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Women Deserve Better than Abortion, Vatican Official Tells United Nations

A female Vatican official told the United Nations Thursday that resources that could be invested in basic healthcare, nutrition, and sanitation for impoverished women are instead allotted to reproductive health and “so-called new rights.”

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In UN message, Pope Francis Decries Abortion and Family Breakdown

Pope Francis told the United Nations Friday that denying the existence of human life in the womb through abortion does not solve problems.

Pope Francis delivers his general audience via livestream on Aug. 12, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Human Dignity Has Serious Political Implications: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christian faith demands conversion from individualism and a commitment to defending the inherent dignity of every person.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his Angelus address June 7, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis Commends UN Security Council for Global Ceasefire Resolution

Pope Francis applauded the United Nations Security Council Sunday for its recent resolution calling for an immediate global ceasefire amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Vatican Appeals for Debt Relief for Developing Countries at United Nations

The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva is urging countries to help relieve the “crippling external debt burdens” of developing countries struggling in the coronavirus pandemic.

A poster for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Church Leaders in South Sudan Appeal for Release of Abducted Women and Children

On the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, church leaders in South Sudan have denounced conflict-related violence in the Eastern Africa country and appealed to those responsible for such violence to return abducted women and children used as sex slaves “to their respective communities.”

António Guterres, the U.N. Secretary-General since 2017. Credit: OEA OAS via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

UN Chief Says COVID-19 Should Inspire "new unity and solidarity"

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said Tuesday the world needs a response to the coronavirus pandemic based on the protection of human dignity and human rights

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus broadcast from the Apostolic Palace March 29, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

'COVID-19 knows no borders': Pope Francis Calls for Global Ceasefire

The pope urged nations in conflict to respond to an appeal made by the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on March 23 for an “immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world” to “focus together on the true fight of our lives,” the “battle” against the coronavirus.

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Pope Francis Wants 'holistic approach' to Middle East, UN Security Council Told

Pope Francis is concerned about the worsening situation in the Middle East, and is urging a continued commitment to dialogue in the region, a senior Vatican diplomat told the United Nations Security Council Wednesday.