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US bishops urge Senate to defund Planned Parenthood CWN - 3 hours ago

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, the chairman of the US bishops’ pro-life committee, has written to members of the US Senate, urging them to support a bill that would strip federal funding for...

Go to confession, Pope urges faithful CWN - 13 hours ago

On August 2-- the day on which the faithful have the opportunity each year to gain the Portiuncula indulgence-- Pope Francis encouraged those attending his Sunday Angelus address to go to...

Pope Francis: 'go beyond the gift and discover the Giver' CWN - 13 hours ago

Reflecting on the day's Gospel reading at Mass (John 6:24-35), Pope Francis spoke in his Sunday Angelus address of the need to seek God. "After the multiplication of the loaves, the people had...

Extra papal audiences planned for Jubilee Year CWN - 1 hours ago

Pope Francis plans to add an extra public audience to his schedule each month during the Jubilee Year. Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the prefect of the pontifical household, told Vatican Radio that...

Cardinal Müller speaks on Synod, Medjugorje, Lefebrists, and more CWN - 3 hours ago

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has said that the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops must avoid “reducing the word of Jesus and the teaching of the...

UN defeats bid to list abortion, gay rights among Sustainable Development Goals CWN - 3 hours ago

After three years of negotiations, the UN approved a set of Sustainable Development Goals that do not include support for legal abortion or homosexual marriage. The goals were approved on August...

Muslim lawyer for Asia Bibi says government ignored legal requirements in blasphemy case CWN - 1 hours ago

The lawyer representing Asia Bibi before Pakistan’s highest court has charged that the country’s government is responsible for the plight of the Christian woman, who remains on death row, convicted...

German bishops back organ donation, say 'brain death' is adequate measure CWN - 2 hours ago

The Catholic bishops of Germany have issued a statement encouraging the donation of human organs, provided that the donor is dead. The statement, apparently written to counter public pressure...

Remains of Padre Pio will be venerated at Vatican basilica for Ash Wednesday in Jubilee Year CWN - 2 hours ago

The remains of Padre Pio will be exposed for veneration in St. Peter’s basilica in February 2016, as Lent begins the Jubilee of Mercy. Pope Francis made a special request for the reliquary...

New Armenian Catholic Patriarch was retired before election CWN - 2 hours ago

The Catholic News Agency profiles the newly elected Armenian Catholic Patriarch Gregory Peter XX Ghabroyan. At the age of 80, the Armenian prelate had already resigned from his post as leader of...

New Vatican health director named CWN - 13 hours ago

Pope Francis has named Alfredo Pontecorvi, an endocrinologist and university professor, as the new director of the Department of Health and Hygiene for the Vatican City State. According to the...

Bombs rock two churches in New Mexico, but cause no casualties CWN - 2 hours ago

Explosions that rocked two churches in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Sunday morning were very likely connected, police believe. One explosive device was set in a mailbox on the wall of Calvary...

English bishops' commission issues report on abuse allegations CWN - 12 hours ago

The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission, established in 2008 by the Bishops Conference of England and Wales and the Conference of Religious of England and Wales, has released its annual...

Come to the Holy Land, Custos urges CWN - 12 hours ago

Reacting to a significant decline in the number of pilgrims, the Custos of the Holy Land has called upon Christians of other lands to visit the Holy Land's sacred sites. "For some time now,...

Papal tribute to St. Teresa of Avila, 'master of prayer' CWN - 2 hours ago

In a message to an international conference on St. Teresa of Avila, Pope Francis said that study of this “master of prayer” should help participants find the source of the truths that are a reliable...

Vatican newspaper pays tribute to classicist Martin West CWN - 13 hours ago

The English edition of L'Osservatore Romano has paid tribute to Martin Litchfield West, a classicist who taught at Oxford and the University of London and who died on July 13 at the age of...

Cardinal Baum remembered for 'ministry of engagement and not of confrontation' CWN - 14 hours ago

At the funeral Mass of Cardinal William Baum, the United States' longest-serving cardinal, Cardinal Donald Wuerl paid tribute to the late prelate's commitment of ecumenical and interreligious...

English bishop encourages faithful to oppose assisted-suicide bill CWN - July 31

An English bishop has urged the faithful to take an active role in opposing a bill that would allow for assisted suicide. Speaking to pilgrims who had traveled to France to pray at the shrine of...

Rome's mayor, Italian intelligence chiefs differ on terror threat level for Jubilee Year CWN - July 31

Rome’s Mayor Ignazio Marino has said that Islamic groups have made specific threats against the city, but Italian intelligence agencies dispute that claim. Mayor Marino told the daily Corriere...

Pope's prayer intentions for August 2015 CWN - July 31

The Vatican has released the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for August 2015. The Pope's general intention is: “That volunteers may give themselves generously to the service of the...

Planned Parenthood videotapes may show evidence of tissue-harvesting from babies born alive CWN - July 31

The head of the investigative team whose videotapes have exposed the sale of fetal tissues now says that Planned Parenthood may have been involved in harvesting organs from babies who were born...

Plenary indulgence for pilgrims on the Ignatian Way CWN - July 31

Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence to pilgrims who travel on the Camino Ignaciano, or Ignatian Way, between July 31, 2015, and July 31, 2016. July 31 is the feast of St. Ignatius of...

German Protestants deplore destruction of images CWN - July 31

In a recent dialogue with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, representatives of the Evangelical Church in Germany-- a federation of Lutheran and other Protestant communities-- deplored...

Caritas: 100 million Christians face discrimination, persecution CWN - July 31

Caritas Italiana, the Italian bishops' relief and development agency, has published a report on the persecution of Christians. The report, released July 30, estimates that there are "100 million...

