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Papal message on migrants, refugees: ‘Church without frontiers, mother to all’ CWN - 1 hours ago

The Holy See Press Office has released Pope Francis’s Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which will take place on January 18. In the message, entitled “Church without frontiers,...

Leading prelate: Ukraine needs equipment, not foreign troops, to defend itself against Russia CWN - 2 hours ago

In an interview with a Polish news agency, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church called upon the West to provide military equipment to Ukraine so that it can defend itself against Russian...

Pope names new slate of members to International Theological Commission CWN - 1 hours ago

Pope Francis has named a slate of 30 theologians to five-year terms on the International Theological Commission, the advisory body that assists the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in...

Bishops denounce new optional Israeli designation of Christians as ‘Arameans’ CWN - 3 hours ago

A commission of the Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land has denounced an Israeli government decision permitting Palestinian Christians to designate themselves as Arameans rather...

South Sudan permits Catholic radio station to reopen CWN - 3 hours ago

South Sudan’s government has permitted a Catholic radio network to reopen as long as it does not report on political issues, according to a report from the Catholic Information Service for Africa...

Islamic State destroys Armenian genocide memorial church CWN - 3 hours ago

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has destroyed the Armenian Genocide memorial church in Deir ez-Zor, Syria’s 6th-largest city, according to Armenian media reports. Armenian Foreign...

Guinea-Bissau bishops address Ebola threat CWN - 3 hours ago

The bishops of the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau have issued a pastoral letter on the threat of Ebola virus disease. Disinfectants will be provided at church entrances, and the faithful...

September 28: day of prayer for upcoming synod CWN - 3 hours ago

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is encouraging parishes, religious communities, families, and individuals to take part in the September 28 day of prayer for the...

Theme announced for papal visit to Philippines CWN - 3 hours ago

“Mercy and compassion” is the theme of Pope Francis’s apostolic journey to the Philippines, which is scheduled to take place from January 15 to 19. “With the presence of the Pope, the God of...

After trip to Albania, Pope gives thanks at Roman basilica CWN - 14 hours ago

Following what has become his regular custom, Pope Francis visited the Roman basilica of St. Mary Major on Monday, September 22, to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for her protection during his...

Lativan leader visits Pope, talks on European Council, crisis in Ukraine CWN - 14 hours ago

Pope Francis met on September 20 with Latvia’s President Andris Berzins, for discussions that centered on Church-state relations and on the contributions of the Catholic Church to education and...

Sri Lanka: police remove saint's statue, disperse Catholic protesters CWN - 14 hours ago

In Sri Lanka, an estimated 3,000 Catholics, who had gathered on September 21 to protest the removal of a statue of St. Philip Neri, were dispersed by police using water cannons and tear gas. The...

Joint Orthodox-Catholic theological commission finishing meeting dedicated to synodality and primacy CWN - 14 hours ago

A joint Orthodox-Catholic theological commission is concluding its 13th plenary session this week, discussing the topic of “Synodality and Primacy.” The joint commission, which convenes every two...

Connecticut archdiocese asks high court to overturn law extending deadline for sex-abuse suits CWN - 15 hours ago

Attorneys for the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut, asked the state’s Supreme Court to set aside a $1 million sex-abuse judgment, in a hearing September 22. The archdiocese has urged the...

Bishops called to serve people, promote evangelization, Pope says CWN - 15 hours ago

In a message to bishops taking part in a conference organized by the Congregation for Evangelization, Pope Francis said that the missionary work "involves every baptized person and every...

Cardinal O'Malley: even a just war does not negate the commandment of love CWN - 15 hours ago

Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley has said that while there may be moral grounds for military action against the Islamic State, there is never a justification for hate. “Sometimes we have to engage...

Oklahoma Catholics respond to Black Mass with Eucharistic processions CWN - 15 hours ago

Hundreds of Catholics participated in a Eucharistic procession through the streets of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on September 21, and hundreds more joined in a similar devotion in Tulsa, in response...

Two more leading cardinals weigh in against Kasper proposal CWN - 15 hours ago

Two of the world's most influential Catholic cardinals have added their names to the list of prelates arguing publicly against the proposal by Cardinal Walter Kasper for a change in Church...

Russian Orthodox spokesman renews complaints about Ukrainian Catholic Church CWN - 16 hours ago

The chief ecumenical representative of the Russian Orthodox Church has repeated the complaint that the Eastern-rite Ukrainian Catholic Church constitutes "a bleeding wound on the body of...

