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Another Catholic priest seized by jihadists in Syria CWN - 0 hours ago

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....

‘Urgent’ need to promote universal basic health-care coverage, says Vatican prelate CWN - 7 hours ago

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...

Dublin archbishop weighs in on marriage referendum CWN - 7 hours ago

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...

Pakistan: 106 people indicted in lynching of Christian couple CWN - 8 hours ago

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...

Nepal's officials tell Mother Teresa's nuns: all aid must go through government CWN - 0 hours ago

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...

Defeat for Priests for Life in HHS mandate case CWN - 8 hours ago

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...

Researcher questions Pew report on declining US Catholic population CWN - 6 hours ago

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...

Chechen leader lends support to polygamy CWN - 7 hours ago

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...

Scholar, in House testimony, describes ‘culture of impunity’ against Egypt’s Christians CWN - 8 hours ago

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...

Pope highlights value of police work CWN - 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 CWN - 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 CWN - 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 CWN - 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 CWN - 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 CWN - 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 CWN - 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 CWN - 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 CWN - 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 CWN - 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...

Saudi bombing damages occupied Catholic church in Yemen CWN - May 20

A Catholic church in Yemen was seriously damaged during a Saudi bombing raid last week, the Fides news service reports. The church of the Immaculate Conception in Aden had been occupied by Houthi...

Catholic campus chaplain removed; homosexual advocacy an issue? CWN - May 20

The Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey has denied media reports that a Catholic chaplain at Seton Hall University was removed because of his advocacy for homosexual causes. Father Warren Hall told...

Anti-Christian bias growing in Europe, Vatican delegate tells OSCE CWN - May 20

“Christians are the religious group most persecuted and discriminated against on the global level,” Msgr. Janusz Urbanczyk, the Vatican’s representative to the Organization for Security and...

Italy must strive for excellence, not 'muddling through,' cardinal says CWN - May 20

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, the president of the Italian bishops’ conference, said that Italian society should aim for a recovery of excellence, rather than simply “muddling through.” “Recovery...

Climate change threatens every society: Cardinal Parolin CWN - May 20

No one is immune from the implications of climate change, the Vatican's Secretary of State has warned. “When the future of the planet is at stake, there are no political frontiers, barriers or...

English bishop: failures of end-of-life care show need to recover Christian dignity of death CWN - May 20

An English bishop has said that he is appalled by a report that shows a breakdown in end-of-life care in the nation’s health system. Bishop John Sherrington, an auxiliary of the Westminster...

Pope Francis warns parents against ceding children’s education to ‘experts’ CWN - May 20

Continuing his catechesis on the family, Pope Francis devoted his May 20 general audience to parents’ natural vocation to educate their children. Intellectual critics, said the Pope, “have...

Japan earthquake response fostered appreciation for Church, says priest CWN - May 20

The executive director of Caritas Japan said that the Church’s prompt and sustained response to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami has fostered a positive impression of Catholicism in a nation...

Pope Francis: pray that China’s Catholics will be united to the Pope CWN - May 20

At the conclusion of his May 20 general audience, Pope Francis asked Catholics around the world to pray for the Church in China on May 24. On that day, “Catholics in China will be praying with...

Honor for late French cardinal who saved Jews during Holocaust CWN - May 20

The plaza outside Toulouse Cathedral in France was dedicated to the memory of Cardinal Jules-Gérard Saliège on May 12. Pinchas Goldschmidt, chief rabbi of Moscow and president of the Conference...

Caritas: assisting small farmers, local markets will help end hunger CWN - May 20

A food-security study commissioned by Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, has found that “the best way to end the scandal of hunger is to support...

Vatican cardinal calls for ‘proportional military action’ in Iraq CWN - May 20

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, said in an interview that “we need political action and proportional military action” in Iraq, according...

Holy See diplomat speaks out against anti-Christian discrimination in Europe CWN - May 20

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) hosted a conference in Vienna on May 18 devoted to combating anti-Christian discrimination. Msgr. Janusz Urbanczyk, who represents...

3 members named to National Review Board CWN - May 20

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has named three new members of the National Review Board, a lay body that assists the US bishops’ conference in preventing the sexual abuse of...

