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Dutch Catholic charity actively promotes contraception in Africa, report finds CWN - 10 hours ago

A Dutch Catholic charity has been actively involved in promoting contraception and distributing condoms, the Lepanto Institute has discovered. Cordaid (Catholic Organization for Relief and...

Liberal European bishops, in closed-door session, plan Synod strategy CWN - 10 hours ago

Bishops from Germany, France, and Switzerland met on May 25 in at the Gregorian University in Rome, to discuss their plans for the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops. The closed-door...

Synod council discusses working document for October 2015 meeting CWN - 11 hours ago

At a two-day meeting this week, the “ordinary council” of the Synod of Bishops discussed and revised a draft of the instrumentum laboris, the working document for the Synod’s October 2015...

Pope exhorts Franciscans to work with simplicity, brotherly spirit CWN - 10 hours ago

In a message to members of the Franciscan order who were meeting in a general chapter, Pope Francis emphasized two defining characteristics of the order: minority and fraternity. “Minority,” the...

Canada’s bishops call for conscience protection as assisted-suicide decision is implemented CWN - 21 hours ago

Three months after Canada’s high court overturned legislation against assisted suicide, the president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops asked the nation’s attorney general to be...

Pope recalls 500th anniversary of St. Philip Neri’s birth CWN - 21 hours ago

Pope Francis has sent a message to the Congregation of the Oratory to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of its founder, St. Philip Neri (1515-95). Through the saint’s apostolate in Rome,...

France, Vatican still discussing ambassador's nomination CWN - 11 hours ago

French and Vatican officials are still discussing the nomination of Laurent Stefanini as French ambassador to the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, has disclosed....

Syrian Catholic Patriarch asks prayers, fasting for safety of kidnapped priest and deacon CWN - 9 hours ago

Syrian Catholic Patriarch Igance Youssif III has called upon the faithful to fast and pray for the safe release of two clerics who were kidnapped last week by rebel forces. In a message read at...

Colombian cardinal: civil war must end; peace talks essential CWN - 9 hours ago

Cardinal Rubén Salazar Gómez of Bogota has called for the quick conclusion of negotiations to end Colombia’s long civil war. “Enough! No more deaths! Conflict must end,” the cardinal said, as...

Report: China’s Communist Party denounces religious belief in its ranks CWN - 21 hours ago

China’s ruling Communist Party warned its members that atheism is a non-negotiable aspect of party membership, according to a Radio Free Asia report. The party has 86.7 million members, roughly...

Report: Islamic State destroys churches in northern Syria CWN - 21 hours ago

Withdrawing from a region in northeastern Syria, forces of the Islamic State destroyed most of the churches in the villages they had occupied, according to a report from a Syrian news...

As Muslims flee Myanmar, cardinal exhorts Buddhists to have compassion CWN - 22 hours ago

As members of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslim community flee the Southeast Asian nation by boat, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo exhorted the nation’s Buddhist majority to have compassion. The...

India: Protestant minister jailed for ‘forced conversions’ CWN - 22 hours ago

A Pentecostal minister who baptized 16 persons in the east Indian state of Odisha has been jailed on “forced conversion” charges. “The ceremony took place only after obtaining 16 notarized...

Nicaraguan leader seeks meeting with Pope CWN - 23 hours ago

The apostolic nuncio to Nicaragua has confirmed that President Daniel Ortega has requested a meeting with Pope Francis, according to a Nicaraguan newspaper report. Ortega, a leader of the Marxist...

Massive cross being constructed in Pakistan CWN - 22 hours ago

Parvez Henry Gill, a Pakistani Christian businessman, is paying for the construction of a 140-foot-high cross in Karachi, the nation's largest city, to encourage Christians to remain there despite...

Pakistan: mob burns Christian homes after man charged with blaspheming Qu'ran CWN - May 25

Angry Muslims looted and burned the homes of Christians in Dhup Sarri Lahore, Pakistan, after a troubled young man was accused of blaspheming the Qu’ran. The violence began, the AsiaNews...

Irish justice minister admits surrogacy issue is unsettled CWN - May 25

Ireland’s justice minister has revealed that the government chose not to address questions about surrogate parenthood until after the nationwide referendum that allowed for legal recognition of...

Cardinal Turkson: address the causes of migration from Africa CWN - May 25

“The human person-- human capital-- is one of the greatest assets we have for development in Africa,” Cardinal Peter Turkson said in a Vatican Radio interview on May 25, as many African nations...

