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Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople rebukes Moscow, underlines importance of ties with Rome CWN - 14 hours ago

Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople underlined the importance of ecumenical ties with Rome, and criticized the resistance of the Russian Orthodox Church, in an August 29 address. The...

Papal message to theology conference CWN - September 4

In a video message to a theological conference taking place in Argentina, Pope emphasized the importance of bridging the gaps between faith and life and between theology and the Church’s...

Cardinal Müller: German leadership risks split in Church CWN - 14 hours ago

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has warned against a serious split within the Church over questions involving marriage and human sexuality. Speaking in Regensburg,...

From German-speaking bishops' conferences, arguments for change in Church teaching on marriage CWN - 14 hours ago

Two new books, from authors closely affiliated with the bishops' conferences of German and Switzerland, have argued for dramatic changes in Church teaching on marriage and human...

Colombian, Venezuelan bishops appeal for dialogue CWN - September 4

Denouncing the organized crime, human trafficking, and drug trade taking place on the Colombia-Venezuelan border, the bishops of the two nations appealed for dialogue between the nations’ two...

UK’s chief rabbi meets with Pope CWN - September 4

Pope Francis met on September 3 with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mervis, who leads the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. The chief rabbi, who was accompanied by Cardinal Vincent Nichols of...

Islamic State imposes tax on Christians in Syrian city CWN - September 4

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has imposed the jizya, or special tax on non-Muslims, on the Christians of the central Syrian town of al-Qaryatayn, according to the Syrian Observatory of...

Manila cardinal begins ‘season of creation’ CWN - September 4

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila began the Archdiocese of Manila’s “season of creation” on September 1 with a call to ecological conversion that included being content with...

Italian priest stops all parish activities, to block gossip about his alleged paternity CWN - September 3

An Italian priest has taken the unusual step of halting all parish activities—except for Mass—in a bid to halt the circulation of rumors that he fathered a child. “I am not the father of that...

Priests in Michigan, Kansas charged for misappropriating parish funds CWN - September 3

Two American Catholic priests, in Michigan and in Kansas, faced charges on September 2 for allegedly misappropriating funds. In Michigan, Father Edward Belczak entered a guilty plea on mail-fraud...

Another papal first: shopping for eyeglasses in downtown Rome CWN - September 3

Pope Francis left the Vatican on Thursday, September 3, to buy new eyeglasses at a shop in downtown Rome. The Pope stunned other shoppers on the stylist Via del Babuino when he appeared in the...

Kenyan bishop: defend family against outside ideological pressures CWN - September 3

A Kenyan bishop urged the faithful to defend marriage, and resist the pressure of ideologies that undermine family life, in a September 2 address. Speaking to participants in a conference...

Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licences CWN - September 3

A county clerk in Kentucky has been jailed for contempt of court, because she refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Kim Davis was taken into federal custody on September 3,...

Serve families, hear confessions: Pope's requests to priests of Schoenstatt Movement CWN - September 3

In a message to priests of the Schoenstatt Movement, Pope Francis said that priests “must never be above or in front of others, but instead must walk alongside them, loving them with the same love...

Pope meets Israeli president, presses for resumption of talks with Palestinians CWN - September 3

Pope Francis pressed for the resumption of dialogue between Israel and Palestinian leaders, during a September 3 meeting with Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin. A brief Vatican statement...

CDF rules that transgendered person is not permitted to be baptismal sponsor, says Spanish bishop CWN - September 3

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has ruled that a woman who identifies herself as transgendered is not permitted to serve as a baptismal sponsor, Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy of...

‘The Rigging of a Vatican synod?’ CWN - September 3

In a new book excerpted in Catholic World Report, journalist Edward Pentin recounts the events surrounding the October 2014 Synod of Bishops’ controversial interim report. The report...

Odisha bishops establish ‘Martyrs’ Day’ CWN - September 3

The bishops of the east Indian state of Odisha, formerly known as Orissa, have unanimously decided to establish a “martyrs’ day” to commemorate the nearly 100 Christians who were...

