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

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...

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,...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Vatican investigating Italian diocese troubled by clerical misconduct CWN - 24 hours ago

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Archbishop Chaput: believers are outsiders in America today CWN - October 22

Christians should recognize that they are outside the mainstream in American society today, Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput said in the annual Erasmus Lecture, sponsored by First Things magazine. “Our job is to be the healthy cells in a society,” the archbishop said. “We need to work as long as we can, as hard as we can, to nourish the good that remains in our country-– and there’s a...

Pope Francis reflects on the Church as the Body of Christ CWN - October 22

Continuing his series of Wednesday catecheses on the Church, Pope Francis devoted his October 22 general audience to the Church as the Body of Christ. Recalling the prophet Ezekiel’s vision of...

Rhode Island bishop critiques synod CWN - October 22

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence has written a candid and critical series of “random thoughts” on the recent Synod of Bishops. “In trying to accommodate the needs of the age, as Pope Francis...

Dallas diocese housed Ebola victim’s fiancée, family CWN - October 22

Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas said that the diocese has housed the fiancée of Ebola virus victim Thomas Eric Duncan, as well as her son and two nephews, for several weeks. The four, who had to...

Liturgical items on agenda of US bishops’ meeting CWN - October 22

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will discuss several liturgical items at its November 10-13 meeting. The bishops will vote on a revision of the current (1989) translation of the...

Ukrainian Catholic leader laments foreign aggression CWN - October 22

The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said in a radio interview that Ukraine is a victim of foreign aggression, and not in the midst of a civil war. Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk...

Iraq: Christian refugees’ plight worsened by flooding CWN - October 22

Heavy rains have flooded Dohuk, the northern Iraqi city to which 100,000 of the nation’s Christians have fled, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. The floods have compounded the...

Vatican envoy calls for greater respect for indigenous peoples CWN - October 22

The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations said in an October 20 statement that “much still needs to be done to safeguard the human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous...

Vatican's UN envoy repeats support for 2-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict CWN - October 21

Speaking on October 21 at a UN Security Council session on the Middle East, the Holy See’s permanent representative reiterated the Vatican’s support for a two-state solution to the...

Iran: Evangelical pastors given 6-year prison sentences CWN - October 21

Three Evangelical Christian pastors in Iran have been sentenced to 6-year prison terms for their leadership roles in the house-church movement, the Fides news service reports. Pastors Behnam...

Helen Hull Hitchcock, RIP CWN - October 21

Helen Hull Hitchcock, founding director of Women for Faith & Family, died in St. Louis on October 20 after a brief illness. Raised as an Episcopalian, Helen Hitchcock entered the Catholic Church...

Chaldean leader vows to discipline priests who leave Iraq without bishops' permission CWN - October 21

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has announced that priests who have left their dioceses in Iraq face suspension. Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako set a deadline of October 22 for priests...

Christian woman will appeal blasphemy conviction to Pakistan's supreme court CWN - October 21

An attorney for Asia Bibi has confirmed that the Pakistani woman, who has been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges, will appeal the verdict to the country’s supreme court. “I have a very...

Christians safer under Egypt's new government, but threats remain CWN - October 21

Egyptian Christians feel considerably more secure since the fall of a government dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, the spokesman for the country’s bishops reports. But serious tensions remain and...

Cardinal George: no regrets for defense of Catholic teaching CWN - October 21

Cardinal Francis Eugene George, who will step down in November after 17 years as Archbishop of Chicago, said that he was sorry that some of his public statements caused controversy, but he did not...

Archbishop Forte reports 'widespread consensus' on final Synod document CWN - October 21

Archbishop Bruno Forte, who served as special secretary for the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops, has said that there was a “widespread consensus” among the bishops in support of the Synod’s...

Program announced for Pope’s trip to Turkey CWN - October 21

The Holy See Press Office has formally announced that Pope Francis will make an apostolic journey to Turkey from November 28 to 30. On November 28, Pope Francis will arrive in Ankara, the...

USCCB urges US government to back Congo’s bishops on constitutional revision CWN - October 21

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace has called upon the Obama administration to oppose the efforts of Joseph Kabila, the...

Iranian prelate: current situation reminiscent of early days of Islam CWN - October 21

A Chaldean Catholic prelate who governs two Iranian dioceses said that the current situation of Christians in the Middle East is reminiscent of the early days of Islam. “I would say Arab Winter –...

Cardinal Kasper expresses regret for remarks on Africans CWN - October 21

Cardinal Walter Kasper has expressed regret about controversial remarks on African prelates in a conversation with journalist Edward Pentin, according to Catholic World Report. Cardinal Kasper...

Kenya’s bishops concerned about vaccination campaign CWN - October 21

The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed concerned that a tetanus vaccine campaign aimed at women of childbearing years also has contraceptive properties that could render recipients...

Cardinal Nichols: synod’s final document insufficiently welcoming toward homosexuals CWN - October 21

England’s leading prelate said that the final document of the recent Synod of Bishops on the family did not go “far enough” in its language on persons with same-sex attractions, according to a...

