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Church leaders in Middle East call for UN intervention to defeat Islamic State CWN - 1 hours ago

Eight Middle Eastern church leaders, including the patriarchs of the Chaldean Catholic and Syriac Catholic churches, gathered at United Nations offices in Geneva and urged international intervention...

Ukraine’s bishops: voters should support defense of nation against foreign invaders CWN - 0 hours ago

The synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church told voters that upcoming parliamentary elections “are the most complex and important ones in the history of independent Ukraine.” “For almost a...

Jordan’s king pledges to protect Arab Christians CWN - 1 hours ago

In the face of the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, King Abdullah II of Jordan, a ruler known for his commitment to interreligious dialogue, has pledged to protect Arab...

Russian government announces joint art exhibition with Vatican CWN - 0 hours ago

President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy on international cultural cooperation has announced that Russia and the Vatican will hold a joint exhibition on biblical art in 2016. Mikhail Shvydkoy...

Focus on aiding victims of violence, not arming rebels, says Caritas leader CWN - 0 hours ago

In an apparent criticism of calls to arm Syrian rebel forces, the secretary-general of Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s federation of relief and development agencies, called upon political...

USCCB: statement for Respect Life Month CWN - 0 hours ago

Cardinal Seán O’Malley, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has issued a statement for Respect Life Month, which takes place in...

Pakistani Catholic group protests resumption of capital punishment CWN - 12 hours ago

The Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic bishops of Pakistan is arguing strenuously against the resumption of capital punishment, saying that the move would “bring Pakistan back in time,”...

Bishops in Congo oppose constitutional change allowing president to serve 3rd term CWN - 12 hours ago

The bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo have come out against changes in the country’s constitution, the Fides news agency reports. In a pastoral letter, the country’s bishops reiterate...

Italian archdiocese protests city's registration of same-sex unions CWN - 12 hours ago

The Archdiocese of Bologna, Italy, has protested the city’s decision to offer legal recognition for same-sex unions. A spokesman for the archdiocese said that the city’s policy, which took effect...

Scottish bishops oppose 'opt-out' system for presumed consent to organ donation CWN - 12 hours ago

The Catholic bishops of Scotland have objected to proposed legislation that would establish a presumption of consent for organ donation. Although claiming that the Catholic Church is “an...

Knoxville diocese investigating reported miracle in cause of Father Isaac Hecker CWN - 13 hours ago

The Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee is reviewing reports of a miracle which, if verified, could advance the cause for beatification of Father Isaac Hecker. Bishop Richard Stika has appointed a...

Wisconsin diocese will not adopt Common Core in schools CWN - 14 hours ago

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, will maintain their own educational standards, rather than adopting the Common Core standards, the diocese has confirmed. After...

Argentine judge who ordered probe of bishop's death meets with Pontiff CWN - 14 hours ago

Pope Francis met on September 15 with an Argentine judge who was instrumental in securing the conviction of former military officers for the death of a Catholic bishop during the country’s “Dirty...

Kurdish forces free some Christian villages CWN - 14 hours ago

Kurdish forces have driven the Islamic State out of seven Christian villages in northern Iraq, the AsiaNews service reports. The Kurdish Peshmerga fighters said that American air support was...

Rio cardinal is armed-robbery victim CWN - 14 hours ago

Cardinal Orani Joao Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro was robbed by gunmen in broad daylight on September 16. A spokesman for the Rio archdiocese reported that the cardinal was traveling to a local...

Scots nervous as independence vote approaches, bishop reports CWN - 14 hours ago

The people of Scotland are “highly nervous” about the independence referendum that will be decided by vote on September 18, a Scottish bishop told Vatican Radio. Bishop John Keenan of Paisley...

Cardinals weigh creation of two new Vatican congregations CWN - 18 hours ago

The Council of Cardinals has concluded a 3-day session, during which the nine papal advisers discussed a plan to merge several pontifical councils. The Council also began drafting a new apostolic...

Vatican mourns death of Chinese bishop who joined in illicit ordinations CWN - 18 hours ago

Vatican Radio and Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, have announced the death of Archbishop John Wu Shizhen of Nanchang at the age of 93. Fides...

Demotion coming for Cardinal Burke? CWN - 18 hours ago

Cardinal Raymond Burke will soon be removed from his post as the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and appointed patron of the Knights of Malta, according to Vatican jounalist Sandro Magister of...

4 sainthood causes advance CWN - 22 hours ago

In a September 17 audience with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis cleared the way for the canonization of an Indian priest and an Italian religious sister and...

