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Iraqi prelate: we need action, not just words CWN - 0 hours ago

“We need more than words now, we need concrete actions,” an Iraqi archbishop told Vatican Radio. Archbishop Amel Nona of Mosul confirmed that Christians have been driven out of the city, with...

White House plans new 'accommodation' for religious groups on contraceptive mandate CWN - 0 hours ago

The Obama administration has promised a new effort to address the concerns of religious institutions that object to mandated coverage of contraceptives in employees’ health-care...

Papal message urges British, Irish Catholics to ‘combat the culture of death’ CWN - 8 hours ago

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent a message to British and Irish Catholics on behalf of Pope Francis for the Day of Life, which will take place July 27. “The...

Patriarch tells Mosul’s Christians: do not be afraid CWN - 11 hours ago

The Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate has published the text of a speech that Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako addressed to Mosul’s Christians after they fled their city rather than convert to...

In Somalia, bishop travels incognito CWN - 0 hours ago

Bishop Giorgio Bertin, who serves the tiny Catholic community in Somalia, reveals that he hides his identity when he visits the troubled African country. “When I go there, I don’t put any...

NY mayor meets with Vatican’s Secretary of State, invites Pope to visit CWN - 8 hours ago

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City met in Rome with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, and invited Pope Francis to visit the city during his potential September 2015 visit...

Cardinal condemns Nicaragua attack CWN - 9 hours ago

Gunmen attacked supporters of Nicaragua’s ruling Sandinista party on July 19, killing five and wounding 24. Cardinal Leopoldo José Brenes condemned the attack and urged Nicaraguans, whether...

Church official in Jerusalem analyzes Gaza-Israel conflict CWN - 11 hours ago

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem’s vicar for the Hebrew Catholic community says that both the Israeli government and Hamas are to blame for the current state of the Gaza-Israel conflict. “The...

Bucking trends, Jesuit magazine America adds to staff CWN - 0 hours ago

America, the Jesuit-owned magazine, has announced a round of new hirings, expanding its editorial staff at a time when most publications are contracting. America's editor, Father Matt Malone,...

DC think-tank finds mixed trends affecting American culture, family life CWN - 0 hours ago

A new study by the Heritage Foundation finds hopeful trends in some American cultural indicators, but discouraging news on other fronts. The 2014 Index of Culture and Opportunity, released by the...

Dublin's archbishop worried by rise in homelessness CWN - 1 hours ago

The rising level of homelessness in Ireland is "shameful," says Dublin's Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Archbishop Martin said that he was particularly worried by the number of families living...

Former Dutch regulator of euthanasia now criticizes practice CWN - 9 hours ago

Stating that “some slopes truly are slippery,” a former regulator of euthanasia in the Netherlands now says that he was wrong to support the practice. “Euthanasia is on the way to become a...

USCCB committee chair calls on Kerry to work for Israeli-Palestinian peace CWN - 10 hours ago

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace has called upon Secretary of State John Kerry to work for Israeli-Palestinian...

Italian politicians urge reinstatement of Catholic-school teacher dismissed for suspected homosexuality CWN - July 22

Twenty members of the Italian parliament have asked education minister Stefania Giannini to investigate the dismissal of a Catholic-school teacher who says that she was fired because she was...

Pontifical Council for Laity plans November meeting of lay movements CWN - July 22

The Pontifical Council for the Laity has announced plans for a 3rd world congress of ecclesial movements, to be held in Rome in November. Founders and leaders of more than 55 recognized lay...

Minnesota judge rejects archdiocesan plea to dismiss abuse suit, sets court date CWN - July 22

A Minnesota judge has rejected a plea by the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis to dismiss a sex-abuse lawsuit. “This case needs to be tried,” said Judge John Van de North, setting a September...

Church leaders in Holy Land plead for end to violence in Gaza CWN - July 22

The apostolic nuncio in the Holy Land has repeated the call of Pope Francis for an end to the violence in Gaza, and the retired Latin-rite Catholic Patriarch of Jerusalem has denounced the bloodshed...

Pope calls Syriac Patriarch, vows solidarity with Christians of Iraq, Syria CWN - July 22

Pope Francis has placed a phone call to Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan, to assure him of his prayers and solidarity as Christians face open persecution in sections of Iraq and...

