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Scripture research requires deep faith, Pope tells scholars CWN - September 12

Speaking to Italian scholars who were celebrating the 43rd National Biblical Week, Pope Francis remarked that a proper approach to Scripture scholarship requires a deep sense of faith. The Pope...

Vatican: papal trip to Turkey confirmed (updated) CWN - September 12

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office, reported on September 11 that Pope Francis will visit Turkey in November. Earlier the papal spokesman had said that although...

Read Luke 6, Pope Francis emphasizes CWN - September 12

On several occasions during his pontificate, Pope Francis has urged the faithful to read, and reread, the Beatitudes and Matthew 25. Preaching on love of enemies during his September 11 daily...

Pope advises African bishops to focus on youth CWN - September 12

“I urge you to be apostles for the youth in your dioceses,” Pope Francis said in a September 12 address to visiting bishops from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Pope emphasized...

Slavery not confined to poor nations, Vatican envoy tells UN CWN - September 12

Slavery today is not a problem confined to the world’s impoverished countries, the Vatican’s representative reminded a session of the UN’s human-rights council. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the...

Curial decree on feast days of St. John XXIII, St. John Paul II CWN - September 12

Pope Francis has decided that the feast days of Pope St. John XXIII (October 11) and Pope St. John Paul II (October 22) will be observed as optional memorials on the liturgical calendar, according...

Holy See diplomat decries slavery CWN - September 12

A leading Vatican diplomat decried the actions of Islamist groups as he lamented contemporary slavery. Commenting on a new UN report on slavery, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, who represents the Holy...

US House holds hearing on persecution of Christians in Syria, Iraq CWN - September 12

Two subcommittees of the US House of Representatives held a joint hearing on the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. “The suffering and abuse of Iraqi...

Bishop to travel to White House, ask for visas for persecuted Iraqi Catholics CWN - September 12

Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, the head of a Chaldean Catholic eparchy based in San Diego, will travel to the White House with a list of 25,000 Iraqi Catholics who seek entry into the United...

Russian Orthodox leader speaks of ‘organic unity’ of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus CWN - September 12

Speaking at the blessing of a cathedral’s foundation stone, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church emphasized the “organic unity” of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Referring to the medieval state...

Christian families fear daughters’ forced conversion, flee Punjab CWN - September 12

Fearful of the forced conversion of their daughters, parents in “many Christian families” are taking their children out of the southern portion of the Pakistani province of Punjab, according to the...

Rev. Ian Paisley, who led anti-Catholic forces in Northern Ireland, dead at 88 CWN - September 12

Rev. Ian Paisley, the fiery anti-Catholic leader of Protestants in Northern Ireland, has died at the age of 88. The founder of the Democratic Unionist Party, Rev. Paisley was a polarizing figure...

Crimea: Catholic priest faces explusion, residency permit not renewed CWN - September 11

A Catholic parish in Crimea will lose its priest in October, because the Russian government has not renewed the residency permit of the Polish-born pastor. Father Piotr Rosochacki will be...

Vatican tightens controls on Rome hospital administration CWN - September 11

The Vatican's Secretariat of State has tightened its control of the Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital in Rome. For several years the Secretariat of State has sought to tighten financial and...

Argentine soccer team will name stadium after Pope Francis CWN - September 11

The San Lorenzo soccer club of Buenos Aires plans to name its new stadium after the club's most famous member: Pope Francis. San Lorenzo announced plans for naming the stadium on September 11....

Indian bishops make emergency plea for victims of flooding in Kashmir CWN - September 11

The president of India’s episcopal conference has issued an appeal for help for victims of flooding in the Kashmir region. Cardinal Baselios Cleemis reported “deep anguish over the loss of lives...

Chinese government disputes Dalai Lama on reincarnation CWN - September 11

The Chinese government has reacted sharply to the Dalai Lama’s comment that he might be the last in the long line of Tibetan Buddhist leaders. Tibetan Buddhists believe that the Dalai Lama is...

Senator Cruz booed after lecturing Eastern Catholic prelates on support for Israel CWN - September 11

Senator Ted Cruz walked off the stage at a Washington conference on the persecution of Christians on September 10, after he was roundly booed for a keynote address in which he focused on support for...

