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Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - 14 hours ago

In a September 29 address at the United Nations General Assembly, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said that the UN Security Council has the duty to intervene to stop aggression perpetrated against innocents by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Even though “the responsibility to protect” does not “favor” armed action, the “proportionate use of force” in this...

Vatican conducts visitation of Bishop Finn’s diocese CWN - 14 hours ago

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa has conducted an apostolic visitation of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri, according to the National Catholic Reporter. The diocese’s bishop, Bishop Robert Finn, was convicted in 2012 of failing to report suspected child abuse. The principal question asked by the Canadian prelate, anonymous sources told the National Catholic...

Cardinal Burke rebuts 'outrageous' claim that Cardinal Kasper speaks for Pope CWN - 3 hours ago

Cardinal Raymond Burke strongly defended his criticism of the “Kasper proposal,” and said it was “outrageous” for Cardinal Walter Kasper to suggest that such criticism was actually aimed at Pope...

Cardinal Kasper defends proposal, sees 'fundamentalism' in critics CWN - 2 hours ago

Cardinal Walter Kasper continued to defend his proposal to allow Communion for some divorced and remarried Catholics, and to assail critics of that proposal, in a new interview. The German...

Iraqi prelate asks Muslim leaders to condemn terrorism CWN - 2 hours ago

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako has challenged Iraqi Muslim leaders to "openly express your rejection and your condemnation of violent religious extremism." The Iraq prelate, in a message...

Academic, religious leaders encourage Pope to defend traditional marriage CWN - 2 hours ago

A group of academic and religious leaders have joined in a direct appeal to Pope Francis to defend the Church’s traditional teaching on marriage. “May we humbly suggest that in the context of...

Priests need military escorts in Cameroon diocese after Boko Haram raids CWN - 2 hours ago

A Catholic bishop in Cameroon has revealed that he can only provide pastoral care for the faithful if he has military protection, because of raids by the Boko Haram terrorist group, Aid to the...

Anglican leaders to cancel Lambeth Conference? CWN - 2 hours ago

The Lambeth Conference-- the gathering that brings together all the bishops of the Anglican communion-- will not be held in 2018, according to the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the...

Pope renews appeal for peace in Venezuela CWN - 14 hours ago

Five months after Pope Francis urged the Venezuelan government and opposition leaders to become “true builders of peace,” the Pontiff has renewed his appeal for peace in the South American...

South Sudan’s bishops plead for end to civil war CWN - 15 hours ago

South Sudan’s bishops have issued a statement pleading for an end to the nation’s civil war, which began in December, has left thousands dead, and has displaced an estimated one million...

Violence in Egyptian village following disappearance of Christian woman CWN - 15 hours ago

Iman Sarofim, a 39-year-old Coptic Christian mother of five, has returned to her village after she escaped from the man who had abducted her. Mohamed Ibrahim Moustafa, the nation’s interior...

Venezuela: abducted priest found dead CWN - 15 hours ago

Father Reinaldo Alfonso Herrera Lures, a Venezuelan priest who was kidnapped on September 25, was found dead two days later, according to Diario La Verdad, a newspaper based in Maracaibo, the...

Catholic school removes portrait of pro-abortion gubernatorial candidate in Rhode Island CWN - 2 hours ago

A Catholic school in Rhode Island has removed a portrait of a graduate who is now a candidate for governor, running on a "reproductive freedom" platform. Gina Raimondo was once the valedictorian...

Archbishop-elect Cupich seen as Pope's personal 'progressive' choice CWN - 2 hours ago

Veteran Vatican journalist Sandro Magister of L'Espresso reports that Pope Francis did not consult with the Congregation for Bishops, nor solicit opinions from the American hierarchy, before...

Congressman Ryan says his ideas are based on Catholic faith, not Ayn Rand CWN - 3 hours ago

Congressman Paul Ryan explained how his Catholic faith has influenced his thinking on economic issues, and denied that he is a disciple of Ayn Rand, in an interview with the National Catholic...

Papal tribute to United Bible Societies CWN - 13 hours ago

Pope Francis has paid tribute to the United Bible Societies upon the completion of an ecumenical Italian translation of Sacred Scripture. “It is my wish that all Christians be able to get to know...

New book reports on Pope’s youthful encounters with Peronists, leftists in Argentina CWN - September 29

Pope Francis describes a youthful encounter with Evita Peron, and says that he has always been “restless” about political matters, in a new biography published in his native Argentina. The Pope...

