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Pope Francis: SSPX priests will licitly and validly absolve sins during Jubilee of Mercy CWN - 15 hours ago

Pope Francis has declared that priests of the Society of St. Pius X, founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, will validly and licitly absolve sins during the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy, which begins on December 8. The Pope has also ruled that during the Jubilee Year, all priests will have the authority to absolve penitents of the sin of abortion. Under current canon law, abortion is a...

First Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation: liturgy in Vatican basilica CWN - 6 hours ago

Pope Francis presided on September 1 at the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, with a Liturgy of the Word in St. Peter’s basilica. The service included readings from a canticle...

Africa will preserve Christian understanding of marriage, family: Cardinal Sarah CWN - 6 hours ago

Africa will save the Christian understanding of marriage and family, Cardinal Robert Sarah told a Catholic weekly in Benin. “I have absolute confidence in African culture,” said Cardinal Sarah,...

9th Planned Parenthood video: for-profit corporation paid fees to clinic directors for exclusive access CWN - 7 hours ago

A new undercover video—the 9th in a series exposing Planned Parenthood—has introduced another major player in the business of harvesting fetal tissues. The new video from the Center for Medical...

Chinese Catholic petition for release of bishop, imprisoned since 1996 CWN - 5 hours ago

Catholics in China’s Hebei province have issued a plea to the government for the release of Bishop James Su Zhimin of Baoding, who has been jailed since 1996. After China’s President Xi Jinping...

Kentucky clerk of court defies Supreme Court, refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses CWN - 5 hours ago

Defying court orders, a county clerk in Kentucky is refusing to issue marriage licenses of same-sex couples. Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County, said that she would obey “God’s...

Archbishop Marini to lead Eastern Catholic liturgical commission CWN - 15 hours ago

Pope Francis has reconstituted the Congregation for the Eastern Churches’ Special Commission for the Liturgy and has named Archbishop Piero Marini as its president. The commission, founded in...

Report: Pope to meet with deposed French bishop CWN - 16 hours ago

Pope Francis will meet on the afternoon of September 1 with Bishop Jacques Gaillot, the former bishop of Evreux, France, according to La Croix. The bishop, whom St. John Paul II removed from...

Iraqi archbishop: 20% of local Christians emigrated in 2014 CWN - 16 hours ago

The Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Basra said that 20% of Christian families emigrated from the city in 2014. Basra, the largest city under Iraqi government control after Baghdad, is far from...

Pope Emeritus celebrates Mass for former students CWN - 16 hours ago

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated Mass for his former students on August 30, the closing day of the annual Ratzinger Schülerkreis. During the Mass, which took place on August 30 at the...

Nigerian prelate decries same-sex marriage CWN - 17 hours ago

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, has given pride of place on its website to a recent homily by Bishop Camillus Etokudoh of Port Harcourt. The prelate...

Rome's planner sees 'concrete and real threat' of terror activity during Jubilee Year CWN - 5 hours ago

The prefect of the City of Rome has said that he sees a “concrete and real threat” of terrorist attacks during the Jubilee Year. “But like all threats, that doesn't mean we have to shut ourselves...

European bishops: pray for the care of creation CWN - 17 hours ago

The Council of Catholic Bishops' Conferences of Europe (CCEE) has issued a message encouraging the continent’s bishops to take part in the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September...

British scholars urge Jesuits not to close historic Heythorp College CWN - 5 hours ago

A group of British intellectuals has joined in a plea to Jesuit officials to rescind their decision to close Heythorp College, saying that the 400-year-old institution plays an important role in...

Pope's prayer intentions for September 2015 CWN - 7 hours ago

The Vatican has released the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for September 2015. The Pope’s universal intention is: “That opportunities for education and employment may increase for...

Synod should place education at center of its concerns, says priest CWN - 17 hours ago

Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, an Italian priest said that the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family should make education one of its central concerns. In March, Pope Francis appointed Msgr....

Papal condolences for hurricane victims CWN - 18 hours ago

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent a telegram of condolence in the name of the Holy Father to the bishop of Roseau, Dominica, the island nation that was the site of...

American analysts sees acceptance of immigrants as 'suicide of Christian Europe' CWN - August 31

An American political analyst has charged that Pope Francis is contributing to “the suicide of Christian Europe” by encouraging immigration from Africa. Speaking to an Italian audience, Edward...

Palestinian archbishop arrested in protest against Israeli 'security wall' CWN - August 31

Archbishop Michel Sabbah, the retired Latin-rite Patriarch of Jerusalem, was among the Palestinian Christian demonstrators arrested by Israeli police on August 30 in a protest against the “security...