American donor leads fundraising in Irish campaign for same-sex marriage CWN - May 19

An Irish-American financier, Chuck Feeney, has been the leading financial supporter of a campaign for legal acceptance of same-sex marriage in Ireland. As Irish voters prepare to take part in a...

Vatican issues statistical profile of Catholic Church in Bosnia-Herzegovina CWN - May 19

Looking forward to the June 6 visit by Pope Francis to Sarajevo, the Vatican has issued a statistical profile of the Catholic Church in Bosnia-Herzegovina. There are just under 440,000 Catholics...

China allows 1st ordinations of Russian Orthodox priests in 60 years CWN - May 19

The Chinese government has allowed the ordination of Russian Orthodox priests, for the first time in 60 years, the AsiaNews service reports. Metropolitan Hilarion, who heads the external-affairs...

Be prepared for the 'final farewell,' Pope advises congregation CWN - May 19

In his homily at morning Mass on May 18, Pope Francis spoke about different ways of saying goodbye. The Pope spoke about the sadness of people who are leaving their loved ones, or their homeland....

Monday meeting of Curia leaders was devoted to Jubilee Year plans CWN - May 19

When Pope Francis met on May 18 with top officials of the Roman Curia, the meeting was devoted to plans for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Vatican Insider reports. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the...

Mother Teresa to be canonized in September 2016? CWN - May 19

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be canonized in September 2016, according to multiple news reports. The Vatican has not confirmed plans for the canonization. But the respected Vatican news...

Coptic Catholic Church opposes death penalty for Morsi CWN - May 19

An Egyptian court has sentenced Mohamed Morsi, who served as the nation’s president from 2012 to 2013, to death. The sentence will be confirmed or commuted on June 2, according to the Fides news...

French Guiana’s bishop pleads for donations as funds run out CWN - May 19

Bishop Emmanuel Lafont of Cayenne, French Guiana’s sole diocese, announced in May 17 letter that the diocese no longer has funds to pay property taxes or compensate priests. Alain Tien-Long,...

Vanier receives Templeton Prize CWN - May 19

Jean Vanier, the Canadian Catholic layman who founded the L’Arche network of communities for the mentally disabled, received the Templeton Prize in London on May 18. The award, which honors...

Archbishop Romero named co-patron of Caritas CWN - May 19

Archbishop Óscar Romero, who will be beatified on May 23, has been named co-patron of Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies. The prelate, who...

Vatican newspaper publishes book excerpt by Father Sobrino, subject of CDF statement CWN - May 19

L’Osservatore Romano has published an excerpt of a new book by Father Jon Sobrino, a theologian whose doctrinal errors were discussed in a 2007 notification by the Congregation for the Doctrine of...

Patriarch welcomes agreement between Holy See, Palestinian leaders CWN - May 19

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem welcomed the new diplomatic agreement between the Holy See and Palestinian leaders. Stating that it will “facilitate the life and work of the Church in...

Aleppo’s Christians are losing hope, says bishop CWN - May 19

The Chaldean Catholic bishop of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, said that the Christians remaining there are losing hope. “Now our situation is very bad, very difficult,” Bishop Antoine Audo, SJ,...

European bishops’ conferences pledge to deepen dialogue with Islam CWN - May 19

Bishops and episcopal conference officials responsible for relations with Muslims in Europe have affirmed their commitment to dialogue. “Islam is a religion rich and diverse in its tradition with...

Ukrainian Orthodox leader pleads for end to Ukraine-Russia clashes CWN - May 18

The head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church allied with the Moscow patriarchate has issued a plea for an end to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev bitterly...

New head of Catholic Relief Services defends program against critics CWN - May 18

A month after the public revelation that a vice-president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is a partner in a same-sex marriage, the new director of CRS has said that the US bishops’ overseas...

Irish bishops issue multiple statements on same-sex marriage referendum CWN - May 18

For the second consecutive week, many Irish Catholic bishops issued pastoral statements about the nationwide referendum on same-sex marriage that will take place this week. In their individual...

Pope meets with leaders of Roman Curia CWN - May 18

Pope Francis met on May 18, with the top officials of the Roman Curia. The Vatican did not disclose the purpose of the Monday-morning meeting, which had not been announced in advance. Pope...

Respect role of laity, Pope urges Italian bishops in advice-packed address CWN - May 18

Bishops should respect the proper role of the laity, trusting lay Catholics to take the lead in political and social affairs, Pope Francis said in a May 18 address to the Italian bishops’...