Thousands of Iraqi Christians in Jordan CWN - October 21

Three thousand Iraqi Christians who have fled the advance of the Islamic State are now being fed at parishes in Jordan, according to Archbishop Maroun Lahham, who serves as an auxiliary bishop of...

Head of US bishops' conference says next year's Synod should be transparent CWN - October 20

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, the president of the US bishops' conference, has said that next year's meeting of the Synod of Bishops should be more transparent than this year's...

Presidential election in Sri Lanka throws into question plans for papal visit in January CWN - October 20

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka, has asked President Mahinda Rajapaksa whether a visit by Pope Francis, scheduled to begin next January 13, should be postponed in light of the news...

Oregon priest, removed as pastor, threatens to establish rival congregation CWN - October 20

A Catholic priest whose bishop removed him from his post as a pastor in Bend, Oregon, has announced plans to set up a rival congregation. Father James Radloff, who had been pastor of St. Francis...

Times profile Vatican cleric now on trial for money-laundering CWN - October 20

The New York Times has profiled Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, the former Vatican financial official who is now on trial in an Italian court on corruption and money-laundering charges. Msgr. Scarano was...

Idaho: ministers face fines, prison for refusing to preside at same-sex wedding CWN - October 20

In Idaho, a Protestant couple who operate a non-denominational wedding chapel have been told that they must solemnize same-sex unions or else face imprisonment. Donald and Evelyn Knapp, who...

Act now to avert Christian 'genocide' in Middle East: Vatican Secretary of State CWN - October 20

The international community must take action “to prevent possible new genocides” in the Middle East, Cardinal Cardinal Pietro Parolin said in an afternoon address to a consistory of cardinals in...

Pope addresses cardinals, decries ‘terrorism of previously unimaginable dimensions’ CWN - October 20

As he convened a consistory of cardinals on October 20, Pope Francis lamented the plight of Christians in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria. “We cannot resign ourselves to thinking...

Vatican message to Hindus emphasizes negative effects of globalization CWN - October 20

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has issued its annual message to Hindus for Diwali (Deepavali), the Hindu autumn festival of lights. In the message, released October 20 and...

Pope Francis meets with Vietnam’s prime minister CWN - October 20

Pope Francis met on October 18 with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung of Vietnam, who has led the Communist nation since 2005. The meeting, according to the Holy See Press Office, “marks an...

Cardinal Burke confirms reports of transfer from position CWN - October 20

In two interviews, Cardinal Raymond Burke has confirmed reports that he will soon be transferred from the position of Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, which he has held...

New appointments to Pontifical Biblical Commission CWN - October 20

Pope Francis has appointed 20 scholars to the Pontifical Biblical Commission for the next five years. One of them is from the United States: Mary Healy, a professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary...

Malta’s leading prelate resigns CWN - October 20

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Paul Cremona, Malta’s leading prelate, at the age of 68. The Dominican prelate, who has led the Archdiocese of Malta since 2006, cited...

Pope Paul VI beatified CWN - October 20

In an October 19 Mass in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI, whose 15-year reign (1963-78) saw the conclusion and initial implementation of the Second Vatican Council, the...

As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20

The 14th and 15th general congregations (sessions) of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family took place on October 18. Preaching at Terce, Archbishop Paul Bùi Van Doc of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, told the synod fathers that “Christ is the only hope for family life for the people of today and tomorrow … Do we believe in the strength of God, or in the...

German cardinal defends Synod document, says Church teaching can change CWN - October 17

Speaking to reporters in Rome on October 16, Cardinal Reinhard Marx defended the interim report released by the Synod of Bishops and reiterated his early statement of support for a change in Church...

Benedict XVI will attend beatification of Paul VI CWN - October 17

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI will attend the beatification ceremony for Pope Paul VI on Sunday, October 19, the Vatican has announced. The retired Pontiff is one of three living prelates who were...

African cardinal sees effort to manipulate Synod CWN - October 17

Cardinal Robert Sarah, the president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, has complained that some influential forces have sought to manipulate the Synod of Bishops. Speaking to the Catholic News...

Colombian cardinal hopeful on latest peace talks with FARC rebels CWN - October 17

“We hope peace is near,” Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota told the Fides news service, commenting on prospects for a peace agreement between the government of Colombia and FARC rebels, aimed...

Ukrainian primate sees 'humanitarian tragedy' in children growing up without parents CWN - October 17

The leader of the Ukrainian Catholic Church has said that the growing number of children worldwide who grow up without their parents is becoming a “new humanitarian tragedy.” Major Archbishop...

English archbishop orders investigation of bishop's relationship with married woman CWN - October 17

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark, England, has commission an investigation into the case of Bishop Kieran Conry, who resigned his post as head of the Arundel and Brighton diocese last month after...

Climate change is a moral imperative, says Vatican representative at UN CWN - October 17

Climate change “is not only an environmental question; it is also a question of justice and a moral imperative.” Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s representative at UN headquarters in New...

