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Pope Francis: Christ suffers today in the Middle East’s persecuted Christians CWN - 3 hours ago

Pope Francis met on October 2 with Mar Dinkha IV, who has led the Assyrian Church of the East since 1975. The church, which ceased to be in full communion with the Holy See following the...

Cardinal Kasper: synod debate will ‘help the Church’ CWN - 4 hours ago

In an interview with Vatican Radio, Cardinal Walter Kasper said that upcoming debate at the Synod of Bishops on the reception of Holy Communion by those who have remarried will “help the...

Pope meets with refugees who survived shipwreck CWN - 4 hours ago

Pope Francis met on October 1 with 50 survivors of the October 2013 Lampedusa migrant shipwreck, in which over 350 refugees from Africa and the Middle East perished. “I find it difficult to speak...

Armenian church seeks return of ancient land from Turkey CWN - 5 hours ago

A leading figure in the Armenian Apostolic Church is seeking the return of his historic see from Turkey, according to a report from the Armenian news site Panorama. “The Armenian Catholicosate of...

Catholic University cancels showing of Milk CWN - 5 hours ago

Administrators at Catholic University of America directed a student organization not to show Milk, a 2008 film on the homosexual activist Harvey Milk. The online news site Crux reported that...

California bishops challenge state’s abortion mandate for insurers CWN - 5 hours ago

The bishops of California have filed a complaint challenging a state agency’s decision that abortion is a “basic health care service” that must be covered by insurance policies. “For the first...

Christians are turning to the occult, warns Central African prelate CWN - 5 hours ago

The Central African Republic’s leading prelate has warned that civil strife has tempted many of the nation’s Christians to turn to occult practices. “The crisis that our country has been facing...

Pope's October prayer intentions CWN - 23 hours ago

The Vatican has released the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for October 2014. The Pope’s universal prayer intention is: “That Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by...

South Sudan: government again threatens to close down Catholic radio station CWN - 23 hours ago

Government officials in South Sudan have threatened to close down a Catholic radio state, the Fides news service reports. In August the government shut down Radio Bakhita, in the capital city of...

Cardinal Müller: don't deconstruct Gospel to make life easier CWN - 23 hours ago

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) warned the faithful against trying to make Christian life easy, in a homily preached in Cordoba, Spain. “We can deconstruct the...

Child-porn cache found on former nuncio's computer CWN - 23 hours ago

A huge collection of child pornography has reportedly been discovered on the computer used by Jozef Wesolowski, the former apostolic nuncio who has been laicized after being recalled to Rome on...

Pope Francis: the Holy Spirit’s charisms are meant for others CWN - October 1

Pope Francis devoted his October 1 general audience to the charisms of the Holy Spirit. A charism, he said, is more than a personal quality: it is a gift of God, a grace bestowed through the Holy...

Interview with Wisconsin spouses who will take part in synod CWN - October 1

Catholic World Report has published an interview with Jeff and Alice Heinzen, who will take part as auditors in the upcoming Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. “We know that...

Russian Orthodox leader denies being mouthpiece of government policy CWN - October 1

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has denied that he is a mouthpiece for Russian government policy. Patriarch Kirill’s comment follows a statement by the head of the Ukrainian Greek...

Funeral company files $250M suit against archdiocese CWN - October 1

Alleging breach of contract, a funeral-home company has filed a $250-million lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. In 1997, the archdiocese granted a 40-year lease to S.E. Funeral Homes...

Hong Kong cardinal urges restraint in dealing with protestors CWN - October 1

Cardinal John Tong of Hong Kong has urged the region’s government to exercise restraint in addressing pro-democracy student protests. The prelate called for “restraint in deployment of force with...

Aid Africa’s refugees, prevent conflicts, says Holy See diplomat CWN - October 1

A leading Vatican diplomat called upon the international community to aid Africa’s refugees and to work to prevent conflicts on the continent. Speaking at a September 30 meeting of the UN refugee...

