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Vatican will be flexible in talks with SSPX, official says

(Friday, Oct. 24) The Vatican continues to work for a reconciliation of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) and will not demand the “capitulation” of the traditionalist group, the secretary of the Ecclesia Dei

Pope encourages Cardinal Zen's pro-democracy activism in Hong Kong

(Friday, Oct. 24) Pope Francis encouraged Cardinal Joseph Zen’s pro-democracy activism during a brief encounter at the Vatican this week, the AsiaNews service reports. Cardinal Zen, the retired Bishop of Hong

Vatican investigating Italian diocese troubled by clerical misconduct

(Friday, Oct. 24) The Vatican has opened an investigation of a scandal-plagued diocese in Italy, the daily Il Messaggero reports. The Diocese of Albenga-Imperia, on the Mediterranean coast near the French border,

Commentary: Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip?

(Friday, Oct. 24) It may well be that the discussion of the Kasper Proposal will continue all through the coming year up to and including the 2015 Synod on the Family. I have expressed the optimistic hope that the

Pope highlights ecumenical work of Saints John XXIII, John Paul II

(Friday, Oct. 24) Pope Francis received a delegation from the Orientale Lumen Foundation on October 24 as its members made a pilgrimage to Rome and to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The pilgrimage was

Pontifical Biblical Commission publishes document on inspiration and truth of Scripture

(Friday, Oct. 24) The Pontifical Biblical Commission has published a study on the inspiration and truth of Sacred Scripture, according to the October 24 edition of L’Osservatore Romano. Father Klemens Stock, the

Bishop shows solidarity following attack on Palestinian mosque

(Friday, Oct. 24) An auxiliary bishop of Jerusalem has visited a Palestinian village to express solidarity following a firebomb attack on a mosque. “Such acts do not encourage peace and only serve to stir up

Vatican envoy: a rising tide does not lift all boats

(Friday, Oct. 24) At a UN meeting devoted to poverty, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations said that “countries should develop evidence-based policies and strategies to combat extreme

Growth of Church in Zambia highlighted

(Friday, Oct. 24) Five decades after Zambia gained its independence, the Church there is looked on with “great respect, and her influence has grown, thanks to her prophetic voice,” said the national director of the

Boko Haram abducts more Christian girls

(Friday, Oct. 24) The Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram has kidnapped over 60 girls and young women from Christian villages in northeastern Nigeria, according to a CNN report. The kidnappings occurred

Pope Benedict: dialogue is no substitute for mission

(Friday, Oct. 24) As the Pontifical Urbaniana University, which educates missionaries, dedicated a lecture hall in honor of Benedict XVI on October 21, the prefect of the papal household, Archbishop Georg Gänswein,

Australian prelate: ‘modernity has forgotten how to love’

(Friday, Oct. 24) In an article posted on the website of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the newly appointed Archbishop of Sydney has written about G.K. Chesterton, St. Thomas Aquinas, recent popes, and the

Liturgical Calendar: Optional Memorial of St. Anthony Claret, bishop

(Friday, Oct. 24) Today the Church celebrates the optional memorial of St. Anthony Claret, bishop, the founder of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Anthony Mary Claret died in the Cistercian

Egyptian government promoting Christian tourism

(Thursday, Oct. 23) Egypt’s government is making an unprecedented effort to promote Christian tourism by calling attention to the country’s Coptic heritage. Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab referred to the Coptic

New death threats against anti-Mafia priest

(Thursday, Oct. 23) An Italian priest who vowed to continue his fight against the Mafia despite a threat from the imprisoned “boss of bosses” has received new death threats. Father Luigi Ciotti said that the Mafia

Pope offers 'absolute condemnation' of death penalty

(Thursday, Oct. 23) Pope Francis called for the “absolute condemnation of the death penalty” in an October 23 address to the International Association of Penal Law, the Vatican reports. The Pope said that Christians