Nigerian prelate backs leader’s anti-corruption effort CWN - September 3

The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, has lent his support to President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption...

‘Protect church-state separation’ during papal visit, group urges CWN - September 3

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned officials in Washington, New York, and Philadelphia to “respect separation of church and state” during the upcoming papal...

US cardinal welcomes Pope’s initiative on absolution of abortions CWN - September 3

Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has welcomed Pope Francis’s decision to...

Vatican delegate objects to gender ideology in UN development document CWN - September 2

Commenting on a UN development plan, the Vatican’s representative has taken exception to language that promotes access to abortion, contraception, and gender ideology. Archbishop Bernardito Auza,...

Israeli Catholics demonstrate to protest government budget cuts for Church schools CWN - September 2

Catholics in Nazareth organized a demonstration on September 1 to protest Israeli government policies slashing support for Church-run schools. Bishop Giacinto Boulos Marcuzzo, an auxiliary of the...

Catholic college prepared to pay heavy fines for failure to comply with Obamacare mandate CWN - September 2

The president of a Thomas Aquinas College has said that the California school is prepared to pay heavy fines, if necessary, rather than comply with the “Obamacare” contraceptive mandate. Thomas...

English cardinal urges faithful to oppose bill allowing assisted suicide CWN - September 2

England’s leading Catholic prelate has urged Catholics to contact their representatives in Parliament, as a vote approaches on a bill that would allow physician-assisted suicide. 'The intrinsic...

Papal plea for end to warfare CWN - September 2

Pope Francis issued a plea for peace, especially in the Middle East, at the conclusion of his regular weekly audience on September 2. Noting that the day was the 70th anniversary of Japan’s...

Patriarch pleads for young Christians to stay in Syria, Iraq CWN - September 2

In an open letter to young Catholics, Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregory III Laham has pleaded for an end to a “tsunami” of emigration. “The almost communal wave of youth emigration, especially...

New poll confirms widespread dissent from Church moral teachings among US Catholics CWN - September 2

Dissent from Church teachings on contentious moral issues is widespread among Catholic Americans, a new Pew Research survey has confirmed. A majority of Catholics believe that the use of...

Beatification cause planned for victims of bombing in Baghdad cathedral CWN - September 2

Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace III Younans plans to open a cause for the beatification of 48 people killed in a 2010 attack on a cathedral in Baghdad. Our Lady of Salvation cathedral was...

Pope Francis: faith transforms family life for the better CWN - September 2

Christ’s teaching that those who love family members more than they love than him are not worthy of him (Mt. 10:37-38) is not intended to denigrate family life, Pope Francis said in his...

Orthodox bishops discuss pan-Orthodox council CWN - September 2

140 bishops of the Patriarchate of Constantinople traveled from Greece, the United States, and other nations to Istanbul to mark the beginning of the Orthodox liturgical year and discuss the...

Christian, Muslim leaders discuss plight of Christians in Syria, Iraq CWN - September 2

The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and KAICIID, an interreligious-dialogue initiative founded by Austria, Saudi Arabia, and Spain, are sponsoring a conference in Athens on September 2 and...

Russian patriarch criticizes Ukrainian Catholics; Eastern patriarch says ‘real’ Ukrainians are Orthodox CWN - September 2

In a meeting with the head of the Orthodox Church of Alexandria, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow criticized the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church as well as Orthodox churches in Ukraine that are not in...

2 Catholic activists freed in Vietnam CWN - September 2

Two young Vietnamese Catholic human rights activists have been released after serving four-year prison sentences on charges of plotting to overthrow the government. Despite pressure, the two...

Federal government urges employees: work from home during papal visit CWN - September 2

The federal government’ Office of Personnel Management has asked federal agencies to discourage employees from commuting to Washington during the three days of Pope Francis’s visit to...

Stay out of political campaigns, Ukrainian Catholic leader reminds priests CWN - September 2

As Ukraine prepares for local elections on October 25, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, reminded priests that Church and state have a...

