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Follow Pope Francis as he prayed a Rosary for Peace at the end of May, rallying international Marian shrines for the cause for peace in Ukraine and around the world. Meet the Rugamba family, founders of the Emmanuel Community in Rwanda, that were martyred during the Rwandan Genocide. And tune into a screening at the Vatican of EWTN’s latest docudrama, a retelling of the parable of the Prodigal Son through the lens of spiritual warfare.

Rosary for Peace - Rudolf

At the end of the Marian month of May, Pope Francis prayed the rosary for peace in Ukraine and around the world. In front of the statue of Maria Regina Pacis in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, the Pope contemplated the sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary in unison with Marian shrines around the world, including the Shrine of the Mother of God in Zarvanytsia in western Ukraine.

Spotlight on Pope Francis trip to Kazakhstan

Despite a fragile knee, Pope Francis has programmed three international trips for this summer and the beginning of autumn. After visiting the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, and Canada, Pope Francis will travel to the central Asian nation of Kazakhstan.

This year is very special for the Catholics of Kazakhstan because it marks 30 years of diplomatic ties with the Holy See.

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Massacre on Pentecost Sunday: at least 50 people murdered

The Vatican responded to an attack on a church in Nigeria in which at least 50 people have been killed during a Pentecost Sunday Mass. “While the details of the incident are being clarified, Pope Francis prays for the victims and for the country, painfully affected in a moment of celebration, and entrusts both to the Lord, to send his Spirit to comfort them”, said the Vatican.

100 days of Russian invasion: Pope Francis calls war in Ukraine ‘negation of God’s dream

Pope Francis condemned the war in Ukraine after Russia’s ongoing invasion of that country reached the 100-day mark. “On Pentecost, God’s dream for humanity becomes reality” the 85-year-old pontiff said. “But now, 100 days after the beginning of the armed aggression against Ukraine, the nightmare of war, which is the negation of God’s dream, has once again befallen humanity.”

Ecumenism: “Unity does not come about by standing still”

An Oriental Orthodox delegation visited the Vatican. In his speech to the delegation, Pope Francis spoke about the Solemnity of Pentecost and the gift of Christian unity. “Unity does not come about by standing still, but by moving forward with the new energy that the Spirit, from the day of Pentecost, impresses on the disciples,” the Holy Father said.

Prayer intention for the month of June: Families

The new video message with the Holy Father's prayer intention for the month of June focuses on families. June will be a special month for families anyway, as the World Meeting of Families will be held in Rome from June 22 to 26.

Bishop Robert Barron: The new bishop of Winona-Rochester

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Robert Barron to lead the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota. Barron has served as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles since 2015. He will be installed as bishop on July 29.

Meet the Rugamba Family: Martyrs of Rwanda

How does a family respond to the death and destruction unleashed by war? A conference in Rome at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross focused on faith and the family, highlighting the witnesses of several families that displayed heroic virtue amidst the carnage of war. One of the role models presented was the Rugamba family.

Answering the Call to Fatherhood

In just a few short weeks the largest meeting of Catholic families in the world will be convened in Rome. The World Meeting of Families is an opportunity for the Church to focus on the importance of the role of family life in the Church and in society at large. EWTN Vatican’s Benjamin Crockett recently got married and just became a father. He spoke with Fr. John Paul Zeller, the Vatican Bureau’s chaplain, on the role of fatherhood.

Spiritual Warfare in the Parable of the Prodigal Son

EWTN’s new docudrama Speak of the Devil: Spiritual Warfare was recently presented at the Vatican’s Filmoteca. The film retells the parable of the Prodigal Son through the lens of a medieval family, relating the journey of the youngest son as he moves from obedient and embracing the faith, to falling prey to the influence of negative people and getting drawn into sin and rebellion.

The film’s reenactments are interspersed with commentary and analysis from experts on spiritual warfare who explain what is happening during the story on a supernatural level and point out what weapons Catholics have in our battle against the evil one.