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British scholars urge Jesuits not to close historic Heythorp College

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) A group of British intellectuals has joined in a plea to Jesuit officials to rescind their decision to close Heythorp College, saying that the 400-year-old institution plays an important role in

Chinese Catholic petition for release of bishop, imprisoned since 1996

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) Catholics in China’s Hebei province have issued a plea to the government for the release of Bishop James Su Zhimin of Baoding, who has been jailed since 1996. After China’s President Xi Jinping

Rome's planner sees 'concrete and real threat' of terror activity during Jubilee Year

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) The prefect of the City of Rome has said that he sees a “concrete and real threat” of terrorist attacks during the Jubilee Year. “But like all threats, that doesn't mean we have to shut ourselves

Kentucky clerk of court defies Supreme Court, refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) Defying court orders, a county clerk in Kentucky is refusing to issue marriage licenses of same-sex couples. Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County, said that she would obey “God’s

Africa will preserve Christian understanding of marriage, family: Cardinal Sarah

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) Africa will save the Christian understanding of marriage and family, Cardinal Robert Sarah told a Catholic weekly in Benin. “I have absolute confidence in African culture,” said Cardinal Sarah,

First Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation: liturgy in Vatican basilica

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) Pope Francis presided on September 1 at the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, with a Liturgy of the Word in St. Peter’s basilica. The service included readings from a canticle

Pope's prayer intentions for September 2015

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) The Vatican has released the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for September 2015. The Pope’s universal intention is: “That opportunities for education and employment may increase for

9th Planned Parenthood video: for-profit corporation paid fees to clinic directors for exclusive access

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) A new undercover video—the 9th in a series exposing Planned Parenthood—has introduced another major player in the business of harvesting fetal tissues. The new video from the Center for Medical

Pope Francis: SSPX priests will licitly and validly absolve sins during Jubilee of Mercy

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) Pope Francis has declared that priests of the Society of St. Pius X, founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, will validly and licitly absolve sins during the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy, which

Archbishop Marini to lead Eastern Catholic liturgical commission

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) Pope Francis has reconstituted the Congregation for the Eastern Churches’ Special Commission for the Liturgy and has named Archbishop Piero Marini as its president. The commission, founded in

Report: Pope to meet with deposed French bishop

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) Pope Francis will meet on the afternoon of September 1 with Bishop Jacques Gaillot, the former bishop of Evreux, France, according to La Croix. The bishop, whom St. John Paul II removed from

Iraqi archbishop: 20% of local Christians emigrated in 2014

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) The Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Basra said that 20% of Christian families emigrated from the city in 2014. Basra, the largest city under Iraqi government control after Baghdad, is far from

Pope Emeritus celebrates Mass for former students

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated Mass for his former students on August 30, the closing day of the annual Ratzinger Schülerkreis. During the Mass, which took place on August 30 at the

Synod should place education at center of its concerns, says priest

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, an Italian priest said that the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family should make education one of its central concerns. In March, Pope Francis appointed Msgr.

European bishops: pray for the care of creation

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) The Council of Catholic Bishops' Conferences of Europe (CCEE) has issued a message encouraging the continent’s bishops to take part in the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September

Nigerian prelate decries same-sex marriage

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, has given pride of place on its website to a recent homily by Bishop Camillus Etokudoh of Port Harcourt. The prelate

Papal condolences for hurricane victims

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent a telegram of condolence in the name of the Holy Father to the bishop of Roseau, Dominica, the island nation that was the site of

Liturgical Calendar: Tuesday of the Twenty Second Week of Ordinary Time Time

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) God's great work is the creation and redemption of the world wrought through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The one essential work in which we are all callled to participate is God's

New Document: Letter Granting Indulgence during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) Pope Francis Letter to the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization at the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy dated September 1, 2015. The Holy

New Document: Poverty Means Being Free

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) An interview with Sr. Malgorzata Chmielewska which appeared in L'Osservatore Romano. Sister Ma?gorzata takes care of the homeless and the

New Document: The Best Part of the Day

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) Prayer is “the best time” in the family. Pope Francis recalled this in his catechesis at the General Audience — the 100th of his Pontificate — on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, in St Peter’s

