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Papal letter for English pro-life initiative CWN - 5 hours ago

Pope Francis sent a telegram expressing a support for the Day for Life, a pro-life initiative of the bishops of England and Wales. This year's theme focused on end-of-life decisions. In his...

Bishop protests destruction of crosses in China CWN - 5 hours ago

An elderly bishop and 26 of his priests gathered outside a government building in the Chinese city of Wenzhou to protest against the demolition of crosses at churches in Zhejiang province, according...

Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy charge CWN - 5 hours ago

Arif Yousaf, a Pakistani Christian accused of blasphemy in 2013, has been acquitted, according to a UCA News report. Yousaf, who owned a fireworks store, was accused of selling fireworks that...

Prelate welcomes judge's decision on detention of migrant children CWN - 7 hours ago

A federal judge has ruled that the US government's detention of Central American children in privately-operated facilities violated commitments the US made in a 1997 legal agreement on the detention...

Patriarch pleads for peace in Middle East CWN - 4 hours ago

Speaking recently in Boston, the Greek Orthodox patriarch of Antioch lamented the suffering of the Middle East's Christians and pleaded for peace. "We have priests, monks, nuns, people and...

Federal prison system to recognize humanism CWN - 4 hours ago

Following a lawsuit filed by the American Humanist Association, the Federal Bureau of Prisons has agreed to recognize humanism as a belief system comparable to a religion. "Under the terms of the...

Expert on Islam praises UAE's new anti-discrimination law CWN - 4 hours ago

Father Samir Khalil Samir, a Jesuit expert on Islam who was appointed acting rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in April, praised the United Arab Emirates for enacting legislation that bans...

Ukrainian president calls for single national Orthodox church CWN - 5 hours ago

President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine met with representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and called for the creation of a single local Eastern Orthodox church. Ukraine's...

Archbishop, EPA administrator write joint op-ed on climate change CWN - 6 hours ago

Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago has joined Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy in writing an op-ed article entitled "We have a moral obligation on climate change." "The...

Chastity speaker, nurse among winners of pro-life award CWN - 6 hours ago

A chastity speaker and a nurse were among the three winners of the 2015 People of Life Award, an honor bestowed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life...

Vatican health director will step down CWN - 23 hours ago

Dr. Patrizio Polisca, the director of Vatican Health Services, will step down from that post at the end of July, the Vatican has announced. Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican...

Vatican exhibition features relationship between St. John Paul II and Jewish people CWN - 23 hours ago

An exhibition highlighting the relationship between St. John Paul II and the Jewish people opens this week at the Vatican. The exhibition, inaugurated at Xavier University in Ohio, has been on...

Third undercover video exposes Planned Parenthood, tissue-procurement company CWN - 24 hours ago

The Center for Medical Progress has released the third in a series of undercover videos exposing the sale of fetal tissue by Planned Parenthood abortion clinics. The latest video, released on...

Spanish bishop: transgendered person may not serve as godparent CWN - July 28

A Spanish bishop has determined that a 21-year-old woman who identifies herself as a man may not serve as a godparent at the baptism of her nephew. Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy of Cádiz and Ceuta...

Presidential candidates discuss how they would address hunger, poverty CWN - July 28

The Circle of Protection, an ecumenical coalition that supports federal anti-poverty programs, has asked presidential candidates, "What would you do as president to offer help and opportunity to...

Report: only 59% of Chileans identify themselves as Catholic CWN - July 28

The percentage of Chileans who identify themselves as Catholic fell from 70% in 2006 to 59% in 2014, according a Chilean radio news report, which cited census data and national surveys. According...

Court overturns conscience protection for pharmacists CWN - July 28

Overturning a lower court decision, a three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the State of Washington may compel pharmacies to dispense the morning-after pill, which may...

Nun murdered in Brazil CWN - July 28

A 65-year-old Franciscan sister was attacked at her convent in Brazil and died from multiple stab wounds, according to the Fides news agency. Sister Irma Odete Francisca, a member of the...

Churches set on fire in Indonesia CWN - July 28

Arsonists set fire to two Protestant churches in Indonesia on July 20. The attacks took place in Bantul and Purworejo, two cities that are 35 miles apart on the island of Java. Neither church was...