Catholic League pulls out of St. Patrick's day parade in New York CWN - September 11

Bill Donohue, the head of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, has announced that his group is pulling out of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York, charging that he has been...

Xaverian missionaries doubt police explanation for nuns' murder in Burundi CWN - September 11

A representative of the Xaverian missionary sisters in Burundi has voiced dissatisfaction with police officials’ investigation into the murder of three nuns. On September 10, police announced the...

War in God's name is blasphemy, inter-religious conference affirms CWN - September 11

An inter-religious meeting sponsored by the Sant’Egidio community has concluded with a statement that “there is no holy war; the elimination of the other in the name of God is always...

Tunisian president meets with Pontiff CWN - September 11

Pope Francis met on September 11 with President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki of Tunisia, for a conversation that focused on peacekeeping, inter-religious dialogue, and freedom of conscience. A brief...

Vietnam, Vatican report progress toward closer ties CWN - September 11

A meeting between Vatican representatives and Vietnamese government officials ended on September 11 in Hanoi, with a joint statement affirming progress toward closer ties. The meeting—the 5th...

Vatican prelate tells US bishops: situation of 'extreme urgency' for Christians in Middle East CWN - September 11

In an address to the permanent council of the US bishops’ conference, the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Eastern Churches underlined the “extreme urgency” of the situation facing...

French court dismisses charges for topless demonstration in Notre Dame CWN - September 11

A French court has dismissed a criminal complaint against members of the radical feminist group Femen, who had staged a topless protest in the sanctuary of Notre Dame cathedral. The court ruled...

Pope Francis to address European Parliament CWN - September 11

Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to address the European Parliament, according to a September 11 announcement by the body’s president, Martin Schulz. The Holy See Press Office subsequently...

Ukrainian bishops plead for international intervention in response to Russian aggression CWN - September 11

The bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, gathered in a synod in Lviv, have asked the international community to restore peace in Ukraine in response to military actions taken by “a northern neighbor”-- a clear reference to Russia. “This peaceful sovereign nation suffered a direct military intervention by a northern neighbor,” said the Eastern Catholic church’s bishops, according to...

Vatican cardinal reflects on international trade, economic crisis CWN - September 11

Speaking at the release of a report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace emphasized that despite...

Indian government: Jesuit kidnapped in Afghanistan is safe CWN - September 11

A leading Indian government official said that an Indian Jesuit abducted in Afghanistan in June is safe, the Indo-Asian News Service reported. “Alexis Prem Kumar is safe, and efforts are on to...

Liturgical changes in Sierra Leone in wake of Ebola CWN - September 11

To help prevent the spread of Ebola virus disease, Catholics in Sierra Leone now wash their hands with treated water before entering Mass, according to the West African nation’s leading...

Boko Haram threatens all of West Africa, says priest CWN - September 11

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, has told the Fides news agency that he believes reports that Muslim figures in the ruling political party have provided financial...

Iraqi priest: Mosul’s liberation must precede Christians’ return to homes CWN - September 11

A Syriac Catholic priest who works with an Iraqi archbishop said that Christians will not return to their homes on Iraq’s Nineveh plain until Mosul, the nation’s 2nd-largest city, is liberated from...

Pakistani court again postpones hearing appeal for Christian woman facing death sentence for blasphemy CWN - September 10

A court in Lahore, Pakistan, adjourned a September 10 hearing on the appeal of Asia Bibi without hearing arguments, and set a new date of October 16 for a final hearing. Asia Bibi, who was...

Cardinal George meets with music director fired for same-sex marriage plan CWN - September 10

Cardinal Francis George met privately on September 9 with a man who had been dismissed from his post as a music director in a Catholic parish after he announced plans for a same-sex...

Conditions in Gaza 'precarious' after bombing CWN - September 10

Living conditions in Gaza are "still quite dire and quite unstable," the local director of Catholic Relief Services told Vatican Radio. Matthew McGarry said that while an Israeli military...

Italian bishops, Vatican Secretary of State meet for lunch with Italian premier CWN - September 10

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, met with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on September 9, along with several other Italian bishops and leading members of the Italian...

Italian naval program to save migrants wins papal praise CWN - September 10

Pope Francis has praised the "admirable" work of an Italian naval force in saving migrants who have sought to cross the Mediterranean. The "Mare Nostrum" program was inaugurated by the Italian...

