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Ex-nuncio, facing Vatican trial for sexual abuse, dead at 67 CWN - 12 hours ago

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...

Pope will visit 3 African capitals in November CWN - 5 hours ago

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...

Biden says Pope Francis has revived Catholic social teaching CWN - 5 hours ago

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...

Court upholds Italy’s law against embryo research CWN - 13 hours ago

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...

Pontifical council publishes holy hour for September 1 prayer for creation CWN - 13 hours ago

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 - 13 hours ago

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...

Stop giving political homilies, African prelate tells priests CWN - 13 hours ago

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...

Vatican denies letter was intended to endorse Italian author's book on same-sex unions CWN - 5 hours ago

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...

Monaco apologizes for deportation of Jews CWN - 12 hours ago

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 - 12 hours ago

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...

Former Ratzinger students plan annual meeting for September CWN - August 27

The Ratzinger Schülerkreis, the annual seminar for former students of Pope-emeritus Benedict, will meet September 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%...

Myanmar passes anti-conversion law CWN - August 27

The parliament of Myanmar (Burma) has passed a law that makes religious conversion more difficult. “Under the religious conversion bill, individuals choosing to adopt another faith confront...

Iraqi government addresses plight of Baghdad’s Christians CWN - August 27

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has established a security committee to address rising violence, including abductions and the expropriation of property, against Christians in Baghdad and other...

Renovations near completion at New York cathedral CWN - August 26

A four-year renovation project at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York is near completion, as a visit by Pope Francis looms in September. Scaffolding has been removed, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan...

Rome set to approve construction projects to prepare for Jubilee Year CWN - August 26

The city council of Rome is expected to give final approval on August 26 to plans for a series of urban projects designed to prepare for the Jubilee Year that begins December 8. “We have a series...

Iowa bishop bans Mass at chapel where female 'priest' led services CWN - August 26

Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, has revoked permission for the celebration of Mass at a Catholic Worker house, after a woman claiming to be a Catholic priest led services there. Janice...

Papal greetings on 60th anniversary of Hebrew-speaking vicariate in Israel CWN - August 26

Pope Francis has sent a message of “cordial good wishes” to the Hebrew-speaking Catholics of Israel, on the 60th anniversary of the vicariate established to serve their pastoral needs. The Pope’s...

Damascus: two churches hit by mortar fire CWN - August 26

Two Catholic churches in Damascus were damaged in an August 23 mortar bombardment that killed nine people and wounded fifty, the Fides news service reports. Maronite Catholic Archbishop Samir...

Vatican declines to support Palestinian effort to fly flag at UN CWN - August 26

The Vatican has declined to join in a UN resolution, advanced by the Palestinian Authority, that would call for the display of the Palestinian and Vatican flags at UN headquarters. The...

Pope to commemorate World Day of Prayer for Creation CWN - August 26

At his August 26 general audience, Pope Francis announced that he will commemorate the 1st World Day of Prayer for Creation at a Liturgy of the Word in St. Peter’s Basilica on September 1. “In a...

Pope Francis reflects on family prayer CWN - August 26

Continuing his series of Wednesday general audiences on the family, Pope Francis spoke on August 26 of the importance of family prayer. It was the 100th general audience of his...

Ukrainian Catholic leader: be willing to give up your lives to preserve independence CWN - August 26

As the Russian military intervenes in eastern Ukraine, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church called upon Ukrainians to be “Christian patriots” who are willing to die to preserve their...

Indian archbishop: 2008 persecution strengthened faith CWN - August 26

Seven years after a pogrom in the east Indian state of Odisha (Orissa) drove over 50,000 Christians from their homes, the local bishop said that “I am always moved by my people's joy.” “I am...

German bishops to visit Roman synagogue CWN - August 26

Two German bishops, accompanied by two German rabbis, will visit the Great Synagogue of Rome on September 9, according to an announcement from the German Bishops’ Conference. In doing so, the...

Bishop, Israeli president discuss Christian schools’ financial crisis CWN - August 26

Auxiliary Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo of Jerusalem met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on August 24 to discuss the financial crisis faced by Christian schools. In May, the Latin...

Catholic hospital issues statement on woman’s sterilization CWN - August 26

A California Catholic hospital that decided to permit a mother to be sterilized after the ACLU threatened a lawsuit has issued a statement on the case. In initially declining to permit the...

