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Turkish textbooks: Christians were tools of foreign powers in World War I

(Tuesday, Sep. 16) School textbooks in current use in Turkey portray the region’s Christians of a century ago as anti-Ottoman tools of Great Britain and Russia, according to a study conducted by an Armenian

Honduran cardinal: strong family ties are ‘best defense against poverty’

(Tuesday, Sep. 16) Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, and the Pontifical Council for the Family are holding a seminar on September 18 devoted to the family and the

Bishop: over 2,500 Catholics slain by Boko Haram

(Tuesday, Sep. 16) The bishop of Maidiguri, a city in northeastern Nigeria, said that the militant Islamist organization Boko Haram has murdered over 2,500 Catholics in his diocese. Bishop Oliver Doeme is among the

Many of Congo’s Catholics fall prey to superstition, says leading bishop

(Tuesday, Sep. 16) The president of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo said that many of the nation’s Catholics still adhere to pagan superstitions. The large Central African nation of 77 million is 53%

Liturgical Calendar: Memorial of Sts. Cornelius, pope and martyr and Cyprian, bishop and martyr

(Tuesday, Sep. 16) Today the Church commemorates two friends in the service of Christ and his Church. Cornelius, a Roman, was the twenty-first Pope during the reign of the Emperor Gallus and Volusian. He had to oppose

Commentary: New Ebook on Renewal and Evangelization

(Monday, Sep. 15) We have just released our latest collection of essays from, this time on the subject of renewal. It is entitled Renewal and Evangelization: Person, Church and World. The author

Commentary: More evidence that you can't trust the Pill

(Monday, Sep. 15) All too often, debates about family planning proceed from the assumption that the Pill is foolproof. Not so. A useful article in the New York Times,

Commentary: Did Cardinal McCarrick compare Allah to the Trinity?

(Monday, Sep. 15) Cardinal Theodore McCarrick began a speech to a Muslim group with the traditional Islamic invocation: “In the name of God, the merciful and compassionate,” according to a report by the

Non-Catholic donors financed pressure campaign on San Francisco archbishop

(Monday, Sep. 15) A petition campaign urging San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to cancel a speaking engagement at a pro-family rally was funded largely by non-Catholic gay activists, reports Valerie

Milwaukee archdiocesan synod calls for focus on lay ministry, faith formation, social justice

(Monday, Sep. 15) Lay people will be trained for new roles as “ecclesial ministers,” while pastors will focus more attention on social-justice issues, under a plan for the Milwaukee archdiocese, approved by

Italian seminarian claims first 'selfie' with Benedict XVI

(Monday, Sep. 15) The first known “selfie” photo of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI has been posted online by an Italian seminarian. Giuseppe Ricciardi, a seminarian from the Diocese of Aversa, posted a picture of

85,000 join in petition to stop Black Mass in Oklahoma

(Monday, Sep. 15) More than 85,000 people have signed an online petition urging Oklahoma City officials to halt the performance of a Black Mass. The organizers of the Satanic event, which is scheduled to take

Commentary: An intriguing new Catholic publisher: Tuscany Press

(Monday, Sep. 15) Some months ago a surprising book came across my desk, a review copy of a novel from a publisher I had not yet heard of—David Beckett’s The Cana Mystery. The story revolves around the

Victims of Communism will be focus of Pope's visit to Albania

(Monday, Sep. 15) During his September 21 visit to Albania, Pope Francis will pay tribute to the victims of Communism, the Vatican has announced. Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office,

Middle East is greatest crisis since World War II, cardinal says

(Monday, Sep. 15) Addressing a meeting of Catholic charitable agencies involved with the Middle East, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said that the conflicts in that region have produced “the greatest crisis the

Cardinals discussing mergers of pontifical councils, creation of new congregations?