Papal message of solidarity with Arabic Christians CWN - September 10

At the conclusion of his regular public audience on September 10, Pope Francis sent another message of encouragement and solidarity to Christians in the Middle East. "May the Lord reward your...

Cardinal Zen: Hong Kong democracy activists must be ready to pay a price CWN - September 10

Cardinal Joseph Zen has warned that pro-democracy forces in Hong Kong may bring on a harsh reaction from the Chinese government. But the retired Bishop of Hong Kong nevertheless urges protesters to...

Suspect arrests, confesses to murder of nuns in Burundi CWN - September 10

Police in Burundi have made an arrest in connection with the murder of three Italian missionary nuns. Authorities say that the suspect-- who was found carrying the cell phone of one of the...

US Jesuit named Vatican’s top sex-abuse prosecutor CWN - September 10

Pope Francis has appointed an American Jesuit as the Vatican’s top prosecutor in sex-abuse cases. Father Robert Geisinger, a canon lawyer who serves as the procurator general of the Society of...

Libya: Catholics are ‘trapped and helpless’ in Tripoli, says priest CWN - September 10

Catholics in Tripoli, Libya’s capital, fear they will be kidnapped if they leave their homes, according to the vicar of the city’s Franciscan community. Three years after NATO intervention helped...

Mother Church teaches us the works of mercy, says Pope Francis CWN - September 10

The Church is a “mother who teaches us the works of mercy,” Pope Francis said in his September 10 general audience. The Pope said that “the Church teaches her sons and daughters to be merciful...

Papal condolences to family of journalist slain by Islamic State CWN - September 10

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent condolences in Pope Francis’s name to the family of Steven Sotloff, the American-Israeli journalist beheaded by the Islamic State...

Cardinal George: US is adopting ‘official religion’ on homosexuality that is reminiscent of sharia CWN - September 10

In an archdiocesan newspaper column, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago said that American law has “taken upon itself the mantle of a religion and officially told its citizens what they must...

Priest, parishioners detained in Crimea CWN - September 10

Russian security forces in Crimea detained a Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest and 15 of his parishioners, according to a report from the Religious Information Service of Ukraine. Father Bohdan...

USCCB president commemorates Civil Rights Act CWN - September 10

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. “The Civil Rights Act was a monumental step...

New Irish primate promises vigilance on abuse, peace in Northern Ireland CWN - September 9

Archbishop Eamon Martin told Vatican Radio that he is "a little bit nervous and fearful for the future" as he takes up his new responsibilities as Archbishop of Armah and Primate of All...

Malta: bishop proposes every parish adopt a refugee family from Iraq, Syria CWN - September 9

A Catholic bishop in Malta has suggested that each parish in his diocese should adopt a family of Christian refugees from persecution in the Middle East. "How can we stay passive when countless...

More homosexual groups seek entry in New York's St. Patrick's Day parade CWN - September 9

Homosexual activists in New York are pressing organizers of the St. Patrick's Day parade to include more gay-rights groups in the march. Following up on last week's announcement that...

French Muslim leaders denounce Islamic State, support Christian presence in Middle East CWN - September 9

The most prominent Muslim leaders in France have joined in an unprecedented condemnation of the Islamic State’s persecution of Christians. In a “Paris Appeal,” issued on September 9 at the Grand...

Pope to travel to Turkey in November; Chaldean Patriarch hopes for visit to Iraq CWN - September 9

Pope Francis will travel to Turkey in late November, according to a report in Crux, the news service recently launched by the Boston Globe. The Vatican has not announced plans for a papal visit...

253 to take part in Synod of Bishops on the family CWN - September 9

The Holy See Press Office has announced the names of the 253 participants in the upcoming 3rd Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is devoted to the pastoral challenges to...

Jerusalem patriarch laments suffering of Middle East’s Christians CWN - September 9

Speaking at the Sicilian shrine of Our Lady of Tears, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem lamented the suffering of the Middle East’s Christians. “I cannot but recall the religious violence that...

New report of forced conversions, looting in northern Iraq CWN - September 9

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is supervising the looting of homes in historic Christian villages and is detaining Yazidi women under horrific conditions, according to an update on the...

Prince Charles, Chaldean patriarch correspond on persecution of Iraqi Christians CWN - September 9

Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has offered his “profound sympathy” to the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church for the “unbearable and barbaric persecution” suffered by Christians...