Hindu attack on church in India CWN - July 22

Armed with hammers and hockey sticks, Hindu fanatics attacked a Protestant church near Bulandshahr, a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. After assaulting the pastor and others...

Vatican newspaper tribute to film on Christ CWN - July 22

The July 21-22 edition of L’Osservatore Romano included five articles devoted to The Gospel According to St. Matthew, a film released 50 years ago. Emilio Ranzato, who wrote two of the articles,...

USCCB decries Obama’s LGBT executive order as ‘unprecedented and extreme’ CWN - July 22

Referring to the “irrefutable rightness of your cause,” President Barack Obama signed an executive order banning federal employment discrimination against transgendered persons and prohibiting “all companies that receive a contract from the federal government from discriminating against their LGBT employees.” The order contains no exemptions for religious employers with federal...

Russia poses no military threat to others, says patriarch CWN - July 22

Speaking at a concert attended by President Vladimir Putin, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church said that the nation poses “no military threat and no danger to other people.” “May God [grant]...

Ukrainian Church leader: Christians have duty to defend their nation CWN - July 22

The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church told youth taking part in a pilgrimage that Christians have a duty to defend their nation against military aggression. “We never fought wars of conquest,...

Report: few Mosul Christians converted to Islam CWN - July 22

Faced with an ultimatum to convert to Islam, be killed, or leave Mosul, the vast majority of the Christians still in Iraq’s 2nd-largest city in mid-July chose to depart rather than convert,...

Iraq: jihadists expel monks from historic monastery CWN - July 22

Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the jihadist group that now controls one-fourth of Syria and 40% of Iraq, stormed a Syrian Catholic monastery on July 20 and expelled the...

Missile hits Syrian monastery CWN - July 22

An air-launched missile has caused severe damage to a Franciscan monastery in Yacubiyah, a town in northwest Syria. The region’s Franciscan province, founded by St. Francis in 1209, reported that...

South Korean leader opens talk on reunification as papal visit nears CWN - July 21

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye has formed a commission to study the prospects for reunification of Korea, announcing the move in advance of the visit by Pope Francis. The South Korean...

Sudan: no new churches allowed CWN - July 21

The government of Sudan will not permit the construction of new Christian churches, the Fides news service reports. Government minister Shalil Abdallah told el Jareeda daily that the number of...

Italian navy rescues 61 migrants; more than 20 dead in 3 days CWN - July 21

The Italian navy rescued 61 migrants from drowning as their boat sank off the coast of Sicily on July 21, Vatican Radio reports. But at 6 passengers died, and a dozen more are missing. Just two...

Vatican prelate, in Los Angeles, voices solidarity with Christians of Iraq, Syria CWN - July 21

The prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Eastern Churches voiced concern for the suffering of Christians in Iraq and Syria, as he celebrated Mass a the Maronite Catholic cathedral in Los...

Attacks on Belfast Catholic church, synagogue bring broad condemnation CWN - July 21

A fire set at a Catholic church in Belfast drew condemnations from religious and civic leaders in Northern Ireland. The door of St. Mary Star of the Sea church was scorched, but other damage was...

Italian bishop says critical remark about pro-lifers was taken out of context CWN - July 21

The secretary-general of the Italian bishops' conference, who earned the wrath of pro-lifers by saying that he could not "identify with the expressionless person who stands outside the abortion...

Rochester diocese ends illicit practice of allowing lay people to preach homilies CWN - July 21

The Diocese of Rochester, New York, is bringing an end to the practice of allowing lay people to deliver homilies at Mass. Bishop Salvatore Matano, who become the leader of the Rochester diocese...

Israeli ambassador to Holy See says religious influence can help bring peace CWN - July 21

Israel's ambassador to the Holy See said that religious leaders can help to promote peace agreements, and acknowledged the power of the Vatican on world opinion, in an interview with the Vatican...

Woman in same-sex marriage sues Missouri diocese following dismissal from parish position CWN - July 21

A Missouri woman who is civilly married to a female Lutheran minister has sued Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph after she was dismissed from her position as her...

USCCB: reduce mandatory sentences for nonviolent drug offenses CWN - July 21

The chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has backed the US Sentencing Commission’s efforts to reduce mandatory...

A nun’s veil is a ‘royal crown’: Vatican newspaper CWN - July 21

The latest English edition of L’Osservatore Romano includes an article on the importance of the veil in the life of nuns. Mother Anna Maria Canopi, the Benedictine foundress of Mater Ecclesiae...