Priests need military escorts in Cameroon diocese after Boko Haram raids CWN - September 30

A Catholic bishop in Cameroon has revealed that he can only provide pastoral care for the faithful if he has military protection, because of raids by the Boko Haram terrorist group, Aid to the...

Catholic school removes portrait of pro-abortion gubernatorial candidate in Rhode Island CWN - September 30

A Catholic school in Rhode Island has removed a portrait of a graduate who is now a candidate for governor, running on a "reproductive freedom" platform. Gina Raimondo was once the valedictorian...

Iraqi prelate asks Muslim leaders to condemn terrorism CWN - September 30

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako has challenged Iraqi Muslim leaders to "openly express your rejection and your condemnation of violent religious extremism." The Iraq prelate, in a message...

Academic, religious leaders encourage Pope to defend traditional marriage CWN - September 30

A group of academic and religious leaders have joined in a direct appeal to Pope Francis to defend the Church’s traditional teaching on marriage. “May we humbly suggest that in the context of...

Cardinal Kasper defends proposal, sees 'fundamentalism' in critics CWN - September 30

Cardinal Walter Kasper continued to defend his proposal to allow Communion for some divorced and remarried Catholics, and to assail critics of that proposal, in a new interview. The German...

Anglican leaders to cancel Lambeth Conference? CWN - September 30

The Lambeth Conference-- the gathering that brings together all the bishops of the Anglican communion-- will not be held in 2018, according to the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the...

Archbishop-elect Cupich seen as Pope's personal 'progressive' choice CWN - September 30

Veteran Vatican journalist Sandro Magister of L'Espresso reports that Pope Francis did not consult with the Congregation for Bishops, nor solicit opinions from the American hierarchy, before...

Congressman Ryan says his ideas are based on Catholic faith, not Ayn Rand CWN - September 30

Congressman Paul Ryan explained how his Catholic faith has influenced his thinking on economic issues, and denied that he is a disciple of Ayn Rand, in an interview with the National Catholic...

Cardinal Burke rebuts 'outrageous' claim that Cardinal Kasper speaks for Pope CWN - September 30

Cardinal Raymond Burke strongly defended his criticism of the “Kasper proposal,” and said it was “outrageous” for Cardinal Walter Kasper to suggest that such criticism was actually aimed at Pope...

Papal tribute to United Bible Societies CWN - September 30

Pope Francis has paid tribute to the United Bible Societies upon the completion of an ecumenical Italian translation of Sacred Scripture. “It is my wish that all Christians be able to get to know...

Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30

In a September 29 address at the United Nations General Assembly, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said that the UN Security Council has the duty to intervene to stop aggression perpetrated against innocents by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Even though “the responsibility to protect” does not “favor” armed action, the “proportionate use of force” in this...

Vatican conducts visitation of Bishop Finn’s diocese CWN - September 30

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa has conducted an apostolic visitation of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri, according to the National Catholic Reporter. The diocese’s bishop, Bishop Robert Finn, was convicted in 2012 of failing to report suspected child abuse. The principal question asked by the Canadian prelate, anonymous sources told the National Catholic...

Pope renews appeal for peace in Venezuela CWN - September 30

Five months after Pope Francis urged the Venezuelan government and opposition leaders to become “true builders of peace,” the Pontiff has renewed his appeal for peace in the South American...

South Sudan’s bishops plead for end to civil war CWN - September 30

South Sudan’s bishops have issued a statement pleading for an end to the nation’s civil war, which began in December, has left thousands dead, and has displaced an estimated one million...

Violence in Egyptian village following disappearance of Christian woman CWN - September 30

Iman Sarofim, a 39-year-old Coptic Christian mother of five, has returned to her village after she escaped from the man who had abducted her. Mohamed Ibrahim Moustafa, the nation’s interior...

Venezuela: abducted priest found dead CWN - September 30

Father Reinaldo Alfonso Herrera Lures, a Venezuelan priest who was kidnapped on September 25, was found dead two days later, according to Diario La Verdad, a newspaper based in Maracaibo, the...