Pope seeks prayers for trip to Albania CWN - 23 hours ago

At the conclusion of his September 17 general audience, Pope Francis asked for prayers, through the intercession of Our Lady of Good Counsel, for his forthcoming apostolic journey to...

Pope Francis reflects on Church’s missionary nature CWN - 23 hours ago

Pope Francis devoted his September 17 audience to the Church’s catholicity and missionary nature. “Perhaps among the many young people present today in [St. Peter’s] Square there is someone who...

Sistine Chapel Choir to perform in East Asia CWN - 24 hours ago

The Sistine Chapel Choir will perform at concerts in Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan between September 19 and September 23, according to an announcement from the Holy See Press Office. Taiwan is an...

Sri Lankan cardinal hopes papal visit will foster national reconciliation CWN - 24 hours ago

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s leading prelate, has expressed both that Pope Francis’s January visit to the South Asian nation will foster reconciliation between both sides in the...

Prelate hopeful about Central African peace prospects CWN - September 17

The Central African Republic’s leading prelate, Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga, expressed hope that the introduction of a UN peacekeeping force would help restore order in the strife-torn...

Cocaine found in car registered to Vatican CWN - September 16

Vatican officials have reacted with embarrassment after a car carrying Vatican diplomatic plates was stopped by French police, who discovered several pounds of cocaine in the vehicle. The car...

Irish bishop bows to pressure, shelves plans for permanent diaconate CWN - September 16

An Irish bishop has decided not to institute the permanent diaconate in his diocese, because of protests from supporters of women’s ordination. Bishop Kieran O’Reilly of Killaloe had begun...

Obamacare funds subsidizing abortions, despite legislative guarantees CWN - September 16

American taxpayers are subsidizing abortions through the new federal health policy, despite federal law that prohibits federal funding for abortion, a new study has found. The Government...

Rhode Island bishop: 'status quo is unacceptable' on divorce and remarriage CWN - September 16

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, has said that some change is needed in the Church’s approach to Communion for divorced and remarried couples, because “the status quo is...

Final openings filled on Vatican bank's board CWN - September 16

With the appointment of two veteran finance executives, the new Board of Superintendence of the Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), is now complete. The IOR announced on...

Guide on family life prepares for 2015 World Meeting for Families in Philadelphia CWN - September 16

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Pontifical Council for the Family have published a catechetical guide to family life, as a preparation for next year’s World Meeting for Families. At a...

Vatican undaunted by report Islamic State targets Pope Francis CWN - September 16

The Vatican is downplaying a report that the Islamic State has targeted Pope Francis, and the Pope has refused to take extra security precautions during his visit to Albania on September...

Papal envoy: refugees in Iraq must be protected CWN - September 16

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who recently visited Iraq as a special papal envoy, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that Christians and Yezidis need help to stop the aggression of the Islamic State. But...

Iraqi prelate welcomes Western involvement, urges UN sanction CWN - September 16

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako has welcomed the agreement among Western nations to intervene against the Islamic State, but has cautioned that “bombs are not a solution.” The...

USCCB welcomes bipartisan childcare bill CWN - September 16

Two committee chairmen of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed a bipartisan agreement on the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, which provides vouchers to low-income...

Vatican cardinal sees ‘widespread hunger’ for Catholic social teaching CWN - September 16

In a talk entitled “Catholic Social Teaching: A Beacon and Leaven for Europe,” the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said he has witnessed a “widespread hunger” for the...

Turkish textbooks: Christians were tools of foreign powers in World War I CWN - September 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’ CWN - September 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 CWN - September 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 CWN - September 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%...

Non-Catholic donors financed pressure campaign on San Francisco archbishop CWN - September 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 CWN - September 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 CWN - September 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 CWN - September 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...

Victims of Communism will be focus of Pope's visit to Albania CWN - September 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 CWN - September 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? CWN - September 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 the...

1st episcopal ordinations in Hong Kong since British rule CWN - September 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 CWN - September 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 CWN - September 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 CWN - September 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 CWN - September 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 CWN - September 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 war memorial is located in northeastern Italy at the site of several battles between Italian and Austro-Hungarian forces. Traveling by air from the Vatican, he stopped to pray at the Austro-Hungarian...

Papal tribute to St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows CWN - September 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...

Pope advises African bishops to focus on youth CWN - September 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 CWN - September 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 CWN - September 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 CWN - September 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...

Curial decree on feast days of St. John XXIII, St. John Paul II CWN - September 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 CWN - September 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 CWN - September 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) CWN - September 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 CWN - September 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 CWN - September 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 CWN - September 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 CWN - September 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...