Cardinal Kasper claims majority support

(Thursday, Oct. 23) Cardinal Walter Kasper has claimed that although the final votes at the Synod of Bishops were “totally weird,” a majority of bishops would favor his proposal to allow Communion for Catholics who are

Cardinal Sarah: focus on divorce/remarriage distracts from more essential problems of family

(Thursday, Oct. 23) Cardinal Robert Sarah has expressed regret that “the debate on admission to the Eucharist of divorced and remarried Catholics has taken the focus away from the real important challenges that affect

Commentary: The Pope is not the problem

(Thursday, Oct. 23) Thoroughly rattled by the stories that emerged from the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops, many faithful Catholics are now worried that Pope Francis is leading the Church in a dangerous

Commentary: Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine.

(Thursday, Oct. 23) In the aftermath of the push for the Kasper Proposal at the 2014 Synod on the Family, some Catholics have fallen into the fairly serious error of confusing sacramental discipline with Catholic

Pope reduces territory of Monte Cassino

(Thursday, Oct. 23) Pope Francis has reduced the area entrusted to the jurisdiction of Territorial Abbey of Monte Cassino and has named Father Donato Ogliari, the abbot of another Italian monastery, as its new

Pope receives Grenada’s leader

(Thursday, Oct. 23) Pope Francis met on October 23 with Prime Minister Keith Mitchell of Grenada, a Caribbean nation of 110,000 that is 54% Catholic. According to the Holy See Press Office, the two spoke about the

Chaldean patriarch suspends 12 monks, priests

(Thursday, Oct. 23) The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has published a decree suspending six monks and six priests. In September, Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako had demanded that all priests and religious who

Philippine prelate: greater outreach to homosexuals, remarried is needed

(Thursday, Oct. 23) Following the Synod of Bishops, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines called upon pastors to reach out to those with homosexual attractions in order to help them live

Pope meets with Bavarian soccer team

(Thursday, Oct. 23) Pope Francis met on October 22 with Bayern Munich, a German soccer team that was in Rome for a soccer game. The team presented the Pontiff with a shirt, and the Pope gave each player a rosary.

Vatican spokesman defends decision not to publish synod fathers’ speeches

(Thursday, Oct. 23) In an interview with Vatican Radio, the director of the Holy See Press Office said that the recently concluded Synod of Bishops was “a truly special experience, and very different from that of

Papal appeal for workers whose jobs are in danger

(Thursday, Oct. 23) At the conclusion of his October 22 general audience, Pope Francis issued an appeal on behalf of workers at Meridiana, an Italian airline that has announced plans to lay off over 1,300

New Chicago archbishop to live in rectory rather than mansion

(Thursday, Oct. 23) Archbishop-designate Blaise Cupich of Chicago has decided in live the cathedral rectory rather than in the mansion that has been the home of his predecessors since 1885, according to an announcement

Liturgical Calendar: Optional Memorial of St. John of Capistrano, priest

(Thursday, Oct. 23) John was a native of Capistrano, in Italy. He became a Franciscan and was one of the great organizers of the struggle against the Mohammedans in the 15th century, when they threatened to overrun the

Commentary: Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal

(Wednesday, Oct. 22) Ignatius Press deserves the gratitude of English-speaking Catholics for its publication of three books in direct response to the Kasper Proposal, as part of the discussion encouraged by Pope Francis

African bishops oppose closing borders in fight against Ebola

(Wednesday, Oct. 22) "The closing of borders is not the solution to Ebola,” the Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) said in a statement released to the Fides news

Archbishop Chaput: believers are outsiders in America today

(Wednesday, Oct. 22) Christians should recognize that they are outside the mainstream in American society today, Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput said in the annual Erasmus Lecture, sponsored by First Things

Commentary: Has the Vatican finally discovered how to avoid inaccurate English translations?