New Document: There is No Equivalence

(Tuesday, Sep. 1) The deliberate killing of innocent life is a uniquely wicked act. No amount of contextualizing or deflecting our attention to other issues can obscure that. Archbishop Chaput address the priorities

American analysts sees acceptance of immigrants as 'suicide of Christian Europe'

(Monday, Aug. 31) An American political analyst has charged that Pope Francis is contributing to “the suicide of Christian Europe” by encouraging immigration from Africa. Speaking to an Italian audience, Edward

Palestinian archbishop arrested in protest against Israeli 'security wall'

(Monday, Aug. 31) Archbishop Michel Sabbah, the retired Latin-rite Patriarch of Jerusalem, was among the Palestinian Christian demonstrators arrested by Israeli police on August 30 in a protest against the “security

Most Catholics in Massachusetts legislature support Planned Parenthood, study shows

(Monday, Aug. 31) A study by a lay activist group has shown that most of the Catholics serving in the state legislature support Planned Parenthood. The Catholic Action League found that 52 Catholics in the lower

Benedict XVI testifies for beatification of Pope John Paul I

(Monday, Aug. 31) Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI has given testimony for the cause of beatification of Pope John Paul I, the Italian journal Famiglia Cristiana reports. Elected in 1978 to succeed Pope Paul VI, Pope

Eleven cardinals contribute to new book urging Synod to uphold Church teaching on marriage

(Monday, Aug. 31) Eleven cardinals, from all around the world, have contributed to a new book arguing against any substantive change in the Church’s teaching on marriage. In Eleven Cardinals Speak on Marriage and

Undercover video producers debunk Planned Parenthood's defense

(Monday, Aug. 31) The Center for Medical Progress, which has released a series of damaging undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the sale of fetal tissues, has now sent a letter to Congress,

Pope Francis in video link with US groups

(Monday, Aug. 31) Pope Francis spoke with American audiences in three different locations on August 31, in a video-link event hosted by the ABC television network. The Pontiff spoke with students at Cristo Rey

March for Life wins exemption from Obamacare contraceptive mandate

(Monday, Aug. 31) The March for Life has won a permanent injunction barring enforcement of the “Obamacare” contraceptive mandate. A federal court rules on August 31 that the March for Life, the group that

Commentary: Final Liturgical Year volume for 2014-2015 now available

(Monday, Aug. 31) The final ebook for the 2014-2015 liturgical year has been released in our ebooks download area. The sixth volume overall in the annual series, Ordinary Time Completed rounds out the current

Suspects arrested in Pakistan church attacks

(Monday, Aug. 31) Pakistani police have arrested five persons suspected of planning the March 15 attacks on two churches in Lahore, the Fides news agency reported. A regional government official said that the

Anglicans to join Catholics, Orthodox in prayer for creation

(Monday, Aug. 31) The Church of England’s lead bishop for the environment has called upon Anglicans to join Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in praying for the care of creation on September 1. “It

Declare the killing of Middle East’s Christians a genocide, Iraqi prelate urges

(Monday, Aug. 31) Speaking with three diocesan newspapers in the United States, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Erbil, Iraq, called for the declaration of the killing of Syrian and Iraqi Christians as a

Pope laments death of migrants in Austria

(Monday, Aug. 31) Three days after 71 migrants were found dead in a truck in Austria, Pope Francis lamented their deaths following his August 30 Angelus address. “In recent days, many migrants have lost their

Bishop slain during Assyrian genocide beatified

(Monday, Aug. 31) A century to the day after he was beaten and beheaded after refusing to convert to Islam, Bishop Flavianus Michael Malke (Melki) was beatified as a martyr on August 29 at the Patriarchal Convent of

Pope Francis: ‘if the heart doesn’t change, we are not true Christians’

(Monday, Aug. 31) Reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading at Mass, Pope Francis said in his August 30 Sunday Angelus address that Jesus “emphasizes the primacy of the interior of the ‘heart.’” “Exterior things are

Ex-nuncio, facing Vatican trial for abuse, died of ‘cardiac event’

(Monday, Aug. 31) A team of three medical experts, led by forensic pathologist Dr. Giovanni Arcudi, conducted an autopsy on the body of Józef Wesolowski and determined he died of a “cardiac event,” according to the