Asia Bibi's father allowed to visit her in prison CWN - August 25

Asia Bibi's father has been granted permission to visit her in prison, the Fides news service reports. Soran Masih will be the first person allowed to visit the condemned Pakistani woman, other...

African prelate urges youth: stay in Africa, avoid lures of decadent West CWN - August 25

The Catholic bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have urged their country’s young people to remain in Africa, rather than being seduced by the “false trappings of wealth” in the...

Italian government will push for civil-union legislation; bishops' leader opposed CWN - August 25

Italy's government will forge ahead with plans to enact civil-union legislation to protect homosexual couples, a cabinet minister told a Catholic lay group. Transportation minister Graziano...

Former head of CDF arrested in Hawaii for driving under influence CWN - August 25

Cardinal William Levada, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has admitted to an "error in judgment" after he was arrested for driving under the influence of...

Cardinal Pell: intent on changing perception of Vatican financial incompetence CWN - August 25

Cardinal George Pell, the prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, has acknowledged that the Vatican had a reputation for financial mismanagement and naivete, which his office is now working to...

US envoy predicts Pope will speak on immigration, environment during US visit CWN - August 25

Kenneth Hackett, the US ambassador to the Holy See, says that he expects Pope Francis to speak on immigration, the environment, and family issues during his September visit to the US. Hackett...

New video reveals 'a lot' of intact baby cadavers supplied by Planned Parenthood CWN - August 25

In a devastating new undercover video, released today by the Center for Medical Progress, the chief executive of an tissue-procurement company reports that Planned Parenthood supplies “a lot” of...

Pope joins faithful in pews for Mass at saint’s tomb CWN - August 25

An official of the Secretariat of State was surprised to see Pope Francis in the pews as he celebrated a 7:00 AM Mass on August 21 at St. Pius X’s tomb in St. Peter’s Basilica. Pope Francis, who...

Bishop, once a refugee, urges Australians to open hearts to migrants CWN - August 25

A Vietnamese-born bishop who fled his native land for Australia following the Communist takeover of South Vietnam called upon Australians to show kindness to migrants and refugees. “Simple things...

Canadian bishops’ conference issues election statement CWN - August 25

The Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a brief statement as the October 19 federal election approaches. Five topics that serve as...

Controversy over lavish Mafia funeral at Roman parish CWN - August 25

A lavish funeral at a Roman parish for alleged Mafia boss Vittorio Casamonica has sparked controversy in Italy. Roman Auxiliary Bishop Giuseppe Marciante told Avvenire that “no one warned us, not...

Priest: Christians share longing for Arab unity CWN - August 25

A Melkite Greek Catholic priest who is stationed in the West Bank city of Ramallah said that Palestinian Christian youth share an increasing societal desire for Arab unity. “The Arab world is...

Reprieve for Little Sisters in HHS mandate case CWN - August 25

A federal appellate court has temporarily prevented enforcement of the HHS mandate against the Little Sisters of the Poor, Southern Nazarene University, and Oklahoma-based Reaching Souls...

Catholic hospital to permit sterilization following lawsuit threat CWN - August 25

A Catholic hospital in California has agreed to permit a doctor to sterilize a woman after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to file a lawsuit, the San Francisco Chronicle...

In Labor Day statement, USCCB renews call for living wage CWN - August 25

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, emphasized in the importance of a living...

San Francisco archdiocese, teachers' union reach accord, preserving insistence on Catholic identity CWN - August 24

The Archdiocese of San Francisco, California, has reached an accord with a union representing Catholic-school teachers—an agreement that became controversial because of a clause stipulating that...

Plaza in central Rome to be named in honor of Martin Luther CWN - August 24

City officials in Rome have approved plans to name a square for Martin Luther. On September 16, the city will formally name a square on the Viale Fortunato Mizzi, a few blocks from the Coliseum,...

Over 60,000 participated in demonstrations to defund Planned Parenthood CWN - August 24

More than 60,000 people participated in demonstrated held on August 22 in dozens of cities across the US, demanding an end to taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. The demonstrations took...

Archbishop Cupich calls for new approaches to family breakdown CWN - August 24

Archbishop Blaise Cupich of Chicago called for special efforts to reach out to broken families, as he received the pallium, symbolizing his metropolitan authority and his union with the Holy See, in...