(Wednesday, Oct. 22) The good news: Nobody has complained about inaccuracies in the English-language translation of the Synod's final document. The bad news: That's because the Vatican hasn't yet issued

Pope Francis reflects on the Church as the Body of Christ

(Wednesday, Oct. 22) Continuing his series of Wednesday catecheses on the Church, Pope Francis devoted his October 22 general audience to the Church as the Body of Christ. Recalling the prophet Ezekiel’s vision of

Rhode Island bishop critiques synod

(Wednesday, Oct. 22) Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence has written a candid and critical series of “random thoughts” on the recent Synod of Bishops. “In trying to accommodate the needs of the age, as Pope Francis

Dallas diocese housed Ebola victim’s fiancée, family

(Wednesday, Oct. 22) Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas said that the diocese has housed the fiancée of Ebola virus victim Thomas Eric Duncan, as well as her son and two nephews, for several weeks. The four, who had to

Liturgical items on agenda of US bishops’ meeting

(Wednesday, Oct. 22) The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will discuss several liturgical items at its November 10-13 meeting. The bishops will vote on a revision of the current (1989) translation of the

Ukrainian Catholic leader laments foreign aggression

(Wednesday, Oct. 22) The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said in a radio interview that Ukraine is a victim of foreign aggression, and not in the midst of a civil war. Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk

Iraq: Christian refugees’ plight worsened by flooding

(Wednesday, Oct. 22) Heavy rains have flooded Dohuk, the northern Iraqi city to which 100,000 of the nation’s Christians have fled, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. The floods have compounded the

Vatican envoy calls for greater respect for indigenous peoples

(Wednesday, Oct. 22) The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations said in an October 20 statement that “much still needs to be done to safeguard the human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous

Liturgical Calendar: Optional Memorial of St. John Paul II

(Wednesday, Oct. 22) The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship has approved the insertion of the optional memorial of St. John Paul II in the proper calendar of the dioceses of the United States for today. Karol

Commentary: St. John Paul II: Top Ten Connections

(Tuesday, Oct. 21) Recently my husband and I watched The Roosevelts: An Intimate History by Ken Burns. When the film reached Franklin Delano Roosevelt dying after serving as president of

Commentary: A chaotic synod? Not in its results

(Tuesday, Oct. 21) Those who read between the lines in both Phil Lawler’s and my own series of commentaries on the recent Synod could probably tell that neither of us was particularly worried in the long run.

Vatican's UN envoy repeats support for 2-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

(Tuesday, Oct. 21) Speaking on October 21 at a UN Security Council session on the Middle East, the Holy See’s permanent representative reiterated the Vatican’s support for a two-state solution to the

Iran: Evangelical pastors given 6-year prison sentences

(Tuesday, Oct. 21) Three Evangelical Christian pastors in Iran have been sentenced to 6-year prison terms for their leadership roles in the house-church movement, the Fides news service reports. Pastors Behnam

Helen Hull Hitchcock, RIP

(Tuesday, Oct. 21) Helen Hull Hitchcock, founding director of Women for Faith & Family, died in St. Louis on October 20 after a brief illness. Raised as an Episcopalian, Helen Hitchcock entered the Catholic Church

Chaldean leader vows to discipline priests who leave Iraq without bishops' permission

(Tuesday, Oct. 21) The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has announced that priests who have left their dioceses in Iraq face suspension. Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako set a deadline of October 22 for priests

Christian woman will appeal blasphemy conviction to Pakistan's supreme court

(Tuesday, Oct. 21) An attorney for Asia Bibi has confirmed that the Pakistani woman, who has been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges, will appeal the verdict to the country’s supreme court. “I have a very

Christians safer under Egypt's new government, but threats remain

(Tuesday, Oct. 21) Egyptian Christians feel considerably more secure since the fall of a government dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, the spokesman for the country’s bishops reports. But serious tensions remain and

