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Pakistan: mob burns Christian homes after man charged with blaspheming Qu'ran

(Monday, May. 25) Angry Muslims looted and burned the homes of Christians in Dhup Sarri Lahore, Pakistan, after a troubled young man was accused of blaspheming the Qu’ran. The violence began, the AsiaNews

Irish justice minister admits surrogacy issue is unsettled

(Monday, May. 25) Ireland’s justice minister has revealed that the government chose not to address questions about surrogate parenthood until after the nationwide referendum that allowed for legal recognition of

Cardinal Turkson: address the causes of migration from Africa

(Monday, May. 25) “The human person-- human capital-- is one of the greatest assets we have for development in Africa,” Cardinal Peter Turkson said in a Vatican Radio interview on May 25, as many African nations

In new interview, Pope discloses daily routine: early rise, midday nap, no TV

(Monday, May. 25) In a new interview with an Argentinean newspaper, Pope Francis says that he wants to be remembered “as a person who has done his best to do good. I have no other claim.” The Pope spoke at some

Vatican envoy: 'no further room for denial' on climate change

(Monday, May. 25) The Vatican’s representative at UN offices in Geneva has proclaimed that there is “no further room for denial” that “human-induced climate change is a scientific reality.” Speaking to a World

Vatican bank reports a leap in profits

(Monday, May. 25) The Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), realized a profit of €69.3 million ($76 million) for 2014, a huge jump from the €2.9 million profit in 2013. The profit reflects two

Papal appeal for Asian migrants and refugees

(Monday, May. 25) Pope Francis appealed to the international community to assist thousands of refugees who are fleeing Bangladesh and Myanmar for other nations because of poverty and religious persecution. “I

The Church is a universal mother, Pope emphasizes in Regina Caeli address

(Monday, May. 25) Pope Francis reflected on the Church’s catholicity, or universal nature, during his Pentecost Sunday Regina Caeli address. “The gift of the Spirit restores the harmony of languages that had been

Italian missionary sister beatified in Kenya

(Monday, May. 25) Sister Irene Stefani (1891-1930), an Italian Consolata Missionary sister, was beatified in Kenya on May 23. Cardinal Polycarp Pengo of Tanzania presided at the Mass of beatification, which took

The Holy Spirit ‘guides, renews, and gives fruit,’ Pope preaches at Pentecost Mass

(Monday, May. 25) Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Pentecost Sunday and emphasized during his homily that the Holy Spirit “guides us into all the truth, he renews the face of the earth, and he

Proclaim the Gospel, Pope exhorts the consecrated in World Mission Day statement

(Monday, May. 25) The Holy See Press Office has released Pope Francis’s message for World Mission Sunday, which will take place on October 18. The Pope devoted his message, written during the year of consecrated

‘We are living an ecumenism of blood,’ Pope says in video to Phoenix unity celebration

(Monday, May. 25) Pope Francis sent a video message to the Celebration of Christian Unity, an event that took place on May 23 at the Phoenix Convention Center. The celebration was sponsored by the John 17

Over 250,000 attend Romero beatification; Pope, Obama issue statements

(Monday, May. 25) Archbishop Óscar Romero, who served as archbishop of El Salvador’s capital city of San Salvador from 1977 until his 1980 assassination, was beatified as a martyr on May 23. Cardinal Angelo Amato,

Pope Francis reflects on dignity of work, laments culture of waste

(Monday, May. 25) Decrying the culture of waste, Pope Francis received members of the Italian Christian Workers Associations in audience on May 23 and said that work is dignified when it is free, creative,

Pope affirms link between Church’s pro-life and social teaching

(Monday, May. 25) Quoting Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate, Pope Francis said on May 22 that the Church “forcefully maintains [the] link between life ethics and social ethics.” Pope Francis

Liturgical Calendar: Optional Memorial of St. Bede the Venerable, priest and doctor; St. Gregory VII, pope; St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, virgin

(Monday, May. 25) St. Bede was born in England. A Benedictine, he was "the most observant and the happiest of all monks." His writings were so full of sound doctrine that he was called "Venerable" while still alive.

Liturgical Calendar: Pentecost Sunday

(Sunday, May. 24) "And when the days of Pentecost were drawing to a close, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a violent wind coming, and it filled the whole house

Liturgical Calendar: Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

(Saturday, May. 23) Historically today is the feast of St. Julia of Corsica, also known as Saint Julia of Carthage, and more rarely Saint Julia of Nonza, was a virgin martyr. The date of her death is most probably on

Commentary: Urgent! We need extra financial support between now and May 24th.

(Friday, May. 22) I need your help to meet a $25,400 challenge grant over the next four days. As of 10:30 am EST on May 23nd, we have just over $1,800 left to match by Pentecost, May 24th. If we are successful, the

Pope scuttles plan to set up investment fund for Vatican bank

(Friday, May. 22) Pope Francis has vetoed a plan to set up an investment fund for the Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), reports Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa. The investment fund, which would

Commentary: What can we learn from the dignity of military services?

