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Cardinal Burke cites widespread fear that Church is 'like a ship without a helm' CWN - 21 hours ago

Many Catholics today have “a strong sense that the Church is like a ship without a helm,” Cardinal Raymond Burke said in an interview with a Spanish publication. The American cardinal, who has...

Love is superior to law, Pope tells congregation CWN - 18 hours ago

For Christians, laws must be subordinate to love, Pope Francis told his congregation at a morning Mass on October 31. Commenting on the day’s Gospel reading, in which Jesus questioned the...

Pope speaks to charismatic Catholics on prayer, unity CWN - 21 hours ago

“Do not be afraid of differences,” Pope Francis said is a message to Catholics involved in the charismatic movement. Speaking on October 31 to the Catholic Fraternity of the Charismatic Covenant...

Cardinal Baldisseri addresses British lawmakers on synod CWN - October 31

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, addressed a group of British lawmakers on October 30 about the recently completed extraordinary synod on the...

Patriarch of Constantinople anticipates papal visit as milestone in ecumenical ties CWN - 18 hours ago

Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has said that he does not anticipate any spectacular developments when Pope Francis visits Turkey in late November, but that he and the Roman...

Vatican official visits Syria to assess humanitarian needs CWN - 21 hours ago

The secretary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum has returned to Rome after a mission to Syria, where he spoke with groups involved in providing humanitarian aid to refugees. Msgr. Giampetro Dal...

Vatican cardinal hopes for new joint declaration with Lutherans CWN - October 31

Speaking at a meeting of the Lutheran World Federation, the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity expressed his hopes for the upcoming 5th centenary of the Protestant...

Approximately 50 New York parishes to close, merge CWN - October 31

Citing shifting demographics and a decline in the number of priests, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said in an archdiocesan newspaper column that 14% of the Archdiocese of New York’s 368 parishes will soon...

Philippine cardinal: Western media perspective was dominant at synod CWN - October 31

Reflecting on the recently concluded Synod of Bishops on the family, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila said that labels such as liberal and conservative are “not very useful,” according to an...

Italian bank bids for accounts of Vatican employees CWN - 15 hours ago

An Italian bank is actively soliciting the business of Vatican employees, with the support of the Vatican Governorate. The Governorate has reached an agreement with Banco Popolare that will allow...

Italian cardinal says government should recognize workers' fears of unemployment CWN - 18 hours ago

Clashes between police and striking workers should be “taken very seriously” by the Italian government, said Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, the president of the Italian bishops’ conference. Cardinal...

Pope meets with president of European Parliament CWN - October 31

Pope Francis met with Martin Schultz, the president of the European Parliament, on October 29 and discussed the Pontiff’s upcoming address to the body. The European Parliament has 751 members,...

Jordan’s king again speaks in defense of Christians CWN - October 31

King Abdullah II of Jordan, a Muslim ruler known for his commitment to interreligious dialogue, met with the president of Armenia on October 29 and reiterated his views on the importance of...

Statue of St. John Paul II at Notre Dame is 'gift of the Russian people' CWN - 15 hours ago

A bronze statue of St. John Paul II has been placed in the gardens of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, as “gift of the Russian people.” Sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, the president of the Russian Art...

Pope's prayer intentions for November 2014 CWN - 21 hours ago

The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for November 2014. The Pope's universal intention is: "That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the...

Prelate criticizes expense of modernizing nuclear weapons CWN - October 31

In a letter to the US secretary of energy, the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace criticized the “expanding US budget for...

Seminarian tells fellow brain-cancer victim: ‘our lives are worth living’ CWN - October 31

A young woman with brain cancer has announced that she has moved to Oregon so that she may legally undergo euthanasia-- prompting a response from Philip Johnson, a Raleigh seminarian with brain...

Devil is real, Pope reminds congregation CWN - October 30

The existence of the devil is not a myth, Pope Francis reminded his congregation at a morning Mass on October 30. The Pope remarked that “in this generation, like so many others, people have been...

Syrian bishops ask world leader: stop sending weapons CWN - October 30

The Catholic bishops of Syria have issued a plea to world leaders to stop sending weapons into the war-torn country, the Fides news service reports. “The powers of the world must know that it...

Pope meets with Old Catholic leaders, suggests cooperation in 'confused' Europe CWN - October 30

Pope Francis met on October 30 with representatives of the Old Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Union of Utrecht, a group that split from Rome in the late 19th century over the question of papal...