(Monday, Sep. 15) As the Council of Cardinals holds its 6th meeting (see today’s separate CWN headline story), Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa writes that the discussions will focus on proposals to reorganize

Commentary: Calvary is a must-see Catholic film

(Monday, Sep. 15) The first half of 2014 saw the release of a number of high-profile films with religious themes which have ranged in quality from abysmal to decent. I don’t even need to tell you to forget them

1st episcopal ordinations in Hong Kong since British rule

(Monday, Sep. 15) For the first time since the United Kingdom returned Hong Kong to Chinese rule in 1997, episcopal ordinations have taken place in Diocese of Hong Kong. In July, Pope Francis appointed the

Council of Cardinals begins 3-day session, adds 9th member

(Monday, Sep. 15) The Council of Cardinals, which assists Pope Francis in the governance of the universal Church and in the reform of the Roman Curia, has begun three days of meetings in Rome. It is the 6th

‘War is madness,’ Pope emphasizes

(Monday, Sep. 15) At the conclusion of his September 14 Angelus address, Pope Francis prayed for the success of an international peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic. He recalled that on the

Pope Francis: the Church exalts the cross of Christ

(Monday, Sep. 15) Pope Francis devoted his September 14 Angelus address to the cross of Christ. “Why? Why was the Cross necessary? Because of the gravity of the evil which kept us slaves,” he said. “The Cross of

Pope compares married life to Israel in the desert

(Monday, Sep. 15) Pope Francis offered Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on September 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and presided over the marriages of 20 couples from his diocese. It is unusual for

Pope Francis says ‘one can speak of’ a 3rd world war already occurring

(Monday, Sep. 15) Pope Francis traveled to Italy’s World War I War Memorial in Fogliano Redipuglia on September 13 to commemorate the centenary of the war’s beginning and to pray for the victims of all wars. The

Papal tribute to St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows

(Monday, Sep. 15) Pope Francis has paid tribute of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows (1838-1862), an Italian Passionist who was canonized in 1920. In a letter on the upcoming consecration of a new church at the

Liturgical Calendar: Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

(Monday, Sep. 15) Devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady has its roots in Sacred Scripture and in Christian piety, which always associates the Blessed Mother with her suffering Son. Today's feast was introduced by

New Website Review: Catholic Cravings

(Monday, Sep. 15) This blog belongs to Laura McAlister, a former evangelical Christian. Now a Catholic she presents an original, apologetic approach in her writings which are entertaining while presenting the truths

Commentary: The Week in the Shadow of the Exalted Cross

(Sunday, Sep. 14) Beginning with Sunday, this week unfolds a mosaic of feast days that all relate to the cross of Christ and refer back to Sunday's feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. Sunday, or

Liturgical Calendar: Exaltation of the Holy Cross

(Sunday, Sep. 14) This feast was observed in Rome before the end of the seventh century. It commemorates the recovery of the Holy Cross, which had been placed on Mt. Calvary by St. Helena and preserved in Jerusalem,

Liturgical Calendar: Memorial of St. John Chrysostom, bishop and doctor

(Saturday, Sep. 13) St. John Chrysostom, born in Antioch about 347 A.D., was a great genius. His powerful eloquence earned him the surname of Chrysostom, or golden mouthed. With St. Athanasius, St. Gregory Nazianzen

New Document: Evangelization Is Closely Linked to Human Development

(Saturday, Sep. 13) On September 6, 2014, Pope Francis received the prelates of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon at the end of their five-yearly “ad limina” visit. At the end of the audience the Pope

New Document: Faith Necessary for Biblical Scholarship

(Saturday, Sep. 13) On September 12, 2014, Pope Francis met with the participants in the 43rd National Biblical Week, organized by the Italian Biblical Association, a meeting that inaugurated the celebrations for the

New Document: Mercy Is Essential

(Saturday, Sep. 13) A special aspect of the “maternity” of the Church is education through mercy, and this was the subject of the Pope Francis' catechesis during the September 10, 2014, audience in St. Peter's Square.

New Document: Sacred Tradition: The Forgotten Doctrine?