Hong Kong Cardinal calls for police restraint in response to demonstrators CWN - September 29

Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong has called for a restrained police response to demonstrations by democracy activist in the city’s financial district. Decrying the “regrettable” violence of...

Paraguayan bishop’s ‘very violent’ reaction helps explain removal, says papal spokesman CWN - September 29

Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano, who was removed from his post in Paraguay, has issued a bitter complaint, charging that other bishops conspired against him and saying that Pope Francis “must...

Focus on unemployment, Italian bishops’ official urges government CWN - September 29

The secretary-general of the Italian bishops’ conference has called upon the country’s political leaders to devote their attention to unemployment. Bishop Nunzio Galantino criticized...

English bishop resigns, admits misconduct CWN - September 29

An English bishop has unexpectedly announced his resignation, admitting that he had been “unfaithful to my promises as a Catholic priest.” Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton did not...

Iraqi Patriarch raps American policies CWN - September 29

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako has lashed out at American conduct of the war against the Islamic State in Iraq. “Bombing these jihadists will not make them disappear, that’s for sure,”...

Theme announced for next World Day of Social Communications CWN - September 29

“Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love” will be the theme of the next World Day of Social Communications, which will take place on May 17. The papal...

Grandparents, elderly have important role, Pope emphasizes CWN - September 29

Grandparents have an important role to play in the family and in society through their intercessory prayer and their sharing of their memories, Pope Francis said at “The Blessing of a Long Life,” a...

200th anniversary of restoration of Jesuits CWN - September 29

Presiding over Vespers and the Te Deum at the Church of the Gesù, Pope Francis commemorated the bicentennial of the restoration of the Society of Jesus, which he entered in 1958. Under pressure...

Opus Dei’s Blessed Álvaro a model of holiness, says Pope CWN - September 29

Pope Francis has written a letter on the holiness of Blessed Álvaro del Portillo (1914-94), the second leader of Opus Dei. In the letter, dated June 26 and released September 27, the day of...

Pope reflects on the Eucharist and hope CWN - September 29

The Eucharist is a source of hope for the world’s transformation, Pope Francis told members of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses in a...

Pope calls Focolare members to creative evangelization CWN - September 29

Pope Francis called upon participants in the general assembly of the Focolare Movement to be creative as they undertook the task of evangelization. In a September 26 audience that took place in...

Vatican releases full rebuttal to criticism from UN commission on rights of child CWN - September 26

In a lengthy response to a UN committee’s critical report, the Vatican has said that the reported betrayed a “profundity of confusion regarding the nature of the Holy See.” The Vatican on...

England cardinal discusses mercy, indissolubility of marriage CWN - September 26

In recent comments, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster described the upcoming Synod of Bishops as a “remarkable moment” in the Church’s life, one that will seek “to find ways to recreate a...

Paraguayan bishop removed because of ‘difficult’ relations with other bishops CWN - September 26

Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, was removed from office because of his “difficult” relations with other bishops and priests, and not because he appointed a priest accused...

Jordan’s king denounces violence against Christians CWN - September 26

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, King Abdullah II of Jordan, a ruler known for his commitment to interreligious dialogue, denounced violence against the Middle East’s...

President Obama issues statement for Rosh Hashanah CWN - September 26

President Barack Obama has issued a statement for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. “My good friend Elie Wiesel once said that God gave human beings a secret, and that secret was not how to...

Coptic Christians targeted for kidnapping in Egypt CWN - September 26

Coptic Orthodox and Catholic prelates decried the targeted kidnapping of Christians in Egypt following the murder of a dentist who had been abducted. Bishop Kyrillos Kamal William Samaan, the...

USCCB, CRS welcome US response to Ebola CWN - September 26

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, joined by the president of Catholic Relief Service, welcomed the Obama...

Prelate sees rising secularism in Ghana CWN - September 26

The president of Ghana’s episcopal conference said that the West African nation’s economic prosperity has fostered rising secularism. “The secular mentality is certainly a challenge for the...

Enemies of faith want Church to fold on divorce, Cardinal Pell writes CWN - September 25

In his foreword to a new book about Catholic teaching on marriage, Cardinal George Pell writes that "one cannot maintain the indissolubility of marriage by allowing the 'remarried' to receive Holy...

