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World Youth Day opens in Krakow

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who served as St. John Paul II’s personal secretary for decades, was the principal celebrant at the World Youth Day opening Mass, which took place at Blonia Park in...

Pope urges Texas young people: ‘Play life to the full!’

Pope Francis has appeared in a video message to the youth of the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, who had gathered at St. Anne Parish in Peñitas. “Play life to the full!” the...

African bishops pledge to protect, defend family

Africa’s bishops gathered in Luanda, Angola, from July 18 to 25 and issued a message pledging to “protect and defend” the family “against all that could destroy its...

Serbia protests annulment of Blessed Stepinac’s conviction

Serbia’s foreign minister, Ivica Dacic, has lodged a formal diplomatic protest following a Croatian court’s decision to annul the conviction of Blessed Alojzije Stepinac, the Croatian...

PA high court upholds reversal of Philadelphia monsignor’s conviction

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s reversal of the 2012 conviction of Msgr. William Lynn, a former Philadelphia archdiocesan chancery official. The 2012 conviction...

Barbados bishop laments buying of votes

In a July 26 talk to business leaders, Barbados’s bishop called for the adoption of a code of conduct to end the practice of vote buying in the Caribbean nation. “We have not yet...

Man kills 18 at Japanese center for disabled

A Japanese man killed 19 patients and injured 25 others at a center for the disabled outside Tokyo on July 16. The attacker used a knife to kill sleeping patients at the center in Sagamihara,...

Court dismisses charges against investigator who exposed Planned Parenthood fetal-tissue sales

A Texas court has dismissed all criminal charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, the pro-life activists whose undercover videos exposed Planned Parenthood's involvement in the sale of...

Missouri church vandalized

A parish in Bowling Green, Missouri, was vandalized with human feces on the night of July 23. The suspect in the case, a 54-year-old woman, told sheriff’s deputies that she was angry at God...

French church attacked during Mass, priest murdered

Two men with knives entered a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France, during Mass and took a priest and several worshippers hostage, according to media reports. The attackers-- who identified themselves as representatives of the Islamic State-- slit the throat of the priest, identified as Father Jacques Hamel, 85, before police killed the attackers. “The whole of France...

Vatican’s financial authority signs accord with Bank of Italy

The Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (AIF) has signed a working agreement with the Bank of Italy to increase cooperation in efforts to fight money laundering and the financing of...

Philippine bishops launch ‘thou shalt not kill’ campaign

The Philippine bishops have begun a “thou shalt not kill” campaign to counter extrajudicial killings of suspected criminals, the Philippine Star reported. “You cannot get rid of...

Vatican cardinal visits South Sudan, calls for peace

Cardinal Peter Turkson, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, has traveled to war-torn South Sudan as Pope Francis’s special envoy to foster peace. Cardinal Turkson...

President Obama sees ‘time of spiritual renewal’ for Muslims

At a recent White House reception to mark the end of Ramadan, President Barack Obama paid tribute to Muslim values. “For Muslims across the United States and around the world, this is a...

Coptic Pope suspends audience as religious strife escalates in Egypt

Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawardros II has cancelled his regular weekly public audiences because of a spate of violent attacks on Christians in Egypt. The Egyptian prelate said that he would not be...

Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan worsening, charitable group warns

The international charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has warned that escalating violence in South Sudan has led to rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation, with millions of people facing...

Turkish government blames reformist Muslim group for failed coup

The government of Turkey has blamed the international Islamic group Hizmet for the July 15 coup that failed to oust President Tayyip Erdogan.  Hizmet, an organization devoted to...

Aid worker, kidnapped in Afghanistan, is released

A Catholic human-rights worker who was kidnapped in Afghanistan early in June has been released. Judith D'Souza, who was abducted in Kabul on June 9, is expected home in her native India...

Bureaucratic infighting at Vatican raising questions about financial reforms

Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register provides some details of the infighting over Vatican economic reforms, and the results of that struggle-- which appear to have significantly decreased...

Pope drops formal address to Polish bishops from schedule for Krakow visit

Pope Francis has dropped plans to deliver a formal address to the Catholic bishops of Poland during his visit to Krakow this week, opting instead for an informal exchange. The Pope-- who will be...

Polish bishops rap fearmongers on immigration

Just before the opening of World Youth Day in Krakow, the Catholic bishops of Poland have released a statement decrying efforts by the country's political leaders to incite hostility...

Vatican newspaper publishes defense of Amoris Laetitia

L’Osservatore Romano has published a defense of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia by Rodrigo Guerra López, a philosopher at the Center for Advanced Social...