'Dying for Christianity' CWN - July 28

The Guardian has published an overview of the persecution of Christians worldwide, accompanied by a list of the 25 "worst places to be a Christian." "Christians are facing growing persecution...

Italian nuns come to aid of trafficking victims CWN - July 28

PBS NewsHour has highlighted the work of Italian women religious in assisting victims of human trafficking, many of them from Nigeria. "The traffickers are cunning," said Consolata Missionary...

Boko Haram burns down Catholic church in Cameroon CWN - July 28

Members of Boko Haram attacked two villages in northern Cameroon and burned down a Catholic church, according to a report published by Agence France-Presse. Three villagers were also beheaded in...

Pope is first to register for World Youth Day 2016; 45,000 soon follow CWN - July 27

Pope Francis entered the first official registration to participate in World Youth Day 2016, using a hand-held computer to enter his registration during his regular Angelus audience on Sunday,...

Pope kept up tough work schedule through July, aide discloses CWN - July 27

Pope Francis has held to a demanding work schedule in July, although he has made few public appearances during the month, a close aide told Vatican Radio. “I always find him with his hands busy,...

India: nun barred from exam on no-headscarf rule CWN - July 27

A Catholic nun in India was barred from taking a medical school entrance test when she refused to remove her veil and cross. Sister Remya George was asked to remove portions of her habit as...

Australian Labor Party moves to dismiss members who oppose same-sex marriage CWN - July 27

Australia’s Labor Party has pledged to support same-sex marriage, and to require all party members eventually to join in that effort . After tense negotiations, a Labor Party meeting voted to...

Gay activists meet with Irish archbishop, plead for change in Church teaching CWN - July 27

Irish homosexual-rights activists said that they told Archbishop Eamon Martin that “existing Catholic teaching needs to change” during a meeting last week. Three leading activists spoke with the...

Chaldean Patriarch repeats plea for papal visit to Iraq CWN - July 27

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako told a Vatican Radio audience that he continues to hope for a visit by Pope Francis to Iraq. "We need his presence among us, so that he can give...

Vatican astronomer discusses discovery of Kepler-452b CWN - July 27

Father José Gabriel Funes, the director of the Vatican Observatory, said he was "very skeptical" that the discovery of Kepler-452b will lead to an encounter with extraterrestrial life in the near...

Italian prelate laments court decision on property taxes for Catholic schools CWN - July 27

The Supreme Court of Cassation-- Italy's highest appellate court-- has ruled that the city of Livorno has the right to levy property taxes on Catholic schools. Bishop Nunzio Galantino, the...

Pakistani priest: 130 Christians are now facing blasphemy charges CWN - July 27

The priest who directs the Dominican order's Peace Center in Lahore said that 130 Christians are now facing blasphemy charges in Pakistan. "According to my estimate, there are 130 Christians...

Prelate reiterates Pope's concern for Iraq's Christians CWN - July 27

In an interview with Vatican Radio, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, reiterated Pope Francis's 'very deep' concern for the Church in...

Pope appeals for release of clergy kidnapped in Syria CWN - July 27

Following his Angelus address on July 26, Pope Francis appealed for the release of Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, an Italian Jesuit who was kidnapped by the Islamic State in July 2013. "I make a...

Pope Francis: Jesus offers 'the fullness of life for the hungry man' CWN - July 27

Addressing the crowds that gathered in St. Peter's Square on July 26, Pope Francis reflected on the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Jn. 6:1-15) during his Sunday Angelus address. "The...

New Armenian Catholic patriarch elected CWN - July 27

The Synod of Bishops of the Armenian Catholic Church has elected Bishop Gregory Ghabroyan, 80, as the 20th Armenian Catholic Paticarch of Cilicia. The prelate, now known as Gregory Petros XX...

Papal telegram following death of Cardinal Baum CWN - July 27

Pope Francis has sent a telegram of condolence to Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington following the death of Cardinal William Baum, who served as Archbishop of Washington before leading the...