Petition against planned speech by Gloria Steinem at Catholic college CWN - October 30

Pro-family activists in Wisconsin have launched a petition asking St. Norbert College to cancel a lecture by the Gloria Steinem. Steinem, the founder of Ms magazine and a veteran abortion...

Vatican finally releases English translation of official Synod report CWN - October 30

The Vatican has released the final report from the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops, in multiple translations. Although the Italian-language original of the final document had been released nearly two weeks earlier, official translations were not made available until October 30. The office of the Synod of Bishops released English, French, Spanish, German, and Portuguese...

US bishops to vote on revised directives for healthcare partnerships CWN - October 30

At its November meeting in Baltimore, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will vote on whether to revise the text of “Forming New Partnerships with Health Care Organizations and...

Houston withdraws subpoena for pastors’ sermons on homosexuality, gender identity CWN - October 30

City officials in Houston have withdrawn subpoenas demanding that five pastors turn over “all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to ... homosexuality or gender identity prepared by,...

Pope requests prayers for Mexico CWN - October 30

Pope Francis has requested prayers for Mexico as authorities investigate what happened to 43 students in Iguala on September 26. Investigators have found that local police kidnapped the student...

Right to life is foundation of all human rights, Vatican envoy tells UN CWN - October 30

At an October 29 UN meeting devoted to human rights, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer said that “the right to life as enshrined in natural law and protected by international human rights laws lies...

Sistine Chapel gets new lighting, air conditioning CWN - October 30

The Sistine Chapel has installed a new lighting and air conditioning system which will better preserve Michelangelo’s frescoes, the Associated Press reported. In the past two decades, the number...

Turkey: fewer priests, rising Catholic population in years since Pope Benedict’s visit CWN - October 30

In the eight years that have separated Pope Benedict’s apostolic journey to Turkey from the announcement of the upcoming visit by Pope Francis, the nation’s Catholic population has soared 66% as...

Cardinal Burke: synod interview comments were misreported CWN - October 30

Cardinal Raymond Burke said that the online news site BuzzFeed misreported remarks he made in an interview that took place during the recent Synod of Bishops. BuzzFeed published both the full...

New church dedicated in China CWN - October 30

Months after churches in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang were slated for demolition, a new Catholic church has been dedicated in the southern province of Guizhou. In the presence of...

With food plentiful, failure in distribution causes hunger, Vatican envoy tells UN CWN - October 29

Speaking to a UN session on food security, the Vatican’s representative observed that the problem of hunger today is caused not by an overall shortage of food but by a failure to distribute the...

Burkina Faso: mass demonstrations against proposal to allow 3rd presidential term CWN - October 29

Nearly one million people in Burkina Faso joined in October 28 demonstrations against a proposal that would allow President Blaise Compaoré to serve a 3rd term, the Fides news service...

Bolivian President Morales meets with Pontiff CWN - October 29

Pope Francis met informally with Bolivia's President Evo Morales on October 29. Morales had traveled to Rome to participate in the International Meeting of Popular Movements, sponsored by the...

Italian priest, charged with abuse, commits suicide CWN - October 29

An Italian Catholic priest apparently committed suicide after being accused of sexual abuse. Father Maks Suard reportedly admitted his guilt after being accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl;...

Papal plea for Ebola victims CWN - October 29

Pope Francis made a plea for Ebola victims at the conclusion of his regular public audience on October 29. The Pope voiced his concerns about “this implacable disease that is spreading especially...

Pope reflects on relation between Church’s ‘visible and spiritual reality’ CWN - October 29

Continuing his series of Wednesday general audiences on the Church, Pope Francis devoted his October 29 audience to the relationship between the visible reality and the spiritual reality of the...

38% of Americans now ‘post-Christian,’ say researchers CWN - October 29

Examining data from over 20 recent surveys, two researchers from the Barna Group have found that 38% of Americans-- and nearly half of Americans born since 1984-- are “post-Christian” or...

Philippine bishops’ conference rues death penalty, life imprisonment CWN - October 29

The Philippine bishops’ Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care has issued a statement opposing the revival of the death penalty, and the commission’s executive secretary called life...

Argentina’s bishops denounce embryo destruction CWN - October 29

As Argentina’s lawmakers discuss legislation on embryos that come into being through artificial reproduction, the executive committee of the Argentine Episcopal Conference issued a statement...