Catholic scholars rap Common Core as 'disservice to Catholic education' CWN - September 25

A group of 130 Catholic scholars have joined in a statement that adoption of the Common Core standards is “a grave disservice to Catholic education.” Lamenting that more than 100 dioceses in the...

Vatican cardinal optimistic that Orthodox-Catholic commission will reach accord CWN - September 25

Although the latest meeting of a joint Orthodox-Catholic theological commission ended without a consensus on a proposed statement, the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity...

Pakistan: Christian minister, facing blasphemy charge, killed in prison cell CWN - September 25

In Pakistan, a Christian minister who was charged with blasphemy against Islam has been murdered in prison, the AsiaNews service reports. Rev. Zafar Bhatti was shot and killed in his prison cell....

Pope said teaching on divorce and Communion cannot change, Spanish bishop reports CWN - September 25

A Spanish bishop has reported that Pope Francis said it is impossible to change Church teaching to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion. Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of...

Pope Francis replaces Paraguayan bishop CWN - September 25

The Holy See Press Office has announced that Pope Francis has replaced Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano of the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. The press office announced that the seat is now vacant and that the diocese’s apostolic administrator is Bishop Ricardo Jorge Valenzuela Rios of Villarrica del Espíritu Santo. The Pope’s action follows an apostolic visitation and the suspension...

Diocese announces plans for redesign of Crystal Cathedral CWN - September 25

The Diocese of Orange in California has announced its plans to transform Crystal Cathedral, which it acquired in 2012, into Christ Cathedral. According to the Orange County Register, the first...

Pope Francis: message to UN CWN - September 25

Archbishop Bernardito Auza has delivered his first address as Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and read out a message from Pope Francis as the international body began its...

Cardinal Parolin calls on international community to address terrorism CWN - September 25

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, called upon the international community to address terrorism and its root causes. “Nations must come together in order to fulfill our...

India: 7 Christians arrested on ‘forced conversion’ charges CWN - September 25

Seven Christian missionaries were recently arrested in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on “forced conversion” charges, the Indian Express reported. The five men and two women stand...

Mexican priest murdered CWN - September 25

The body of a parish priest in San Miguel Totolapan, a town in southwestern Mexico, was found in a river hundreds of miles away, according to a Mexican media report. El Sur reported that the body...

Nigeria’s bishops urge government to act against Boko Haram CWN - September 25

The bishops of Nigeria have decried the “mass slaughter of fellow Nigerians” and “the burning and sacking of whole villages and churches and rectories” committed by the Islamist militant...

Syria: prelate questions US airstrikes CWN - September 25

The Armenian Catholic archbishop of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, questioned whether US airstrikes against Islamic State bases will be of benefit to the nation’s Christians. “This type of...

Russian actions destabilize Ukraine, harm Catholic Church, reports papal nuncio CWN - September 24

Archbishop Thomas Edward Gullickson, the apostolic nuncio in Ukraine, offered a candid appraisal of the difficulties facing the Church in that country in a September 23 address to officials of the...

No settlement in Milwaukee bankruptcy case; legal fees continue to soar CWN - September 24

Mediation talks between the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and creditors have ended without a settlement, making it seem inevitable that the costly bankruptcy case of the archdiocese will continue....

Minnesota: archbishop asks for resignation of music director after same-sex marriage CWN - September 24

An openly homosexual music director has been dismissed from his post at a Catholic parish in Minnesota, at the request of Archbishop John Nienstedt, in the latest of a series of incidents involving...

Spanish premier withdraws abortion-reform legislation, citing lack of support CWN - September 24

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has withdrawn a proposal that would have placed restrictions on abortion, explaining that the government had found a "lack of sufficient consensus" to enact the...

Armenian bishop announces papal visit; Vatican denies plans CWN - September 24

A ranking prelate of the Armenian Apostolic Church has announced that Pope Francis will visit Armenia next year. But a papal spokesman has said that the Vatican has made no plans for such a...

English prince attends Mass in official role CWN - September 24

Prince William, who stands 2nd in line for the British throne, attended a Catholic Mass, acting in his official capacity, for the first time this past weekend. Prince William attended a Mass in...

Former nuncio's arrest shows Pope's determination to fight abuse, says papal spokesman CWN - September 24

The arrest of laicized Archbishop Josef Wesolowski by Vatican police reflects the determination of Pope Francis to be aggressive in handling sex-abuse charges, the Vatican’s spokesman has...