Papal security tightened, but Vatican denies specific threats CWN - 16 hours ago

Security measures have been reinforced around the Vatican in the wake of reports the Islamic terrorists have targeted Pope Francis. But the Pope has not curtailed his public activities. Extra...

Papal committee begins work on reform of Vatican communications strategy CWN - 16 hours ago

A papal committee charged with proposing an overhaul of the Vatican's media operations convened for the first time on September 22. The committee, chaired by Lord Chris Patten, will devote its...

New papal commission appointed to streamline annulment process CWN - 19 hours ago

Pope Francis has appointed a special commission to study a possible simplification of the process of obtaining marriage annulments. The Vatican announced on September 22 that the Pope had asked the commission to “focus on the preparation of a proposal for the reform of the marriage annulment process, seeking to simplify and streamline the procedure, while safeguarding the principle of the...

Self-sacrifice, not money, brings joy, says Pope CWN - September 22

In an address to workers at an Albanian center for the care of children, Pope Francis said that joy comes through self-sacrifice. “We see how faith brings light and hope in situations of grave...

Work together in evangelizing, Pope tells priests, lay movements CWN - September 22

At Vespers celebrated in Tirana’s cathedral with priests, religious, seminarians, and members of lay movements, Pope Francis preached a homily in which he emphasized the importance of collaboration...

Pope Francis: avoid relativism in interreligious dialogue, work for the common good CWN - September 22

In an address to Muslim and other non-Catholic religious leaders in Tirana, Pope Francis lamented atheism, called upon religious leaders to shun violence and work together for the common good, and...

Build your lives on the rock of Christ, Pope tells youth CWN - September 22

At the conclusion of outdoor Mass in the Albanian capital of Tirana, Pope Francis delivered a brief Angelus address in which he called upon the nation’s youth to build their lives on the rock of...

Pope lauds Albania’s Christians for fidelity amid persecution CWN - September 22

At a rainy outdoor Mass celebrated in Tirana, Albania’s capital, Pope Francis emphasized that Albania was a “land of martyrs” under Communist rule and called upon Catholics to be missionary...

Albania seen by Pope as example of coexistence; a No to religious violence CWN - September 22

Pope Francis paid tribute to Albania’s martyrs and upheld the nation as a model of peaceful religious coexistence during the first talk of his 11-hour apostolic journey there on September...

Bishop Cupich named Archbishop of Chicago CWN - September 22

Pope Francis has named Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane as the new Archbishop of Chicago. Ordained to the priesthood in 1985 and appointed bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1998, Bishop Cupich...

Armenian president visits Pontiff CWN - September 19

Pope Francis met on September 19 with President Sezh Sargsyan of Armenia, for talks that centered on the role of Christianity in shaping that country’s history and culture. The talks also touched...

Human trafficking brings shame on southeast Asia, says Myanmar archbishop CWN - September 19

Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar has issued a letter denouncing human trafficking and challenging the country’s government to stop the outrage, the AsiaNews service reports. The...

Bodily resurrection is a final transformation, Pope says CWN - September 19

Preaching on the Christian belief in the resurrection of the body, Pope Francis told a congregation at daily Mass on September 19 that for many people, resurrection is more difficult to accept than...

Indonesia: Muslim protests force cancellation of LGBT seminar at Catholic university CWN - September 19

A Catholic university in Indonesia has cancelled a seminar on homosexuality because of intense opposition from Muslim activists, the AsiaNews service reports. The psychology department of the...

Pope donates skull cap for charity auction CWN - September 19

An Italian television show has persuaded Pope Francis to donate a zucchetto for a charity auction, and the bidding has already soared to $130,000. The host of the show Le Iene appeared at the...

Scottish bishops react to referendum CWN - September 19

Following the decision of the voters of Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom, the Scottish bishops issued a statement saying that their conference "recognizes and respects the result of the...

Miracle of St. Januarius repeated: blood liquefies CWN - September 19

The blood of St. Januarius liquefied on September 19, his feast day, in the repetition of a familiar miracle in Naples. St. Januarius, who was martyred during the persecutions of Diocletian, is...

Papal message links pursuit of holiness, Catholic social teaching, evangelization CWN - September 19

Pope Francis has linked personal conversion, Catholic social teaching, and evangelization in a brief message to participants in a Madrid conference. “The Holy Father encourages you to deepen your...