New book reports on Pope’s youthful encounters with Peronists, leftists in Argentina CWN - September 29

Pope Francis describes a youthful encounter with Evita Peron, and says that he has always been “restless” about political matters, in a new biography published in his native Argentina. The Pope...

Hong Kong Cardinal calls for police restraint in response to demonstrators CWN - September 29

Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong has called for a restrained police response to demonstrations by democracy activist in the city’s financial district. Decrying the “regrettable” violence of...

Paraguayan bishop’s ‘very violent’ reaction helps explain removal, says papal spokesman CWN - September 29

Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano, who was removed from his post in Paraguay, has issued a bitter complaint, charging that other bishops conspired against him and saying that Pope Francis “must...

Focus on unemployment, Italian bishops’ official urges government CWN - September 29

The secretary-general of the Italian bishops’ conference has called upon the country’s political leaders to devote their attention to unemployment. Bishop Nunzio Galantino criticized...

English bishop resigns, admits misconduct CWN - September 29

An English bishop has unexpectedly announced his resignation, admitting that he had been “unfaithful to my promises as a Catholic priest.” Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton did not...

Iraqi Patriarch raps American policies CWN - September 29

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako has lashed out at American conduct of the war against the Islamic State in Iraq. “Bombing these jihadists will not make them disappear, that’s for sure,”...

Theme announced for next World Day of Social Communications CWN - September 29

“Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love” will be the theme of the next World Day of Social Communications, which will take place on May 17. The papal...

Grandparents, elderly have important role, Pope emphasizes CWN - September 29

Grandparents have an important role to play in the family and in society through their intercessory prayer and their sharing of their memories, Pope Francis said at “The Blessing of a Long Life,” a...

200th anniversary of restoration of Jesuits CWN - September 29

Presiding over Vespers and the Te Deum at the Church of the Gesù, Pope Francis commemorated the bicentennial of the restoration of the Society of Jesus, which he entered in 1958. Under pressure...

Opus Dei’s Blessed Álvaro a model of holiness, says Pope CWN - September 29

Pope Francis has written a letter on the holiness of Blessed Álvaro del Portillo (1914-94), the second leader of Opus Dei. In the letter, dated June 26 and released September 27, the day of...

Pope reflects on the Eucharist and hope CWN - September 29

The Eucharist is a source of hope for the world’s transformation, Pope Francis told members of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses in a...

Pope calls Focolare members to creative evangelization CWN - September 29

Pope Francis called upon participants in the general assembly of the Focolare Movement to be creative as they undertook the task of evangelization. In a September 26 audience that took place in...

Vatican releases full rebuttal to criticism from UN commission on rights of child CWN - September 26

In a lengthy response to a UN committee’s critical report, the Vatican has said that the reported betrayed a “profundity of confusion regarding the nature of the Holy See.” The Vatican on...

England cardinal discusses mercy, indissolubility of marriage CWN - September 26

In recent comments, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster described the upcoming Synod of Bishops as a “remarkable moment” in the Church’s life, one that will seek “to find ways to recreate a...

Paraguayan bishop removed because of ‘difficult’ relations with other bishops CWN - September 26

Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, was removed from office because of his “difficult” relations with other bishops and priests, and not because he appointed a priest accused...

Jordan’s king denounces violence against Christians CWN - September 26

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, King Abdullah II of Jordan, a ruler known for his commitment to interreligious dialogue, denounced violence against the Middle East’s...

President Obama issues statement for Rosh Hashanah CWN - September 26

President Barack Obama has issued a statement for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. “My good friend Elie Wiesel once said that God gave human beings a secret, and that secret was not how to...

Coptic Christians targeted for kidnapping in Egypt CWN - September 26

Coptic Orthodox and Catholic prelates decried the targeted kidnapping of Christians in Egypt following the murder of a dentist who had been abducted. Bishop Kyrillos Kamal William Samaan, the...

USCCB, CRS welcome US response to Ebola CWN - September 26

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, joined by the president of Catholic Relief Service, welcomed the Obama...