German bishops’ conference: grant sanctuary to refugees only as a last resort CWN - September 2

As thousands of migrants and refugees enter Europe from Africa and Asia, the migration commission of the German Bishops’ Conference has published a brief document on the tradition of granting...

British scholars urge Jesuits not to close historic Heythorp College CWN - September 1

A group of British intellectuals has joined in a plea to Jesuit officials to rescind their decision to close Heythorp College, saying that the 400-year-old institution plays an important role in...

Chinese Catholic petition for release of bishop, imprisoned since 1996 CWN - September 1

Catholics in China’s Hebei province have issued a plea to the government for the release of Bishop James Su Zhimin of Baoding, who has been jailed since 1996. After China’s President Xi Jinping...

Rome's planner sees 'concrete and real threat' of terror activity during Jubilee Year CWN - September 1

The prefect of the City of Rome has said that he sees a “concrete and real threat” of terrorist attacks during the Jubilee Year. “But like all threats, that doesn't mean we have to shut ourselves...

Kentucky clerk of court defies Supreme Court, refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses CWN - September 1

Defying court orders, a county clerk in Kentucky is refusing to issue marriage licenses of same-sex couples. Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County, said that she would obey “God’s...

Africa will preserve Christian understanding of marriage, family: Cardinal Sarah CWN - September 1

Africa will save the Christian understanding of marriage and family, Cardinal Robert Sarah told a Catholic weekly in Benin. “I have absolute confidence in African culture,” said Cardinal Sarah,...

First Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation: liturgy in Vatican basilica CWN - September 1

Pope Francis presided on September 1 at the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, with a Liturgy of the Word in St. Peter’s basilica. The service included readings from a canticle...

Pope's prayer intentions for September 2015 CWN - September 1

The Vatican has released the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for September 2015. The Pope’s universal intention is: “That opportunities for education and employment may increase for...

9th Planned Parenthood video: for-profit corporation paid fees to clinic directors for exclusive access CWN - September 1

A new undercover video—the 9th in a series exposing Planned Parenthood—has introduced another major player in the business of harvesting fetal tissues. The new video from the Center for Medical...

Pope Francis: SSPX priests will licitly and validly absolve sins during Jubilee of Mercy CWN - September 1

Pope Francis has declared that priests of the Society of St. Pius X, founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, will validly and licitly absolve sins during the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy, which begins on December 8. The Pope has also ruled that during the Jubilee Year, all priests will have the authority to absolve penitents of the sin of abortion. Under current canon law, abortion is not...

Archbishop Marini to lead Eastern Catholic liturgical commission CWN - September 1

Pope Francis has reconstituted the Congregation for the Eastern Churches’ Special Commission for the Liturgy and has named Archbishop Piero Marini as its president. The commission, founded in...

Report: Pope to meet with deposed French bishop CWN - September 1

Pope Francis will meet on the afternoon of September 1 with Bishop Jacques Gaillot, the former bishop of Evreux, France, according to La Croix. The bishop, whom St. John Paul II removed from...

Iraqi archbishop: 20% of local Christians emigrated in 2014 CWN - September 1

The Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Basra said that 20% of Christian families emigrated from the city in 2014. Basra, the largest city under Iraqi government control after Baghdad, is far from...

Pope Emeritus celebrates Mass for former students CWN - September 1

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated Mass for his former students on August 30, the closing day of the annual Ratzinger Schülerkreis. During the Mass, which took place on August 30 at the...

Synod should place education at center of its concerns, says priest CWN - September 1

Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, an Italian priest said that the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family should make education one of its central concerns. In March, Pope Francis appointed Msgr....

European bishops: pray for the care of creation CWN - September 1

The Council of Catholic Bishops' Conferences of Europe (CCEE) has issued a message encouraging the continent’s bishops to take part in the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September...

Nigerian prelate decries same-sex marriage CWN - September 1

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, has given pride of place on its website to a recent homily by Bishop Camillus Etokudoh of Port Harcourt. The prelate...