Most Catholics in Massachusetts legislature support Planned Parenthood, study shows CWN - August 31

A study by a lay activist group has shown that most of the Catholics serving in the state legislature support Planned Parenthood. The Catholic Action League found that 52 Catholics in the lower...

Benedict XVI testifies for beatification of Pope John Paul I CWN - August 31

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI has given testimony for the cause of beatification of Pope John Paul I, the Italian journal Famiglia Cristiana reports. Elected in 1978 to succeed Pope Paul VI, Pope...

Eleven cardinals contribute to new book urging Synod to uphold Church teaching on marriage CWN - August 31

Eleven cardinals, from all around the world, have contributed to a new book arguing against any substantive change in the Church’s teaching on marriage. In Eleven Cardinals Speak on Marriage and...

Undercover video producers debunk Planned Parenthood's defense CWN - August 31

The Center for Medical Progress, which has released a series of damaging undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the sale of fetal tissues, has now sent a letter to Congress,...

Pope Francis in video link with US groups CWN - August 31

Pope Francis spoke with American audiences in three different locations on August 31, in a video-link event hosted by the ABC television network. The Pontiff spoke with students at Cristo Rey...

March for Life wins exemption from Obamacare contraceptive mandate CWN - August 31

The March for Life has won a permanent injunction barring enforcement of the “Obamacare” contraceptive mandate. A federal court rules on August 31 that the March for Life, the group that...

Suspects arrested in Pakistan church attacks CWN - August 31

Pakistani police have arrested five persons suspected of planning the March 15 attacks on two churches in Lahore, the Fides news agency reported. A regional government official said that the...

Anglicans to join Catholics, Orthodox in prayer for creation CWN - August 31

The Church of England’s lead bishop for the environment has called upon Anglicans to join Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in praying for the care of creation on September 1. “It...

Declare the killing of Middle East’s Christians a genocide, Iraqi prelate urges CWN - August 31

Speaking with three diocesan newspapers in the United States, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Erbil, Iraq, called for the declaration of the killing of Syrian and Iraqi Christians as a...

Pope laments death of migrants in Austria CWN - August 31

Three days after 71 migrants were found dead in a truck in Austria, Pope Francis lamented their deaths following his August 30 Angelus address. “In recent days, many migrants have lost their...

Bishop slain during Assyrian genocide beatified CWN - August 31

A century to the day after he was beaten and beheaded after refusing to convert to Islam, Bishop Flavianus Michael Malke (Melki) was beatified as a martyr on August 29 at the Patriarchal Convent of...

Pope Francis: ‘if the heart doesn’t change, we are not true Christians’ CWN - August 31

Reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading at Mass, Pope Francis said in his August 30 Sunday Angelus address that Jesus “emphasizes the primacy of the interior of the ‘heart.’” “Exterior things are...

Ex-nuncio, facing Vatican trial for abuse, died of ‘cardiac event’ CWN - August 31

A team of three medical experts, led by forensic pathologist Dr. Giovanni Arcudi, conducted an autopsy on the body of Józef Wesolowski and determined he died of a “cardiac event,” according to the...

Vatican denies letter was intended to endorse Italian author's book on same-sex unions CWN - August 28

The Vatican press office has issued a statement to counter an Italian writer’s claim that Pope Francis praised her book defending same-sex unions. Francesca Pardi, whose book Piccolo Uovo was...

Biden says Pope Francis has revived Catholic social teaching CWN - August 28

US Vice President has said that Pope Francis "has become a moral rudder for the world." Biden, who is Catholic, said that the Pope was sounding a moral call on "some of the most important issues...

Pope will visit 3 African capitals in November CWN - August 28

Pope Francis will visit Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African Republic in November, visiting the capital of each country during his visit to Africa. Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo, the...

Monaco apologizes for deportation of Jews CWN - August 28

Prince Albert II of Monaco has apologized for his nation’s deportation of Jewish refugees during World War II. Monaco’s leading prelate, Archbishop Bernard Barsi, was present at the...

Malawi prelate laments climate change CWN - August 28

Stating that “we are victims of climate change,” an archbishop lamented the “disasters we have just experienced here in Malawi: the devastating floods, the prolonged dry spell, the erratic rainfall...

Ex-nuncio, facing Vatican trial for sexual abuse, dead at 67 CWN - August 28

Jozef Wesolowski, the former papal nuncio and archbishop who was laicized for sexually abusing minors, died on August 28. Wesolowski had been living under house arrest at the Vatican, and was...