Nigerian bishop: Boko Haram now controls 25 towns CWN - September 19

Comparing the brutality of Boko Haram to that of the Islamic State, a Nigerian bishop said that Boko Haram has taken control of 25 towns in northeastern Nigeria. “We are faced with a huge...

Before trip to Albania, Pope prays at St. Mary Major CWN - September 19

In preparation for his September 21 apostolic journey to Albania, Pope Francis made a visit to the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, to pray before the image of the Virgin, Salus Populi...

Iraq: bishop, residents return to town as Kurdish forces advance CWN - September 19

Bishop Mikha Pola Maqdassi, the Chaldean Catholic bishop of Alqosh, has joined 75% of residents in returning to their northern Iraqi city, according to a report from the Assyrian International News...

Vatican diplomat: the elderly should not be victims of a culture of efficiency CWN - September 19

A leading Holy See diplomat has expressed concern about the ways in which the elderly are discarded by a culture that values economic efficiency above all else. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, who...

Central African priest receives human rights award for sheltering Muslim civilians CWN - September 19

Human Rights Watch has bestowed an award upon Father Bernard Kinvi, a priest in the Central African Republic who sheltered hundred of Muslims whose lives were threatened by anti-Balaka...

Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion CWN - September 18

Several influential cardinals have criticized a proposal by Cardinal Walter Kasper to allow Communion for Catholics who are divorced and remarried, in a rare display of open disagreement among prelates, in the weeks leading up to the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops. Cardinal Ludwig Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; and Cardinal George Pell, the...

England's Richard III: a Catholic king, buried in a Protestant cathedral? CWN - September 18

Writing in the Catholic Herald, columnist William Oddie protests the plans to rebury the remains of England's King Richard III in a Protestant cathedral. Richard III, Oddie observes, "was the...

Salvation requires recognizing one's sinfulness, Pope tells congregation CWN - September 18

Salvation is available “only to those who open their hearts and acknowledge that they are sinners,” Pope Francis told a congregation at Mass on September 18. The Pope pointed out that Jesus was...

VP Biden sides with nuns in conflict with Vatican CWN - September 18

US Vice President Joseph Biden inserted himself into a debate over the Vatican-mandated reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, as he appeared at an event sponsored by the activist...

Pope asks bishops of Ivory Coast to build a sense of fraternity CWN - September 18

In a September 18 address to visiting bishops from Ivory Coast, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of close fraternal relations among bishops and encouraged careful inculturation of the...

Don't be isolated from the faithful, Pope advises new bishops CWN - September 18

Addressing a group of newly ordained bishops on September 18, Pope Francis said that “nothing is more important than introducing people to God!” “Love the people that God gave you,” the Pope...

Cardinal Dolan defends decision to remain as Grand Marshall of St. Patrick's day parade CWN - September 18

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan has defended his decision to accept the presence of a homosexual group in the St. Patrick’s day parade, in a column for his archdiocesan newspaper. Emphasizing...

Jewish leaders visit Pope in advance of Rosh Hashana CWN - September 18

Pope Francis met on September 17 with a group of Jewish leaders, in an early observance of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish celebration of the new year. "We want to share with the Pope our message of...

Successor named for Cardinal Pell in Australia CWN - September 18

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Anthony Fisher of Parramatta as the new Archbishop of Sydney. Australia’s leading see has been vacant since February, when Cardinal George Pell was appointed...

Report: Pope invites China’s president to Vatican CWN - September 18

Pope Francis has invited President Xi Jinping of China to the Vatican to discuss world peace, according to an America magazine report. According to the report, Ricardo Romano, the leader of an...

Ukraine’s bishops: voters should support defense of nation against foreign invasion CWN - September 18

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...

Russian government announces joint art exhibition with Vatican CWN - September 18

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...

USCCB: statement for Respect Life Month CWN - September 18

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...

Focus on aiding victims of violence, not arming rebels, says Caritas leader CWN - September 18

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...

Church leaders in Middle East call for UN intervention to defeat Islamic State CWN - September 18

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...

Jordan’s king pledges to protect Arab Christians CWN - September 18

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...

Pakistani Catholic group protests resumption of capital punishment CWN - September 17

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 - September 17

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 - September 17

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 - September 17

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 - September 17

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 - September 17

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 - September 17

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 - September 17

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 - September 17

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 - September 17

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 - September 17

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 - September 17

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 - September 17

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 - September 17

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 - September 17

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 - September 17

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 - September 17

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 - September 17

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...

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