Cardinal George on liturgical translations, abuse scandals, the ‘price of citizenship’ CWN - October 29

In an interview with America magazine, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago discussed his illness and addressed a range of questions. Strongly criticizing the English translation of the Mass that...

English cardinal issues pastoral letter on synod CWN - October 29

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has issued a pastoral letter on the recent Synod of Bishops on the family. “You may have heard or read that this Synod has been about changing the teaching...

Priest: Boko Haram negotiators may be swindlers CWN - October 29

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, said that negotiations to free hundreds of girls kidnapped by the Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram may be taking place with...

Recognize roles of culture, migration in global society, Vatican delegate encourages UN CWN - October 28

Addressing a UN session on globalization, the Vatican’s representative suggested that International leaders should be mindful of two factors in development: culture and migration. Culture can...

Israeli university honors Pontiff; Palestinian protest CWN - October 28

Pope Francis has been selected to receive an award from Israel’s Bar Ilan University, drawing a protest from the Palestinian foreign ministry. The Pope will be honored for his ''engagement in...

Egyptian monks deny reports of Islamic attack on ancient St. Catherine's Monastery CWN - October 28

Orthodox monks at the ancient St. Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt’s Sinai region have denied reports that the monastery was attacked by Islamic militants, the Fides news service reports. St....

Oregon: archbishop argues against young woman's suicide plan CWN - October 28

Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland, Oregon, has argued against the plan of a young woman to end her own life because of a diagnosis of brain cancer. Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old cancer...

Venezuelan cardinal calls for respectful treatment of political prisoners CWN - October 28

Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas has called for respectful treatment of political prisoners in Venezuela, the Fides news service reports. The cardinal—who has often criticized the...

Long-lost Caravaggio painting discovered, art scholar claims CWN - October 28

An art scholar in Florence is confident of having discovered the original of a long-lost Caravaggio painting, "Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy." Several copies of the painting exist, but the original--...

Benedict XVI sends best wishes to Anglican ordinariate in England CWN - October 28

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI has sent a message of support to the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walshingham, which he established to serve the pastoral needs of former Anglicans in England. The...

Work and pray together now, despite differences, Pope urges ecumenical community CWN - October 28

In a meeting with the ecumenical Ark Community, Pope Francis said that Christians should work and pray together, not waiting for theologians to settle all questions of doctrine. “We are sinning...

'Solidarity' means thinking of people's needs, opposing 'throwaway culture,' Pope says CWN - October 28

“Solidarity” means “thinking and acting in terms of community,” Pope Francis said in an October 28 address to a World Meeting of Popular Movements, organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice...

4 priests charged with child pornography CWN - October 28

In recent weeks, four US priests have been arrested or indicted on separate child pornography charges. Father Mark Haynes, a 59-year-old priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was charged...

Europe’s Eastern Catholic bishops emphasize ecumenism, evangelization CWN - October 28

Following a four-day meeting in Lviv, 45 Eastern Catholic bishops in Europe issued a joint statement on ecumenism, mission, and the conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East. “We reaffirm with...

Archbishop criticizes Creighton for offering same-sex benefits CWN - October 28

A Jesuit university in Nebraska has announced that it will offer benefits to same-sex spouses of employees who have been legally married in other states. “I asked myself, what would Jesus do in...

Jerusalem patriarch praises House of Commons for vote on recognition of Palestine CWN - October 28

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem has praised the House of Commons for its recent 274-12 vote that called upon the United Kingdom’s government to “recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state...

Woman accused of stealing $300,000 from Wisconsin priest CWN - October 28

A Wisconsin woman has pleaded not guilty to 23 counts of felony theft after a priest gave her $318,000 over the period of a year. Father John Schultz, a priest of the Diocese of La Crosse, said...

1st new Catholic church in Cuba since 1950s CWN - October 28

For the first time since Fidel Castro gained power in 1959, Cuba’s Communist regime has permitted the construction of a Catholic church, the Associated Press reported. Raúl Castro, Fidel’s...

Egypt’s Christian leaders propose draft bill on church construction CWN - October 28

Christian leaders in Egypt have sent the nation’s government a draft of legislation on church construction, according to a Fides news agency report. Church construction has been subject to...