In new interview, Pope discloses daily routine: early rise, midday nap, no TV CWN - May 25

In a new interview with an Argentinean newspaper, Pope Francis says that he wants to be remembered “as a person who has done his best to do good. I have no other claim.” The Pope spoke at some...

Vatican envoy: 'no further room for denial' on climate change CWN - May 25

The Vatican’s representative at UN offices in Geneva has proclaimed that there is “no further room for denial” that “human-induced climate change is a scientific reality.” Speaking to a World...

Vatican bank reports a leap in profits CWN - May 25

The Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), realized a profit of €69.3 million ($76 million) for 2014, a huge jump from the €2.9 million profit in 2013. The profit reflects two...

Papal appeal for Asian migrants and refugees CWN - May 25

Pope Francis appealed to the international community to assist thousands of refugees who are fleeing Bangladesh and Myanmar for other nations because of poverty and religious persecution. “I...

The Church is a universal mother, Pope emphasizes in Regina Caeli address CWN - May 25

Pope Francis reflected on the Church’s catholicity, or universal nature, during his Pentecost Sunday Regina Caeli address. “The gift of the Spirit restores the harmony of languages that had been...

Italian missionary sister beatified in Kenya CWN - May 25

Sister Irene Stefani (1891-1930), an Italian Consolata Missionary sister, was beatified in Kenya on May 23. Cardinal Polycarp Pengo of Tanzania presided at the Mass of beatification, which took...

The Holy Spirit ‘guides, renews, and gives fruit,’ Pope preaches at Pentecost Mass CWN - May 25

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Pentecost Sunday and emphasized during his homily that the Holy Spirit “guides us into all the truth, he renews the face of the earth, and he...

Proclaim the Gospel, Pope exhorts the consecrated in World Mission Day statement CWN - May 25

The Holy See Press Office has released Pope Francis’s message for World Mission Sunday, which will take place on October 18. The Pope devoted his message, written during the year of consecrated...

‘We are living an ecumenism of blood,’ Pope says in video to Phoenix unity celebration CWN - May 25

Pope Francis sent a video message to the Celebration of Christian Unity, an event that took place on May 23 at the Phoenix Convention Center. The celebration was sponsored by the John 17...

Over 250,000 attend Romero beatification; Pope, Obama issue statements CWN - May 25

Archbishop Óscar Romero, who served as archbishop of El Salvador’s capital city of San Salvador from 1977 until his 1980 assassination, was beatified as a martyr on May 23. Cardinal Angelo Amato,...

Pope Francis reflects on dignity of work, laments culture of waste CWN - May 25

Decrying the culture of waste, Pope Francis received members of the Italian Christian Workers Associations in audience on May 23 and said that work is dignified when it is free, creative,...

Pope affirms link between Church’s pro-life and social teaching CWN - May 25

Quoting Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate, Pope Francis said on May 22 that the Church “forcefully maintains [the] link between life ethics and social ethics.” Pope Francis...

Pope scuttles plan to set up investment fund for Vatican bank CWN - May 22

Pope Francis has vetoed a plan to set up an investment fund for the Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), reports Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa. The investment fund, which would...

Protesters will continue occupation of closed Massachusetts parish church, appeal court order to vacate CWN - May 22

Protesters in Scituate, Massachusetts have announced that they will continue their 11-year occupation of their former parish church, which was closed by the Archdiocese of Boston in 2004. The...

300,000 expected for Archbishop Romero's beatification CWN - May 22

About 300,000 people are expected to attend the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero on May 23. Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, will preside...

Another Catholic priest seized by jihadists in Syria CWN - May 22

A Catholic monk has been kidnapped from a monastery in Qaryatayn, Syria. Father Jacques Mourad, the prior of the Mar Elias monastery, was seized by armed men representing an Islamic rebel group....

Nepal's officials tell Mother Teresa's nuns: all aid must go through government CWN - May 22

The Missionaries of Charity encountered government resistance when they brought aid to earthquake victims in Nepal. Police who were escorting a group of Missionaries of Charity diverted them to a...

Researcher questions Pew report on declining US Catholic population CWN - May 22

A senior research associate for the Center of Applied Research in the Apostolate disputed the Pew Research Center’s recent report on a decline in the US Catholic population. Citing other...

Dublin archbishop weighs in on marriage referendum CWN - May 22

In an interview with Vatican Radio on the eve of Ireland’s referendum on same-sex marriage, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said that “marriage has its place in the construction of society, and...