Prelate sees rising secularism in Ghana CWN - September 26

The president of Ghana’s episcopal conference said that the West African nation’s economic prosperity has fostered rising secularism. “The secular mentality is certainly a challenge for the...

Enemies of faith want Church to fold on divorce, Cardinal Pell writes CWN - September 25

In his foreword to a new book about Catholic teaching on marriage, Cardinal George Pell writes that "one cannot maintain the indissolubility of marriage by allowing the 'remarried' to receive Holy...

Catholic scholars rap Common Core as 'disservice to Catholic education' CWN - September 25

A group of 130 Catholic scholars have joined in a statement that adoption of the Common Core standards is “a grave disservice to Catholic education.” Lamenting that more than 100 dioceses in the...

Vatican cardinal optimistic that Orthodox-Catholic commission will reach accord CWN - September 25

Although the latest meeting of a joint Orthodox-Catholic theological commission ended without a consensus on a proposed statement, the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity...

Pakistan: Christian minister, facing blasphemy charge, killed in prison cell CWN - September 25

In Pakistan, a Christian minister who was charged with blasphemy against Islam has been murdered in prison, the AsiaNews service reports. Rev. Zafar Bhatti was shot and killed in his prison cell....

Pope said teaching on divorce and Communion cannot change, Spanish bishop reports CWN - September 25

A Spanish bishop has reported that Pope Francis said it is impossible to change Church teaching to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion. Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of...

Pope Francis replaces Paraguayan bishop CWN - September 25

The Holy See Press Office has announced that Pope Francis has replaced Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano of the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. The press office announced that the seat is now vacant and that the diocese’s apostolic administrator is Bishop Ricardo Jorge Valenzuela Rios of Villarrica del Espíritu Santo. The Pope’s action follows an apostolic visitation and the suspension...

Diocese announces plans for redesign of Crystal Cathedral CWN - September 25

The Diocese of Orange in California has announced its plans to transform Crystal Cathedral, which it acquired in 2012, into Christ Cathedral. According to the Orange County Register, the first...

Pope Francis: message to UN CWN - September 25

Archbishop Bernardito Auza has delivered his first address as Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and read out a message from Pope Francis as the international body began its...

Cardinal Parolin calls on international community to address terrorism CWN - September 25

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, called upon the international community to address terrorism and its root causes. “Nations must come together in order to fulfill our...

India: 7 Christians arrested on ‘forced conversion’ charges CWN - September 25

Seven Christian missionaries were recently arrested in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on “forced conversion” charges, the Indian Express reported. The five men and two women stand...

Mexican priest murdered CWN - September 25

The body of a parish priest in San Miguel Totolapan, a town in southwestern Mexico, was found in a river hundreds of miles away, according to a Mexican media report. El Sur reported that the body...

Nigeria’s bishops urge government to act against Boko Haram CWN - September 25

The bishops of Nigeria have decried the “mass slaughter of fellow Nigerians” and “the burning and sacking of whole villages and churches and rectories” committed by the Islamist militant...

Syria: prelate questions US airstrikes CWN - September 25

The Armenian Catholic archbishop of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, questioned whether US airstrikes against Islamic State bases will be of benefit to the nation’s Christians. “This type of...

Russian actions destabilize Ukraine, harm Catholic Church, reports papal nuncio CWN - September 24

Archbishop Thomas Edward Gullickson, the apostolic nuncio in Ukraine, offered a candid appraisal of the difficulties facing the Church in that country in a September 23 address to officials of the...

No settlement in Milwaukee bankruptcy case; legal fees continue to soar CWN - September 24

Mediation talks between the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and creditors have ended without a settlement, making it seem inevitable that the costly bankruptcy case of the archdiocese will continue....

Minnesota: archbishop asks for resignation of music director after same-sex marriage CWN - September 24

An openly homosexual music director has been dismissed from his post at a Catholic parish in Minnesota, at the request of Archbishop John Nienstedt, in the latest of a series of incidents involving...

