New department to streamline Vatican media

VATICAN CITY – In an effort to make the Vatican more effective in today’s digital world, Pope Francis established a new Secretariat for Communications, whose aim is to coordinate and streamline the Holy See’s multiple communications outlets.The development of digital media, with its converging technologies and interactive capabilities, “requires a rethinking of the information system [...]

Afghan security arrests 3 over priest’s kidnapping

ROME – Security forces in Afghanistan have arrested three men in connection with the kidnapping of a Jesuit priest from India.The arrests, announced by an Afghan government official, include a man taken into custody on June 4 while two others were detained on June 5 in connection with the disappearance of Fr Alexis Prem Kumar. [...]

Statement Of The Holy See Press Office – 24 April 2014

Vatican City, 24 April 2014 (VIS) – This morning the director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., issued the following statement: “Several telephone calls have taken place in the context of Pope Francis’ personal pastoral relationships. Since they do not in any way form part of the Pope's public activities, no [...]

Preparing For The Canonisation Of John XXIII And John Paul II

Vatican City, 31 March 2014 (VIS) – This morning a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the initiatives forming part of the preparations for the canonisations of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II, to be celebrated on 27 April. The speakers were Cardinal Agostino Vallini, vicar of His [...]

The History Of The Bible’s Journey Around The World

Vatican City, 28 March 2014 (VIS) – This morning a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the exhibition Verbum Domini II: “God’s Word goes out to the Nations” is an exhibition that gathers together more than 200 historical findings, texts and rare Bible artefacts that tell the story of [...]

The Pope To Travel To Korea In August

Vatican City, 10 March 2014 (VIS) – This morning the Holy See Press Office issued a press release to communicate that the Holy Father Francis will travel to the Republic of Korea from 14-18 August, on the occasion of the Sixth Asian Youth Day, which will take place in the diocese of Daejeon.

Note On Briefing From The Holy See Press Office

Vatican City, 27 September 2013 (VIS) – Next Monday, 30 September, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Federico Lombardi, S.J., will hold a briefing on the Pope's meeting with the group of eight cardinals, regarding the nature of the meeting, preparation and working times involved, and the information that will be available. “It [...]

Press Release On Arrest Of Curia Prelate

Vatican City, 28 June 2013 (VIS) – This morning, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., director of the Holy See Press Office, issued the following communique regarding the arrest, in Italy, of Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, director of accounting analysis service of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA), in the context of an investigation [...]