Islamist militias ‘manage everything’ in Benghazi, says prelate CWN - July 21

The apostolic vicar of Tripoli, Bishop Giovanni Martinelli, appealed for prayers for peace and for wisdom for political leaders as clashes between rival militias led to the closing of the Libyan...

‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians CWN - July 21

Following an ultimatum from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to leave Mosul, convert to Islam, or be killed, the city’s remaining Christians left for other parts of Iraq. ISIL, the jihadist group that controls large sections of Syria and Iraq, confiscated the Christians’ possessions as they departed from Iraq’s 2nd-largest city. “The heinous crime of the Islamic State was...

Egypt’s government, Christian leaders negotiate on church construction CWN - July 21

The government of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who assumed office in June, has entered into negotiations with Christian leaders to draft regulations to facilitate church construction,...

Church leader urges international community: oppose aggression against Ukraine CWN - July 21

The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church expressed condolences following the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine and called upon the international community to “do...

Pope laments persecution of Iraq’s Christians, appeals for peace CWN - July 21

Following the conclusion of his July 20 Angelus address, Pope Francis lamented the persecution of Christians in Mosul, Iraq’s 2nd-largest city. “I have learned with concern the news which reaches...

Pope reflects on the parable of the wheat and the tares CWN - July 21

Pope Francis reflected on the parable of wheat and the tares during his July 20 Sunday Angelus address. “The teaching of the parable is twofold,” he said. “First of all, [Jesus] says that the...

Stratford Caldecott, English Catholic writer, succumbs to cancer at 60 CWN - July 18

Stratford Caldecott, a noted English Catholic writer and editor, died on July 17 at the age of 60, after a long struggle with cancer. For years Caldecott had edited Second Spring, a magazine that...

Pope's message: solve 1994 terror bombing at Buenos Aires Jewish center CWN - July 18

In an impromptu message, recorded on a visitor’s smartphone, Pope Francis has challenged his native Argentina to resolve questions about the terror bombing that killed 85 people in a Jewish...

New Legionary leader explains plans for renewal, recovery of morale CWN - July 18

Father Eduardo Robles Gil, the new general director of the Legion of Christ, spoke of his plans to restore morale within the troubled order, in a lengthy interview published in the National Catholic...

Novice raped by intruders in Indian convent CWN - July 18

Church leaders in India have expressed outrage at the gang-rape of a 17-year-old novice in a convent in Bangalore, the AsiaNews service reports. Archbishop Bernard Moras condemned the assault as...

Pope sends prayers to people of Gaza CWN - July 18

Pope Francis has promised his prayer to the people living in the Gaza Strip, as fears mount amid reports of an Israeli military offensive into the region. "I am close to you, to the nuns and the...

Archbishop of Canterbury hopes approval of female bishops will not block ecumenical progress CWN - July 18

The Archbishop of Canterbury has written to the other Christian leaders, saying that he hopes ecumenical progress can continue after the decision of the Church of England ordain women as...

Bishops of Calabria join Pope in condemnation of organized crime CWN - July 18

Following up on the message of Pope Francis, the bishops of Italy's Calabria region have denounced organized crime as a "shameful scourge of society" and a "denial of the Gospel." The Calabrian...

Papal prayers for airline crash victims in Ukraine CWN - July 18

Pope Francis is offering his prayers for the passengers of the Malaysian Airlines plane that was shot down over Ukraine, and for their families, the Vatican has announced. Without commenting on...

Christians in Mosul told: leave, convert, or die CWN - July 18

Christians in Mosul, Iraq, have been told that they must leave, convert to Islam or accept dhimmitude, or die. A communique from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) gave Christians a deadline of July 19, saying that if they do not leave or accept Islamic rule, "their destiny is the sword." The Aleteia web site, citing local sources, said that this message was being broadcast on...

Pope calls Peres, Abbas, to plead for peace CWN - July 18

Pope Francis has placed personal phone calls to Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a bid to stem the renewed conflict in the Holy Land. The Pope called "to...

Catholic university may open in Vietnam CWN - July 18

Communist authorities in Vietnam may soon permit the opening of a Catholic university. “The dialogic approach adopted with the government is producing results,” Archbishop Paul Bùi Van Doc of Ho...