Spanish premier withdraws abortion-reform legislation, citing lack of support CWN - September 24

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has withdrawn a proposal that would have placed restrictions on abortion, explaining that the government had found a "lack of sufficient consensus" to enact the...

Armenian bishop announces papal visit; Vatican denies plans CWN - September 24

A ranking prelate of the Armenian Apostolic Church has announced that Pope Francis will visit Armenia next year. But a papal spokesman has said that the Vatican has made no plans for such a...

English prince attends Mass in official role CWN - September 24

Prince William, who stands 2nd in line for the British throne, attended a Catholic Mass, acting in his official capacity, for the first time this past weekend. Prince William attended a Mass in...

Former nuncio's arrest shows Pope's determination to fight abuse, says papal spokesman CWN - September 24

The arrest of laicized Archbishop Josef Wesolowski by Vatican police reflects the determination of Pope Francis to be aggressive in handling sex-abuse charges, the Vatican’s spokesman has...

Holy See: moral imperative to act in face of climate change CWN - September 24

Addressing the UN Climate Summit on behalf of the Holy See, the Vatican’s Secretary of State did not offer specific policy proposals but emphasized that the international community has a moral...

Pope renews appeal for Ebola victims CWN - September 24

For the second time in two days, Pope Francis has appealed for assistance for those affected by Ebola virus disease. “My thoughts now go to those countries in Africa that are suffering because of...

Pope Francis discusses Albania trip, pays tribute to martyrs CWN - September 24

During his September 24 general audience, Pope Francis discussed his recent apostolic journey to Albania, the Southeastern European nation whose Communist regime brutally persecuted Christians and...

Victory for Catholic business owner against HHS mandate CWN - September 24

Citing the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, the US Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit has overturned a lower court decision involving a Catholic business owner who objected to the HHS...

US bishops lament plight of Palestinian Christians CWN - September 24

Following an eight-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land, 18 bishops from the United States renewed their call for peace and for a two-state solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. “The local...

Patriarch reprimands priests who have left Iraq without permission CWN - September 24

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has reprimanded priests and religious who have left Iraq in recent months without the permission of their bishop or religious superior. Priests and...

Honduran cardinal rues economic inequality, links free market to ‘social exclusion’ CWN - September 24

Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga lamented the widening economic inequality he has observed during the years since the financial crisis of 2008. “For six years now, the economic crisis...

South Sudan bishop appeals for calm in border dispute CWN - September 24

Amid a border dispute between South Sudan and Uganda that has involved multiple thefts and abductions, a South Sudanese bishop appealed for calm and urged Christians not to repay evil for...

Publisher defends new books against Cardinal Kasper's protests CWN - September 23

The publisher of two new books arguing against the "Kasper proposal" has forcefully defended those works, responding to complaints from Cardinal Walter Kasper. Father Joseph Fessio, the head of...

Remarriage is not focus of Synod, Italian cardinal insists CWN - September 23

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco has said that media reports are "grossly misleading" when they suggest that the questions of divorce and remarriage will dominate the discussions of the October meeting of...

Conflict in Syria and Iraq will not alter plan for visit to Turkey, Pope says CWN - September 23

Pope Francis has told journalists that he does not intend to change his plans for a visit to Turkey in late November, despite the continued violence in neighboring Syria and Iraq. "Geography...

Louisiana diocesan spokesman: despite settlements, never convinced of abuse claims CWN - September 23

The spokesman for a Louisiana Catholic diocese has reported that Church officials have never been convinced that a sex-abuse charge was true, although the diocese has paid to settle abuse...

Nuclear disarmament should be final goal, Vatican delegate tells international atomic agency CWN - September 23

Speaking to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at a meeting in Vienna, the Vatican’s representative said that while efforts to control the proliferation of nuclear weapons are vitally...

Orthodox-Catholic theological commission fails to reach accord on synod, primacy CWN - September 23

The 13th working session of the joint Orthodox-Catholic Theological Commission concluded its work in Amman, Jordan on September 23, without approving a document on "Synodality and Primacy." The...

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