Holy See: moral imperative to act in face of climate change CWN - September 24

Addressing the UN Climate Summit on behalf of the Holy See, the Vatican’s Secretary of State did not offer specific policy proposals but emphasized that the international community has a moral...

Pope renews appeal for Ebola victims CWN - September 24

For the second time in two days, Pope Francis has appealed for assistance for those affected by Ebola virus disease. “My thoughts now go to those countries in Africa that are suffering because of...

Pope Francis discusses Albania trip, pays tribute to martyrs CWN - September 24

During his September 24 general audience, Pope Francis discussed his recent apostolic journey to Albania, the Southeastern European nation whose Communist regime brutally persecuted Christians and...

Victory for Catholic business owner against HHS mandate CWN - September 24

Citing the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, the US Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit has overturned a lower court decision involving a Catholic business owner who objected to the HHS...

US bishops lament plight of Palestinian Christians CWN - September 24

Following an eight-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land, 18 bishops from the United States renewed their call for peace and for a two-state solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. “The local...

Patriarch reprimands priests who have left Iraq without permission CWN - September 24

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has reprimanded priests and religious who have left Iraq in recent months without the permission of their bishop or religious superior. Priests and...

Honduran cardinal rues economic inequality, links free market to ‘social exclusion’ CWN - September 24

Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga lamented the widening economic inequality he has observed during the years since the financial crisis of 2008. “For six years now, the economic crisis...

South Sudan bishop appeals for calm in border dispute CWN - September 24

Amid a border dispute between South Sudan and Uganda that has involved multiple thefts and abductions, a South Sudanese bishop appealed for calm and urged Christians not to repay evil for...

Publisher defends new books against Cardinal Kasper's protests CWN - September 23

The publisher of two new books arguing against the "Kasper proposal" has forcefully defended those works, responding to complaints from Cardinal Walter Kasper. Father Joseph Fessio, the head of...

Remarriage is not focus of Synod, Italian cardinal insists CWN - September 23

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco has said that media reports are "grossly misleading" when they suggest that the questions of divorce and remarriage will dominate the discussions of the October meeting of...

Conflict in Syria and Iraq will not alter plan for visit to Turkey, Pope says CWN - September 23

Pope Francis has told journalists that he does not intend to change his plans for a visit to Turkey in late November, despite the continued violence in neighboring Syria and Iraq. "Geography...

Louisiana diocesan spokesman: despite settlements, never convinced of abuse claims CWN - September 23

The spokesman for a Louisiana Catholic diocese has reported that Church officials have never been convinced that a sex-abuse charge was true, although the diocese has paid to settle abuse...

Nuclear disarmament should be final goal, Vatican delegate tells international atomic agency CWN - September 23

Speaking to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at a meeting in Vienna, the Vatican’s representative said that while efforts to control the proliferation of nuclear weapons are vitally...

Orthodox-Catholic theological commission fails to reach accord on synod, primacy CWN - September 23

The 13th working session of the joint Orthodox-Catholic Theological Commission concluded its work in Amman, Jordan on September 23, without approving a document on "Synodality and Primacy." The...

Vatican police arrest former papal nuncio, will prosecute on sex-abuse charges CWN - September 23

Vatican police have arrested Josef Wesolowski, the former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, who will now face criminal charges for sexual abuse. Then-Archbishop Wesolowski was recalled...

Cardinal Burke: media 'trying to hijack' Synod discussions CWN - September 23

Cardinal Raymond Burke charged that the mass media have been "trying to hijack" the Synod meeting in October, in which the assembled bishops will discuss the family. The American cardinal-- who...

Pope prays for Ebola victims, health-care workers fighting epidemic CWN - September 23

Pope Francis offered his prayers for the victims of the Ebola epidemic and for the health-care workers fighting the disease as he met on September 23 with visiting bishops from Ghana. “I pray for...

Cardinals join in plea for mandatory rules to stop man-made climate change CWN - September 23

Two Catholic cardinals have joined with other religious leaders in a public statement affirming that human-based climate change is leading to disaster, and calling for international regulations to...

Vatican resumes talks with traditionalist SSPX CWN - September 23

Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior general of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), met on September 23 with officials of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), led by...

Pope names new slate of members to International Theological Commission CWN - September 23

Pope Francis has named a slate of 30 theologians to five-year terms on the International Theological Commission, the advisory body that assists the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in...

Papal message on migrants, refugees: ‘Church without frontiers, mother to all’ CWN - September 23

The Holy See Press Office has released Pope Francis’s Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which will take place on January 18. In the message, entitled “Church without frontiers,...