Papal condolences for hurricane victims CWN - September 1

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent a telegram of condolence in the name of the Holy Father to the bishop of Roseau, Dominica, the island nation that was the site of...

American analysts sees acceptance of immigrants as 'suicide of Christian Europe' CWN - August 31

An American political analyst has charged that Pope Francis is contributing to “the suicide of Christian Europe” by encouraging immigration from Africa. Speaking to an Italian audience, Edward...

Palestinian archbishop arrested in protest against Israeli 'security wall' CWN - August 31

Archbishop Michel Sabbah, the retired Latin-rite Patriarch of Jerusalem, was among the Palestinian Christian demonstrators arrested by Israeli police on August 30 in a protest against the “security...

Most Catholics in Massachusetts legislature support Planned Parenthood, study shows CWN - August 31

A study by a lay activist group has shown that most of the Catholics serving in the state legislature support Planned Parenthood. The Catholic Action League found that 52 Catholics in the lower...

Benedict XVI testifies for beatification of Pope John Paul I CWN - August 31

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI has given testimony for the cause of beatification of Pope John Paul I, the Italian journal Famiglia Cristiana reports. Elected in 1978 to succeed Pope Paul VI, Pope...

Eleven cardinals contribute to new book urging Synod to uphold Church teaching on marriage CWN - August 31

Eleven cardinals, from all around the world, have contributed to a new book arguing against any substantive change in the Church’s teaching on marriage. In Eleven Cardinals Speak on Marriage and...

Undercover video producers debunk Planned Parenthood's defense CWN - August 31

The Center for Medical Progress, which has released a series of damaging undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the sale of fetal tissues, has now sent a letter to Congress,...

Pope Francis in video link with US groups CWN - August 31

Pope Francis spoke with American audiences in three different locations on August 31, in a video-link event hosted by the ABC television network. The Pontiff spoke with students at Cristo Rey...

March for Life wins exemption from Obamacare contraceptive mandate CWN - August 31

The March for Life has won a permanent injunction barring enforcement of the “Obamacare” contraceptive mandate. A federal court rules on August 31 that the March for Life, the group that...

Suspects arrested in Pakistan church attacks CWN - August 31

Pakistani police have arrested five persons suspected of planning the March 15 attacks on two churches in Lahore, the Fides news agency reported. A regional government official said that the...

Anglicans to join Catholics, Orthodox in prayer for creation CWN - August 31

The Church of England’s lead bishop for the environment has called upon Anglicans to join Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in praying for the care of creation on September 1. “It...

Declare the killing of Middle East’s Christians a genocide, Iraqi prelate urges CWN - August 31

Speaking with three diocesan newspapers in the United States, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Erbil, Iraq, called for the declaration of the killing of Syrian and Iraqi Christians as a...

Pope laments death of migrants in Austria CWN - August 31

Three days after 71 migrants were found dead in a truck in Austria, Pope Francis lamented their deaths following his August 30 Angelus address. “In recent days, many migrants have lost their...

Bishop slain during Assyrian genocide beatified CWN - August 31

A century to the day after he was beaten and beheaded after refusing to convert to Islam, Bishop Flavianus Michael Malke (Melki) was beatified as a martyr on August 29 at the Patriarchal Convent of...

Pope Francis: ‘if the heart doesn’t change, we are not true Christians’ CWN - August 31

Reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading at Mass, Pope Francis said in his August 30 Sunday Angelus address that Jesus “emphasizes the primacy of the interior of the ‘heart.’” “Exterior things are...

Ex-nuncio, facing Vatican trial for abuse, died of ‘cardiac event’ CWN - August 31

A team of three medical experts, led by forensic pathologist Dr. Giovanni Arcudi, conducted an autopsy on the body of Józef Wesolowski and determined he died of a “cardiac event,” according to the...

Vatican denies letter was intended to endorse Italian author's book on same-sex unions CWN - August 28

The Vatican press office has issued a statement to counter an Italian writer’s claim that Pope Francis praised her book defending same-sex unions. Francesca Pardi, whose book Piccolo Uovo was...