Polish bishops denounce new law allowing state funding for IVF CWN - July 24

The Catholic bishops of Poland have issued a statement decrying a new law that provides government funding for in vitro fertilization (IVF). The bishops said they were “deeply disappointed and...

Leading critic of hierarchy invited to brief Vatican panel on sexual abuse CWN - July 24

A Dominican priest who has been among the harshest critics of the Church hierarchy has consulted with members of the Vatican’s new panel on sexual abuse, the National Catholic Reporter...

New York parishioners protest removal of beloved artwork from historic church CWN - July 24

Concerned parishioners gathered outside the residence of New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan on July 23, demonstrating against plans to remove a beloved icon from the Church of Our...

Former corporate donors distancing themselves from Planned Parenthood CWN - July 24

Several major American corporations have asked Planned Parenthood to remove their names from the list of the group’s donors, in a clear indication that the public standing of Planned Parenthood has...

Cardinal William Baum, longest-serving American cardinal, dead at 88 CWN - July 24

Cardinal William Baum, the senior American member of the College of Cardinals, died in Washington, DC, on July 23 at the age of 88, after a lengthy illness. Cardinal Baum served as Bishop of...

Coptic activist: forbid youth conversions to Islam without parental consent CWN - July 24

As Egypt considers changes to its system of family law, Mikel Munir, a Coptic Christian who founded a political party, has appealed for a clause that would forbid youth conversions to Islam without...

Catholic university to open in Iraq CWN - July 24

Speaking in Australia, an Iraqi prelate discussed his plans to open a Catholic university in October. The university will be located in Erbil, a city of 1.5 million that is capital of the...

Italian bishops promote pilgrimages to Holy Land to aid Christian community CWN - July 24

Citing the link between pilgrimages to the Holy Land and the economic prospects of the region's Christians, various Italian bishops are urging the faithful to overcome their fear of violence and...

Pope approves additional Synod participants CWN - July 24

Pope Francis has ratified the names of participants chosen by 13 episcopal conferences to take part in the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family. The Pontiff had previously ratified the names...

Nepal: draft of new constitution bans religious conversion CWN - July 24

The largely Hindu nation of Nepal has published a draft of a new constitution that would ban religious conversion. According to the draft, "no one shall attempt to change or convert someone from...

USCCB awards $5.2M to projects in Eastern Europe CWN - July 24

The Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has awarded over $5.2 million to fund 177 projects in 23 nations. “Recovery...

Ghana's bishops lament teen abortions CWN - July 24

Concerned by an increasing number of teen abortions, the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference is hosting a conference in August entitled "Promoting Life and Family Values in the Continuing Culture of...

Counteract tribalism, Kenyan bishop urges universities CWN - July 24

Following student protests at the University of Eldoret and Moi University, a Kenyan bishop called upon university administrators to counteract tribalism, a Nairobi newspaper reported. "These two...

Vatican newspaper: 'Red-hot Earth' CWN - July 24

The front page of the July 24 edition of L'Osservatore Romano featured an article on "still more alarming data on the overheating of the Earth." The article, entitled "Red-hot Earth," cited a new...

Cardinal counsels patience with new Nigerian leader CWN - July 24

Cardinal Anthony Okogie, the retired archbishop of Lagos, has advised Nigerians to be patient with President Muhammadu Buhari as he addresses corruption and seeks to counter the threat from Boko...

Vatican envoy to UN: do not allow destruction of Syria CWN - July 23

Addressing on July 23 during an open debate on the Middle East at the UN Security Council, the Vatican’s representative called particular attention to the crisis in Syria. “We should not continue...

Profile of man behind the undercover Planned Parenthood videos CWN - July 23

The National Catholic Register profiles David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress, whose undercover videos have exposed the sale of fetal tissues and generated a surge of indignation against...

Women protesting war, advocating ordination draw praise from visiting bishop CWN - July 23

A group of women who have quietly held signs in a Washington, DC, church, pleading for peace and for the ordination of women, drew praise from a visiting bishop. Bishop John Ricard, the retired...