Situation in Crimea reminiscent of Communist era, says Orthodox prelate CWN - September 9

The actions of the Russia security agency in Crimea, an area of Ukraine annexed by Russia in March, are reminiscent of the Communist era, according to a local prelate of the Ukrainian Orthodox...

African cardinal: synod will not change Catholic teaching on marriage CWN - September 9

A South African cardinal has told Vatican Radio that the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family will not change Catholic teaching on marriage, which he noted is founded on the words of...

Pakistani Christians accused of desecrating Muslim graves CWN - September 9

Thirty-one Christians in a village near Faisalabad, Pakistan, were accused of desecrating hundreds of Muslim graves, the Fides news agency reported. After a Muslim landowner gave Christian...

Albanian organizers rush to complete preparations for papal visit CWN - September 8

Officials in Albania are making last-minute preparations for the visit by Pope Francis later this month, the ANSA news service reports. Organizers in Albania have not completed the restoration of...

Vatican, Viet officials resume talks to improve ties CWN - September 8

Vatican representatives are meeting with Vietnamese government officials in Hanoi this week, in the 5th of a series of meetings aimed at improving ties and eventually restoring full diplomatic...

Milwaukee archdiocese, abuse victims, return to mediation in bid to end bankruptcy CWN - September 8

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is renewing an attempt to reach a mediated settlement with sex-abuse victims, in a bid to resolve an expensive bankruptcy process. The archdiocese has proposed a...

Vatican curbs shops' sales of papal blessings CWN - September 8

The Vatican has announced that souvenir shops in Rome will no longer be allowed to sell plaques and parchments with papal blessings. Since the pontificate of Leo XIII, the Vatican has allowed the...

Italian bishop: Muslim immigrants should denounce terror or leave CWN - September 8

An Italian bishops has issued a call for Muslims living in Europe to denounce terrorism and persecution, or else leave Europe. Bishop Tommaso Ghirelli of Imola, writing in his diocesan newspaper,...

Ukrainian Orthodox patriarch says Putin is agent of Satan CWN - September 8

Escalating his criticism of Vladimir Putin, Patriarch Filaret of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church- Kiev patriarchate has said that the Russian president is “a new Cain” who “has fallen under the action...

Italian nuns killed in Burundi CWN - September 8

Three Italian missionary nuns were murdered in Burundi this past weekend. Sisters Luci Pulici and Olga Raschietti, and Bernadetta Boggian, Xaverian missionaries, were apparently killed at their...

Vatican expert predicts lively Synod, sees Economic secretariat as crucial to Pope's reforms CWN - September 8

Vatican journalist John Allen, writing for Crux, predicts that the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops will be much more newsworthy than previous sessions. Pope Francis, Allen explains,...

‘War is never a necessity,’ says Pope CWN - September 8

Recalling that Pope Benedict XV had referred to World War I as a “senseless slaughter,” Pope Francis lamented the “many senseless slaughters” that afflict the world today. In a message for an...

Leading Irish prelate retires CWN - September 8

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Seán Brady as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland for reasons of age. Cardinal Brady was installed as Archbishop of Armagh in...

Nigeria: churches in ruins, nearly 100,000 Catholics leave homes as Boko Haram advances CWN - September 8

As the Islamist militant organization Boko Haram gains ground in northeastern Nigeria, over 90,000 Catholics have fled their homes, Bishop Oliver Doeme of Maidiguri told the Fides news...

USCCB welcomes court decision on marriage CWN - September 8

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage has welcomed a federal court decision upholding the constitutionality of...

Papal appeal for peace in Ukraine, Lesotho CWN - September 8

Following his September 7 Angelus address, Pope Francis appealed for peace in Ukraine and Lesotho. “In recent days, significant steps have been taken in the search for a ceasefire in the regions...

Address sin through gentle fraternal correction, not gossip, says Pope CWN - September 8

Pope Francis spoke about fraternal correction as reflected on the Sunday Gospel (Mt. 18:15-20) during his September 7 Angelus address. “Jesus teaches us that if my brother sins against me, I have...

Pope speaks to Cameroon’s bishops about evangelization CWN - September 8

Evangelization was the principal topic of Pope Francis’s September 6 address to the bishops of Cameroon, who were in Rome for their quinquennial ad limina visit. The west-central African nation...