Pontifical council publishes holy hour for September 1 prayer for creation CWN - August 28

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has published a suggested Eucharistic holy hour for the September 1 observance of the World Day of Prayer for Creation. The text includes prayers,...

Lebanese Muslims issue declaration on religious freedom CWN - August 28

A Muslim organization associated with Lebanon’s highest Sunni authority has issued the Beirut Declaration on Religious Freedom. “To deny Christian communities the right to exercise their...

Court upholds Italy’s law against embryo research CWN - August 28

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld an Italian law against the donation of human embryos for scientific experimentation and research. Adelina Parrillo, 61, wished to donate five embryos...

Stop giving political homilies, African prelate tells priests CWN - August 28

As belligerents in the nation’s 20-month civil war signed a peace agreement, South Sudan’s leading prelate exhorted priests not to give political homilies. Stating that priests “are almost...

Former Ratzinger students plan annual meeting CWN - August 27

The Ratzinger Schülerkreis, the annual seminar for former students of Pope-emeritus Benedict, will meet August 28 to 30 to discuss modern man’s search for God. The schülerkreis was formed in...

Illinois diocese to ask Catholic-school parents to make commitment to support Church, follow moral teachings CWN - August 27

The Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, is weighing a policy that would require parents of parochial-school students to agree that they will attend Mass every Sunday and contribute to the support of...

Archbishop Chaput chastises critics of organizing team for World Meeting of Families CWN - August 27

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has denounced two activist Catholic groups that called attention to connections between officials of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) and politicians...

Mortar attacks on 2 Damascus churches CWN - August 27

Two churches in Damascus, including the church of Maronite Catholic Archbishop Samir Nassar, suffered mortar attacks on August 23. The Fides news agency reported that 50 people were injured and...

3.1 million have attended Pope’s general audiences CWN - August 27

An estimated 3.1 million persons have attended Pope Francis’s Wednesday general audiences, according to statistics released by the Prefecture of the Papal Household following the Pontiff’s 100th...

Pope meets with Iraqi priest who ministers to refugees CWN - August 27

At his August 26 general audience, Pope Francis spoke with Father Samir Yousif, a Chaldean Catholic priest who ministers to 5,000 refugees in five villages in the region of Amadiya in Iraqi...

Mexican bishops, government pledge to assist migrants CWN - August 27

Representatives of the Mexican government and the Mexican Episcopal Conference met on August 24 to discuss the plight of migrants. According to a statement from the bishops’ conference, the...

French bishops condemn arson attack on mosque CWN - August 27

The Bishops’ Conference of France has denounced a recent arson attack on a mosque in the southwestern French city of Auch. The episcopal conference said in an August 25 statement that it “wishes...

India’s Hindu population falls below 80% CWN - August 27

India’s Hindu population has fallen below 80% of the nation’s population, according to 2011 census data released on August 25. In 2011, 79.8% of the nation’s people were Hindus, down from 80.5%...

Myanmar passes anti-conversion law CWN - August 27

The parliament of Myanmar (Burma) has passed a law that makes religious conversion more difficult. “Under the religious conversion bill, individuals choosing to adopt another faith confront...

Iraqi government addresses plight of Baghdad’s Christians CWN - August 27

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has established a security committee to address rising violence, including abductions and the expropriation of property, against Christians in Baghdad and other...

Renovations near completion at New York cathedral CWN - August 26

A four-year renovation project at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York is near completion, as a visit by Pope Francis looms in September. Scaffolding has been removed, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan...

Rome set to approve construction projects to prepare for Jubilee Year CWN - August 26

The city council of Rome is expected to give final approval on August 26 to plans for a series of urban projects designed to prepare for the Jubilee Year that begins December 8. “We have a series...

Iowa bishop bans Mass at chapel where female 'priest' led services CWN - August 26

Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, has revoked permission for the celebration of Mass at a Catholic Worker house, after a woman claiming to be a Catholic priest led services there. Janice...

Papal greetings on 60th anniversary of Hebrew-speaking vicariate in Israel CWN - August 26

Pope Francis has sent a message of “cordial good wishes” to the Hebrew-speaking Catholics of Israel, on the 60th anniversary of the vicariate established to serve their pastoral needs. The Pope’s...

Damascus: two churches hit by mortar fire CWN - August 26

Two Catholic churches in Damascus were damaged in an August 23 mortar bombardment that killed nine people and wounded fifty, the Fides news service reports. Maronite Catholic Archbishop Samir...