Swiss bishops call for greater generosity to Syrian refugees CWN - July 18

The Swiss bishops’ conference is urging the nation’s government to be more generous to refugees from the Syrian Civil War. Bishop Markus Büchel of Sankt Gallen, the conference’s president, called...

Vatican message to Muslims calls for ‘genuine fraternity’ CWN - July 18

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has released its annual message to Muslims for the end of Ramadan, which will take place on July 28. The statement, dated June 24, was released...

Cardinal Nichols, other religious leaders speak out against assisted-suicide bill CWN - July 18

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster and Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury have joined other Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders in urging the House of Lords not to pass an assisted-suicide...

Leading Russian Orthodox official weighs in on Ukrainian conflict CWN - July 18

One of the leading officials of the Russian Orthodox Church has told the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation that while each side has legitimate grounds to take up weapons in the unrest in...

Vatican official: UN trade agency is ‘inspiration’ for Holy See’s positions CWN - July 18

The secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has paid tribute to UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, at a meeting in Geneva marking the body’s 50th...

President Obama: remarks at dinner during Ramadan CWN - July 18

The White House hosted an Iftar dinner on July 14 to mark the end of fasting on one of the days of the month of Ramadan. Ramadan began this year on June 28; it concludes on July 28. “Tonight,...

Lawsuit after Kenyan bishops’ conference cancels lease for Muslim-run restaurant CWN - July 18

A Somali Muslim who operates a restaurant has filed suit against the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops after it canceled its lease agreement with him. The bishops’ conference had signed a...

Santa Rosa diocese settles abuse suit for $3.5 million CWN - July 17

The Diocese of Santa Rosa, California, has paid $3.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a sex-abuse victim. The settlement—one of the largest paid to a single victim—leaves the Santa Rosa...

Argentine soccer team presents Pope with signed jersey CWN - July 17

The Argentine national soccer team, which finished 2nd in the World Cup, has sent Pope Francis a jersey signed by all of the team's members. During their stay in Brazil for the World Cup...

Korean Church eager for papal visit CWN - July 17

The faithful of South Korean "can't wait" for an August visit by Pope Francis, a spokesman for the Seoul archdiocese reports. Father Hur Young-yup told a radio audience that the papal visit will...

Pope plans two quick trips to Caserta, Italy CWN - July 17

Pope Francis will make two quick trips to Caserta, Italy, on July 26 and 28, the Vatican has announced. On Saturday, July 26, the Pope will travel to Caserta at the invitation of Bishop Giocanni...

Russian Orthodox spokesman: female bishops in Church of England will harm ecumenical dialogue CWN - July 17

The chief ecumenical spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church has issued a statement lamenting the decision by the Church of England to allow for female bishops. "The Orthodox Church takes a...

Americans view Catholics, Jews, Evangelicals warmly; cool toward Muslims and atheists CWN - July 17

Americans are favorably disposed toward Jews, Catholics, and Evangelical Christians, according to a new survey by the Pew Forum. Jews, Catholics, and Evangelicals are tightly bunched at the top...

Vancouver Catholic schools adopt policy to accommodate transgender students CWN - July 17

The Catholic school system of Vancouver has agreed that a 11-year-old transgendered student at a Catholic school, who was born as a boy but now prefers to live as a girl, will not be required to use...

Italian prosecutor asks Church to 'isolate' crime bosses CWN - July 17

An Italian prosecutor has said that Catholic priests can play a key role in defeating the power of organized crime, by encouraging the faithful to “isolate” the crime bosses. Federico Cafiero De...

Catholic charity aids suffering civilians in Gaza CWN - July 17

Caritas Jerusalem, the Catholic relief agency, is working to provide aid to civilians in Gaza who have suffered from Israeli air strikes in retaliation after Hamas rocket attacks. Caritas...

Senate bill curtailing religious freedom fails in procedural vote CWN - July 17

In a procedural vote, the United States Senate decided not to consider the “Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014,” a bill that would curtail religious freedom in response...

Vatican prelate: family life threatened in Africa CWN - July 17

The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family has traveled to the Congo Republic, where he addressed the members of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa and lamented...

New Burundi law would restrict small denominations CWN - July 17

The lower house of Burundi’s parliament has unanimously passed a bill that would deny legal recognition to churches that have fewer than 500 members or do not worship in a building. The measure...

