Pope Francis called on a more human communication in this era of digital technology and the Internet that can be a source of great good but also can turn into something cold, impersonal and even isolating.

In his first Christmas Message Urbi et Orbi from the Vatican Pope Francis made an appeal for peace, calling believers and non believers to be united in this purpose. “All united, either by prayer or by desire. But all of us, for peace,” he said.

A US Federal Judge ruled that the NSA massive collecting of Americans’ phone records is likely unconstitutional.

Pope Francis published his first Message for the World Day of Peace dedicated to fraternity as foundation and pathway to peace. He sees fraternity as a prerequisite for fighting poverty, a way to extinguish war and to cultivate nature to fight the scandal of hunger, but he sees it threatened by selfishness corruption and organised crime.

In a briefing published today, Amnesty International details how European Union (EU) member states have only offered to open their doors to around 12,000 of the most vulnerable refugees from Syria: just 0.5 per cent of the 2.3 million people who have fled the country.

Pope Francis published his first Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The joy of the Gospel). He Pope offers this document to the Church as a map and guide to her pastoral mission in the near future. It is an invitation to recover a prophetic and positive vision of reality without ignoring the current challenges, said the Vatican.

The Catholic Church prepares a Synod on pastoral challenges for the family. The Vatican presented a document with a questionary explaining that the preparation “begins with a consultation between the various entities to be surveyed on the theme in question”. You can read the document here.