Leading prelate: Ukraine needs equipment, not foreign troops, to defend itself against Russia CWN - September 23

In an interview with a Polish news agency, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church called upon the West to provide military equipment to Ukraine so that it can defend itself against Russian...

South Sudan permits Catholic radio station to reopen CWN - September 23

South Sudan’s government has permitted a Catholic radio network to reopen as long as it does not report on political issues, according to a report from the Catholic Information Service for Africa...

Guinea-Bissau bishops address Ebola threat CWN - September 23

The bishops of the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau have issued a pastoral letter on the threat of Ebola virus disease. Disinfectants will be provided at church entrances, and the faithful...

Bishops denounce new optional Israeli designation of Christians as ‘Arameans’ CWN - September 23

A commission of the Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land has denounced an Israeli government decision permitting Palestinian Christians to designate themselves as Arameans rather...

Islamic State destroys Armenian genocide memorial church CWN - September 23

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has destroyed the Armenian Genocide memorial church in Deir ez-Zor, Syria’s 6th-largest city, according to Armenian media reports. Armenian Foreign...

September 28: day of prayer for upcoming synod CWN - September 23

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is encouraging parishes, religious communities, families, and individuals to take part in the September 28 day of prayer for the...

Theme announced for papal visit to Philippines CWN - September 23

“Mercy and compassion” is the theme of Pope Francis’s apostolic journey to the Philippines, which is scheduled to take place from January 15 to 19. “With the presence of the Pope, the God of...

After trip to Albania, Pope gives thanks at Roman basilica CWN - September 22

Following what has become his regular custom, Pope Francis visited the Roman basilica of St. Mary Major on Monday, September 22, to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for her protection during his...

Lativan leader visits Pope, talks on European Council, crisis in Ukraine CWN - September 22

Pope Francis met on September 20 with Latvia’s President Andris Berzins, for discussions that centered on Church-state relations and on the contributions of the Catholic Church to education and...

Sri Lanka: police remove saint's statue, disperse Catholic protesters CWN - September 22

In Sri Lanka, an estimated 3,000 Catholics, who had gathered on September 21 to protest the removal of a statue of St. Philip Neri, were dispersed by police using water cannons and tear gas. The...

Joint Orthodox-Catholic theological commission finishing meeting dedicated to synodality and primacy CWN - September 22

A joint Orthodox-Catholic theological commission is concluding its 13th plenary session this week, discussing the topic of “Synodality and Primacy.” The joint commission, which convenes every two...

Connecticut archdiocese asks high court to overturn law extending deadline for sex-abuse suits CWN - September 22

Attorneys for the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut, asked the state’s Supreme Court to set aside a $1 million sex-abuse judgment, in a hearing September 22. The archdiocese has urged the...

Bishops called to serve people, promote evangelization, Pope says CWN - September 22

In a message to bishops taking part in a conference organized by the Congregation for Evangelization, Pope Francis said that the missionary work "involves every baptized person and every...

Cardinal O'Malley: even a just war does not negate the commandment of love CWN - September 22

Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley has said that while there may be moral grounds for military action against the Islamic State, there is never a justification for hate. “Sometimes we have to engage...

Oklahoma Catholics respond to Black Mass with Eucharistic processions CWN - September 22

Hundreds of Catholics participated in a Eucharistic procession through the streets of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on September 21, and hundreds more joined in a similar devotion in Tulsa, in response...

Two more leading cardinals weigh in against Kasper proposal CWN - September 22

Two of the world's most influential Catholic cardinals have added their names to the list of prelates arguing publicly against the proposal by Cardinal Walter Kasper for a change in Church...

Russian Orthodox spokesman renews complaints about Ukrainian Catholic Church CWN - September 22

The chief ecumenical representative of the Russian Orthodox Church has repeated the complaint that the Eastern-rite Ukrainian Catholic Church constitutes "a bleeding wound on the body of...

Papal security tightened, but Vatican denies specific threats CWN - September 22

Security measures have been reinforced around the Vatican in the wake of reports the Islamic terrorists have targeted Pope Francis. But the Pope has not curtailed his public activities. Extra...

Papal committee begins work on reform of Vatican communications strategy CWN - September 22

A papal committee charged with proposing an overhaul of the Vatican's media operations convened for the first time on September 22. The committee, chaired by Lord Chris Patten, will devote its...

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