Day of prayer declared for upcoming synod CWN - September 8

The Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops has designated September 28 as a special day of prayer for the upcoming 3rd Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is devoted to the...

Pope recalls beginnings of Church in Canada, calls for renewed Eucharistic, Marian devotion CWN - September 8

On September 14, the Church in Canada will commemorate the 350th anniversary of the establishment of the first parish in what is now Canadian territory. Pope Francis has named Cardinal Jaime...

400,000 children in Gaza need psychological help after violence, Catholic agency says CWN - September 5

Caritas Jerusalem, the Catholic relief agency, has estimated that 400,000 children in Gaza need psychological care because of the damaging effects of military campaigns in the region. Caritas...

Vatican's Council for Economy meets, setting new structures for Secretariat CWN - September 5

The Vatican’s newly created Council of the Economy met in Rome on September 4, to discuss the proposed statutes for the Secretariat for the Economy. Led by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the president...

Pope meets leaders from Panama, Andorra CWN - September 5

Pope Francis met on September 5 with President Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez of Panama and with Antoni Marti i Petit, the head of government of Andorra, in separate private audiences. The Pope’s...

Obama administration drops appeals on three challenges to contraceptive mandate CWN - September 5

The Obama administration has dropped its appeal on three lawsuits challenging the contraceptive mandate in the federal health-care program. The three cases (Seneca v. Burwell, Armstrong v....

Accept changes, do not rely on Law, Pope says in homily CWN - September 5

In his homily at a morning Mass on September 5, Pope Francis said that the faithful “must not be afraid of change, not even in the Church.” Jesus makes all things new, the Pope explained, and the...

Islamic State's 'war of religion' must be countered, says authoritative Jesuit journal CWN - September 5

An editorial in the Italian Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica has characterized the aggression of the Islamic State as “a war of religion and of annihilation.” The editorial argues that a...

Venezuelan bishops object as politician invokes Chavez in the Lord's Prayer CWN - September 5

Church leaders in Venezuela have rebuked a politician who, as a Socialist Party convention, transformed the Lord’s Prayer into an invocation of the spirit of the country’s deceased strongman, Hugo...

Notre Dame retreats, will provide contraceptive coverage in student health programs CWN - September 5

The University of Notre Dame will provide for contraceptives and abortifacient drugs in its student health-care program, the National Catholic Register reports. Notre Dame had joined other...

Cardinal Dolan: Islamic leaders must speak out against terrorism CWN - September 5

Islamic leaders should be challenged to speak out in condemnation of terrorists, Cardinal Timothy Dolan on New York has said. In an interview with John Allen of the new Crux news site, Cardinal...

Dispute over beatification of Archbishop Sheen can be resolved, columnist argues CWN - September 5

In a column for the National Catholic Register, Father Roger Landry says that the Diocese of Peoria chose to halt the proceedings toward beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen: a decision that he...

Holy See, Vietnam to continue negotiations toward diplomatic relations CWN - September 5

Diplomats from the Holy See and Vietnam will meet in Hanoi on September 10-11 to continue negotiations towards diplomatic relations, according to a statement from the Holy See Press Office. It...

Ukrainian bishop calls for prayer, fasting: ‘the Titanic is sinking’ CWN - September 5

A Latin-rite bishop who ministers in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are active, said that local Catholics are angry at the apparent indifference of Christians in other areas of the...

Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks seminary, convent CWN - September 5

The Islamist militant organization Boko Haram has attacked a seminary and convent in the Diocese of Maiduguri, according to the president of the Nigerian bishops’ conference. In an interview...

Mideast patriarchs to gather in Washington, meet with lawmakers CWN - September 5

Six Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs from the Middle East will gather in Washington from September 9-11 to join lawmakers at a conference on the plight of persecuted Christians. Participants will...

Pope meets with directors of new Vatican charity CWN - September 5

On September 4, Pope Francis met with the directors of Scholas Occurentes, a charity founded by the Pontiff in 2013. The Pope praised the directors for their assistance in organizing a recent...

Vatican official: Church has underemphasized being a mother, overemphasized being a teacher CWN - September 5

The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications has told a group of bishops from Bolivia and Peru that the Church’s bishops, in making use of social media, should embody the...

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