(Friday, May. 22) Heading into Memorial Day weekend, my thoughts turn to fallen soldiers, and to the way we honor them. A friend of mine is a priest in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. Over the years he has

Protesters will continue occupation of closed Massachusetts parish church, appeal court order to vacate

(Friday, May. 22) Protesters in Scituate, Massachusetts have announced that they will continue their 11-year occupation of their former parish church, which was closed by the Archdiocese of Boston in 2004. The

Commentary: Pentecost with Mary, Queen of Apostles

(Friday, May. 22) More often then not, the close of the Easter season with the feast of Pentecost falls during

300,000 expected for Archbishop Romero's beatification

(Friday, May. 22) About 300,000 people are expected to attend the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero on May 23. Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, will preside

Another Catholic priest seized by jihadists in Syria

(Friday, May. 22) A Catholic monk has been kidnapped from a monastery in Qaryatayn, Syria. Father Jacques Mourad, the prior of the Mar Elias monastery, was seized by armed men representing an Islamic rebel group.

Nepal's officials tell Mother Teresa's nuns: all aid must go through government

(Friday, May. 22) The Missionaries of Charity encountered government resistance when they brought aid to earthquake victims in Nepal. Police who were escorting a group of Missionaries of Charity diverted them to a

Researcher questions Pew report on declining US Catholic population

(Friday, May. 22) A senior research associate for the Center of Applied Research in the Apostolate disputed the Pew Research Center’s recent report on a decline in the US Catholic population. Citing other

Dublin archbishop weighs in on marriage referendum

(Friday, May. 22) In an interview with Vatican Radio on the eve of Ireland’s referendum on same-sex marriage, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said that “marriage has its place in the construction of society, and

Chechen leader lends support to polygamy

(Friday, May. 22) Stating that “we have followed the norms of Islamic law and national traditions,” Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Russia’s semi-autonomous and largely Muslim Chechen Republic, attended the May 16

‘Urgent’ need to promote universal basic health-care coverage, says Vatican prelate

(Friday, May. 22) In an address to the World Health Assembly in Geneva, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers said that “urgent action” is needed to address serious

Scholar, in House testimony, describes ‘culture of impunity’ against Egypt’s Christians

(Friday, May. 22) Testifying before the US House of Representative’s Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom documented recent

Pakistan: 106 people indicted in lynching of Christian couple

(Friday, May. 22) A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has indicted 106 persons for the brutal November lynching of a Christian couple in Chak, a town located in Punjab province. Shahzad Masih and Sharma Bibi were

Defeat for Priests for Life in HHS mandate case

(Friday, May. 22) A federal appellate court has refused to rehear Priests for Life’s request for relief from the HHS mandate. In November, three judges from the 11-judge US Court of Appeals for the District of

Liturgical Calendar: Optional Memorial of Saint Rita of Cascia, religious

(Friday, May. 22) After eighteen years of married life, St. Rita lost, by death, her husband and her two sons. Called afterwards to the religious state, she professed the Rule of St. Augustine at Cascia her native

Commentary: Was Lewis “basically Catholic”?

(Thursday, May. 21) I must admit, it’s a pet peeve of mine when Catholics refer to C.S. Lewis as a Catholic author. When challenged, they usually say something along the lines of, “Well, he might as well

Pope highlights value of police work

(Thursday, May. 21) Pope Francis said that police work is essential to a civilized society, in a May 21 audience with relatives of police officers who have been killed or severely injured in the line of

San Francisco archdiocese, teachers' union working to settle dispute on personnel policy

(Thursday, May. 21) The San Francisco archdiocese is working with teachers to revise a handbook that would set standards for faculty members in Catholic schools. A revised handbook, which had required teachers not

Cardinal Pell denies claim he attempted to bribe abuse victim

(Thursday, May. 21) In testimony given to Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, a man who was abused by his uncle, Father Gerald Ridsdale, testified that Cardinal George Pell

Pope, former Mexican president discuss ecology

(Thursday, May. 21) Felipe Calderón, who served as Mexico’s president from 2006 to 2012, met with Pope Francis on May 20 and discussed the upcoming encyclical on ecology, according to Mexican media reports and the

Colombia’s bishops denounce euthanasia decision, ask for conscience protection

(Thursday, May. 21) The president of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia has renewed the bishops’ condemnation of a recent court decision on physician-assisted suicide. The nation’s high court ordered the

Do not permit refugees to drown at sea, Germany’s Christian leaders urge

(Thursday, May. 21) Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, has issued a joint statement with Orthodox and Lutheran leaders calling upon Germany to be more open to refugees. “In

Orthodox-Lutheran commemoration of Reformation planned for 2017

(Thursday, May. 21) At a recent meeting in Greece, the official ecumenical dialogue between the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Eastern Orthodox churches announced that a joint commemoration of the Protestant

China’s president: religions must be free from foreign influence

(Thursday, May. 21) Xi Jinping--the head of China’s Communist Party since 2012, and China’s president since 2013-- said on May 20 that religions in China must be independent of foreign influence. “We must manage

Defeat for Notre Dame in HHS mandate case

(Thursday, May. 21) A federal appeals court has refused to issue a temporary order barring enforcement of the HHS mandate against the University of Notre Dame. “Although Notre Dame is the final arbiter of its

Belfast court fines bakery for refusing ‘support gay marriage’ cake

(Thursday, May. 21) A court in Belfast has ruled that a bakery’s Christian owners illegally discriminated against a customer on the basis of sexual orientation when they declined a request to decorate a cake with the

Liturgical Calendar: Optional Memorial of St. Christopher Magallanes, priest and martyr, and his companions, martyrs; Optional Memorial of St. Eugene de Mazenod, bishop (Canada)

(Thursday, May. 21) In 1815, St. Eugene de Mazenod founded the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate to evangelize the poorest populations of Provence that were being neglected. He then sent his missionaries

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