Cardinal George: no regrets for defense of Catholic teaching

(Tuesday, Oct. 21) Cardinal Francis Eugene George, who will step down in November after 17 years as Archbishop of Chicago, said that he was sorry that some of his public statements caused controversy, but he did not

Archbishop Forte reports 'widespread consensus' on final Synod document

(Tuesday, Oct. 21) Archbishop Bruno Forte, who served as special secretary for the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops, has said that there was a “widespread consensus” among the bishops in support of the Synod’s

Commentary: Cardinal Kasper's unsubtle threat

(Tuesday, Oct. 21) As I mentioned last week, Cardinal Kasper generally assumes—and rightly so-- that journalists will sympathize with his campaign to change Church teaching. So it would be foolish to ignore

Program announced for Pope’s trip to Turkey

(Tuesday, Oct. 21) The Holy See Press Office has formally announced that Pope Francis will make an apostolic journey to Turkey from November 28 to 30. On November 28, Pope Francis will arrive in Ankara, the

USCCB urges US government to back Congo’s bishops on constitutional revision

(Tuesday, Oct. 21) The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace has called upon the Obama administration to oppose the efforts of Joseph Kabila, the

Iranian prelate: current situation reminiscent of early days of Islam

(Tuesday, Oct. 21) A Chaldean Catholic prelate who governs two Iranian dioceses said that the current situation of Christians in the Middle East is reminiscent of the early days of Islam. “I would say Arab Winter –

Cardinal Kasper expresses regret for remarks on Africans

(Tuesday, Oct. 21) Cardinal Walter Kasper has expressed regret about controversial remarks on African prelates in a conversation with journalist Edward Pentin, according to Catholic World Report. Cardinal Kasper

Kenya’s bishops concerned about vaccination campaign

(Tuesday, Oct. 21) The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed concerned that a tetanus vaccine campaign aimed at women of childbearing years also has contraceptive properties that could render recipients

Cardinal Nichols: synod’s final document insufficiently welcoming toward homosexuals

(Tuesday, Oct. 21) England’s leading prelate said that the final document of the recent Synod of Bishops on the family did not go “far enough” in its language on persons with same-sex attractions, according to a

Thousands of Iraqi Christians in Jordan

(Tuesday, Oct. 21) Three thousand Iraqi Christians who have fled the advance of the Islamic State are now being fed at parishes in Jordan, according to Archbishop Maroun Lahham, who serves as an auxiliary bishop of

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

(Tuesday, Oct. 21) According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Hilarion, who was born of pagan parents near Gaza in Palestine toward the close of

Head of US bishops' conference says next year's Synod should be transparent

(Monday, Oct. 20) Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, the president of the US bishops' conference, has said that next year's meeting of the Synod of Bishops should be more transparent than this year's

Presidential election in Sri Lanka throws into question plans for papal visit in January

(Monday, Oct. 20) Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka, has asked President Mahinda Rajapaksa whether a visit by Pope Francis, scheduled to begin next January 13, should be postponed in light of the news

Oregon priest, removed as pastor, threatens to establish rival congregation

(Monday, Oct. 20) A Catholic priest whose bishop removed him from his post as a pastor in Bend, Oregon, has announced plans to set up a rival congregation. Father James Radloff, who had been pastor of St. Francis

Times profile Vatican cleric now on trial for money-laundering

(Monday, Oct. 20) The New York Times has profiled Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, the former Vatican financial official who is now on trial in an Italian court on corruption and money-laundering charges. Msgr. Scarano was

Idaho: ministers face fines, prison for refusing to preside at same-sex wedding

(Monday, Oct. 20) In Idaho, a Protestant couple who operate a non-denominational wedding chapel have been told that they must solemnize same-sex unions or else face imprisonment. Donald and Evelyn Knapp, who

Commentary: When Catholics are less Catholic than non-Catholics

(Monday, Oct. 20) The Catholic Church does not settle doctrinal questions by majority vote. And since surveys of Catholic opinion usually record the answers of any respondents who identify themselves as Catholics, we