France, Holy See update agreement on French church in Rome

Updating a diplomatic accord that dates back to 1828, the Holy See and France have signed an agreement entrusting the care of the French church in Rome to the priests of the Emmanuel Community, a...

Pope reconstitutes membership of Vatican agency on ecclesiastical universities

Pope Francis has reconstituted the membership of the Agency for the Evaluation and Promotion of Quality in Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties (AVEPRO) for the next five years but has retained...

South Korea’s bishops oppose anti-missile defense system

In response to North Korean nuclear missile tests, the United States and South Korea have announced an anti-missile defense system—a move opposed by South Korea’s bishops. The planned...

Pope Francis: the word ‘Father’ is the ‘secret of Jesus’ prayer’

Reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading (Lk. 11:1-13) during his July 24 Angelus address, Pope Francis said that “this word [Father] is the secret of Jesus’...

Papal condolences following Munich shooting

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent a telegram of condolence in Pope Francis’s name following a shooting in Munich that left nine dead and over two dozen...

Venezuela asks Vatican to mediate in crisis

The government of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has reportedly agreed to a proposal from opposition leaders to ask for Vatican mediation in talks aimed to end the country's political...

Cardinal Sarah: St. Mary Magdalene shows need to recover 'primary of adoration'

Cardinal Robert Sarah has cited the example of St. Mary Magdalene as a model for Catholic spirituality, emphasizing the need to "recover the primacy of God and the primacy of adoration in the...

Croatian court overturns conviction of Cardinal Stepinac

A Croatian court has overturned the conviction of Blessed Alojzije Stepinac, who was convicted of treason in a show trial under Communist rule in 1946. Cardinal Stepinac, an implacable foe of...

Pope issues new norms for women's contemplative religious communities

Pope Francis has issued new rules for the governance of women's contemplative religious communities. With the apostolic constitution Vultum Dei Quaerere, the Pope calls for a renewal of women's contemplative communities, listing a dozen key points that should guide those communities in revising their statutes. The Pope emphasizes the vital role that women's contemplative religious...

Pakistan: Eucharistic congress counters conversions to Protestantism

An Islamabad parish has hosted a two-day Eucharistic congress, described by AsiaNews as Pakistan’s first. 1,500 mostly young people were in attendance at the congress, and two bishops...

Cardinal Burke: Islam is ‘fundamentally a form of government’

Cardinal Raymond Burke said in a telephone interview that Islam is “fundamentally a form of government.” Speaking with Religion News Service, the patron of the Sovereign Military...

USCCB president announces day of prayer, task force for community peace

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited dioceses to observe September 9, the memorial of St. Peter Claver, as a “Day of Prayer for Peace in Our...

Syria: patriarch blasts Western efforts to remove Assad

The head of the Syriac Catholic Church—an Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the Holy See—offered strong criticism of “American, French, English, [and] European Union...

Bishop: Turkey’s Catholics are safe because they stay out of politics

As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued his crackdown, assuming unprecedented powers through a state of emergency and suspending adherence to a human rights treaty, one of the...

Pope presided at wedding of deaf couple

Pope Francis presided at the wedding of a young couple earlier this month, in a quiet ceremony held in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Paulina Szczepanska, the daughter of a Vatican...

Lebanese prosecutor names three suspects in 2013 kidnapping of Orthodox nuns

A Lebanese prosecutor has issued warrants for the arrest for three Syrian men who are suspected of involvement in the kidnapping of 13 Orthodox nuns. The nuns were abducted from St. Tekla’s...

Profile of Cardinal Dziwiz: longtime secretary to St. John Paul II now hosting World Youth Day

The Crux web site has profiled Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, who is hosting World Youth Day. Cardinal Dziwisz, who worked for decades as private secretary to St. John Paul II, sees this...

Top aide to Cardinal Pell leaving Secretariat for Economy

Danny Casey, a chief aide to Cardinal George Pell at the Secretariat for the Economy, will step down from his post and return to his native Australia at the end of September, The Tablet has...

Memo: nuncio curtailed investigation of Minnesota archbishop

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, then apostolic nuncio to the United States, directed that an investigation into Archbishop John Nienstedt’s alleged homosexual activity be curtailed, and subsequently asked two auxiliary bishops to destroy a letter about the case, according to a 2014 memo released on July 20 by prosecutors in Minnesota. The memo’s author, identified in press...

Detroit priest sentenced for embezzlement

A Detroit archdiocesan priest who admitted to embezzling money from a charity has been resentenced to three to 20 years in prison. Father Timothy Kane admitted that he had arranged to receive...