Biden says Pope Francis has revived Catholic social teaching CWN - August 28

US Vice President has said that Pope Francis "has become a moral rudder for the world." Biden, who is Catholic, said that the Pope was sounding a moral call on "some of the most important issues...

Pope will visit 3 African capitals in November CWN - August 28

Pope Francis will visit Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African Republic in November, visiting the capital of each country during his visit to Africa. Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo, the...

Monaco apologizes for deportation of Jews CWN - August 28

Prince Albert II of Monaco has apologized for his nation’s deportation of Jewish refugees during World War II. Monaco’s leading prelate, Archbishop Bernard Barsi, was present at the...

Malawi prelate laments climate change CWN - August 28

Stating that “we are victims of climate change,” an archbishop lamented the “disasters we have just experienced here in Malawi: the devastating floods, the prolonged dry spell, the erratic rainfall...

Ex-nuncio, facing Vatican trial for sexual abuse, dead at 67 CWN - August 28

Jozef Wesolowski, the former papal nuncio and archbishop who was laicized for sexually abusing minors, died on August 28. Wesolowski had been living under house arrest at the Vatican, and was...

Pontifical council publishes holy hour for September 1 prayer for creation CWN - August 28

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has published a suggested Eucharistic holy hour for the September 1 observance of the World Day of Prayer for Creation. The text includes prayers,...

Lebanese Muslims issue declaration on religious freedom CWN - August 28

A Muslim organization associated with Lebanon’s highest Sunni authority has issued the Beirut Declaration on Religious Freedom. “To deny Christian communities the right to exercise their...

Court upholds Italy’s law against embryo research CWN - August 28

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld an Italian law against the donation of human embryos for scientific experimentation and research. Adelina Parrillo, 61, wished to donate five embryos...

Stop giving political homilies, African prelate tells priests CWN - August 28

As belligerents in the nation’s 20-month civil war signed a peace agreement, South Sudan’s leading prelate exhorted priests not to give political homilies. Stating that priests “are almost...

Former Ratzinger students plan annual meeting CWN - August 27

The Ratzinger Schülerkreis, the annual seminar for former students of Pope-emeritus Benedict, will meet August 28 to 30 to discuss modern man’s search for God. The schülerkreis was formed in...

Illinois diocese to ask Catholic-school parents to make commitment to support Church, follow moral teachings CWN - August 27

The Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, is weighing a policy that would require parents of parochial-school students to agree that they will attend Mass every Sunday and contribute to the support of...

Archbishop Chaput chastises critics of organizing team for World Meeting of Families CWN - August 27

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has denounced two activist Catholic groups that called attention to connections between officials of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) and politicians...

Mortar attacks on 2 Damascus churches CWN - August 27

Two churches in Damascus, including the church of Maronite Catholic Archbishop Samir Nassar, suffered mortar attacks on August 23. The Fides news agency reported that 50 people were injured and...

3.1 million have attended Pope’s general audiences CWN - August 27

An estimated 3.1 million persons have attended Pope Francis’s Wednesday general audiences, according to statistics released by the Prefecture of the Papal Household following the Pontiff’s 100th...

Pope meets with Iraqi priest who ministers to refugees CWN - August 27

At his August 26 general audience, Pope Francis spoke with Father Samir Yousif, a Chaldean Catholic priest who ministers to 5,000 refugees in five villages in the region of Amadiya in Iraqi...

Mexican bishops, government pledge to assist migrants CWN - August 27

Representatives of the Mexican government and the Mexican Episcopal Conference met on August 24 to discuss the plight of migrants. According to a statement from the bishops’ conference, the...

French bishops condemn arson attack on mosque CWN - August 27

The Bishops’ Conference of France has denounced a recent arson attack on a mosque in the southwestern French city of Auch. The episcopal conference said in an August 25 statement that it “wishes...

India’s Hindu population falls below 80% CWN - August 27

India’s Hindu population has fallen below 80% of the nation’s population, according to 2011 census data released on August 25. In 2011, 79.8% of the nation’s people were Hindus, down from 80.5%...

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