Head of conservative Anglican sect receives Pope's message of support CWN - May 18

Pope Francis has sent a message of support to the new leader of an Anglican group that has split with the Church of England over the ordination of homosexual bishops. The Pope conveyed his...

Former Dominican leader, advocate for including gays, named consultor to Pontifical Council CWN - May 18

Father Timothy Radcliffe, the former worldwide leader of the Dominican order, has been named by Pope Francis as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Although it is a minor...

Journalist who accused Pope Francis of collaborating with Argentine junta was himself employed by dictators, investigators charge CWN - May 18

An Argentine journalist who accused Pope Francis of having collaborated with the country’s military rulers was himself on the payroll of the Argentine junta in the late 1970s, according to a new...

Colombian bishop 'clarifies' controversial remarks on homosexuality CWN - May 18

A Colombian bishop who last week called for acceptance of same-sex unions has said that he supports the Church teaching on sexuality. “Even if homosexuality as an inclination doesn’t constitute a...

German lay organization, backed by bishops, calls for changes in Church policy on marriage CWN - May 18

An influential national body of German lay Catholics has called for dramatic changes in Church policies regarding marriage, prompting a confrontation with one German bishop, the National Catholic...

San Francisco: loyal Catholics rally behind Archbishop Cordileone CWN - May 18

Hundreds of Catholics of the San Francisco archdiocese joined in a family picnic organized as a show of support for Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. The informal event was designed to counteract...

Papal appeal for peace in Burundi CWN - May 18

During his May 17 Regina Caeli address, Pope Francis paid homage to the four saints he had just canonized, greeted Czechs who were recalling the 20th anniversary of St. John Paul II to the shrine of...

Italian priest beatified CWN - May 18

Father Luigi Caburlotto (1817-97), an Italian priest who founded the Daughters of St. Joseph, was beatified in Venice on May 16. Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the...

Pope Francis canonizes 4 saints CWN - May 18

Pope Francis canonized four women religious during Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on May 17. The four are St. Émilie de Villeneuve (1811-54), the French foundress of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of Castres; St. Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas (1843-1927), a Palestinian nun who founded the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of Jerusalem; St. Mariam Baouardy...

Palestinian president meets with Pope CWN - May 18

Pope Francis received Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in audience on May 16, one day before the canonization of two Palestinian nuns. During the meeting, “great satisfaction was expressed” on...

Pope Francis: ‘feminine genius,’ not ‘functionalism,’ key to women’s role in Church CWN - May 18

Pope Francis met with male and female religious of the Diocese of Rome on May 16 and, in the course of his extemporaneous answers to four questions, reflected on the role of women, especially women...

Collaborating with pontifical council, Bocelli to perform in basilicas CWN - May 18

In a tribute to the beauty of the Christian family, tenor Andrea Bocelli, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for the Family, will perform in various cathedrals and basilicas in 2015 and...

Citing US bishops’ report, Times calls for end of immigrant-detention system CWN - May 18

Lamenting the “inhumanity and wasted expense of imprisoning people who could be working and providing for their families,” the editorial board of The New York Times called the United States’...

‘Accelerate verifiable nuclear disarmament,’ USCCB committee chair urges CWN - May 18

As the United Nations hosts a review conference on the 1970 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace told...

Romania's president meets with Pontiff CWN - May 15

Pope Francis met on May 14 with Romania’s President Klaus Werner Iohannis, as the Holy See and Romania marked the 25th anniversary of the restoration of their diplomatic ties. In “cordial”...

Massachusetts court orders end to occupation of closed parish church building CWN - May 15

A Massachusetts judge has ordered an end to the 11-year occupation of a church that was officially closed by the Archdiocese of Boston. The “Friends of St. Frances Cabrini,” who have maintained a...

Canonizations will boost Christians of the Holy Land, Jordanian priest says CWN - May 15

The canonization of two Palestinian women religious on May 17 is a reminder that “only prayer can miraculously help save our faith in the midst of these times of trial,” a priest from Jordan said at...

LCWR claims 'positive outcome' from Vatican investigation CWN - May 15

In a confident statement welcoming the “positive outcome” of a Vatican investigation, the officers of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) said that they hope the example set by their...