Chechen leader lends support to polygamy CWN - May 22

Stating that “we have followed the norms of Islamic law and national traditions,” Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Russia’s semi-autonomous and largely Muslim Chechen Republic, attended the May 16...

‘Urgent’ need to promote universal basic health-care coverage, says Vatican prelate CWN - May 22

In an address to the World Health Assembly in Geneva, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers said that “urgent action” is needed to address serious...

Scholar, in House testimony, describes ‘culture of impunity’ against Egypt’s Christians CWN - May 22

Testifying before the US House of Representative’s Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom documented recent...

Pakistan: 106 people indicted in lynching of Christian couple CWN - May 22

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has indicted 106 persons for the brutal November lynching of a Christian couple in Chak, a town located in Punjab province. Shahzad Masih and Sharma Bibi were...

Defeat for Priests for Life in HHS mandate case CWN - May 22

A federal appellate court has refused to rehear Priests for Life’s request for relief from the HHS mandate. In November, three judges from the 11-judge US Court of Appeals for the District of...

Pope highlights value of police work CWN - May 21

Pope Francis said that police work is essential to a civilized society, in a May 21 audience with relatives of police officers who have been killed or severely injured in the line of...

San Francisco archdiocese, teachers' union working to settle dispute on personnel policy CWN - May 21

The San Francisco archdiocese is working with teachers to revise a handbook that would set standards for faculty members in Catholic schools. A revised handbook, which had required teachers not...

Cardinal Pell denies claim he attempted to bribe abuse victim CWN - May 21

In testimony given to Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, a man who was abused by his uncle, Father Gerald Ridsdale, testified that Cardinal George Pell...

Pope, former Mexican president discuss ecology CWN - May 21

Felipe Calderón, who served as Mexico’s president from 2006 to 2012, met with Pope Francis on May 20 and discussed the upcoming encyclical on ecology, according to Mexican media reports and the...

Colombia’s bishops denounce euthanasia decision, ask for conscience protection CWN - May 21

The president of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia has renewed the bishops’ condemnation of a recent court decision on physician-assisted suicide. The nation’s high court ordered the...

Do not permit refugees to drown at sea, Germany’s Christian leaders urge CWN - May 21

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, has issued a joint statement with Orthodox and Lutheran leaders calling upon Germany to be more open to refugees. “In...

Orthodox-Lutheran commemoration of Reformation planned for 2017 CWN - May 21

At a recent meeting in Greece, the official ecumenical dialogue between the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Eastern Orthodox churches announced that a joint commemoration of the Protestant...

China’s president: religions must be free from foreign influence CWN - May 21

Xi Jinping--the head of China’s Communist Party since 2012, and China’s president since 2013-- said on May 20 that religions in China must be independent of foreign influence. “We must manage...

Defeat for Notre Dame in HHS mandate case CWN - May 21

A federal appeals court has refused to issue a temporary order barring enforcement of the HHS mandate against the University of Notre Dame. “Although Notre Dame is the final arbiter of its...

Belfast court fines bakery for refusing ‘support gay marriage’ cake CWN - May 21

A court in Belfast has ruled that a bakery’s Christian owners illegally discriminated against a customer on the basis of sexual orientation when they declined a request to decorate a cake with the...

Saudi bombing damages occupied Catholic church in Yemen CWN - May 20

A Catholic church in Yemen was seriously damaged during a Saudi bombing raid last week, the Fides news service reports. The church of the Immaculate Conception in Aden had been occupied by Houthi...

Catholic campus chaplain removed; homosexual advocacy an issue? CWN - May 20

The Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey has denied media reports that a Catholic chaplain at Seton Hall University was removed because of his advocacy for homosexual causes. Father Warren Hall told...

Anti-Christian bias growing in Europe, Vatican delegate tells OSCE CWN - May 20

“Christians are the religious group most persecuted and discriminated against on the global level,” Msgr. Janusz Urbanczyk, the Vatican’s representative to the Organization for Security and...

Italy must strive for excellence, not 'muddling through,' cardinal says CWN - May 20

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, the president of the Italian bishops’ conference, said that Italian society should aim for a recovery of excellence, rather than simply “muddling through.” “Recovery...

Climate change threatens every society: Cardinal Parolin CWN - May 20

No one is immune from the implications of climate change, the Vatican's Secretary of State has warned. “When the future of the planet is at stake, there are no political frontiers, barriers or...