Liturgical Calendar: Monday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time

(Monday, Aug. 31) According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Raymund Nonnatus who devoted his life to the ransoming of Christians held prisoner

Liturgical Calendar: Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

(Sunday, Aug. 30) And he called the people to him again, and said to them, "Hear me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a man which by going into him can defile him; but the things which come out of

Commentary: Church Fathers: The Third Century and the School of Alexandria

(Saturday, Aug. 29) The situation of Christianity in its third century was quite different from the second. The old paganism was in decline, not just because of the spread of Christian faith but because of other shifts

Liturgical Calendar: Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist

(Saturday, Aug. 29) The Church, having celebrated the earthly birthday of St. John the Baptist on June 24, today honors the anniversary of his martyrdom. Besides our Lord and our Lady, St. John the Baptist is the only

Commentary: News Posturing: How the dramatis personae use each other

(Friday, Aug. 28) One of the reasons following the news is often so depressing is that so many of the situations that receive publicity are characterized by deep moral flaws. When I spoke about developing a

Commentary: The intractable practical problems with the Kasper proposal

(Friday, Aug. 28) We all know that “the Kasper proposal” will be front and center in the October discussions of the Synod of Bishops. But what is the Kasper proposal, exactly? Cardinal Walter Kasper

Commentary: No, the Pope did not endorse a gay-friendly children's book

(Friday, Aug. 28) The Guardian headline is an eye-catcher: Pope Francis sends letter praising gay children's book Wow! That’s newsworthy

Vatican denies letter was intended to endorse Italian author's book on same-sex unions

(Friday, Aug. 28) The Vatican press office has issued a statement to counter an Italian writer’s claim that Pope Francis praised her book defending same-sex unions. Francesca Pardi, whose book Piccolo Uovo was

Biden says Pope Francis has revived Catholic social teaching

(Friday, Aug. 28) US Vice President has said that Pope Francis "has become a moral rudder for the world." Biden, who is Catholic, said that the Pope was sounding a moral call on "some of the most important issues

Pope will visit 3 African capitals in November

(Friday, Aug. 28) Pope Francis will visit Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African Republic in November, visiting the capital of each country during his visit to Africa. Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo, the

Monaco apologizes for deportation of Jews

(Friday, Aug. 28) Prince Albert II of Monaco has apologized for his nation’s deportation of Jewish refugees during World War II. Monaco’s leading prelate, Archbishop Bernard Barsi, was present at the

Malawi prelate laments climate change

(Friday, Aug. 28) Stating that “we are victims of climate change,” an archbishop lamented the “disasters we have just experienced here in Malawi: the devastating floods, the prolonged dry spell, the erratic rainfall

Ex-nuncio, facing Vatican trial for sexual abuse, dead at 67

(Friday, Aug. 28) Jozef Wesolowski, the former papal nuncio and archbishop who was laicized for sexually abusing minors, died on August 28. Wesolowski had been living under house arrest at the Vatican, and was

Pontifical council publishes holy hour for September 1 prayer for creation

(Friday, Aug. 28) The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has published a suggested Eucharistic holy hour for the September 1 observance of the World Day of Prayer for Creation. The text includes prayers,

Lebanese Muslims issue declaration on religious freedom

(Friday, Aug. 28) A Muslim organization associated with Lebanon’s highest Sunni authority has issued the Beirut Declaration on Religious Freedom. “To deny Christian communities the right to exercise their

Court upholds Italy’s law against embryo research

(Friday, Aug. 28) The European Court of Human Rights has upheld an Italian law against the donation of human embryos for scientific experimentation and research. Adelina Parrillo, 61, wished to donate five embryos

Stop giving political homilies, African prelate tells priests

(Friday, Aug. 28) As belligerents in the nation’s 20-month civil war signed a peace agreement, South Sudan’s leading prelate exhorted priests not to give political homilies. Stating that priests “are almost

Liturgical Calendar: Memorial of St. Augustine, bishop, confessor and doctor

(Friday, Aug. 28) St. Augustine (354-430) was born at Tagaste, Africa, and died in Hippo. His father, Patricius, was a pagan; his mother, Monica, a devout Christian. He received a good Christian education. As a law

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