Global development requires moral standards, Cardinal Parolin argues CWN - October 27

The world’s economic problems cannot be resolved without “a holistic vision of the human person and a commitment to constant and coherent moral standards firmly grounded in the natural law and the...

Uganda's President Museveni meets with Pontiff CWN - October 27

Pope Francis met on October 27 with Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, for a conversation that centered on peaceful coexistence in the African country. The Pope spoke with Museveni about...

Sistine Chapel not for rent, says director of Vatican Museums CWN - October 27

Countering reports that the Sistine Chapel has been rented out for a private party by the Porsche Travel Club, the director of the Vatican Museums has insisted that the event is not a rental. The...

Abortion should not be topic at constitutional convention, says Bishop Tobin CWN - October 27

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence has said that if the state of Rhode Island convenes a constitutional convention, issues such as abortion should not be taken under consideration. “If there is a...

Nigerian refugees suffer as government fails to contain Boko Haram CWN - October 27

More than 80,000 Catholics have fled from their homes in northeast Nigeria because of terrorist attacks by Boko Haram, Bishop Oliver Doeme of Maiduguri told Aid to the Church in Need. Bishop...

Benedict XVI was 'great Pope,' says Pope Francis CWN - October 27

Pope Francis referred to Pope Benedict XVI as a “great Pope” as he unveiled a bust of his predecessor during an October 27 visit to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Pope Francis assessed...

Cardinal Pell reassures traditionalists, urges support for Pope CWN - October 27

Cardinal George Pell urged traditionalist Catholics to remain loyal to the Pope and to eschew “sterile polemics against a surprisingly small number of Catholic opponents,” in a homily delivered to...

Listen to the poorest, says Vatican cardinal CWN - October 27

The president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said in an October 24 address that “both as Church and as societies, we must learn to include the excluded” who come from the world’s...

Brazilian bishops: protect rights of indigenous peoples CWN - October 27

Following a recent court decision, the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil has issued a statement of support for the rights of indigenous peoples to their ancestral lands, according to a Fides...

Prelate grateful for diplomat’s efforts to end war in South Sudan CWN - October 27

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace has expressed gratitude to the United States’ special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan...

Italian missionary sister beatified in Brazil CWN - October 27

Mother Assunta Marchetti (1871-1948), an Italian missionary nun who helped found the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo and served in Brazil, was beatified in São Paulo on October...

Love of God and neighbor should be the basis of our lives, says Pope CWN - October 27

Commenting on the day’s Gospel reading, Pope Francis said in his October 26 Angelus address that the commandments to love of God and neighbor are the “fundamental criteria on which to base” our...

Pope Francis laments attacks on family CWN - October 27

Pope Francis lamented attacked on the family during an October 25 audience with 7,000 members of the Schönstatt movement, who were in Rome to celebrate the centenary of their founding. According...

Pope calls on youth to counter unemployment with Gospel hope CWN - October 27

At a time when Italy’s youth unemployment rate has risen above 44%, Pope Francis said that the hope of the Gospel of Christ, who has shown solidarity with us in our weakness, transcends the...

Vatican will be flexible in talks with SSPX, official says CWN - October 24

The Vatican continues to work for a reconciliation of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) and will not demand the “capitulation” of the traditionalist group, the secretary of the Ecclesia Dei...

Pope encourages Cardinal Zen's pro-democracy activism in Hong Kong CWN - October 24

Pope Francis encouraged Cardinal Joseph Zen’s pro-democracy activism during a brief encounter at the Vatican this week, the AsiaNews service reports. Cardinal Zen, the retired Bishop of Hong...

Vatican investigating Italian diocese troubled by clerical misconduct CWN - October 24

The Vatican has opened an investigation of a scandal-plagued diocese in Italy, the daily Il Messaggero reports. The Diocese of Albenga-Imperia, on the Mediterranean coast near the French border,...

Pope highlights ecumenical work of Saints John XXIII, John Paul II CWN - October 24

Pope Francis received a delegation from the Orientale Lumen Foundation on October 24 as its members made a pilgrimage to Rome and to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The pilgrimage was...

Pontifical Biblical Commission publishes document on inspiration and truth of Scripture CWN - October 24

The Pontifical Biblical Commission has published a study on the inspiration and truth of Sacred Scripture, according to the October 24 edition of L’Osservatore Romano. Father Klemens Stock, the...