Massachusetts court hears arguments on decade-long occupation of closed church CWN - July 23

A Massachusetts appeals court heard oral arguments on July 22 in the case involving the decade-long occupation of a parish church that has been closed by the Archdiocese of Boston. The Friends of...

Little Sisters of the Poor will appeal to Supreme Court on contraceptive mandate CWN - July 23

The Little Sisters of the Poor will ask the US Supreme Court to overturn an appeals-court ruling that they must comply with the federal mandate requiring coverage of contraception in employee...

Islamic State growing every day, Iraqi prelate warns CWN - July 23

The forces of the Islamic State are growing stronger every day, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako tells Vatican Radio. The Iraqi prelate said that the Islamic State is no longer simply a...

Oldest biblical scroll since Dead Sea Scrolls deciphered CWN - July 23

A burnt piece of a 1,500-year-old Hebrew scroll discovered in 1970 contains the first eight verses of the Book of Leviticus, LiveScience.com reported. "The Ein Gedi parchment scroll is the oldest...

Ex-nuncio, awaiting trial, returns to Vatican CWN - July 23

Józef Wesolowski, the laicized ex-nuncio who faces a Vatican trial on charges of acquiring child pornography and sexually abusing teenage boys, has been released from the hospital and has returned...

Syrian prelate appeals for aid CWN - July 23

The Melkite Greek Catholic archbishop of Aleppo, Syria's most populous city, has appealed for aid to encourage Christians to remain in the nation. "At the time of this writing, Aleppo is...

German diocese seeks compensation from former bishop CWN - July 23

A German diocese is seeking 3.9 million euros ($4.28 million) in compensation from its former bishop for additional costs related to renovations to the bishop's residence. Bishop Franz-Peter...

'Is This the End of Christianity in the Middle East?' CWN - July 23

The New York Times has published a lengthy story on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. "The front line against ISIS in Northern Iraq is marked by an earthen berm that runs for...

Church of England ordains 1st diocesan woman bishop CWN - July 23

Rachel Treweek has become the first female diocesan bishop in the Church of England's history. Earlier in the year, Libby Lane became the first woman ordained as a suffragan bishop-- a position...

Federal court: parents may file suit against HHS mandate CWN - July 23

Overturning a lower court decision, a federal appeals court has ruled that parents have legal standing to file suit against provisions of health care law that require them to purchase insurance for...

White House honors religious climate activists CWN - July 23

The White House has honored 12 religious believers for "their grassroots efforts to green their communities and educate others on the moral and social justice implications of climate change,"...

Record number of transplants in China raises new concern about organ harvesting CWN - July 22

Chinese medical officials expect to perform 12,000 organ transplants this year, setting a new record and raising concerns about the possible harvesting of organs from executed convicts, the AsiaNews...

Islamic militants training children as terrorists in Democratic Republic of Congo CWN - July 22

As many as 1,500 children—some as young as 9 years old—are being trained for jihad in camps run by Islamic militants in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to research by international...

Vatican to UN: include common good, human dignity in discussions of development CWN - July 22

The Vatican’s delegation to the UN has argued that a document on sustainable development should emphasize that economic, social, and environmental concerns are intertwined. “For example,...

Iraq withdrawing troops from Nineveh plains; Christians uneasy CWN - July 22

The Iraqi government has ordered 4,000 soldiers and police officers to withdraw from the region of the Nineveh plains, prompting complaints from Christians in the region who have been hoping for an...

Gallup finds slump in US public approval of Pope Francis CWN - July 22

Public approval ratings for Pope Francis have dipped in the US in the past year, according to new Gallup survey. Gallup finds that 59% of Americans view the Pope favorably—down considerably from...

Top Pakistani court stays execution of Asia Bibi, grants new hearing in blasphemy case CWN - July 22

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has stayed the execution of Asia Bibi, and ordered a new hearing on her case. Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five children, has been imprisoned for six years—including...

Pope rallies mayors against climate change, human trafficking at Vatican conference CWN - July 22

Laudato Si’ is not an encyclical on climate change, but a social encyclical, Pope Francis said in a July 21 address to 70 mayors, representing cities around the world, who were gathered for a...