English bishop: failures of end-of-life care show need to recover Christian dignity of death CWN - May 20

An English bishop has said that he is appalled by a report that shows a breakdown in end-of-life care in the nation’s health system. Bishop John Sherrington, an auxiliary of the Westminster...

Pope Francis warns parents against ceding children’s education to ‘experts’ CWN - May 20

Continuing his catechesis on the family, Pope Francis devoted his May 20 general audience to parents’ natural vocation to educate their children. Intellectual critics, said the Pope, “have...

Japan earthquake response fostered appreciation for Church, says priest CWN - May 20

The executive director of Caritas Japan said that the Church’s prompt and sustained response to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami has fostered a positive impression of Catholicism in a nation...

Pope Francis: pray that China’s Catholics will be united to the Pope CWN - May 20

At the conclusion of his May 20 general audience, Pope Francis asked Catholics around the world to pray for the Church in China on May 24. On that day, “Catholics in China will be praying with...

Honor for late French cardinal who saved Jews during Holocaust CWN - May 20

The plaza outside Toulouse Cathedral in France was dedicated to the memory of Cardinal Jules-Gérard Saliège on May 12. Pinchas Goldschmidt, chief rabbi of Moscow and president of the Conference...

Caritas: assisting small farmers, local markets will help end hunger CWN - May 20

A food-security study commissioned by Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, has found that “the best way to end the scandal of hunger is to support...

Vatican cardinal calls for ‘proportional military action’ in Iraq CWN - May 20

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, said in an interview that “we need political action and proportional military action” in Iraq, according...

Holy See diplomat speaks out against anti-Christian discrimination in Europe CWN - May 20

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) hosted a conference in Vienna on May 18 devoted to combating anti-Christian discrimination. Msgr. Janusz Urbanczyk, who represents...

3 members named to National Review Board CWN - May 20

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has named three new members of the National Review Board, a lay body that assists the US bishops’ conference in preventing the sexual abuse of...

American donor leads fundraising in Irish campaign for same-sex marriage CWN - May 19

An Irish-American financier, Chuck Feeney, has been the leading financial supporter of a campaign for legal acceptance of same-sex marriage in Ireland. As Irish voters prepare to take part in a...

Vatican issues statistical profile of Catholic Church in Bosnia-Herzegovina CWN - May 19

Looking forward to the June 6 visit by Pope Francis to Sarajevo, the Vatican has issued a statistical profile of the Catholic Church in Bosnia-Herzegovina. There are just under 440,000 Catholics...

China allows 1st ordinations of Russian Orthodox priests in 60 years CWN - May 19

The Chinese government has allowed the ordination of Russian Orthodox priests, for the first time in 60 years, the AsiaNews service reports. Metropolitan Hilarion, who heads the external-affairs...

Be prepared for the 'final farewell,' Pope advises congregation CWN - May 19

In his homily at morning Mass on May 18, Pope Francis spoke about different ways of saying goodbye. The Pope spoke about the sadness of people who are leaving their loved ones, or their homeland....

Monday meeting of Curia leaders was devoted to Jubilee Year plans CWN - May 19

When Pope Francis met on May 18 with top officials of the Roman Curia, the meeting was devoted to plans for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Vatican Insider reports. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the...

Mother Teresa to be canonized in September 2016? CWN - May 19

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be canonized in September 2016, according to multiple news reports. The Vatican has not confirmed plans for the canonization. But the respected Vatican news...

Coptic Catholic Church opposes death penalty for Morsi CWN - May 19

An Egyptian court has sentenced Mohamed Morsi, who served as the nation’s president from 2012 to 2013, to death. The sentence will be confirmed or commuted on June 2, according to the Fides news...

French Guiana’s bishop pleads for donations as funds run out CWN - May 19

Bishop Emmanuel Lafont of Cayenne, French Guiana’s sole diocese, announced in May 17 letter that the diocese no longer has funds to pay property taxes or compensate priests. Alain Tien-Long,...

Vanier receives Templeton Prize CWN - May 19

Jean Vanier, the Canadian Catholic layman who founded the L’Arche network of communities for the mentally disabled, received the Templeton Prize in London on May 18. The award, which honors...

Archbishop Romero named co-patron of Caritas CWN - May 19

Archbishop Óscar Romero, who will be beatified on May 23, has been named co-patron of Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies. The prelate, who...