Argentina: nuns accused of helping hide $9M

Four nuns at a convent near Buenos Aires are under investigation for allegedly assisting a former cabinet minister in hiding $9 million in cash and jewels. Argentine media showed footage of nuns...

Africa to be consecrated to the Divine Mercy

The continent of Africa will be consecrated to the Divine Mercy on September 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The consecration will take place during the Third Congress for...

Christian leaders warn of Zimbabwe’s ‘total collapse’

Decrying the repression of protestors, the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference has joined with other Christian organizations in warning of the nation’s “total collapse”...

New nuncio: US bishops’ main challenge is evangelization

In an interview with Our Sunday Visitor, Archbishop Christopher Pierre, the new apostolic nuncio to the United States, said that “helping the people know Jesus” is the main challenge...

Co-founder of Neocatechumenal Way dead at 85

Carmen Hernandez, a co-founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, died in Madrid on July 20 at the age of 85, after a long illness. Hernandez had joined with Kiko Arguella and Father Mario Pezzi to...

Video released of priest kidnapped in Yemen, but no new information

The release of a video showing Father Tom Uzhunnalli, the Salesian priest who was kidnapped in Yemen in March, provides "nothing new" about his condition, and does not even prove that he...

Schedule set for Pope's afternoon trip to Assisi, August 4

The Vatican has released the full schedule for an afternoon pilgrimage to Assisi by Pope Francis on August 4. The Pontiff will travel to Assisi by helicopter in he afternoon, arriving at...

Beatification sought for theologian Romano Guardini

The Archdiocese of Munich, Germany, will soon open a cause for the beatification of the theologian Romano Guardini. Born in Verona in 1885, Guardini taught at the University of Berlin until he...

Vatican envoy urges UN members not to veto action on war crimes

In a UN discussion about war crimes, the Vatican's representative has exhorted Security Council members not to block action on crimes against humanity. Archbishop Bernardito Auza said that...

Pope sends greetings to Poland, where stage is set for World Youth Day

Pope Francis has sent a message of greetings to the young people of Poland, one week before he visits Krakow for the 31st World Youth Day (WYD). This year's WYD, the Pope said, will...

Former OSV publisher to head US bishops' news service

Greg Erlandson, who recently retired as publisher of Our Sunday Visitor, has been named editor-in-chief of Catholic News Service (CNS), the news agency run by hte US bishops'...

Military officer, convicted of killing Guatemalan bishop, dies in prison riot

A former Guatemalan military officer who was convicted in 2001 of killing a Catholic bishop has himself been killed in a prison riot. Byron Lima, a former army captain, was found guilty of the...

Orthodox Patriarch left Turkey just before coup, sparking rumors

Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople left Turkey just hours before the abortive coup this past weekend, prompting rumors that he had been warned of the attempt of oust President...

Buttiglione backs Amoris Laetitia in L'Osservatore Romano article

The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has published a front-page essay by Rocco Buttiglione, the Italian political leader and adviser to St. John Paul II, supporting the argument of...

At UN, Vatican envoy deplores child trafficking

At a recent UN meeting devoted to the trafficking of children, the Holy See’s permanent observer said that the Church “has sought to fight to address its various causes, care for those...

Rebel rockets rain down on Christian quarter in Aleppo

On a single day last week, 250 rockets rained down on the largely Christian quarter of west Aleppo, which is controlled by the Assad regime. In west Aleppo, Christians “at least have the...

2 churches attacked in Turkey

Following the failed coup attempt in Turkey, a Catholic church and a Protestant church in different cities suffered attacks, a Brussels-based newspaper reported. Using sledgehammers and stones,...

Parish priest in Nice builds good relations with Muslims, evangelizes

Father Patrick Bruzzone, parish priest of Saint-Pierre de l’Ariane in the immigrant quarter in Nice, France, has built good relations with the Jewish and Muslim communities, according to a...

40,000 Americans to take part in World Youth Day in Poland

More than 40,000 Americans, including 85 bishops, have registered to take part in World Youth Day, which will begin on July 26 in Krakow, Poland. “The 40,000 Americans registered represent...

Chilean bishop: multinational corporations trying to influence Catholic organizations

A Chilean bishop opposed to the construction of a massive hydroelectric plant warned Catholic organizations not to accept donations from multinational corporations involved in the project. Bishop...

Patriarch Bartholomew foresees significant ecumenical progress in coming years

In an interview with La Repubblica, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew discussed the recent Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church and said that those who wish to interrupt dialogue with other...