Retired Australian bishop raps Church response to abuse problem CWN - August 24

A retired Australian bishop has criticized Pope Francis for failing to act decisively against sexual abuse, and charged that an effort against abuse by Cardinal George Pell was divisive. Bishop...

South African bishops urge mining companies to remember workers CWN - August 24

As workers at the mining companies that operate in South Africa face the prospect of layoffs, the Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference called for a...

Statue of Our Lady of Fatima to be brought to Syria CWN - August 24

To manifest his support for the Middle East’s persecuted Christians, the bishop of Leiria-Fátima, Portugal, has announced that the statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be making a pilgrimage to...

Cardinal Tagle: work with other religions to spread encyclical’s message CWN - August 24

In an address to Indonesia’s bishops, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, the president of Caritas Internationalis, encouraged Catholics to work with members of other religions in spreading the...

Egyptian leader denounces Islamic extremism CWN - August 24

Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab denounced violent extremism during a recent conference attended by the nation’s religious leaders. “The whole world faces an unprecedented state of chaos...

Islamic State destroys ancient monastery, desecrates saint’s tomb CWN - August 24

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has destroyed the fifth-century Monastery of St. Elian near Al-Qaryatayn, Syria, and desecrated the relics of the saint. Father Jacques Mouraud, the Syriac Catholic monastery’s prior, was kidnapped in May and is feared dead. Stating that the Islamic State’s forces “no conscience or morality,” Chaldean Catholic Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo told...

Papal message for Waldensian synod CWN - August 24

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent a message in Pope Francis’s name to an Italian bishop so that he may transmit it to the annual synod of the Union of Methodist and...

Pope Francis asks: ‘Who is Jesus for you?’ CWN - August 24

Reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading at Mass (Jn. 6:60-69), Pope Francis devoted his August 23 Sunday Angelus address to the response to Jesus’ teaching on the Eucharist. “Even the disciples...

Papal appeal for peace in Ukraine CWN - August 24

As tensions between Russian-backed rebels and the Ukrainian government increased in eastern Ukraine, Pope Francis issued an appeal for peace. “With deep concern, I am following the conflict in...

Ecological encyclical helps promote Christian unity, says Vatican cardinal CWN - August 21

The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity said in an interview that Pope Francis’s encyclical on ecology not only promotes unity with Orthodox Christians but also has the...

Irish prelate calls for daily prayer for the Synod CWN - August 21

Preaching at the national Marian shrine in Knock, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, the Primate of All Ireland, called for daily prayer for families until the beginning of the upcoming Synod of...

Maltese bishop: remove ‘barriers’ to those who have remarried outside the Church CWN - August 21

Four years after the legalization of divorce in Malta, the head of one of the nation’s two dioceses has issued a pastoral letter on mercy for those who have divorced and entered into a civil...

Vatican newspaper highlights Orthodox prelate’s reflections on marriage CWN - August 21

L’Osservatore Romano has published excerpts of a 2005 lecture on marriage by Belgium’s leading Orthodox prelate. In the portion of the lecture published by the Vatican newspaper, Metropolitan...

Full communion between Canada’s largest Protestant denomination, United Church of Christ CWN - August 21

Canada’s largest Protestant denomination, the United Church of Canada, has entered into full communion with the United Church of Christ (UCC), a Cleveland-based denomination whose members include...

After 4 decades, church reopens in Turkish-occupied Cyprus CWN - August 21

Civil authorities have permitted the reopening of a Cypriot Orthodox church in Palekythro, Cyprus, 41 years after its closure following the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus. Bishop Porfyrios...

Jerusalem: patriarchate decries construction of security wall through Christian lands CWN - August 21

Following an Israeli high court decision, Israel has resumed construction of the Israel West Bank barrier in the Cremisan Valley, affecting Salesian institutions and 58 Palestinian Christian...

5 Christians charged with blasphemy in Pakistan CWN - August 21

A Protestant pastor and four members of his church face blasphemy charges in Pakistan’s Punjab province after they referred to the pastor’s father as a rasul (messenger, apostle), a term typically...