Vatican declines to support Palestinian effort to fly flag at UN CWN - August 26

The Vatican has declined to join in a UN resolution, advanced by the Palestinian Authority, that would call for the display of the Palestinian and Vatican flags at UN headquarters. The...

Pope to commemorate World Day of Prayer for Creation CWN - August 26

At his August 26 general audience, Pope Francis announced that he will commemorate the 1st World Day of Prayer for Creation at a Liturgy of the Word in St. Peter’s Basilica on September 1. “In a...

Pope Francis reflects on family prayer CWN - August 26

Continuing his series of Wednesday general audiences on the family, Pope Francis spoke on August 26 of the importance of family prayer. It was the 100th general audience of his...

Ukrainian Catholic leader: be willing to give up your lives to preserve independence CWN - August 26

As the Russian military intervenes in eastern Ukraine, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church called upon Ukrainians to be “Christian patriots” who are willing to die to preserve their...

Indian archbishop: 2008 persecution strengthened faith CWN - August 26

Seven years after a pogrom in the east Indian state of Odisha (Orissa) drove over 50,000 Christians from their homes, the local bishop said that “I am always moved by my people's joy.” “I am...

German bishops to visit Roman synagogue CWN - August 26

Two German bishops, accompanied by two German rabbis, will visit the Great Synagogue of Rome on September 9, according to an announcement from the German Bishops’ Conference. In doing so, the...

Bishop, Israeli president discuss Christian schools’ financial crisis CWN - August 26

Auxiliary Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo of Jerusalem met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on August 24 to discuss the financial crisis faced by Christian schools. In May, the Latin...

Catholic hospital issues statement on woman’s sterilization CWN - August 26

A California Catholic hospital that decided to permit a mother to be sterilized after the ACLU threatened a lawsuit has issued a statement on the case. In initially declining to permit the...

Asia Bibi's father allowed to visit her in prison CWN - August 25

Asia Bibi's father has been granted permission to visit her in prison, the Fides news service reports. Soran Masih will be the first person allowed to visit the condemned Pakistani woman, other...

African prelate urges youth: stay in Africa, avoid lures of decadent West CWN - August 25

The Catholic bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have urged their country’s young people to remain in Africa, rather than being seduced by the “false trappings of wealth” in the...

Italian government will push for civil-union legislation; bishops' leader opposed CWN - August 25

Italy's government will forge ahead with plans to enact civil-union legislation to protect homosexual couples, a cabinet minister told a Catholic lay group. Transportation minister Graziano...

Former head of CDF arrested in Hawaii for driving under influence CWN - August 25

Cardinal William Levada, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has admitted to an "error in judgment" after he was arrested for driving under the influence of...

Cardinal Pell: intent on changing perception of Vatican financial incompetence CWN - August 25

Cardinal George Pell, the prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, has acknowledged that the Vatican had a reputation for financial mismanagement and naivete, which his office is now working to...

US envoy predicts Pope will speak on immigration, environment during US visit CWN - August 25

Kenneth Hackett, the US ambassador to the Holy See, says that he expects Pope Francis to speak on immigration, the environment, and family issues during his September visit to the US. Hackett...

New video reveals 'a lot' of intact baby cadavers supplied by Planned Parenthood CWN - August 25

In a devastating new undercover video, released today by the Center for Medical Progress, the chief executive of an tissue-procurement company reports that Planned Parenthood supplies “a lot” of...

Pope joins faithful in pews for Mass at saint’s tomb CWN - August 25

An official of the Secretariat of State was surprised to see Pope Francis in the pews as he celebrated a 7:00 AM Mass on August 21 at St. Pius X’s tomb in St. Peter’s Basilica. Pope Francis, who...

Bishop, once a refugee, urges Australians to open hearts to migrants CWN - August 25

A Vietnamese-born bishop who fled his native land for Australia following the Communist takeover of South Vietnam called upon Australians to show kindness to migrants and refugees. “Simple things...

Canadian bishops’ conference issues election statement CWN - August 25

The Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a brief statement as the October 19 federal election approaches. Five topics that serve as...

Controversy over lavish Mafia funeral at Roman parish CWN - August 25

A lavish funeral at a Roman parish for alleged Mafia boss Vittorio Casamonica has sparked controversy in Italy. Roman Auxiliary Bishop Giuseppe Marciante told Avvenire that “no one warned us, not...