Chaldean patriarch urges Iraq’s parliament to elect new national leaders CWN - July 17

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, has urged the members of the Iraqi parliament to set aside their differences and quickly...

Nigerian prelate prods government on kidnapped schoolgirls CWN - July 17

The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria has called upon the nation’s government to make the release of 200 kidnapped schoolgirls an urgent priority, according to the Catholic...

Priests kidnapped in Ukraine CWN - July 17

Two Catholic priests have been kidnapped by separatists in eastern Ukraine, the Religious Information Service for Ukraine (RISU) has reported. Father Tikhon Kulbaka, a priest of the Ukrainian...

Vatican official calls for greater commitment to sustainable energy CWN - July 17

The Holy See supports the goal of sustainable energy for all, and achieving this goal requires a “radical paradigm shift,” the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said at a...

ISIL removes cross from Mosul cathedral CWN - July 17

The jihadist militant group that controls approximately 40% of Iraq and 30% of Syria has removed the cross from the dome of the Syriac Orthodox cathedral in Mosul, according to a report from the...

‘No longer a holy land,’ says Jerusalem patriarch CWN - July 17

The Latin patriarch of Jerusalem has again lamented the cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, describing the region as “no longer a holy land” and the situation as “no longer a normal...

Coptic Church will not endorse Egyptian political candidates, patriarch stresses CWN - July 16

Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II has warned clerics to avoid partisan political involvements as Egypt faces new elections later this year, the Fides news service reports. The Egyptian...

Croatian parliament gives same-sex unions same benefits as marriage CWN - July 16

Croatia’s parliament has approved legislation that would extend to same-sex unions the same legal rights as those of marriage, except the right to adopt children. The new law, which passed easily...

CCHD cuts support for Oregon group over stand on same-sex marriage CWN - July 16

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has cut off funding for an Oregon group working with immigrants, because of the group’s public support for same-sex marriage. The CCHD announced...

UN committee demands change in Irish abortion law CWN - July 16

The UN’s Committee on Human Rights has condemned Ireland’s ban on abortion as “unacceptable cruelty,” and demanded liberalization of the law. Following testimony by several pro-abortion...

Russian Patriarch will not attend annual celebration in Ukraine CWN - July 16

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill will not travel to Ukraine for the annual celebration of the anniversary of the Baptism of the Rus, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow patriarchate has...

New charges of lax handling of abuse complaints in Minnesota archdiocese CWN - July 16

In a lengthy and detailed affidavit, a former official of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese has testified that Church leaders took a “cavalier attitude” toward sex-abuse policies. Jennifer...

Sri Lankan Catholics foresee organized Buddhist opposition to papal visit CWN - July 16

A Catholic organization in Sri Lanka has charged that Buddhist leaders are planning to rally public opposition to the visit by Pope Francis to that country next January. The lay group called...

Disgraced Scottish cardinal found living in English village near Scottish border CWN - July 16

Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who resigned in disgrace in 2012 after admitting to sexual misconduct, is now living in a home purchased by the Edinburgh archdiocese in Northumberland, England, the...

Quebec: abuse victims win class-action suit against Redemptorist order CWN - July 16

The Quebec Superior Court has ruled that the Redemptorist order must pay between $75,000 and $150,000 to each seminarian who was a victim of clerical sexual abuse at St.-Alphonse Seminary in...

Report: ISIL orders no food aid for Christians in Mosul CWN - July 16

The Sunni jihadist group that controls much of Iraq and Syria has ordered that no food aid be distributed to Christians in Mosul, according to a Fides news agency report. The ban also extends to...

Prelate invites Anglicans to learn more about ordinariate CWN - July 16

Following the Church of England’s decision to allow women bishops, the head of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has invited those who are “considering their future” to learn more...

USCCB awards $5M to Church in Ukraine, other Eastern European nations CWN - July 16

The Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has awarded nearly $5 million to fund 211 pastoral, construction, and...

Vatican official calls for renewed efforts against tuberculosis CWN - July 16

Speaking at a recent conference on tuberculosis sponsored by the World Health Organization and the European Respiratory Society, the president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers...

Venezuela’s bishops offer ‘full support’ for teachers in dispute with government CWN - July 16

The Venezuelan Episcopal Conference has issued a statement offering its “full support” to 2,300 teachers and school staff whose wages have been slashed. The teachers, who offer vocational...

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