Bishop shows solidarity following attack on Palestinian mosque CWN - October 24

An auxiliary bishop of Jerusalem has visited a Palestinian village to express solidarity following a firebomb attack on a mosque. “Such acts do not encourage peace and only serve to stir up...

Vatican envoy: a rising tide does not lift all boats CWN - October 24

At a UN meeting devoted to poverty, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations said that “countries should develop evidence-based policies and strategies to combat extreme...

Growth of Church in Zambia highlighted CWN - October 24

Five decades after Zambia gained its independence, the Church there is looked on with “great respect, and her influence has grown, thanks to her prophetic voice,” said the national director of the...

Boko Haram abducts more Christian girls CWN - October 24

The Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram has kidnapped over 60 girls and young women from Christian villages in northeastern Nigeria, according to a CNN report. The kidnappings occurred...

Pope Benedict: dialogue is no substitute for mission CWN - October 24

As the Pontifical Urbaniana University, which educates missionaries, dedicated a lecture hall in honor of Benedict XVI on October 21, the prefect of the papal household, Archbishop Georg Gänswein,...

Australian prelate: ‘modernity has forgotten how to love’ CWN - October 24

In an article posted on the website of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the newly appointed Archbishop of Sydney has written about G.K. Chesterton, St. Thomas Aquinas, recent popes, and the...

Egyptian government promoting Christian tourism CWN - October 23

Egypt’s government is making an unprecedented effort to promote Christian tourism by calling attention to the country’s Coptic heritage. Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab referred to the Coptic...

New death threats against anti-Mafia priest CWN - October 23

An Italian priest who vowed to continue his fight against the Mafia despite a threat from the imprisoned “boss of bosses” has received new death threats. Father Luigi Ciotti said that the Mafia...

Pope offers 'absolute condemnation' of death penalty CWN - October 23

Pope Francis called for the “absolute condemnation of the death penalty” in an October 23 address to the International Association of Penal Law, the Vatican reports. The Pope said that Christians...

Cardinal Kasper claims majority support CWN - October 23

Cardinal Walter Kasper has claimed that although the final votes at the Synod of Bishops were “totally weird,” a majority of bishops would favor his proposal to allow Communion for Catholics who are...

Cardinal Sarah: focus on divorce/remarriage distracts from more essential problems of family CWN - October 23

Cardinal Robert Sarah has expressed regret that “the debate on admission to the Eucharist of divorced and remarried Catholics has taken the focus away from the real important challenges that affect...

Pope reduces territory of Monte Cassino CWN - October 23

Pope Francis has reduced the area entrusted to the jurisdiction of Territorial Abbey of Monte Cassino and has named Father Donato Ogliari, the abbot of another Italian monastery, as its new...

Pope receives Grenada’s leader CWN - October 23

Pope Francis met on October 23 with Prime Minister Keith Mitchell of Grenada, a Caribbean nation of 110,000 that is 54% Catholic. According to the Holy See Press Office, the two spoke about the...

Chaldean patriarch suspends 12 monks, priests CWN - October 23

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has published a decree suspending six monks and six priests. In September, Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako had demanded that all priests and religious who...

Philippine prelate: greater outreach to homosexuals, remarried is needed CWN - October 23

Following the Synod of Bishops, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines called upon pastors to reach out to those with homosexual attractions in order to help them live...

Pope meets with Bavarian soccer team CWN - October 23

Pope Francis met on October 22 with Bayern Munich, a German soccer team that was in Rome for a soccer game. The team presented the Pontiff with a shirt, and the Pope gave each player a rosary....

Vatican spokesman defends decision not to publish synod fathers’ speeches CWN - October 23

In an interview with Vatican Radio, the director of the Holy See Press Office said that the recently concluded Synod of Bishops was “a truly special experience, and very different from that of...

Papal appeal for workers whose jobs are in danger CWN - October 23

At the conclusion of his October 22 general audience, Pope Francis issued an appeal on behalf of workers at Meridiana, an Italian airline that has announced plans to lay off over 1,300...

New Chicago archbishop to live in rectory rather than mansion CWN - October 23

Archbishop-designate Blaise Cupich of Chicago has decided in live the cathedral rectory rather than in the mansion that has been the home of his predecessors since 1885, according to an announcement...

African bishops oppose closing borders in fight against Ebola CWN - October 22

"The closing of borders is not the solution to Ebola,” the Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) said in a statement released to the Fides news...

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