Prelate: Muslim refugees place future of Lebanon’s Christians in jeopardy CWN - August 21

The flight of Syrian refugees into neighboring Lebanon could upset the delicate balance between Christianity and Islam in Lebanon, a Lebanese bishop told Aid to the Church in Need. “We have two...

Italian cardinal: Laudato Si’ comparable in importance to Rerum Novarum CWN - August 21

In a front-page article in L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti of Perugia-Città della Pieve said that Pope Francis’s new encyclical on care for our common home is comparable to Pope...

Theme announced for 2016 World Day of Migrants and Refugees CWN - August 20

The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People has announced that the theme of the 102nd World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be “migrants and refugees challenge...

Vatican official raps fossil fuels CWN - August 20

The chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences traveled to a remote Amazonian chapel in Brazil, where he presented the Pope’s new encyclical on...

Bishops lament violence in Lesotho CWN - August 20

The Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference has sent a message of solidarity to the people of Lesotho amid rising political violence. “We call for open dialogue as a way of solving the...

Egypt: Church spokesman praises, US criticizes new anti-terrorism legislation CWN - August 20

The spokesman for the Catholic Church in Egypt welcomed new anti-terrorism legislation signed into law by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. A US State Department spokesman expressed concern that...

Ghana bishops’ pro-life conference denounces abortion, upholds sacramental marriage CWN - August 20

A pro-life conference organized by the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference has strongly denounced abortion, population control, and threats to sacramental marriage. In a joint statement at the...

Central African prelate receives peace award CWN - August 20

The Interfaith Peace Platform, led by the top Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim clerics in the Central African Republic, has received the 2015 Sergio Vieira de Mello Prize in recognition of their...

Italian bishop urges CEO: respect Sunday rest CWN - August 20

An Italian bishop has written an open letter to the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles calling for the closing of its plant in Melfi from 10:00 PM on Saturdays to 10:00 PM on Sundays. Rejoicing...

Cardinal warns Kenyan-Americans: do not cave in to ‘destructive influences’ CWN - August 20

At a Mass celebrated in Delaware, Cardinal John Njue urged Kenyan-Americans not to succumb to anti-Christian influences. “Many of you were born and raised under strict religious beliefs and...

Church desecrations continue in French diocese CWN - August 20

Over the weekend of August 15-16, two churches were desecrated and a third vandalized in the Diocese of Belley-Ars, according to local media reports. Twenty-two churches in the eastern French...

Pope laments Bangkok bombings CWN - August 20

The Vatican’s Secretary of State has sent a message on the Pope’s behalf to King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand following two bomb explosions in Bangkok. “His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply...

Cardinal Parolin to Rimini Meeting: only God can fill the human heart CWN - August 20

At the request of Pope Francis, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has written a message to the bishop of Rimini, Italy, on the occasion of the 36th Rimini Meeting organized...

Pope pays tribute to Brother Roger of Taizé CWN - August 20

Pope Francis has written a message to the ecumenical monastic community of Taizé in which he paid tribute to its founder, Brother Roger (1915-2005), ten years after his murder. Quoting a 2012...

Pope Francis reflects on family and work CWN - August 19

Continuing his weekly catechesis on the family, Pope Francis devoted his August 19 general audience to work. “Through work, the family is cared for and children are provided with a dignified...

Seoul cardinal: pray for reconciliation of South, North Korea CWN - August 19

In a recent message for the 70th anniversary of the division of North and South Korea, Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul called for prayers for reconciliation. “As Christians, one of the...

Colombian rebels ask to meet with Pope in Havana CWN - August 19

Representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army (FARC), a leftist rebel group now engaged in peace talks with the Colombian government, have requested a meeting with...

Fortifications of Philistine city unearthed CWN - August 19

Israeli archeologists have unearthed what they believe to be the entrance gate of Gath, the Philistine city associated with Goliath in the Old Testament. “We knew that Philistine Gath in the...

Cardinal praises Taizé Community on 75th anniversary CWN - August 19

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the president of the German Bishops’ Conference, has issued a statement praising the ecumenical monastic Taizé Community as it commemorates its 75th...

Cardinal Turkson: ecological crisis is the ‘gravest and most intractable of all’ CWN - August 19

In a message of solidarity to the International Islamic Climate Change Symposium, which took place on August 17 and 18 in Istanbul, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said...

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