Patriarch, Putin recall 1000th anniversary of St. Vladimir's death CWN - July 31

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, joined by representatives of other Orthodox churches, recalled the 1000th anniversary of the death of St. Vladimir, prince of Kievan Rus' and a key figure in the...

Kerala court: Christians who reconvert to Hinduism may benefit from affirmative action CWN - July 31

The high court of the southwest Indian state of Kerala has ruled that Christian dalits who reconvert to Hinduism may benefit from affirmative action programs. Dalits were formerly referred to as...

Spanish, French bishops issue letter on pilgrimage to Compostela CWN - July 31

French and Spanish bishops whose dioceses are part of the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) have issued a pastoral letter on the famed pilgrimage route, which leads to the cathedral in...

Cardinal decries Trump's comments on immigration CWN - July 31

Writing in the New York Daily News, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said that presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments on Mexicans entering the United States recalled 19th-century anti-Catholic...

Two Jewish extremists indicted for vandalizing ancient church on Sea of Galilee CWN - July 30

An Israeli court has indicted two Jewish extremists for the arson attack on an ancient Christian church, the AsiaNews service reports. The Church of the Multiplication of Church of the Loaves and...

Vatican official cuts ties with anti-trafficking organization CWN - July 30

The Vatican has broken off ties with the Global Freedom Network, an organization whose founder has drawn criticism from union leaders in Australia. “The Holy See actually withdrew some time ago,”...

Congress votes to limit access House chamber during to Pope's speech CWN - July 30

The US House of Representatives has voted to restrict public access to the legislative chamber when Pope Francis addresses a joint session of Congress on September 24. The office of Speaker John...

Cincinnati's Archbishp Schnurr urges citizen action to defund Planned Parenthood CWN - July 30

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati, Ohio, has encouraged his people to press for an end to government funding of Planned Parenthood. “They display a callous disrespect for human life,” the...

Kenyan bishops support vaccination boycott, citing risks CWN - July 30

The Catholic bishops of Kenya have encouraged the public to boycott a vaccination campaign, citing indications that the vaccine is unsafe, the Fides news service reports. The Kenyan bishops spoke...

Ukraine: Orthodox priest, nun are murder victims CWN - July 30

A Ukrainian Orthodox nun was murdered on July 29, and a priest who had been shot earlier in the week succumbed to his wounds. Sister Alevtina was found dead in her room at a convent in Kiev on...

Term-limit proposal for officials of Roman Curia? CWN - July 30

A proposal for “term limits” for officials of the Roman Curia will be among the proposals discussed at a September meeting of the Council of Cardinals, according to a report from the Catholic News...

Lesbian principal will retain post at German Catholic elementary school CWN - July 30

The head of a German elementary school run by the Catholic Church will retain her position, despite having registered a civil union with her lesbian partner. The Bavarian school, administered by...

Damaging new video exposes Planned Parenthood trade in fetal organs; California court restricts further releases CWN - July 30

Another damaging video exposing Planned Parenthood’s involved in the sale of fetal tissues was released on July 30, just hours after a judge in California issued a restraining order barring the...

Vatican newspaper recalls 1964 novel that featured Argentine pope CWN - July 30

L'Osservatore Romano has published a lengthy article by Juan Manuel de Prada, a Spanish writer and literary critic, on Juan XXIII (XXIV), a 1964 novel by the late Argentine Jesuit Father Leonardo...

29 dead in attacks on Christian villages in Nigeria CWN - July 30

Members of the jihadist group Boko Haram attacked two Christian villages in northeastern Nigeria, killing at least 29. The attacks on Dille and Mwuthamam took place on July 28, the Press Trust of...

Italy: number of consecrated widows on the rise CWN - July 30

The number of consecrated widows in Italy has risen to 200, and an additional 100 are in formation, according to a report in Avvenire, the newspaper owned by the Italian Episcopal Conference. In...

Thailand cracks down on surrogacy CWN - July 30

A new Thai law banning commercial surrogacy and the sale of human sperm cells and eggs goes into effect on July 30. The law follows a number of controversial surrogacy cases involving foreigners,...

Protests over detention of Iraqi Christian refugees in San Diego CWN - July 30

Members of the Chaldean Catholic community in San Diego have been protesting the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's detention of 27 Iraqi Christians at a privately-run detention facility since...

Patriarch: pray for Iraq's Christians on August 7 CWN - July 30

Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako has asked "all Christians all over the world to join us in praying for peace and stability in Iraq in the first anniversary of the conquest by ISIS of the Christian...

Avoid controversial issues in drafting development goals, Holy See tells UN CWN - July 30

As representatives of different governments negotiate the final draft of the United Nations' post-2015 development agenda, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See issued a statement...

USCCB committee, Catholic Charities call for just minimum wage to promote family life CWN - July 30

The chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, joined by the president of Catholic Charities USA, called upon members of...

Cardinal responds to Planned Parenthood videos CWN - July 30

Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, the chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said that recently released videos of Planned Parenthood...

Major US foundations committing millions for campaign to eliminate religious exemptions CWN - July 29

Several major American grantmaking foundations have committed millions of dollars to a campaign to eliminate religious exemptions to gay-rights laws, the Catholic News Agency (CNA) reports. CNA...

Patriarch pleads for peace in Middle East CWN - July 29

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 - July 29

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 - July 29

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...

Papal letter for English pro-life initiative CWN - July 29

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...

Ukrainian president calls for single national Orthodox church CWN - July 29

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...

Bishop protests destruction of crosses in China CWN - July 29

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 - July 29

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...

Archbishop, EPA administrator write joint op-ed on climate change CWN - July 29

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 - July 29

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...

Prelate welcomes judge's decision on detention of migrant children CWN - July 29

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...

Vatican health director will step down CWN - July 28

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 - July 28

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 - July 28

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...

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