Archbishop Kondrusiewicz of Belarus sees flaws in Synod's interim report CWN - October 17

“The modern world is playing its music but we can’t dance to it,” Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk, Belarus, told Catholic World Report. Interviewed about the work of the Synod of...

Pope highlights importance of family farms in World Food Day message CWN - October 17

In his message for World Food Day, Pope Francis deplored food waste and highlighted the importance of family farms, which he said can address food needs “without destroying the resources of...

Papal message to university students CWN - October 17

Pope Francis has written a message to the Italian Catholic Federation of University Students on the occasion of the upcoming beatification of Pope Paul VI, who served as the federation’s chaplain...

Sistine Chapel rented out as part of ‘exclusive Porsche tour of Rome’ CWN - October 17

The Sistine Chapel is being rented out on the evening of October 18 to the Porsche Travel Club as part of an "exclusive Porsche tour of Rome" for 40 tourists, according to the auto company and to...

Cardinal Pell: ‘we’re not giving in to the secular agenda’ CWN - October 17

Cardinal George Pell said in an interview that the October 16 publication of the synod fathers’ criticism of the synod’s interim report has finally given the faithful a true picture of the views of...

Bishop asks Notre Dame to affirm fidelity to Catholic teaching on marriage CWN - October 17

Following the overturning of Indiana’s marriage law and the consequent legalization of same-sex marriage, the University of Notre Dame extended marriage benefits to those in a same-sex marriage--...

Former Catholic parish bombed in Iraq CWN - October 17

The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has bombed a Syriac Catholic church in Bakhdida (Qaraqosh). After the Islamic State took over the northern Iraqi town in...

Congo’s bishops condemn attack on priests, declare days of prayer CWN - October 17

The bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have condemned “acts of aggression and barbarism” that took place on October 12 against two priests in Lodja, a town of 70,000. The nation’s...

Archbishop Forte identified as author of section on homosexuality in Synod's interim report CWN - October 16

Archbishop Bruno Forte, the secretary of a committee formed by Pope Francis to draft an interim report for the Synod of Bishops, wrote a controversial section on accepting homosexuals, the Associate...

Pakistani court affirms Christian woman's death sentence for blasphemy CWN - October 16

An appeals court in Pakistan has upheld the conviction of Asia Bibi, the young Christian woman sentenced to death on blasphemy charges. After repeatedly postponing hearings in the case, the High...

Kansas City diocese pays $10 million settle old abuse cases CWN - October 16

The Diocese of Kansas City, Missouri has reached a settlement agreement with sex-abuse victims, agreeing to pay almost $10 million in damages. The settlement, resolving a group of 30 different...

Ebola vaccines being developed from aborted fetal cell lines CWN - October 16

Vaccines being developed to fight the Ebola epidemic use cell lines drawn from aborted babies, reports the non-profit group Children of God for Life. “There is absolutely no reason to use...

Vatican envoy says military action alone will not curb power of Islamic State CWN - October 16

Archbishops Giorgio Linqua, the apostolic nuncio in Jordan, has disclosed that Vatican officials are convinced that military action will not be sufficient to break the growing power of the Islamic...

Synod participants voice dissatisfaction with interim report CWN - October 16

Reports from small working groups within the Synod of Bishops have revealed a widespread dissatisfaction with an interim report released early this week. On October 16, the Vatican released reports from the ten working groups, divided by language, in which the Synod fathers had discussed the relatio post disceptationem. The reports expressed surprise that the preliminary report had been made...

Two prelates added to committee drafting final Synod report CWN - October 16

Pope Francis has added two members to a committee that will write the final report of the Synod of Bishops, the Vatican has discussed. Apparently responding to complaints that the drafting...

Cardinals Kasper, Müller deny making controversial remarks [updated] CWN - October 16

Two prominent cardinals have denied making statements that were widely attributed to them about the workings of the Synod of Bishops. But in one case, a journalist has posted a recording of the...

Houston subpoenas pastors, demands sermons on homosexuality, gender identity CWN - October 16

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

St. Louis archbishop calls for nonviolent response to racism CWN - October 16

In the wake of continued protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Archbishop Robert Carlson recently called for prayer and for a nonviolent response to racism. “The sin of racism in our cities and our...

Number of women religious in US falls below 50,000 CWN - October 16

The number of women religious in the United States has fallen below 50,000, according to a new report from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. The number of religious sisters grew...

Islamic State desecrates Catholic monastery CWN - October 16

Three months after a 4th-century Syriac Catholic monastery was taken over by forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, confirmation has been received that the monastery has been...

Polish missionary priest kidnapped in Central African Republic CWN - October 16

A rebel group in the Central African Republic kidnapped a Polish missionary priest on October 12. Father Mateusz Dziedzic was abducted by members of the Democratic Front of the Central African...

Benghazi bishop asks for prayers as army, Islamists battle CWN - October 16

As the Libyan army battles with Islamist militants for the control of Benghazi, the city’s apostolic vicar said that frightened residents have locked themselves in their homes. “The population is...

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