Boston cardinal concerned about Trump’s comments on Muslims

Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston has expressed concern about comments made by Donald Trump about Muslims. In Ireland for the rededication of Knock Basilica, the prelate warned...

See gifts in every person, Cardinal Tagle urges faithful

Christians should look on all other people as gifts, Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila said in his homily at a Mass closing the 3rd Philippine Conference on New Evangelizaiton. "You don't...

Catholic Theological Society honors 'married' homosexual scholar

The Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) has given its highest award to an openly homosexual scholar who is a partner in a same-sex union. Orlando Espin, who teaches systematic theology...

African bishops plead for peace in South Sudan, condemn all violence

The Catholic bishops of eastern Africa have denounced the bloodshed in South Sudan and condemned "all acts of violence without exception." "Fighting for whatever reason is an act...

Chinese officials balk at visas for World Youth Day travel

The Chinese government is discouraging young people from traveling to Poland for World Youth Day (WYD), the AsiaNews service reports. About 2,000 young people from China are expected in Krakow...

Pope to Dominicans: 'testify to mercy'

In a message to leaders of the Dominican order, who are holding a general chapter in Bologna this week, Pope Francis urged: "Testify to mercy, professing it and embodying it in...

Archbishop Gänswein says loyalty to Pope Benedict makes him unwelcome in Germany

In an interview with Schwäbischen Zeitung, Archbishop Georg Gänswein said that his work as the personal secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and his previous work for the Congregation...

Illinois bishop defends Archbishop Chaput’s teaching on Communion for divorced/remarried

An Illinois bishop has come to the defense of Archbishop Charles Chaput, who recently confirmed the traditional Church teaching that Catholics who are divorced and remarried outside the Church may...

Brooklyn diocesan spokesman delivers invocation at GOP convention

The Diocese of Brooklyn’s vicar of communications delivered the invocation before the evening session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18. Msgr. Kieran Harrington...

Church will foster ‘life-saving dialogue,’ USCCB president says following police shooting

Following the shooting of three police officers in Baton Rouge, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said that “we find ourselves amid a prolonged prayer of lament...

Russian Orthodox Church: recent council in Crete was ‘important’ but ‘not pan-Orthodox’

The recent Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church was not a pan-Orthodox council, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has said. The Russian Orthodox Church—the largest of...

Philippine bishops warn against vigilantism, police killing of suspects

Extrajudicial killings cry out to heaven for justice, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines warned in a recent letter. “We are disturbed by an increasing number of...

German cardinal sees negative results from resignation of Benedict XVI

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, the retired president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, has written that the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI was imprudent-- although certainly...

Dissident Boston 'parish' sets up rival congregation

The group of dissident Catholics who fought for 14 years to prevent the closing of their parish by the Boston archdiocese have now set up their own community, outside the structure of the Catholic...

Papal encouragement for Evangelical meeting in Washington

Pope Francis has sent a message of encouragement to "Together 16," a rally of Evangelical Christians in Washington, DC. In his message, conveyed by video, the Pope says that all young...

Italian Church receives $1.3 billion from 'church tax'

The Catholic Church in Italy received $1.3 billion from income-tax returns, under a system that send 0.8% of tax payments to religious or charitable institutions. Italian taxpayers are given the...

Statistics show sharp decline of German Catholic Church

Despite statistics that show a catastrophic decline, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich insists that the Catholic Church in Germany is "a strong force, whose message is heard and...

Baton Rouge bishop calls for week of prayer and fasting after police slain

Bishop Robert Muench of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has called for "a diocesan-wide week of prayer and fasting" in response to the shooting deaths of three police officers. The bishop said...

South African bishops urge lawmakers to address media censorship

South Africa’s bishops have lent their support to demonstrators who have protested censorship at the state-run South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), including the suspension of...

Pope Francis: listening is at heart of hospitality

St. Luke’s account of Jesus in the home of Mary and Martha (Lk. 10:38-42) emphasizes the importance of listening, Pope Francis said in his July 17 Sunday Angelus address. “In busying...

Pope prays for victims of Nice terrorist attack

Stating that “the pain of the massacre is alive in our hearts,” Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the Nice terrorist attack following his Angelus address on July 17. The attack...

Iraqi bishop laments conditions in refugee camps

In an interview with a California-based magazine, an Iraqi bishop deplored the situation of Christians who fled the Islamic State and now live in refugee camps. “The situation for these...

Understand the jihadists’ strategy, Muslim journalist writes in Vatican newpaper

In a front-page column that appeared in L’Osservatore Romano following the terrorist attack in Nice, a Muslim journalist said that a greater understanding of Islam is necessary to counter the...

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