(Saturday, Sep. 13) The miracle and mystery of divine guidance has been the primary constituent element of Church teaching over the centuries, and this guidance is what makes Tradition “sacred,” but rarely is it linked

New Document: St. Toribio de Mogrovejo: Apostle of Peru

(Saturday, Sep. 13) Toribio de Mogrovejo was a model bishop, following closely the directives of Trent by building and organizing a solid ecclesiastical structure in Peru through provincial councils, archdiocesan

New Document: The Illusion of Neutrality

(Saturday, Sep. 13) Anthony Esolen explains why the secular state cannot be neutral in matters of

New Document: The Shadow of Cain Looms over History from 1914 to the Present

(Saturday, Sep. 13) Pope Francis chose to celebrate Mass at the Military Monument of Redipugliaon September 13, 2014, in the Italian province of Gorizia. The Holy Father left the Vatican by helicopter at 8 a.m. and

Pope advises African bishops to focus on youth

(Friday, Sep. 12) “I urge you to be apostles for the youth in your dioceses,” Pope Francis said in a September 12 address to visiting bishops from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Pope emphasized

Scripture research requires deep faith, Pope tells scholars

(Friday, Sep. 12) Speaking to Italian scholars who were celebrating the 43rd National Biblical Week, Pope Francis remarked that a proper approach to Scripture scholarship requires a deep sense of faith. The Pope

Slavery not confined to poor nations, Vatican envoy tells UN

(Friday, Sep. 12) Slavery today is not a problem confined to the world’s impoverished countries, the Vatican’s representative reminded a session of the UN’s human-rights council. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the

Rev. Ian Paisley, who led anti-Catholic forces in Northern Ireland, dead at 88

(Friday, Sep. 12) Rev. Ian Paisley, the fiery anti-Catholic leader of Protestants in Northern Ireland, has died at the age of 88. The founder of the Democratic Unionist Party, Rev. Paisley was a polarizing figure

Commentary: Senator Cruz undermined the cause of persecuted Christians

(Friday, Sep. 12) For the record, Senator Ted Cruz was not “booed off the stage” when he addressed a Washington conference on persecution of Christians in the Middle East. He left the stage

Commentary: Addressing the Root Cause of Clerical Homosexual Behavior and Pederasty

(Friday, Sep. 12) The Church has attempted to address the issue of clerical pederasty—arguably belatedly—as a problem of crime and punishment on the one hand, and personality on the other. The announced

Commentary: The Mystery of Music, Part I

(Friday, Sep. 12) “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” — Victor Hugo The unique power of music to move the human heart is universally

Curial decree on feast days of St. John XXIII, St. John Paul II

(Friday, Sep. 12) Pope Francis has decided that the feast days of Pope St. John XXIII (October 11) and Pope St. John Paul II (October 22) will be observed as optional memorials on the liturgical calendar, according

Read Luke 6, Pope Francis emphasizes

(Friday, Sep. 12) On several occasions during his pontificate, Pope Francis has urged the faithful to read, and reread, the Beatitudes and Matthew 25. Preaching on love of enemies during his September 11 daily

Holy See diplomat decries slavery

(Friday, Sep. 12) A leading Vatican diplomat decried the actions of Islamist groups as he lamented contemporary slavery. Commenting on a new UN report on slavery, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, who represents the Holy

Vatican: papal trip to Turkey confirmed (updated)

(Friday, Sep. 12) Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office, reported on September 11 that Pope Francis will visit Turkey in November. Earlier the papal spokesman had said that although

Russian Orthodox leader speaks of ‘organic unity’ of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus

(Friday, Sep. 12) Speaking at the blessing of a cathedral’s foundation stone, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church emphasized the “organic unity” of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Referring to the medieval state

US House holds hearing on persecution of Christians in Syria, Iraq

(Friday, Sep. 12) Two subcommittees of the US House of Representatives held a joint hearing on the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. “The suffering and abuse of Iraqi

Christian families fear daughters’ forced conversion, flee Punjab

(Friday, Sep. 12) Fearful of the forced conversion of their daughters, parents in “many Christian families” are taking their children out of the southern portion of the Pakistani province of Punjab, according to the

Bishop to travel to White House, ask for visas for persecuted Iraqi Catholics

(Friday, Sep. 12) Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, the head of a Chaldean Catholic eparchy based in San Diego, will travel to the White House with a list of 25,000 Iraqi Catholics who seek entry into the United

Liturgical Calendar: Optional Memorial of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

(Friday, Sep. 12) On this day dedicated to the Holy Name of Mary let us repeat that wonderful prayer of Saint Bernard, responding to Pope Benedict XVI's invitation to “invite everyone to become a trusting child

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