Crimea: Catholic priest faces explusion, residency permit not renewed CWN - September 11

A Catholic parish in Crimea will lose its priest in October, because the Russian government has not renewed the residency permit of the Polish-born pastor. Father Piotr Rosochacki will be...

Vatican tightens controls on Rome hospital administration CWN - September 11

The Vatican's Secretariat of State has tightened its control of the Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital in Rome. For several years the Secretariat of State has sought to tighten financial and...

Argentine soccer team will name stadium after Pope Francis CWN - September 11

The San Lorenzo soccer club of Buenos Aires plans to name its new stadium after the club's most famous member: Pope Francis. San Lorenzo announced plans for naming the stadium on September 11....

Indian bishops make emergency plea for victims of flooding in Kashmir CWN - September 11

The president of India’s episcopal conference has issued an appeal for help for victims of flooding in the Kashmir region. Cardinal Baselios Cleemis reported “deep anguish over the loss of lives...

Chinese government disputes Dalai Lama on reincarnation CWN - September 11

The Chinese government has reacted sharply to the Dalai Lama’s comment that he might be the last in the long line of Tibetan Buddhist leaders. Tibetan Buddhists believe that the Dalai Lama is...

Senator Cruz booed after lecturing Eastern Catholic prelates on support for Israel CWN - September 11

Senator Ted Cruz walked off the stage at a Washington conference on the persecution of Christians on September 10, after he was roundly booed for a keynote address in which he focused on support for...

Catholic League pulls out of St. Patrick's day parade in New York CWN - September 11

Bill Donohue, the head of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, has announced that his group is pulling out of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York, charging that he has been...

Xaverian missionaries doubt police explanation for nuns' murder in Burundi CWN - September 11

A representative of the Xaverian missionary sisters in Burundi has voiced dissatisfaction with police officials’ investigation into the murder of three nuns. On September 10, police announced the...

War in God's name is blasphemy, inter-religious conference affirms CWN - September 11

An inter-religious meeting sponsored by the Sant’Egidio community has concluded with a statement that “there is no holy war; the elimination of the other in the name of God is always...

Tunisian president meets with Pontiff CWN - September 11

Pope Francis met on September 11 with President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki of Tunisia, for a conversation that focused on peacekeeping, inter-religious dialogue, and freedom of conscience. A brief...

Vietnam, Vatican report progress toward closer ties CWN - September 11

A meeting between Vatican representatives and Vietnamese government officials ended on September 11 in Hanoi, with a joint statement affirming progress toward closer ties. The meeting—the 5th...

Vatican prelate tells US bishops: situation of 'extreme urgency' for Christians in Middle East CWN - September 11

In an address to the permanent council of the US bishops’ conference, the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Eastern Churches underlined the “extreme urgency” of the situation facing...

French court dismisses charges for topless demonstration in Notre Dame CWN - September 11

A French court has dismissed a criminal complaint against members of the radical feminist group Femen, who had staged a topless protest in the sanctuary of Notre Dame cathedral. The court ruled...

Pope Francis to address European Parliament CWN - September 11

Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to address the European Parliament, according to a September 11 announcement by the body’s president, Martin Schulz. The Holy See Press Office subsequently...

Ukrainian bishops plead for international intervention in response to Russian aggression CWN - September 11

The bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, gathered in a synod in Lviv, have asked the international community to restore peace in Ukraine in response to military actions taken by “a northern neighbor”-- a clear reference to Russia. “This peaceful sovereign nation suffered a direct military intervention by a northern neighbor,” said the Eastern Catholic church’s bishops, according to...

Vatican cardinal reflects on international trade, economic crisis CWN - September 11

Speaking at the release of a report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace emphasized that despite...

Indian government: Jesuit kidnapped in Afghanistan is safe CWN - September 11

A leading Indian government official said that an Indian Jesuit abducted in Afghanistan in June is safe, the Indo-Asian News Service reported. “Alexis Prem Kumar is safe, and efforts are on to...

Liturgical changes in Sierra Leone in wake of Ebola CWN - September 11

To help prevent the spread of Ebola virus disease, Catholics in Sierra Leone now wash their hands with treated water before entering Mass, according to the West African nation’s leading...

Boko Haram threatens all of West Africa, says priest CWN - September 11

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, has told the Fides news agency that he believes reports that Muslim figures in the ruling political party have provided financial...

Iraqi priest: Mosul’s liberation must precede Christians’ return to homes CWN - September 11

A Syriac Catholic priest who works with an Iraqi archbishop said that Christians will not return to their homes on Iraq’s Nineveh plain until Mosul, the nation’s 2nd-largest city, is liberated from...

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