Vatican newspaper publishes book excerpt by Father Sobrino, subject of CDF statement CWN - May 19

L’Osservatore Romano has published an excerpt of a new book by Father Jon Sobrino, a theologian whose doctrinal errors were discussed in a 2007 notification by the Congregation for the Doctrine of...

Patriarch welcomes agreement between Holy See, Palestinian leaders CWN - May 19

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem welcomed the new diplomatic agreement between the Holy See and Palestinian leaders. Stating that it will “facilitate the life and work of the Church in...

Aleppo’s Christians are losing hope, says bishop CWN - May 19

The Chaldean Catholic bishop of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, said that the Christians remaining there are losing hope. “Now our situation is very bad, very difficult,” Bishop Antoine Audo, SJ,...

European bishops’ conferences pledge to deepen dialogue with Islam CWN - May 19

Bishops and episcopal conference officials responsible for relations with Muslims in Europe have affirmed their commitment to dialogue. “Islam is a religion rich and diverse in its tradition with...

Ukrainian Orthodox leader pleads for end to Ukraine-Russia clashes CWN - May 18

The head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church allied with the Moscow patriarchate has issued a plea for an end to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev bitterly...

New head of Catholic Relief Services defends program against critics CWN - May 18

A month after the public revelation that a vice-president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is a partner in a same-sex marriage, the new director of CRS has said that the US bishops’ overseas...

Irish bishops issue multiple statements on same-sex marriage referendum CWN - May 18

For the second consecutive week, many Irish Catholic bishops issued pastoral statements about the nationwide referendum on same-sex marriage that will take place this week. In their individual...

Pope meets with leaders of Roman Curia CWN - May 18

Pope Francis met on May 18, with the top officials of the Roman Curia. The Vatican did not disclose the purpose of the Monday-morning meeting, which had not been announced in advance. Pope...

Respect role of laity, Pope urges Italian bishops in advice-packed address CWN - May 18

Bishops should respect the proper role of the laity, trusting lay Catholics to take the lead in political and social affairs, Pope Francis said in a May 18 address to the Italian bishops’...

Head of conservative Anglican sect receives Pope's message of support CWN - May 18

Pope Francis has sent a message of support to the new leader of an Anglican group that has split with the Church of England over the ordination of homosexual bishops. The Pope conveyed his...

Former Dominican leader, advocate for including gays, named consultor to Pontifical Council CWN - May 18

Father Timothy Radcliffe, the former worldwide leader of the Dominican order, has been named by Pope Francis as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Although it is a minor...

Journalist who accused Pope Francis of collaborating with Argentine junta was himself employed by dictators, investigators charge CWN - May 18

An Argentine journalist who accused Pope Francis of having collaborated with the country’s military rulers was himself on the payroll of the Argentine junta in the late 1970s, according to a new...

Colombian bishop 'clarifies' controversial remarks on homosexuality CWN - May 18

A Colombian bishop who last week called for acceptance of same-sex unions has said that he supports the Church teaching on sexuality. “Even if homosexuality as an inclination doesn’t constitute a...

German lay organization, backed by bishops, calls for changes in Church policy on marriage CWN - May 18

An influential national body of German lay Catholics has called for dramatic changes in Church policies regarding marriage, prompting a confrontation with one German bishop, the National Catholic...

San Francisco: loyal Catholics rally behind Archbishop Cordileone CWN - May 18

Hundreds of Catholics of the San Francisco archdiocese joined in a family picnic organized as a show of support for Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. The informal event was designed to counteract...

Papal appeal for peace in Burundi CWN - May 18

During his May 17 Regina Caeli address, Pope Francis paid homage to the four saints he had just canonized, greeted Czechs who were recalling the 20th anniversary of St. John Paul II to the shrine of...

Italian priest beatified CWN - May 18

Father Luigi Caburlotto (1817-97), an Italian priest who founded the Daughters of St. Joseph, was beatified in Venice on May 16. Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the...

Pope Francis canonizes 4 saints CWN - May 18

Pope Francis canonized four women religious during Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on May 17. The four are St. Émilie de Villeneuve (1811-54), the French foundress of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of Castres; St. Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas (1843-1927), a Palestinian nun who founded the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of Jerusalem; St. Mariam Baouardy...

Palestinian president meets with Pope CWN - May 18

Pope Francis received Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in audience on May 16, one day before the canonization of two Palestinian nuns. During the meeting, “great satisfaction was expressed” on...

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