Luxembourg's premier joins partner in homosexual marriage CWN - May 15

Prime Minister Xavier Bettel of Luxembourg has entered in a legal marriage with his homosexual partner, Gauthier Bestenay, in a ceremony at Luxembourg City town hall. Bettel, who became prime...

Pope writes on role of athletic coaches in youth formation CWN - May 15

Pope Francis addressed the important role that athletic coaches can play in the development of young people, in a message to a seminar on coaching, conducted under the auspices of the Pontifical...

Christian hope shines through violence, Pope tells bishops of Central African Republic CWN - May 15

“You must not be discouraged by the storm you are passing through,” Pope Francis told the bishops of the war-torn Central African Republic in a May 15 audience. Assuring the bishops of his...

Scientists find use of the Pill may alter size of brain CWN - May 15

New scientific research suggests that use of the oral contraceptive pill may alter the shape of women’s brains, the Catholic News Agency (CNA) reports. A study published in the journal Human...

Report decries abuse of Christian refugees in Libya CWN - May 15

Amnesty International has published a report documenting the ill-treatment of Christian migrants in Libya. “Inside war-torn Libya, thousands of foreign nationals, including refugees and...

Dialogue with Islam more necessary than ever, says Vatican cardinal CWN - May 15

The Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe has sponsored a three-day meeting at the Abbey of St. Maurice in Switzerland devoted to Muslims in Europe. Alluding to the persecution of...

Papal message to Pax Christi on its 70th anniversary CWN - May 15

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent a brief message in Pope Francis’s name to Pax Christi International on the seventieth anniversary of its founding. “He sends...

God’s mercy, commandments cannot be opposed, says British cardinal CWN - May 15

At a recent homily that touched upon themes of the upcoming Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster stressed that God’s mercy and God’s commandments cannot be opposed to one...

USCCB official urges support for parental choice in education CWN - May 15

At a House of Representatives committee meeting, the executive director for Catholic Education of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops expressed support for the continued funding of the...

50,000 registered to attend papal Mass in Sarajevo CWN - May 14

Over 50,000 people have already registered to attend a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Sarajevo on June 6. Cardinal Vinko Puljic of Sarajevo disclosed the advance registration as he spoke...

Vatican press office denies rumor that Pope's encyclical on environment has been postponed CWN - May 14

The Vatican has dismissed a rumor that publication of the encyclical by Pope Francis on the environment has been postponed. The encyclical remains scheduled for publication in June, reports...

Canonizations will boost morale of Palestinian Christians, bishop says CWN - May 14

The May 17 canonization of two Palestinian women “gives hope to Christians in the Holy Land,” Bishop William Shomali told Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). Blessed Marie Alphonsine Ghattas and...

After Pope Francis, 'no turning back,' insists Argentine ally CWN - May 14

Pope Francis is changing the Church and “there’s no turning back,” an Argentine archbishop has told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera. Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez, who is a close ally...

Environmental concern should put people first, says Cypriot archbishop CWN - May 14

Archbishop Joseph Soueif of Cyprus, one of two finalists in the election of a new president for Caritas International, said that concern for the environment should begin with respect for human...

'Fundamental change' needed to save environment, ease inequality: Cardinal Turkson CWN - May 14

Cardinal Peter Turkson called for a “fundamental change” in attitudes and public policies, to protect the environment and help the poor, in a May 14 address to the assembly of Caritas...

Cardinal Tagle chosen as president of Caritas International CWN - May 14

Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila has been elected the new president of Caritas International, the worldwide consortium of Catholic relief agencies. Cardinal Tagle was elected at the 20th assembly of...

House approves bill banning most late-term abortions CWN - May 14

In a 242-184 vote, the US House of Representatives has passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Even if passed by the...

Bishop: shock, fear in Nepal following 2nd earthquake CWN - May 14

People in Nepal are “stunned” by the second major earthquake in less than two weeks, the nation’s apostolic vicar said in an interview with Catholic News Service. “They were slowly recovering...

Papal visit to Bosnia has nothing to do with Medjugorje, says cardinal CWN - May 14

At a press conference devoted to Pope Francis’s upcoming apostolic journey to Bosnia, Cardinal Vinko Puljic said that “Medjugorje has nothing to do with this visit.” Citing confidentiality, the...

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