Act now to avert Christian 'genocide' in Middle East: Vatican Secretary of State

(Monday, Oct. 20) The international community must take action “to prevent possible new genocides” in the Middle East, Cardinal Cardinal Pietro Parolin said in an afternoon address to a consistory of cardinals in

Pope addresses cardinals, decries ‘terrorism of previously unimaginable dimensions’

(Monday, Oct. 20) As he convened a consistory of cardinals on October 20, Pope Francis lamented the plight of Christians in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria. “We cannot resign ourselves to thinking

Vatican message to Hindus emphasizes negative effects of globalization

(Monday, Oct. 20) The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has issued its annual message to Hindus for Diwali (Deepavali), the Hindu autumn festival of lights. In the message, released October 20 and

Pope Francis meets with Vietnam’s prime minister

(Monday, Oct. 20) Pope Francis met on October 18 with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung of Vietnam, who has led the Communist nation since 2005. The meeting, according to the Holy See Press Office, “marks an

Cardinal Burke confirms reports of transfer from position

(Monday, Oct. 20) In two interviews, Cardinal Raymond Burke has confirmed reports that he will soon be transferred from the position of Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, which he has held

New appointments to Pontifical Biblical Commission

(Monday, Oct. 20) Pope Francis has appointed 20 scholars to the Pontifical Biblical Commission for the next five years. One of them is from the United States: Mary Healy, a professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Malta’s leading prelate resigns

(Monday, Oct. 20) Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Paul Cremona, Malta’s leading prelate, at the age of 68. The Dominican prelate, who has led the Archdiocese of Malta since 2006, cited

Pope Paul VI beatified

(Monday, Oct. 20) In an October 19 Mass in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI, whose 15-year reign (1963-78) saw the conclusion and initial implementation of the Second Vatican Council, the

As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in

(Monday, Oct. 20) The 14th and 15th general congregations (sessions) of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family took place on October 18. Preaching at Terce, Archbishop Paul

Liturgical Calendar: Optional Memorial of St. Paul of the Cross, priest

(Monday, Oct. 20) St. Paul of the Cross devoted himself to the service of the poor and the sick. He is best known for his apostolic zeal and his great penances. He founded the congregation of the Passionists.

New Document: Do Not Limit Yourselves to Merely Acting as Priests

(Monday, Oct. 20) On October 3, 2014, in the Clementine Hall the Holy Father received in audience the participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Clergy. “The vocation is truly a treasure that

New Document: May the Lord Accompany Us and Guide Us in this Journey

(Monday, Oct. 20) At the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family on October 19, 2014, Pope Francis addressed the assembled Fathers with these words, thanking them for their efforts and encouraging them to

New Document: Message of the Synod Assembly on the Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization

(Monday, Oct. 20) On October 18, 2014, a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the Message of the Third Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to the “Pastoral

New Document: Render to God the Things that Are God's

(Monday, Oct. 20) This homily was given by Pope Francis at the Holy Mass celebrated on October 19, 2014, in St. Peter's Square, during which Pope Paul VI was proclaimed Blessed, closed the Synod of Bishops devoted to

New Document: The Behavior of the Church Is a Model for All Society

(Monday, Oct. 20) The implementation of catechetical methods for inculturation, the defense of the family and the role of women, and the need for dialogue with other religions in a country where Catholics are a

New Document: The Final Destination of the People of God

(Monday, Oct. 20) The final destination of the People of God was the theme of Pope Francis' catechesis during the October 15, 2014, general audience. The Holy Father began by recalling St. Paul's words to the

New Document: Their Memory Sustains Us

(Monday, Oct. 20) On October 12, 2014, in St. Peter's Basilica, a Holy Mass was celebrated to give thanks for the canonization of the Canadian saints Francois de Laval and Marie de l'Incarnation. In his homily, the

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