Newark archdiocese challenges New Jersey law banning headstone sales at archdiocesan cemeteries CWN - July 21

The Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, has filed a legal challenge to new state legislation that bars the archdiocese from selling headstones at archdiocesan cemeteries. The New Jersey law was...

Pakistani Christians face blasphemy charges for material on web site CWN - July 21

Two Christians have been arrested for alleged violations of Pakistan’s blasphemy law, and could face the death penalty if convicted. Qaiar and Amoon Ayub, who are brothers, are charged with...

European court says Italy must recognize same-sex unions CWN - July 21

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Italy violates the fundamental rights of homosexuals by failing to provide legal recognition of same-sex unions. “The Court considered that the...

New undercover video shows Planned Parenthood official bargaining over price of fetal organs CWN - July 21

A new undercover video has been released, showing a senior official of Planned Parenthood bargaining about the price of organs harvested from aborted babies. The Center for Medical Progress--...

Report: 16-year-old jailed in Egypt for evangelizing CWN - July 21

A 16-year-old Coptic Christian was detained in Alexandria, Egypt, on July 13 after he distributed bags of dates to Muslims who were about to conclude their Ramadan fast, according to an Egyptian...

Cardinal Tagle writes letter on Laudato Si' CWN - July 21

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila recently wrote a letter to Caritas Internationalis on Laudato Si', Pope Francis's second encyclical. Cardinal Tagle, who serves as the president of the...

Chicago seminary rector appointed bishop CWN - July 21

Pope Francis has appointed Father Robert Barron, rector/president of Mundelein Seminary and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Chicago, as an auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles. Father...

Philippine bishops: 'climate change action is an issue of social justice' CWN - July 21

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has issued a statement on climate change in view of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which will take place in December. "The...

Archbishop Gänswein on Synod: 'Why do some pastors want to propose what’s not possible?' CWN - July 21

Archbishop Georg Gänswein has questioned why some bishops-- particularly in his native Germany-- are proposing the admission of divorced and remarried Catholics to Communion, when that step is "not...

Ukrainian Catholic leader blasts same-sex marriage proposal CWN - July 21

As Ukrainian lawmakers discuss amendments to the nation's constitution, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church decried a proposal to permit same-sex marriage. Such a proposal threatens...

Holy See diplomat: the elderly have dignity beyond economic productivity CWN - July 21

As a United Nations working group discussed the human rights of the elderly, a Holy See diplomat said that the topic "is especially pertinent in a time when the elderly are abandoned, not only in...

Oratorians mark 500th anniversary of founder's birth CWN - July 21

Members of the Confederation of the Oratory gathered in Florence to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of their founder, St. Philip Neri. Following Mass, Eucharistic adoration, and a prayer...

Syriac Orthodox leader praises Christian youth for defending homes CWN - July 21

The head of the Syriac Orthodox Church recently praised Christian youth who have taken up arms to defend their homes against the forces of the Islamic State. Speaking in Al-Qamishli, a city of...

Cardinal: be welcoming to those married outside the Church without admitting them to Communion CWN - July 21

Reflecting on the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family, Cardinal Ennio Antonelli said in an interview that the Church can be welcoming to those who have remarried outside the Church without...

Christian publisher wins permanent injunction against contraceptive mandate CWN - July 20

An Illinois publishing house that specializes in Bible sales has won a permanent injunction against enforcement of the contraceptive mandate in the federal health-care program. A federal district...

3 Christians in Libya kidnapped by jihadists CWN - July 20

Three Christians in Libya have been kidnapped by a militant group with ties to the Islamic State. Libya’s government confirmed on July 19 that the Christians—one each from Ghana, Nigeria, and...

Italy's clerical pension fund running chronic deficit CWN - July 20

The state-run pension fund for Italian clerics is underfunded, the Italian government has revealed. A government report said that the fund is “constantly in deficit,” with an aggregate deficit of...

Italian pastor says anti-immigrant demonstrators not welcome in church CWN - July 20

An Italian pastor has posted a sign on the door of his parish church, “Racists are not allowed in this church.” Father Gianfranco Formenton—a priest with a history of public controversy-- posted...

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