Priest: Christians share longing for Arab unity CWN - August 25

A Melkite Greek Catholic priest who is stationed in the West Bank city of Ramallah said that Palestinian Christian youth share an increasing societal desire for Arab unity. “The Arab world is...

Reprieve for Little Sisters in HHS mandate case CWN - August 25

A federal appellate court has temporarily prevented enforcement of the HHS mandate against the Little Sisters of the Poor, Southern Nazarene University, and Oklahoma-based Reaching Souls...

Catholic hospital to permit sterilization following lawsuit threat CWN - August 25

A Catholic hospital in California has agreed to permit a doctor to sterilize a woman after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to file a lawsuit, the San Francisco Chronicle...

In Labor Day statement, USCCB renews call for living wage CWN - August 25

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, emphasized in the importance of a living...

San Francisco archdiocese, teachers' union reach accord, preserving insistence on Catholic identity CWN - August 24

The Archdiocese of San Francisco, California, has reached an accord with a union representing Catholic-school teachers—an agreement that became controversial because of a clause stipulating that...

Plaza in central Rome to be named in honor of Martin Luther CWN - August 24

City officials in Rome have approved plans to name a square for Martin Luther. On September 16, the city will formally name a square on the Viale Fortunato Mizzi, a few blocks from the Coliseum,...

Over 60,000 participated in demonstrations to defund Planned Parenthood CWN - August 24

More than 60,000 people participated in demonstrated held on August 22 in dozens of cities across the US, demanding an end to taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. The demonstrations took...

Archbishop Cupich calls for new approaches to family breakdown CWN - August 24

Archbishop Blaise Cupich of Chicago called for special efforts to reach out to broken families, as he received the pallium, symbolizing his metropolitan authority and his union with the Holy See, in...

Retired Australian bishop raps Church response to abuse problem CWN - August 24

A retired Australian bishop has criticized Pope Francis for failing to act decisively against sexual abuse, and charged that an effort against abuse by Cardinal George Pell was divisive. Bishop...

South African bishops urge mining companies to remember workers CWN - August 24

As workers at the mining companies that operate in South Africa face the prospect of layoffs, the Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference called for a...

Statue of Our Lady of Fatima to be brought to Syria CWN - August 24

To manifest his support for the Middle East’s persecuted Christians, the bishop of Leiria-Fátima, Portugal, has announced that the statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be making a pilgrimage to...

Cardinal Tagle: work with other religions to spread encyclical’s message CWN - August 24

In an address to Indonesia’s bishops, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, the president of Caritas Internationalis, encouraged Catholics to work with members of other religions in spreading the...

Egyptian leader denounces Islamic extremism CWN - August 24

Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab denounced violent extremism during a recent conference attended by the nation’s religious leaders. “The whole world faces an unprecedented state of chaos...

Islamic State destroys ancient monastery, desecrates saint’s tomb CWN - August 24

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has destroyed the fifth-century Monastery of St. Elian near Al-Qaryatayn, Syria, and desecrated the relics of the saint. Father Jacques Mouraud, the Syriac Catholic monastery’s prior, was kidnapped in May and is feared dead. Stating that the Islamic State’s forces “no conscience or morality,” Chaldean Catholic Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo told...

Papal message for Waldensian synod CWN - August 24

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent a message in Pope Francis’s name to an Italian bishop so that he may transmit it to the annual synod of the Union of Methodist and...

Pope Francis asks: ‘Who is Jesus for you?’ CWN - August 24

Reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading at Mass (Jn. 6:60-69), Pope Francis devoted his August 23 Sunday Angelus address to the response to Jesus’ teaching on the Eucharist. “Even the disciples...

Papal appeal for peace in Ukraine CWN - August 24

As tensions between Russian-backed rebels and the Ukrainian government increased in eastern Ukraine, Pope Francis issued an appeal for peace. “With deep concern, I am following the conflict in...

Ecological encyclical helps promote Christian unity, says Vatican cardinal CWN - August 21

The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity said in an interview that Pope Francis’s encyclical on ecology not only promotes unity with Orthodox Christians but also has the...

Irish prelate calls for daily prayer for the Synod CWN - August 21

Preaching at the national Marian shrine in Knock, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, the Primate of All Ireland, called for daily prayer for families until the beginning of the upcoming Synod of...

Maltese bishop: remove ‘barriers’ to those who have remarried outside the Church CWN - August 21

Four years after the legalization of divorce in Malta, the head of one of the nation’s two dioceses has issued a pastoral letter on mercy for those who have divorced and entered into a civil...

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